2019 Bar of the Year Finalist: The Virgin Mary Bar
The Virgin Mary Bar, Ireland’s first permanent alcohol-free bar, has reached the final stage of the Bar of the Year awards 2019!
Following extensive deliberations and many miles traveled across the length and breadth of the country, the finalists for the 2019 Bar of the Year Awards have been announced. From over 500 entries, the judges have chosen their shortlist of outstanding bars.
Vaughan Yates, TVM Founder, says “The Virgin Mary Bar team are delighted to be nominated for The Innovative Bar of the Year Award and are honoured and excited to be the first ever alcohol-free bar at this event. We look forward to celebrating the best in the industry.”
Now in their 15th year, the Bar of the Year Awards celebrate all that is great about Irish pubs, clubs and bars and showcase the high standards of the bar trade across the country. From cocktail bar of the year sponsored by Luxardo to staff personality of the year sponsored by Paddy Irish Whiskey, the awards cover all aspects of the bar industry. With a sunny summer ahead, the Best Outside Space Award will be of particular interest,along with the enviable title of Bar of the Year 2019.
Following recent trends in the industry, three new categories emerged this year – Best Dog Friendly Bar, Wine Bar (Sponsored by J&C Kenny) and Innovative Bar (Sponsored by Lillet and Ceders) are all up for grabs on the night.
All shortlisted premises are eligible for the Southern Comfort People’s Choice Awards, voted for by the public. Voting will be carried out provincially in Dublin, Leinster, Munster, Connacht/Ulster with the winners of each province announced on the night. From this, the coveted overall National Southern Comfort People’s Choice winner will be chosen!
All of our outstanding winners will be revealed at a gala awards ceremony on Monday, 19th August in the Clayton Hotel Burlington Road, Dublin, hosted by Newstalk’s Tom Dunne.