The Northern Patrón Perfectionist Is Found

The team at Patrón came around to Manchester this week to host the next round of the current programme, the Patrón Perfectionist!

Hosted at Mr Cooper’s House and Garden, the competitors found their way to the northern heat by offering a unique Patrón serve, worthy of impressing the judging panel and ultimately winning a place in the final, held in London at The Lucky Pig.

Hailing from the likes of Alvino’s in Newcastle, Diabolica in Belfast and El Bandito in Liverpool, the competitors were joined by UK Brand Ambassador’s Karine Tillard and Dan Redman-Hubley as they re-created their serve to the panel of myself, Lewis Cooke of Epernay Champagne Bar in Manchester, and Sandrae Lawrence of the award-winning The Cocktail Lovers.

The top three will be showcased here today, so in third place saw Lincoln represent with Beckie Sullivan of The Strait and Narrow. Her ‘Especias Prohibida’ saw her shake and throw Patrón Silver, wasabi and ginger syrup, citric acid, Burlesque bitters and egg white, all garnished with the fragrant jasmine flower.

Beckie Sullivan
Beckie Sullivan’s ‘Especias Prohibida’

Shane Kilgarriff of Mr Cooper’s House and Garden, Manchester earned second place with his creation, ‘What The Water Gave Me’. Stirring down Patrón Reposado, German Riesling and rose liqueur, it came garnished with pebbles sourced direct from the Lake District.

Shane Kilgariff
Shane Kilgariff’s ‘What The Water Gave Me’

The winning serve though came from Joe Wild of El Bandito in Liverpool. Named ‘The Spirit of Sustainability’, it saw Patrón Silver, orange liqueur, lime juice, rosehip infused agave, orange blossom water and grapefruit juice, topped with homemade bee pollen soda water and a zest of fresh grapefruit.

Joe Wild
Joe Wild and his winning serve ‘Spirit of Sustainability’

So congratulations to Joe, who wins himself a trip to London to compete in the final against four other finalists from around the UK!

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Agave Tequila Another Go: Tequila & Mezcal Fest Returns For Its Third Year

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Raise a toast to Mexico’s much loved (and often misunderstood) liquid export as Tequila & Mezcal Fest makes a triumphant return on 17th and 18th September 2016 for a third consecutive year, and is the UK’s first ever and only festival dedicated exclusively to showcasing the very best bits of Mexico in what continues to be the greatest ever agave extravaganza.

The event is to take place in a brand new – and bigger – venue, setting up shop in the Boiler House at the iconic Truman Brewery, in East London’s vibrant Brick Lane, where you can soak in the ambiance, tastes, smells and music of colonial and modern Mexico.

Due to last year’s unprecedented success which saw just under 3000 enthusiasts descend upon the capital, the day will be broken up into two sessions, afternoon and evening, ensuring there’s enough agave love to go around.

Tequila Fest is delighted to announce Patron tequila as one of the main partners of the festival, Patrón Tequila will be returning to Tequila Fest in 2016 as a main sponsor, offering visitors the chance to try their traditionally handcrafted 100% Weber Blue Agave tequilas, experience the very latest in digital technology to transport them to the Highlands of Jalisco and learn about tequila production and the exclusive opportunity to buy and try the ‘Margarita of The Year 2016’, as the Rosa Picante makes its first guest appearance outside of Mexico and North America. This exciting collaboration is a must see for cocktail aficionados and Tequila imbibers across the country and not to be missed!

In addition, Fentimans are proud to be the official mixer sponsor for this year’s Tequila & Mezcal Fest. Proving itself to be the perfect accompaniment to Mexico’s most famous firewater, the brand will be two creating signature cocktails, one with Peloton de la Muerte Mezcal and the other with headlining spirit Patron.

