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How To Enter

ENTRY FEE IS €100 + VAT 23%

With this you will receive 4 issues of the Licensing World magazine
up to 5 email address for the online edition.

If this is your first year entering please create a new account here. If you created an account last year please use same login details.

When Is The Deadline Date?

The deadline date for entries is the Friday 26th April.

Entry Criteria

To enter you will need the following:

1.) A photo of the related area, ie if you enter best outside space, a photo of the space will be necessary.

2.) A signed waiver, please click here to download waiver.

3.) Credit card

Once you are logged in, you will automatically be brought to the “My Applications” page. Each Premises can enter up to 5 categories, please select 1 from Bar Type, 1 from Food Type (if applicable) and up to 3 (Or 4 if food categories are not applicable) in General Categories.

4.) All bars must be accessible to the Public as our Judges will remain anonymous 

Waiver Form

What does the waiver form cover?

One round of drinks for Judges (this applies to all categories in Bar of the Year Awards, with the exception of the categories judged by a panel, which will consist of up to five members.)

A meal for two, including two starters, two mains, two desserts, two drinks plus tea/coffee (where applicable).

If you are a nightclub/venue that requires paid entry, please send four complimentary tickets for judges as it is judged by a panel.

Free entry into any visitor attraction.

When do I receive the waiver form back? 

This form will be presented to your reception/waiting staff on checkout/departure who will be asked to deduct the cost of the judge’s inspection from the bill. Please communicate this process with your team.

Where Can I Buy Tickets To The Event?

Tickets for the 2024 Bar of the Year Awards will be on sale once finalists have been announced.

Can bars located in Northern Ireland enter these awards?

Yes of course! The Bar Of The Year Awards celebrate and acknowledge bars from all 32 counties.

What Does A Ticket For The Event Include?

Your ticket for the event will include:

  • Bubbles upon arrival.
  • Tasting village with a wide variety of the best brands from our sponsors. They will be present and happy to provide you samples of their finest products.
  • A 3 course meal in between the ceremony.
  • 5 bottles of wine for the table.
  • A live band on the night and after the ceremony.

Accommodation Information

Once tickets are on sale, we will have a list of nearby accommodation available to you on the night for your convenience.

Judges Feedback

All judging comments and identities are confidential. However, if an entrant requires specific feedback it must be requested in writing to before judging commences or immediately after entering. This will be compiled during the judges final  meeting and an email reply will be issued by the judging team.

Anton Savage welcomes the attendees at the 2023 Bar of the Year Awards

What Happens Next?

Once the submission period is closed, all verified and completed entries will go forward to the judging panel for online review. The premises will then proceed to the 2nd round of judging and most importantly, will be blind site inspected. Site inspections can take place at anytime after your entries are approved . On completion of site inspections, a final judges meeting will take place. A finalist list will be released and the winner of each category will be announced at the awards night on the 19th of August 2024.

Public Vote

All shortlisted premises will be eligible for the People’s Choice Award. The top premises in each region – Dublin, Leinster, Munster, Connacht/Ulster will go forward for public voting for a two week period. Regional winners will be announced and the Overall People’s choice winner will be announced at the awards night on the 19th of August 2024.

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