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2017 Bar Person of the Year

2017 Bar Person of the Year

At the heart of any good bar is the person behind it – this category is open to all full and part-time bartenders currently working in NI. Simple as that….

Judges will be looking for commitment to excellence in all areas of their role and particularly how they have contributed to the success of the business coupled with any significant personal achievements that have impacted on their role as Bar Person.

Entrants to this award will have been in their current role for at least one year up to and including 10th March 2016.  Entrants can nominate themselves or be nominated by their manager.  Entrants to this award will be asked to complete a short written submission giving further details.  The shortlisted candidates will be interviewed at their place of work by the LCN judges.

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The 2017 Style Bar of the Year Sponsor: Bushmills

Bushmills Irish Whiskey is crafted in small batches at the Old Bushmills Distillery in the village of Bushmills, Country Antrim, Northern Ireland, and is one of the first distilleries in the world to make both single malt and blended Irish whiskey.

The Old Bushmills Distillery is Ireland’s oldest working distillery – using only 100% malted barley and distilled in traditional Irish Copper Pot Stills. This is at the heart of all Bushmills Irish Whiskeys and creates a unique combination of smoothness and richness. With over 400 years of whiskey making hertiage, Bushmills Irish Whiskey has never compromised on quality to create its signature smooth taste and famous house style. Each stage of the whiskey making process involved skills that have been handed down over centuries.

Bushmills Irish Whiskey

Ireland’s oldest Whiskey

The winner of this category for 2017 was Martin Jeffrey of The Ponderosa Bar and Restaurant, Dungiven, (pictured left) with Judith McCreanor, manager and category sponsor, Patrick Morgan, Bushmills Irish Whiskey.

The finalists in this category are pictured here (from left). They are Darren McEvoy, The Albany, Belfast (represented here by manager, Dwight Mettleton); Barney O’Kane, Rita’s, Belfast; Patrick Morgan from category sponsor, Bushmills Irish Whiskey and Ben Munro, The Dirty Onion, Belfast.