Winners Revealed in ‘Best Irish Bar in the USA’ Contest
Croagh Patrick’s Irish Pub located in Ohio has been crowned as the ‘Best Irish Bar in the USA’ in the nationwide competition run by Irishbeerfinder.com and Strangford Lough Brewing Company (SLBC). A phenomenal 11,000 bar reviews were submitted throughout the four weeks of the nationwide search to find and crown the ‘Best Irish Bar in the USA.’ The competition lines opened on Monday 4th October and only a week into the contest, due to an overwhelming response, the closing date was extended by a week to Sunday 31st October.
“The search to name the ‘Best Irish Bar’ in North America was very popular and thousands of Irish bar patrons submitted passionate reviews for the Irish bar which they thought deserved the prestigious title. With over 2,900 Irish bars listed on the site Irishbeerfinder.com was the perfect platform for customers to submit glowing Irish bar reviews and support their bar in the running for the title. The response to the competition was staggering and it emphasises how highly people value their local Irish bar,” commented Emma McCarey, Marketing Executive for Irishbeerfinder.com.
Irish bars across North America rallied their fans to support them in this enthralling competition that went right to the wire. Croagh Patrick’s Pub located in Willoughby, Ohio received over 3,000 bar reviews and received an overall rating of 5 out of 5. Fans said the bar was “a great place to meet with friends,” had “great food and great beer and great atmosphere!” and is “the best pub in Willoughby”. In second place was O’Neal’s Irish Bar located in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania who received 2,966 reviews and in third place was Bub’s Irish Pub located in Germantown, Wisconsin who received 1,231 reviews.
Everyone who submitted a bar review during the month long contest was entered into a prize draw for the chance to win 2 return flights to Las Vegas from anywhere in North America. The lucky winning reviewer was Kathleen Kelly from Florida who was thrilled to have been randomly selected out of the 11,000 entries in the competition.
The Irish bars in each US state with the highest number of ratings were also rewarded by industry duo SLBC and Irish Beer Finder and the winning bars in each state can be viewed on www.irishbeerfinder.com/news.
Grace Lavery, Marketing Manager for SLBC said, “Irishbeerfinder.com and SLBC are delighted with the response to the competition and we are excited to be able to announce Croagh Patrick’s Pub as the best in the USA. Although it is sad to see the 2010 ‘Best Irish Bar’ contest finish we hope to make the competition an annual event so keep an eye out for the 2011 competition.”
Irishbeerfinder.com is sponsored by Strangford Lough Brewing Company, Ireland, who launched two of their traditional Irish ales into North America earlier this year. To find out more about St Patrick’s Best Ale and Legbiter Ale or to find a local retailer visit www.slbc.ie.