Bushmills Irish Whiskey is searching for local cocktail bartenders to compete in Sky Bar Awards 2017

Bushmills Irish Whiskey is searching for local cocktail bartenders to compete in Sky Bar Awards 2017

Just days remain for Northern Ireland’s finest bartenders to enter the Bushmills ‘Cocktail Bartender of the Year’ category at the Sky Bar Awards 2017. Now in its twelfth year, the Awards are of the most premium available across the licensing trade and bring together talent from both Northern Ireland and... View Article

World cider experts Tempted by top Northern Irish producer

World cider experts Tempted by top Northern Irish producer

Tempted Cider from Northern Ireland has struck gold at the world’s biggest cider competition. Tempted gained the top award in the ‘Flavoured Cider’ category for its deliciously different Strawberry Cider at the British Cider Championships held as part of the Royal Bath and West Show in Somerset, England’s only four-day... View Article

Sullivan’s Brewing Company celebrates top international accolade for its Maltings Red Ale

Sullivan’s Brewing Company celebrates top international accolade for its Maltings Red Ale

It’s official! Sullivan’s Brewing Company, based in Kilkenny, is brewing the best ale on the planet, according to the International Brewing Awards 2017/18 – known as “the Oscars of the Beer World”.  Beer awards simply don’t come any greater. Maltings Ale by Sullivan’s took home the top prize in the... View Article

Hennessy sparks search for  Northern Ireland’s best bartenders

Hennessy sparks search for Northern Ireland’s best bartenders

The competition that gives Northern Ireland’s top bartenders the chance to win a prestigious training scholarship with the world’s most iconic cognac brand is back. Now in its third year, the Hennessy Connoisseurs Challenge invites local bartenders to mix, muddle, shake and stir their way through a set of challenges... View Article

Northern Whig Named As ‘The Big Wig!’

Northern Whig Named As ‘The Big Wig!’

The Northern Whig, in Belfast’s Cathedral Quarter, has been crowned the best pub in Northern Ireland at the National Pub and Bar Awards. The popular bar and restaurant, which underwent a major £300,000 refit in 2016, was the regional winner for County Antrim and went on to take the esteemed... View Article

Cathedral Quarter bar champions canine customers

Cathedral Quarter bar champions canine customers

The Dirty Onion in Belfast’s Cathedral Quarter is throwing open its doors to welcome furry, four-legged customers, becoming part of a select list of venues that are dog-friendly in the city centre. Dogs can now soak up the sun alongside their owners in the beer garden or enjoy a lazy... View Article

Luck be a lady at Down Royal

Luck be a lady at Down Royal

The race is on to find Down Royal’s Best Dressed Lady and, thanks to a partnership with Magners Forbidden Favours, the stakes are higher than ever before as fashionistas get in line to chase the top prize of a dream Caribbean cruise. It’s one of the Summer season’s most high... View Article

Raise a glass to World Whisky Day

Raise a glass to World Whisky Day

Local whiskey lovers are in for a treat as a series of unique events will take place across Northern Ireland in the run up to World Whisky Day and beyond. The global celebration, which takes place on 20th May, invites the public to ‘try a dram and celebrate the water... View Article

Bushmills® Irish Whiskey to take over The Filthy Quarter this Bank Holiday

Bushmills® Irish Whiskey to take over The Filthy Quarter this Bank Holiday

The Filthy Quarter will host the first ever Black Bush® Block Party on Sunday 28 May from 4pm as part of the #AnswerTheCall event series. The event will be an explosion of creative energy saluting the fearless, the spirited and the defiant and will offer urban revellers the opportunity to... View Article

Setting The Bar

Setting The Bar

Meeting in George’s of the Market at St George’s Market seemed an appropriate venue for an interview with the veteran of the licensed trade here. Steeped in local history and culture, St George’s defines local retailing in a similar way that Michael represents the timeline of our local licensing trade.... View Article