Metro Atlanta is home to quite a few Irish pubs.
But only one can say they are the #1 Irish pub in the world.
With two locations in Milton and Brookhaven, the authentic Olde Blind Dog Irish pub was chosen Irish Pub of the Year by the Irish Pubs Global Federation. The award was announced 27 February at the Irish Pubs Global Gathering 2015 in Dublin.
The Irish Pubs Global Federation is based in Dublin and has 6,500 members worldwide. Criteria for selection included: authenticity, ambience, effective use of social media, market position, online customer ratings and warmth of staff.
"When we opened the first Olde Blind Dog pub in Milton in 2009, authenticity was one of our top goals," explained Wallace. "We wanted to create an environment that was warm, friendly and authentic to the Irish pub experience. When you walk in the door of either of our locations, the atmosphere feels like it's been there for many years. We accomplished this by importing from Europe many of the elements used in the design of the pub.
"Our exceptional staff and high food quality further complements the overall authentic Irish pub experience," said Wallace.
This is the first year that an American pub has won the award. Last year's winner was Killian's Irish Pub in Munich, Germany.
"This award is yet another achievement for this outstanding pub, its staff, management and owner," said Enda O'Coineen, Founder and Honorary President of Irish Pubs Global Federation. "A pub can have beautiful furniture, great service and wonderful food, but to be Irish Pub of the Year, it must also have a soul, that spark that sets it apart. That only comes through the warm and friendly atmosphere that we in Ireland call "craic". That is the essence of Olde Blind Dog."
Olde Blind Dog was named after Wallace's dog, Peaches, an American bulldog, who was in fact blind in one eye.
Olde Blind Dog Irish Pub is located in Milton at 12650 Crabapple Road, Milton, GA 30004 and in Town Brookhaven at 705 Town Boulevard, Atlanta, GA 30319.