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Belfast bar a winner at annual Sky Bar of the Year Awards

A Belfast bar was a winner at the annual Sky Bar of the Year Awards in Dublin.

The annual ceremony celebrates bars and restaurants throughout the country in more than 30 award categories.

And among those taking home an award was Belfast's Filthy McNastys on the Dublin Road which was the only winner from Northern Ireland.

It took home the gong for "best outside space".

The bar has an outside area called The Secret Garden along with a roof terrace.

Best Overall Bar was picked up by Left Bank in Kilkenny which was once a Bank of Ireland branch before it was renovated and reopened in 2008.

The Southern Comfort People's Choice Award was picked up by Galway pub An Púcán while the Highline at Sophie's on Dublin's Harcourt Street picked up the award for Best Late Bar/Nightclub.

Managing Director of Sky Business David Rey, said: "We’re delighted to be once again sponsoring the Sky Bar of the Year Awards and rewarding the people that are making the Irish bar industry such a success. Great venues are supported by hard-working and innovative individuals and it’s important to take the time to recognise their efforts in helping the on-trade to flourish. A big congratulations to all the finalists."

Full list of winners:

Bar Food: Weavers Bar & Venue, Drogheda, Co Louth

Best Bar to Watch the Match: Wookshed Bar & Grill, Cork

Best Designed / Inside Space: Left Bank, Kilkenny

City Bar: P.Mac’s, Dublin

Cocktail Bar: Cask. Cork

Contemporary Bar: Blackbird, Dublin

Craft Beer Bar: P. Macs, Dublin

Gastro Bar Food: The ChopHouse, Dublin

Gin Bar: Tribeton, Galway

Hotel Bar: Panorama Bistro & Terrace @ The Montenotte Hotel, Cork

5* Hotel Bar: The Sidecar @ The Westbury Hotel, Dublin

Judges' Choice: Caribou, Galway

Late Bar/ Nightclub: Highline @ Sophie’s, Dublin

Live Entertainment Venue: The Quays, Galway

Local Bar: The Penny Hill, Dublin

Newcomer: Warehouse Bar & Kitchen, Letterkenny, Donegal

Outside Space: Filthy McNastys, Belfast, Antrim

Outstanding Customer Service: The Oarsman, Carrick-on-Shannon, Leitrim

Restaurant Bar: Candlelight Bar @ Siam Thai Restaurant, Dublin

Tourist Bar: Fitzpatrick’s Bar and Restaurant, Dundalk, Co Louth

Traditional Bar: Kehoe’s, Dublin

Whiskey Bar: Revolution Craft Bar, Waterford

Bar Manager: Tony Newell – Clayton Hotel Galway

Staff Personality: Elizabeth Brown, The Draft House Pub, Strandhill, Sligo

Bushmills Cocktail Bartender: Luke O’Meara – The Liquor Rooms, Dublin

Overall Sky Bar of the Year: Left Bank, Kilkenny

Southern Comfort People’s Choice – Dublin: Molloy’s Bar & Grill, Dublin

Southern Comfort People’s Choice – Leinster:  Langtons House Hotel,Kilkenny

Southern Comfort People’s Choice – Munster: JJ Coppingers, Midleton, Co Cork

Southern Comfort People’s Choice - Connacht / Ulster: An Púcán, Galway

Overall Southern Comfort People’s Choice: An Púcán, Galway

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