Greg Elliott, Dillon Bass and Paul O’Hare, Duke of York, Belfast at Hospitality Ulster’s Top 100 Hospitality Business Awards at Titanic Belfast.  Picture by Kelvin Boyes, Press Eye.

THE search to find Northern Ireland’s top hospitality hot spots came to a dramatic conclusion last night (Wednesday 21st February 2018), as the Top 100 Hospitality Businesses were revealed.

The coveted list, compiled by industry body, Hospitality Ulster in conjunction with a panel of top industry experts was unveiled at a prestigious ceremony at Titanic Belfast, hosted by comedian Tim McGarry and attended by VIP guests including boxing legend, Carl Frampton.

From Michelin starred restaurants and five-star hotels to buzzing city centre nightclubs, gastropubs, quaint country pubs and hotels, Hospitality Ulster’s Top 100 shines the spotlight on Northern Ireland hospitality at its best.

In recognition of the huge contribution of each and every winner, the Awards were presented in alphabetical order, with each winner receiving equal recognition for their role in driving forward industry standards.

Commenting after the Awards ceremony, Mark Stewart, chair, Hospitality Ulster said: “The Top 100 Hospitality Business Awards recognise those – who through their premises, staff and product offering – encompass the very essence of our unique hospitality industry; going the extra mile to deliver a great customer experience that serves both their target audience and customer demographic.

 “These Awards are unique as they are the only awards, awarded by the industry to the industry: recognising every sector of our industry, the diversity of our offer and the people who make our industry great.”

Hospitality Ulster’s Top 100 Hospitality Business Awards are the only industry recognised awards. Entries and nominations were vetted and shortlisted by Hospitality Ulster with help from a panel of industry experts.

The Awards were supported by partners, Coca-Cola, Counterpoint, Diageo, Dillon Bass, Heineken, Henderson Foodservice, Molson Coors, Richmond Marketing, Tennent’s NI, United Wine Merchants Ltd, Tourism Northern Ireland and media partners, Hospitality Review NI, Sunday Life and U105.

The honour and prestige of being named one of Northern Ireland’s Top 100 hospitality businesses wasn’t the only thing up for grabs on the night.

The 100 winners were placed into a prize draw to win a range of incredible prizes.

A place on a Mini MBA course at Queen’s University Belfast (sponsored by Queen’s University) was won by Pier 36 in Donaghadee; The Northern Whig in Belfast scooped a £2,000 marketing package on U105 (sponsored by U105) and Ruby’s in Larne won the use of a branded car for a year (sponsored by Donnelly Group and Towergate Insurance Brokers).

Funds raised on the night will be donated to The Benevolent, a charity that provides help and support to current and former employees of the drinks industry and their families.

The full Hospitality Ulster Top 100 can be viewed online at


Hospitality Ulster’s Top 100 Hospitality Businesses 2018:


  • Albany, Belfast
  • Anchor Bar Complex, Portstewart
  • Auction Rooms, Dungannon
  • Badger’s Bar & Restaurant, Derry-Londonderry
  • Bank Bar & Bistro, Newry
  • Berts Jazz Bar, Belfast
  • Billy Andy’s, Raloo
  • Bishop’s Gate Hotel, Derry-Londonderry
  • Blackbird, Derry-Londonderry
  • Blakes of the Hollow, Enniskillen
  • Brewer’s House, Donaghmore
  • Browns Restaurant, Derry-Londonderry
  • Bull & Ram, Ballynahinch
  • Bullitt, Belfast
  • Bushmills Inn, Bushmills
  • Café Parisien, Belfast
  • Cellar Bar, Lurgan
  • Central Wine Bar, Ballycastle
  • Coachman, Magherafelt
  • Coppi, Belfast
  • Corner House, Lurgan
  • Crosskeys Inn, Toome
  • Crowne Plaza, Belfast
  • Curran’s Bar & Seafood Steakhouse, Ardglass
  • Cyprus Avenue, Belfast
  • Deanes Deli Bistro & Vin Café, Belfast
  • Deanes EIPIC, Belfast
  • Dirty Duck Alehouse, Holywood
  • Dirty Onion, Belfast
  • Dorman’s Bar, Magherafelt
  • Duke of York, Belfast
  • Entrada, Derry-Londonderry
  • Errigle Inn, Belfast
  • Europa Hotel, Belfast
  • Fitzwilliam Hotel, Belfast
  • Fratelli Ristorante Pizzeria & Bar, Belfast
  • Front Page, Ballymena
  • Fullerton Arms, Ballintoy
  • Galgorm Resort & Spa, Ballymena
  • Garrick, Belfast
  • Ginger Bistro, Belfast
  • Granny Annie’s Kitchen, Belfast
  • Hagan’s Bar & Bar Bella, Dungannon
  • Harbour Bar, Portrush
  • Harp Bar, Belfast
  • Harry’s Shack, Portstewart
  • Hillside Bar & Restaurant, Hillsborough
  • Hop House, Bangor
  • Howard Street, Belfast
  • Ivanhoe Inn & Hotel, Belfast
  • James Street South, Belfast
  • Jenny Watts, Bangor
  • John Hewitt, Belfast
  • Keegan’s Bar, Armagh
  • Kelly’s Cellars, Belfast
  • La Taqueria, Belfast
  • Lavery’s, Belfast
  • Limelight, Belfast
  • Lobster Pot, Strangford
  • Lough Erne Resort, Enniskillen
  • Manor House Country Hotel, Enniskillen
  • Mary McBride’s, Cushendun
  • Mary’s Bar, Magherafelt
  • Mattie’s Meeting House, Cairncastle
  • McAleer’s Bar, Dungannon
  • McConville’s, Portadown
  • Merchant Hotel, Belfast
  • Millbrook Lodge Hotel, Ballynahinch
  • Morning Star, Belfast
  • Mourne Seafood Bar, Belfast
  • Muddlers Club, Belfast
  • Muriel’s Café Bar, Belfast
  • National Grande Café, Belfast
  • Newforge House, Armagh
  • NOBLE., Holywood
  • Northern Whig, Belfast
  • Old Thatch Inn, Castledawson
  • Owen’s Bar, Limavady
  • Ownies Bar & Bistro, Carrickfergus
  • OX, Belfast
  • Parson’s Nose, Hillsborough
  • Peadar O’Donnell’s, Derry-Londonderry
  • Pier 36, Donaghadee
  • Plough Inn, Hillsborough
  • Quays Bar, Derry-Londonderry
  • Rafters / Friel’s Bar & Restaurant, Swatragh
  • Ramore Wine Bar, Portrush
  • Ruby’s Bar, Larne
  • Sally’s, Omagh
  • Saltwater Brig, Kircubbin
  • Salty Dog Hotel & Bistro, Bangor
  • Sandinos Café Bar, Derry-Londonderry
  • Shu, Belfast
  • Slieve Donard Resort & Spa, Newcastle
  • Sunflower, Belfast
  • Sweet Afton, Belfast
  • Taphouse Gastro Pub, Enniskillen
  • Tedfords Kitchen, Belfast
  • Union Street Bar, Belfast
  • Wine & Brine, Moira
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