BAR 1661 wins the Bar of the Year 2022 award

BAR 1661 cocktail bar has won the top award for Irish Bar of the Year at the 2022 Bar of the Year Awards.

The winners were revealed at a gala ceremony hosted by Alan Shortt on Monday August 22 at the Clayton Hotel, Burlington Road.

Now in its 17th year, the Bar of the Year Awards are the most prestigious awards for the licensed trade and have taken place after a two-year hiatus due to Covid.

BAR 1661 celebrates awards

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In addition to winning the overall award, BAR 1661 also won Gold for Innovative Bar of the Year and Bronze for Cocktail Bar of the Year.

Named for the year poitín was banned in Ireland, the bar opened in April 2019 and aims to create a permanent home for the original spirit of Ireland.

Dave Mulligan, owner and founder of BAR 1661, said: “This is a huge reward for our team, who have worked tirelessly for over two years to bring the BAR 1661 to unparalleled standards. A shared love of cocktail bars and Irish spirits drives us to do our best and shining the spotlight on poitín is worth it. Winning Bar of the Year is an incredible achievement for indie cocktail culture.

“When we opened in April 2019, our mission was to give our sometimes maligned national spirit the home it deserves, to elevate Irish cocktail culture and to create a place for locals and visitors alike,” added Mulligan.

New Cocktail Menu

In September, the team at BAR 1661 launches a new menu featuring 32 signature cocktails, each drink created around a milestone date in Irish drinking history.

These include Belfast Coffee (€9), which claims the year poitín was banned, 1661.

The house service is a mix of Bán poitin, cold brew coffee, demerara and nutmeg.

1785 is celebrated with Gibney (€14), a drink inspired by the year the tax on malted barley was introduced.

To avoid the tax, distilleries began to add unmalted barley to their mash, which led to the “single pot style”, giving the liquid thickness and pungency.

The Gibney is a blend of 12-year-old Redbreast whisky, rum, pineapple, black cardamom, flavored wine and olorso.

It is barrel aged on site by the BAR1661 team in a Spanish Olorso barrel.

These drinks are available from September along with a wide range of Irish and world products.

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