Cask, located on MacCurtain St in Cork city, is hosting a one night only takeover by The Savoy Hotel’s famous American Bar in London.
First opened in 1893, the American Bar is considered the oldest cocktail bar in Britain and one of the most renowned bars of its type in the world. It was named World’s Best Bar at Tales of the Cocktail Spirited Awards 2018, and the World’s Best Bar at World’s 50 Best in 2017.
The takeover will be co-hosted alongside Cask’s Andy Ferreira and Carl d’Alton, both having represented Ireland internationally as winners of the World Class Irish Bartender of the Year competition in 2017 and 2018 respectively.
The American Bar Takeover event starts from 7:00pm on Wednesday 1st of May at Cask and is sponsored by Edward Dillon and Co.
On the night, the American Bar will be creating some of their favourite drinks from their newly-launched menu, The Savoy Songbook. The menu pays homage to the musicians and songwriters that have entertained guests in the American Bar for decades, with each cocktail created with one of the bar’s most iconic songs in mind.
Drinks will include the Sun Sun Sun, a tribute to the Beatles’ Here Comes The Sun (Bombay Sapphire Gin, white créme de menthe, orange blossom, yuzu wine, lime, egg white); and the #Nomakeup, inspired by Aretha Franklin’s Say A Little Prayer (Grey Goose Vodka, coconut wine, spiced pineapple, martini bitter, Champagne).
The one-off event will also see Irish Bacardi Legacy winner Stephen Wynne behind the bar before he goes on to represent Ireland at the Bacardi Legacy 2019 Global final in Amsterdam in May with his legacy cocktail Chapter 4.
Ferdia Murray of American Bar said: “I’m so excited to be visiting Cask. It’s one of the best cocktail bars around and I love the renegade, devil-may-care attitude that these guys have shown in their approach and in their creativity. It’s going to be a great evening, bringing an element of American Bar to Cask to create something very cool. And the fact that both my parents were born and raised in Cork and went to University College Cork makes our visit to Cask even more exciting.”
Andy Ferreira, manager of Cask, said: “We’re honoured to welcome the legendary American Bar to Cask. It offers our team an opportunity to work with the best, but also to show one of the best bars in the world how we approach cocktails and more importantly to give them a taste in Irish hospitality which is very unique. Massive thanks to Bacardi Brands at Edward Dillon and Co. for making it possible.”