Some of the UK’s finest brand ambassadors and bartenders will be back to hold seminars and masterclasses on the art of Mexican cocktail making, such as the classic Margarita. A line up of last year supporters and new brands have joined the party too, including Patron, Olmeca, Casco Viejo, Herradura, Ocho, Fortaleza, El Jolgorio Mezcal, Nuestra Soledad Mezcal, Mezcales de Leyenda, Herencia de Plata, Amores Mezcal giving visitors the chance to discover new favourites.

Food connoisseurs will be treated to a choice of some of the capital’s most celebrated and authentic Mexican restaurants, with Barrio Bars, Lupita, Camion, Cafe Pacifico, Condesa, DF/Mexico, and all pitching up to serve hungry and thirsty revelers.

And to prove that there’s more to Mexico the creative, cultural heritage of the country will be in full bloom with a mariachi band, folklore dancers, an Aztec ceremony performance, art exhibition by artist Honorio Robledo and a photographic exhibition dedicated to the agave process.

Born with one objective, Tequila and Mezcal Fest aims to educate consumers on how to drink and enjoy Mexico’s greatest export – there will be no salt and lime, slammers and definitely no tiny novelty sombreros.
Date: 17th & 18th September 2015

Session times:
Saturday Afternoon: from 12noon to 4:30pm
Saturday Evening: from 5pm to 9:30pm
Sunday Afternoon: from 11:30am to 4pm
Sunday evening from 4:30 to 9pm

Early bird £15 or £20 at the door

Place: The Boiler house at the Truman Brewery, Brick Lane

Tickets: code ‘drinksenthusiast’ and receive a £5.00 discount!

William Grant & Sons UK’s Brand Ambassadors Host The Highland Festival 2016

Team Balvenie Bootcamp
Following the success of last year’s inaugural Highland Festival, William Grant & Sons UK hosted round two at Haggerston Park on Sunday 21st August. The UK’s top bartenders battled it out to win an immersive trip to Scotland hosted by Lesley Gracie, Master Distiller of Hendrick’s Gin, and UK Ambassador, Ally Martin.

This year saw nine teams compete for the title, with Team Reyka coming out on top, winning the crown and a once in a lifetime prize. “My team did me proud and consistently outclassed in the series of random challenges. They are a great group and I can’t wait to celebrate with them.” – Joe Petch, Reyka Vodka UK Ambassador. Team Reyka included Aidan Bowie from Dandelyan, Russell Burgess from Loves Company, Dan Bovey from B@ONE Bristol, Anna Sebastian from The Beaufort Bar at The Savoy, Aaron Masonde from Oblix at The Shard, Alastair Fraser from Little Bat and Iain McPherson from Hoot the Redeemer and Panda and Sons.

The competitors were faced with new and exciting games including Dash and Grab, Bootcamp Challenge and Last Man Standing along with 2015 favourites, The Ramos Fizz Cocktail Relay and Tug of War. Participants and spectators were kept well nourished by the awesome team at Patty & Bun, with the iconic Sailor Jerry Air Stream bar serving up cocktails from across the William Grant & Sons UK portfolio including the Hendrick’s Cucumber Collins and the Sailor Jerry Highland Vice. The Reyka Vodka ‘make your own’ Bloody Mary station made a comeback and Señor Scoop cooled everyone down with their adult ice creams.

Matt Sayer, Senior Prestige On-Trade Manager, William Grant & Sons UK, commented: “After the success of the 2015 Highland Festival, we had no other option but to bring it back, this time bigger and better! It’s the perfect setting for bartenders to enjoy their day off and for our ambassadors to engage with the on-trade, showcasing their brands in a fun and informal setting.”

Anna Sebastian, from Beaufort Bar at The Savoy, commented: “What an amazing day! Seeing so many people from our industry, from all over the UK come together was pretty special. Seeing old friends and making new ones, it’s events like this that bring us together and make a good industry great. Thank you to the William Grant & Sons UK team for such an organised and well-executed event.”

