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A few scoops for Cork pubs!

Thursday, 29th November, 2018 8:56am

There were drinks all around last Wednesday when three Cork pubs won national awards at the Irish Pub Awards 2018.

The Franciscan Well, Geary’s Bar in Charleville, and the Bodega each took home a well-deserved award from a total of nine categories.

The Irish Pub Awards is a joint national awards programme which is presented by the Vintners Federation of Ireland (VFI) and the Licensed Vintners Association (LVA).

Over 500 applications were considered for this year’s awards which were presented by Minister of State for Tourism and Sport, Brendan Griffin at a gala ceremony in the RDS Concert Hall.

The Franciscan Well, which is located on North Mall in Cork city and boasts a large beer garden and a wood fired pizza kitchen, was named Best Outdoor Space on the night.

The ‘Well’ as it’s fondly known by locals, also celebrated its twentieth anniversary on Monday night with live music and free beer and pizza giveaways.

Having brewed its first ever batch of beer in 1998, well before the craft beer craze swept the country, the Franciscan Well has become a real success story for Irish brewing and now distributes its products throughout Ireland and the UK.

Next up was Brian Barret of Geary’s Bar in Charleville who was named Pub Personality of the Year for 2018.

Geary’s Bar is a family run pub in the heart of Charleville town, known for its friendly atmosphere, traditional interior and impressive beer garden complete with a stage for live music.

The third Cork award went to the Old Town Whiskey Bar at Bodega on Cornmarket St in Cork City, which was named Best Tourist Pub in the country.

At the Irish Pub Awards, Padraic McGann, VFI President, said: “All of tonight’s winners are leading examples of what the Irish pub is all about; a friendly destination to meet family and friends to enjoy good food, drinks, music and entertainment and somewhere tourists can mix easily with locals to experience an Irish atmosphere at its best. Mr McGann added: “These awards showcase what our publicans offer in terms of creativity, innovation and excellence. Publicans have adapted to changing consumer demands and are now offering excellent casual dining, contemporary beers and spirits, tourist attractions and overall entertainment to suit all types of customer.”

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