You need to get up early in the morning to get ahead of those lads in Kilkenny.
Forever innovating and improving Ireland's medieval capital – they have just opened the Medieval Mile Museum, and it's a superlative piece of historical and architectural work – the city has just launched the Kilkenny Whiskey Guild, a collation of ten of the city's bars who will be offering a specialist whiskey menu with no fewer than 60 whiskeys, all curated by trained staff.
If the drinks they fashion are as good as some we tried, then Kilkenny is going to have a few more epic head-to-head tussles ahead of it, with Galway and Dingle leading up the opposition, and vying for the trophy. No bother to them, they're well used to it. Because they get up early in the morning.
Billy Byrne billybyrnes.com
The Wine Centre thewinecentre.ie
The Dylan Whisky Bar thedylanwhiskybar.com
Matt The Millers mattthemillers.com
The Left Bank leftbank.ie
The Hibernian Bar kilkennyhibernianhotel.com
Paris Texas paristexas.ie
Brewery Corner carlowbrewing.com