Famed the world over!
The Bar at the Merchant Hotel is the definitive cocktail bar!
  Awards
Below is a list of the Merchant Hotel Bar awards.
 
 


It is a true cocktail bar and would pride itself on being primarily classic but with an openness to new ideas and modern techniques. This is very much apparent when one reads the drinks lists. The lists embrace forgotten drinks recipes, standards and methods, but the staff also believe in re-invention and innovation and so are constantly assessing the methods they use and the drinks they make. They never allow themselves to become complacent and are always endeavouring to improve themselves and their service.

The person very much responsible for instilling this mindset into all the Merchant bar-staff is Sean Muldoon, the Bar and Potation Manager. Sean has worked for the last seventeen years in an array of different hotels and bars throughout the world and has established a very definite reputation as Ireland's pre-eminent cocktail authority. His aim from day one was to “make the bar at the Merchant Hotel the best bar in the world, known by the world”. His determination to achieve this kind of recognition has paid off in recent years.

Making great drinks in a fantastic bar was not enough for Sean and his staff though. Once the Merchant had established itself as a 5 star Hotel, with a top class cocktail bar, Sean used this as a springboard to launch a revolutionary training initiative entitled: “The Connoisseur’s Club” with fellow enthusiast Steven Pattison.

The Connoisseurs Club was launched three years ago and was designed to bring together spirit and cocktail enthusiasts so they could taste and learn about premium and unfamiliar spirits. It caters for both persons involved in the hospitality industry and other interested parties outside of the trade and has since grown into a bit of an institution, welcoming some of the world’s best cocktail experts to educate and spread the word on cocktails, from the past and into the future.

Sean and Steven have recently launched another opportunity for the general public to learn the ‘magic’ of making cocktails, entitled ‘Bar Magic’. Bar Magic is an in house training school whereby the public can learn how to make cocktails hands on. They are provided with their own equipment, presentations and demonstrations to help them learn. The overall experience is relaxed, enjoyable and the individual leaves well informed on the world of cocktails.

The Bar at the Merchant Hotel has come a very long way in its three and a half years since opening. The bar-staff are inspired, motivated and proud of what they have achieved. The social experience at the bar is certainly one to be remembered, for as one commentator said recently:

“I’m tempted to say that it’s posh and elegant and opulent and sumptuous and swank because it’s all of those things, but there’s something special about the Merchant that makes you forget that you’re in a highfalutin joint – the atmosphere there is just about as down home and friendly as you’ll find in any neighbourhood tavern. You tend to forget your surroundings and just get on with having a great time when you’re in the bar there.”

 
  • Guinness World Record
    World’s Most Expensive Cocktail 2007


  • Theme Magazine Award
    Best New UK Bar 2007

  • Class Magazine Award
    Best Classic UK Hotel Bar 2007

  • Theme Magazine Award
    Best UK Drinks Selection and Bar Team 2008


  • Class Magazine Award
    Best Classic UK Hotel Bar 2008


  • Class Magazine Award
    Best UK Cocktail Experience 2008


  • Imbibe Magazine Award
    Best Boutique UK Hotel Bar 2009


  • Tales of the Cocktail
    Spirit Award for Worlds Best Hotel Bar 2009


  • Tales of the Cocktail
    Spirit Award for Worlds Best Cocktail List 2009


  • Tales of the Cocktail
    Spirit Award for Worlds Best Drink Selection 2009


  • Theme Magazine Award
    UK Bar of the Year 2009


  • Class Magazine Award
    Best UK Cocktail Menu 2009


  • Tales of the Cocktail
    Spirit Award for Worlds Best Cocktail Bar 2010


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