· Team Glenfiddich, led by ambassador Mark Thomson
· Team The Balvenie, led by ambassador James Buntin
· Team Hendrick’s, led by ambassador Ally Martin
· Team Monkey Shoulder, led by ambassador Grant Neave
· Team Sailor Jerry, led by ambassador EmmaLi Stenhouse
· Team Reyka, led by ambassador Joe Petch (2016 Champions)
· Team Disaronno, led by ambassador Rod Eslamieh (2015 Champions)
· Team Wood’s, led by Rum Specialist Stephen Rutherford
· Team Ancient Reserves, led by Whisky Specialist Alwynne Gwilt

Spirits Platform And Walsh Whiskey Distillery Announce Partnership In Australia

btlsPremium spirits, marketing and distribution company Spirits Platform and Walsh Whiskey Distillery have announced an exclusive Australian partnership with to manage Walsh Whiskey Distillery’s internationally acclaimed whiskey brands, spearheaded by The Irishman.

Coinciding with Spirits Platform’s first birthday and the recent opening of Walsh Whiskey’s new distillery at Royal Oak in Ireland’s County Carlow, Spirits Platform will distribute The Irishman’s Founder’s Reserve (RRP $70), The Irishman Single Malt (RRP $80) and limited editions, The Irishman 12 Year Old Single Malt (RRP $110) and The Irishman Cask Strength (RRP $180) to selected premium retail and on-premise accounts.

Established in 1999 by husband and wife team Bernard and Rosemary Walsh , The Irishman has gathered a swathe of international awards including being named Irish Whiskey Brand of the Year at the New York International Spirits Competition in November 2015.

Now exporting to 40 countries, Walsh Whiskey Distillery is rare amongst independent Irish whiskey distilleries in producing all three styles of Irish whiskey – pot still, grain and malt from its two production lines using both pot and column stills.

The exclusive Australian distribution agreement follows Spirits Platform CEO Ian Atherton’s visit to Ireland in June for the opening of the new €25 million (AUD$36 million) Walsh Whiskey Distillery and visitor centre at the 18th century Royal Oak estate on the banks of the River Barrow. The distillery is expected to attract more than 75,000 visitors per year as a highlight of Ireland’s Ancient East Tour is offering.

Ian Atherton said he was delighted by the opportunity to represent this outstanding example of Irish whiskey in Australia.

“We could not ask to manage a more premium, artisan whiskey that is testament to the uniquely handcrafted approach undertaken by Bernard, Rosemary and their team.”

“On behalf of the Spirits Platform team I want to thank Walsh Whiskey Distillery and we look forward to nurturing The Irishman in Australia as we continue to develop awareness with both consumers and trade,” said Ian.

Bernard Walsh, Co-Founder of Walsh Whiskey Distillery and creator of The Irishman and Writers Tears super-premium whiskeys said he was thrilled that the Australian visitors to the distillery could now also enjoy its whiskeys at home.

“We were delighted to seal our partnership with Spirits Platform during Ian’s recent visit to Royal Oak.”

“Whilst Australia currently accounts for two percent of global Irish whiskey sales – this is a number I’m sure will grow under the stewardship of the Spirits Platform team,” said Bernard.

The launch of The Irishman in Australia coincides with the visit of Walsh Whiskey Distillery’s Global Brand Ambassador, Sean Normoyle, who will be attending Whiskey Live in Brisbane on August 19 &20, The Oak Barrel Fair, Sydney on August 26 & 27 as well as visiting key accounts and partners.

After Over 400 Years, Agave’s Best Kept Secret is Launching in the UK

Raicilla Estancia Product Shot
National wholesaler and specialist retailer Amathus Drinks have teamed up with distributor Proof Drinks as official partner for the launch of the Agave spirit Raicilla. Raicilla producers R&J Estancia Distillery selected Proof Drinks to exclusively import Estancia Raicilla into Europe and Australia, launching it into the UK in partnership with Agave specialists Amathus Drinks who will handle all UK distribution through their wholesale and retail departments nationwide.

