Cork is set to come alive this Summer as Cask cocktail bar on MacCurtain Street in the city’s vibrant Victorian Quarter hosts a series of special one-off bar takeovers over the next three months.
The first of these events is sponsored by Diageo Reserve and will see globally recognised Callooh Callay from Shoreditch, London, taking over the bar on Wednesday June 27, giving guests a chance to sample their iconic signature drinks for one night only. Drinks served on the night will include:
- Radishing Lady – Tanqueray gin, radish, créme de Mure, triple sec, strawberry, lemon & egg white
- Freyja’s Ice Tea – Ketel One vodka, orgeat, cherry liqueur, lavender liqueur, lemon & soda
- Sea of Trees – Lapsang Taqueray gin, Antica Formula vermouth, cacao & Pedro Ximenez sherry.
Callooh Callay has been a long-standing featured bar in The World’s 50 Best Bars and was named Best International High Volume Cocktail Bar at Tales of the Cocktail 2016.
The other two events in the bar takeover series will see Edinburgh’s Panda & Sons – nominated for Best International High Volume Cocktail Bar 2017 at the eleventh annual international Spirited Awards – and Super Lyan of the Lyan family of bars, owned by cocktail superstar Ryan Chetiyawardana, from Hoxton, London, coming to Cork on July 24 and August 14 respectively.
Andy Ferreira, Bar Manager and Chief Mixologist, said: “The amazing thing about Callooh Callay is its longevity at the top over the last decade; that is what I find so inspiring and what we aspire to replicate here at Cask. I’m lucky enough to call their GM Aaron a close friend, so Callooh Callay was the perfect fit to kick off our Summer season of visits from internationally recognised bars.
“It’s a chance for the Cork public to taste some amazing drinks first and foremost but also a great opportunity for those who work in the industry to learn from the best. I would strongly urge anyone who works in the industry to come and hear Aaron’s talk on Wednesday. He’ll cover two topics, which are hugely important in the hospitality sector at the moment; health and training. Massive thanks to our friends in Diageo Reserve for making this possible with their support!”
Aaron Wall, General Manager at Callooh Callay, said: “Callooh Callay is a staple of the cocktail bar scene globally. We have always celebrated the best bars in the world either by the guest shifts we host in the Jub Jub bar upstairs and the bars that we do takeovers in. We think that it’s important to both share what we do with other cities and to shine a spotlight on the trail blazers and ballers in the industry.
“Andy and I first met when we were representing Ireland at the Cocktail World Cup 2010 and we’ve kept in touch ever since. Cask is a bar that we are intrigued by and think we can draw a lot inspiration from. Andy and his team seem to really be forging a new path for the industry that I think needs to be acknowledged on a world stage.”
In addition to their bar takeover, on Wednesday June 27, Callooh Callay will also be hosting a seminar to give young bartenders in Cork the chance to learn how Dublin-born Aaron and the team at Callooh Callay work and create their menus. The seminar will consist of a talk from 3pm to 5pm, which will cover topics ranging from training to health. Places are limited. Email firstname.lastname@example.org to book your spot.