BAR 1661 has been named as a top-ten regional honouree in this year’s Spirited Awards.
The Dublin venue made the list for Best International Bar Team in Europe, rubbing shoulders with world-best bars in cities such as Barcelona, Berlin, London, Cardiff and Athens.
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Founded in 2007 to celebrate excellence in the global cocktail community, the Spirited Awards are presented by the Tales of the Cocktail Foundation.
Newcomer Paladar, in Cork, was also named as a regional top-ten honouree for Best New International Bar, making it the first time that two Irish bars have been nominated in the same year. The ultimate winners will be announced at the Tales of the Cocktail Conference, taking place in New Orleans from 23 to 28 July 2023.
BAR 1661 owner Dave Mulligan said, “I’m incredibly proud to have been recognised by Tales of the Cocktail as one of the best bar teams in Europe. I’m lucky to work with this team every day, and to see them grow into the world-class unit they have become is humbling, to say the least. Their creativity, dedication, focus and ambition is unrivalled with any team [of which] I’ve been part, and I know they still haven’t reached the level they are striving to get to. They are a constant inspiration for me and a force to be surrounded by. It’s very rewarding to know that the BAR 1661 team is on par with some of the best bars in the world.”
“We are so grateful for the contributions of each of these Spirited Awards regional honourees,” said Tales of the Cocktail Foundation CEO Eileen Wayner. “We are the sum of our parts in this industry, and it’s so fulfilling to see the bars on this list sharing their passion and unique approaches to hospitality with the global drinks community.”
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