Malone’s and Waxy O’Connor’s triumph in Irish bar awards

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Malone’s and Waxy O’Connor’s in the UK were among winners in this year’s awards for the best Irish pubs and bars around the world.

Glendola Leisure’s long-established Waxy O’Connor’s in Soho was named best Irish pub in the UK and also won for best Irish whiskey experience in this year’s Irish Pubs Global Gala Awards.

Its nearby sister bar, Waxy’s Little Sister, collected the award for best cocktail experience while Waxy O’Connor’s in Glasgow was recognised as having the UK’s best food experience.

Facing competition from Irish venues around the UK, Malone’s in Glasgow won the title for best gastropub food while Malone’s in Edinburgh was recognised for the best entertainment experience.

Other UK winners included O’Shea’s in Manchester for best marketing, The Star in Fishponds, Bristol had the best craft beer experience, Dropkick Murphy’s in Edinburgh was best for sport and The Liffey in Liverpool won best Irish community pub while Tomas Leydon at The Auld Shillelagh in Stoke Newington, London, was named the UK’s best barperson in an Irish bar.

Among winners in the rest of the world, The Dead Rabbit Grocery & Grog in New York City won two of the overall global awards, recognised as having the best cocktail experience and the best barperson in Brooke Smith. The bar, headed by Sean Muldoon and Jack McGarry from Northern Ireland, also won best cocktail experience in North America.

The lifetime achievement award was presented to the founder and chairman of the McGettigan Group, Jim McGettigan, whose McGettigan’s bars can be found around the world including Fulham in London. The top prize of global pub of the year went to Scholars Lounge in Rome.

Based on 16,000 public nominations and analysis from an expert judging panel, the Irish Pubs Global Gala Awards are run by international trade association Irish Pubs Global.

Regional Awards

Best Marketing Campaign
Ireland: Slatterys, Dublin
UK: O’Shea’s, Manchester
Rest of Europe: Flahertys, Barcelona
North America: Paddy Barrys, Tyson Corner
Rest of World: Fiddlers Green, Australia

Best Bar Person
Ireland: Monica Keenan, Confession Box
UK: Tomas Leydon, The Auld Shillelagh, London
Rest of Europe: Tara Tallon, Pat Murphy’s, Torremolinos
North America: Brooke Smith, The Dead Rabbit Grocery & Grog, New York City
Rest of World: Gary Condon, Murphys

Best Chef
Ireland: Louis Martin, Murrays Bar
Rest of Europe: Joshua Egan, O’Shea’s
North America: Gary Beynon, Doc Magilligans
Rest of World: Derek Flynn, McGettigan’s

Best Irish Whiskey Experience
Ireland: Dick Macks, Dingle
UK: Waxy O’Connor’s, London
Rest of Europe: Tir Na N’Og, Aarhus
North America: Irish Heather & Shebeen, Vancouver
Rest of World: Fiddlers Green, Australia

Best Cocktail Experience
Ireland: An Pucan, Galway
UK: Waxy’s Little Sister, London
Rest of Europe: O’Reilly’s, Gibralter
North America: The Dead Rabbit Grocery & Grog, New York City
Rest of World: The Irish Times, Phuket

Best Craft Beer Experience
Ireland: Porterhouse, Temple Bar
UK: The Star, Fishponds, Bristol
Rest of Europe: Scholars Lounge, Rome
North America: Rí Rá, Las Vegas
Rest of World: Currach Irish Pub, New Zealand

Best Sports Experience
Ireland: Woolshed Baa & Grill, Dublin
UK: Dropkick Murphy’s, Edinburgh
Rest of Europe: Irish Pub, Fleetenkieker
North America: Celtic Cowboy, Montana
Rest of World: The Irish Village, Dubai

Best Entertainment Experience
Ireland: Dolans, Limerick
UK: Malone’s, Edinburgh
Rest of Europe: The Connemara, Bordeaux
North America: McNally’s, St Charles
Rest of World: The Irish Village, Dubai

Best Food – Gastro Pub
Ireland: The Chophouse, Dublin
UK: Malone’s, Glasgow
Rest of Europe: O’Sheas, Eindhoven
North America: Tir Na Nog (Penn Station), New York City
Rest of World: McGettigan’s, Souk Madinat

Best Food Experience
Ireland: The Moorings, Dungarvan
UK: Waxy O’Connors, Glasgow
Rest of Europe: DeValera’s, Brussels
North America: Garryowen, Gettysburg
Rest of World: Shenannigans, Darwin

Best Irish Community Pub
Ireland: The Lep Inn, Dublin
UK: The Liffey, Liverpool
Rest of Europe: O’Caseys, Den Haag
North America: Tim Finnegans, Del Ray Beach
Rest of World: McGettigan’s, Abu Dhabi

Irish Pub of the Year
Ireland: Slatterys, Dublin
UK: Waxy O’Connor’s, London
Rest of Europe: Scholars Lounge, Rome
North America: Irish Times, Victoria
Rest of World: McGettigans, JLT

Overall Global Winners
Best Marketing Campaign: Slatterys, Dublin
Best Bar Person: Brooke Smith: The Dead Rabbit Grocery & Grog, New York City
Best Chef: Derek Flynn, McGettigan’s
Best Irish Whiskey Experience: Tir Na N’Og, Aarhus
Best Cocktail Experience: The Dead Rabbit Grocery & Grog, New York City
Best Craft Beer Experience. Porterhouse, Temple Bar
Best Sports Experience: Irish Village, Dubai
Best Entertainment Experience: Dolans, Limerick
Best Food – Gastro Pub: McGettigan’s, Souk Madinat
Best Food Experience: Garryowen, Gettysburg
Best Irish Community Pub: O’Caseys, Den Haag
Irish Pub of the Year: Scholars Lounge, Rome
Lifetime Achievement Award: Jim McGettigan

Supplier Awards
Best Supplier – Products: Bizimply
Best Supplier – Services: Ol Irish Pubs

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