About the Bartender
Sean Duffy started out in the bar trade when he was 15, picking up glasses in his local. In an industry notable for its movement of staff, he has put in an impressive 16 years at The Apartment, having joined the popular venue when it first opened in 2000. He did recently put in 10 months at The Kitchen Bar but he returned to The Apartment as general manager a year ago. Sean enjoys the ever-evolving nature of the bar trade, with The Apartment a pioneer of the style bar scene in Belfast when it first opened while, more recently, it has benefited from a refurb and the addition of an internal beer garden with retractable roof. “Our cocktails are on par with anyone in town,” he says, while the Friday Prosecco Party has also proved a success for the venue. When not running one of Belfast’s busiest bars, Sean has his hands full at home, with three small children and another on the way.
The featured spirit in this month’s signature serve is Boodles Gin.“Coming into summer in Belfast, we don’t usually get much sunshine,” says Sean Duffy. “This brings a bit of sun, spice and zest to a martini-style drink and is accessible to everyone.”