Cocktail of the Month with The Kraken

Cocktail of the Month with The Kraken

About the Bartender Hailing from Glasgow, Pamela started out in the trade working in a small local bar in her home city. After university, she worked abroad for a few years, at a karaoke bar in Turkey. “It was a ball,” she says, “and then when I came back, I... View Article

Cocktail of the Month with Bushmills Irish Whiskey

Cocktail of the Month with Bushmills Irish Whiskey

About The Bartender Josh started out his career in hospitality working for the Patterson family for an eight-year stretch, starting off as a part-time waiter and barman at The Tannery in Moira. Progressing through the ranks to supervisor and then manager, he moved within the group to The Plough in... View Article

Cocktail of the Month with 1800 Silver Tequila

Cocktail of the Month with 1800 Silver Tequila

About the bartender Billy Duffy has spent his entire career in the trade at Bootleggers on the corner of Church and Ann streets in Belfast City Centre. “I’ve worked here since day dot,” he says. “I started bar backing here in 2014, and have just worked my way up from... View Article

Cocktail of the Month with The Kraken

Cocktail of the Month with The Kraken

About the bartender Based at The Stokers Halt in Holywood, leading the beverage programme, Michael has been busy refining the categories in preparation for a new Stokers Halt opening in Belfast in 2018. His strong background in the drinks trade includes stints at Muddlers Club, Oliver’s and Botanic Inns. “Diversity and... View Article

Cocktail of the Month with Red Bush

Cocktail of the Month with Red Bush

About the bartender Christopher commenced his hospitality career cleaning dishes for his head chef brother at the age of 15, progressing to a bartending role at Madison’s Hotel in Belfast when he was 18. Moving on to the Fitzwilliam Hotel’s cocktail bar, “that’s where I started to learn about cocktails,... View Article

Cocktail of the Month with Red Bush

Cocktail of the Month with Red Bush

About the bartender “I started when I was 15, working in a place in Newtowards, and then I got a job as the assistant manager in The Goat’s Toe in Bangor, and was about four and a half years there,” says Tony. Australia beckoned and he then worked for a year... View Article

Cocktail of the Month with Black Bush

Cocktail of the Month with Black Bush

About the bartender Aaron’s career in the bar trade was kick-started a decade ago, when he began working at Scratch in The Taphouse (later renamed The Fly and most recently the Playwright Bar and Time Nightclub) while at university in Belfast. There for six years, “it was a very high-volume... View Article

Cocktail of the Month with the Kraken

Cocktail of the Month with the Kraken

About the Bartender Lisa has been with the Beannchor Group from the beginning of her career in hospitality, starting out as a waitress at the Tatu Bar & Grill 13 years ago. She then had the opportunity to join the opening team at The Merchant as assistant marketing manager. There,... View Article

Cocktail of the Month With Jose Cuervo Tradicional

Cocktail of the Month With Jose Cuervo Tradicional

About the bartender Dave Mulholland is an established face in the Belfast cocktail scene, having entered the bar trade 10 years ago at The Apartment, where he stayed for five or six years. After a few years at Aether & Echo, he joined Love and Death Inc as bar manager... View Article

Cocktail of the Month with Black Bush

Cocktail of the Month with Black Bush

About the Bartender Dom started out in the trade at Love & Death Inc, working in the club, but picking up the odd shift in the downstairs bar. “I would learn a bit from the guys when I was down there and, at that point, I really took to it,”... View Article