What To Know About Dublin Cocktail Fest 2015

Great Irish Beverages are very proud to present the second instalment of Dublin Cocktail Fest taking place on October 12th – 17th in 30 + venues across the city. This will be a cocktail festival with a uniquely Irish twist. All of the city venue’s specially made drinks will contain an Irish spirit or liqueur as their leading ingredient!

Which venues are involved? 

57 The Headline, Balfes, Bow Lane, Brasserie Sixty6, Bronze, Bull & Castle, Candlelight Bar, Coppinger Row, Diep Le Shaker, Drury Buildings Secret Bar, East Side Tavern, Ely CHQ, Fade Street Social, Fire, Foley’s Bar, Harry’s on the Green, House, Koh, Peruke & Periwig, Saba, Söder + Ko, Sophie’s, South William, The Blind Pig, The Chelsea Drug Store, The Exchequer, The Liquor Rooms, The Meeting House, The Vintage Cocktail Club, The Waterloo Bar, The Woollen Mills, Upstairs at Kinara Kitchen.. There are still more venues to be announced. For full details on each venue please click here.

How does Dublin Cocktail Fest work? 

Every participating venue has been asked to create a specific cocktail to sell for the week at a 30% discount to anyone who has a festival wristband. The wristbands cost €5 and will be available at each of the venues, they can be used throughout the week at all of the venues. Each of the cocktails must contain an Irish spirit or liqueur as their primary ingredient. So if they want to run with an Old Fashioned, it’s got to have an Irish whiskey. Or if they want to feature a martini then it has to lead with an Irish gin or vodka. If they’d like to create something sweeter, they may use one of the many Irish liqueurs.

For Dublin Cocktail Fest 2015, they are also working with TheTaste.ie  who are facilitating their extremely effective and popular online voucher system. Venues will be offering special rates on their festival cocktails and also offering food pairings, all of which are available on www.TheTaste.ie.

Who are Great Irish Beverages?

Great Irish Beverages was set up last summer by Oisin Davis who wished to showcase the array and high quality of drinks that Dublin venues are now selling. In October 2014, they created Dublin Cocktail Fest in 24 venues, the first cocktail festival in IrelandThis was followed by Dublin Whiskey Fest in February 2015 which was the first Irish whiskey festival to engage with multiple brands.  In April 2015, they partnered with food, wine and travel writer Aoife Carrigy to run Dublin Wine Fest which was a fantastic culinary celebration that ran in over 30 venues. Also on September 3rd across the island of Ireland with the great assistance of Fáilte Ireland, they ran the first Irish Cider & Food day again with Aoife. This was an all Ireland celebration of pairing Irish ciders with Irish food. Venues across Northern and Southern Ireland were involved.

Public vote for best cocktail! #BestIrishCocktail 

By using the #BestIrishCocktail on twitter or by telling them on their Facebook page, they will be asking the public to vote for their cocktail of the festival. Voting will open on October 12th from 6pm and will close on October 18th at 6pm. The winning venue will receive a handmade plaque and will hold the honour of having the best Irish made cocktail in Dublin.

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