It's official, the votes have been cast, counted and tallied and an Irish bar in Wicklow has been named the best pub in the world according to the international Lonely Planet Guide.
The Harbour Bar in Bray has been named the best overall pub in the world on the travel company's website. The bar is often frequented by Irish celebrities including Colin Farrell, Brendan Gleeson and Sinead O'Connor. Testament to it's charm, the bar also scooped the prize for the “off the beaten track” category this year.
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"We are really delighted to hear this," manager Colin O'Toole told the Evening Herald, whose family have owned the bar for generations.
“Congratulations Colin et al - what a well deserved coup! - Long live the Harbour!! Hurrah!,” said one well wisher on the bar's Facebook page.
Another guide stated “One of the most exclusive bars in Bray to experience. The eclectic mix of a stags head, cats, old furniture and pictures adorn the building ....A haunt for star gazers, musicians, film stars and your local characters."
Another reviewer wrote “Cosy, warm, quite tattered but comfortable. Varies from very quiet to packed to the rafters, and hosts live music of varied influences (and quality). Selection of beer is somewhat limited but does a great pint of Guinness. One of, if not the, best pubs in Bray for a drink with a few mate."
Anothe reviewer noted “Imagine drinking in the 'Medieval' zone of the Crystal Maze - that's what you do here. The place is old and a bit grubby, but exceptionally charming and very cosy. There's an outside space and conservatory for the summer months. Furniture is uber-comfortable. Drinks are the usual offering."