THE Locke Bar and Oyster House restaurant, one of the most popular local hostelries in the city, has won a national award for ‘Best Tourist Bar in Ireland’.
The Locke was announced as the winner of Best Tourist Bar in Ireland at the Licensing World Bar Awards 2011 at a gala awards ceremony in the Four Seasons Hotel in Dublin on Tuesday night and Richard Costello, proprietor, and his wife Anna, were on hand to collect the award.
The Locke, a popular hang out for locals and tourists alike on George’s Quay, joined just four finalists up for the award - rivalling pubs in Donegal, Dublin and Kilrush among the country’s best tourist spots.
Claiming the award Richard and Anna said they were “delighted to accept the award on behalf of all their staff” and expressed their delighted at the national recognition.
“This will be a great boost to help sell Limerick as a tourist destination and will be a powerful marketing tool to encourage more tour operators to re-examine what Limerick city has to offer,” added Richard after receiving the award.
The Licensing World Bar Awards are held annually to recognize those who have excelled within the licensed vintners trade in Ireland and the award capped in style 21 years at the helm of the popular George’s Quay based pub for the Costello family.
“I thank my family, the whole team at the Locke and our bar manager John Ormston for their commitment to delivering the best product and service every day in the Locke and promoting the best that Limerick has to offer,” said Mr Costello.
The Locke, in association with Bottom Dog Theatre Company, recently rolled out a new ‘Dinner Theatre’ event which will run for the summer. The Old Time Irish Radio show in the Loft is a “complete nights entertainment including a meal and show combining the best of Irish music, dance and comedy”. See www.lockebar.com for more.