Garavan's Irish Coffee Event

On Tuesday evening Garavan's played host to the Irish Coffee Event which seen 14 bartenders from an array of bars around the city go head to head to create the most perfect traditional and signature Irish Coffee.  

In association with Power's Irish Whiskey, the event allowed the bartenders to showcase their skills and creativity.   There was a full house as each bartender battled to impress celebrity judges chef Kevin Dundon and Ireland's top mixologist Ariel Sanecki.  

With return flights to San Francisco and a generous €500 spending money up for grabs, everyone was focused and ready to make the best Irish Coffee of their life. Each Irish coffee consisting of a cocktail of hot coffee, Irish whiskey, and sugar, stirred, and topped with thick cream was uniquely made with a special ingredient and twist.  

From the moment the MC for the night Hector took to the floor he created a relaxed yet lively atmosphere.  The talent and creativity was outstanding as each bartender poured their heart into making the winning combination, no easy task for the judges to pick a winner.  The audience got to interact, with lots of opportunity to sample the freshly made Irish Coffee.  


Hector O'hEochagain

Hector, a well known personality from both TV and Radio was MC for the night, what a guy!!!  Hector made each contestant feel at ease and he entertained the audience with his relaxed, informal, candid, and unique style.   Every second was a laugh with Hector as he interacted with the crowd and made the Irish Coffee Event an experience to remember.  

The Judges

Kevin Dundon

Kevin Dundon, an Irish celebrity chef, television personality and author was one of the Judges. Kevin was given the tough challenge of tasting each bartenders Irish Coffee. 

Ariel Sanecki

Ariel Sanecki, National Cocktail Champion 2016 and Head Mixologist at the Cliffhouse Hotel, sampled each creation examining them on taste, appearance and creativity.

The Bartenders

The Blue Note   Amy

The Blue Note 


Munroes   Dave
Tribeton   FIONN
The Skeff   KEVIN

An Pucan


And The Winner Is....


R-L Paul Garavan, Kevin Dundon, Amy, Hector, Ariel Sanecki

The competition was fierce with 14 bartenders from around the city competing to win Best Irish Coffee.   The judges were looking for originality with a little sparkle and a strong level of engagement. Amy from the Blue Note Bar was ultimately crowned winner for displaying her 'less is more' approach.     

The management and staff of Garavans would like to thank everyone involved in making Garavan's Irish Coffee Event a huge success and we are look forward to the next one already. 

Here are the highlights