Known by some as the Mexican native gin, Raicilla is one of Mexico’s oldest artisan spirits. Raicilla is obtained from the distillation of musts derived from grinding mature hearts of Agave Maximiliana which are given 10 to 15 years to ripen in the high altitude regions of the Sierra Madre Occidental. In the cool climate of the mountainous region the Agave matures to form the Raicilla’s unique floral characteristics.
The resulting aromatic Raicilla has a light nose with notes of citrus and roasted fruits and an irresistibly crisp and balanced palate with a medium sweetness and smooth mouth-feel.

Like a combination of Gin, Mezcal and Tequila, this Raicilla is one of the most refined Agave spirits you’ll come across with very few spirits in the world as versatile. The nobility of its origin is manifested in many ways and can be enjoyed neat or on the rocks and even as an ingredient in various dishes and desserts in Mexican cuisine. In fact, sipped alone, accompanied or mixed, its mild flavour and aroma satisfies the most demanding palate.

An increased global consumption of Agave spirits has been seen as a result of high quality Tequilas and Mezcals becoming available, thus paving the way and creating a consumer desire for a new category of Agave spirits which Raicilla is set to capitalise on.

“Amathus has been at the forefront of many new trends in the UK market; Artisanal Cachaça from Brazil, Pisco from Peru, and Mezcal to name a few. Raicilla is made in Jalisco from Agave Maximiliana, also known as Lechuguilla. Estancia Raicilla is a welcome addition to our portfolio and a great introduction to the world that is Raicilla. Exciting times!” Jon Anders Borchgrevink Fjeldsrud, Agave Ambassador, Amathus Drinks.

To celebrate the partnership and introduce this new spirit to the UK, Amathus’ Soho store will be holding a tasting and masterclass led by Rio Chenery of the R&J distillery on Friday 2nd September, followed by a launch party at El Camion on Brewer Street, Soho on Monday 5th September.

Global Lifestyle Experience Comes To London: L’Eden By Perrier-Jouet

L’Eden by Perrier-Jouët is an immersive experience around a completely new vision of nature and an unexpected contrast in the urban city of London.

From 16th – 25th September, spanning the duration of both London Fashion Week and London Design Festival, L’Eden by Perrier-Jouët will celebrate the creative effervescence of two of the biggest cultural weeks, with an installation from leading Parisian designer Noé Duchaufour-Lawrance and the world’s first bio-responsive garden by Bompas & Parr.

Found at 147 Wardour Street the two story L’Eden by Perrier-Jouët is named after the exclusive Eden cellar in Epernay, the home town of Maison Perrier-Jouët where it’s rarest and most prestigious Champagnes are kept. L’Eden by Perrier-Jouët is inspired by the beauty of nature and the space will echo the Art Nouveau inspiration behind Emile Galle’s iconic Perrier-Jouët Belle Epoque bottle which she designed in 1902.

The ground floor lounge has been curated by internationally renowned French designer Noé Duchaufour-Lawrance, alongside beautifully designed chairs and tables hangs an interactive installation, which links nature to the city creating an unexpected contrast of calm in an urban landscape. Noé has chosen to use Bernhardt furniture for the space as each speaks the language of simplicity and graceful lines that are the trademark of Noé Duchaufour-Lawrance.

The installation includes a vertical system of 3D-printed elements suspended from the ceiling on a network of brass tubes which grow down from the ceiling, like branches from a pergola. Noé creates a link between nature and the city, as there is little green space in London, particularly in Soho, the installation gives the sensation and reinterprets green space in this urban environment. Noé dramatises the approach in which the champagne is served, as visitors extract the flutes from the ‘tree,’ in a new tasting ritual, to be filled up with Perrier-Jouët Champagne.

What’s more growing downstairs will be the world’s first bio-responsive garden, an installation bursting with plants that mimic the movements of visitors, complete with a hidden Eden cellar, for those who know.

L’Eden by Perrier-Jouët will play host to various experiences including design talks, fashion presentations, Perrier-Jouët tastings, masterclasses and star-studded parties. Consumers can experience L’Eden by Perrier-Jouët on Friday 23rd, Saturday 24th and Sunday 25th September. All other dates will be invitation only.

For more information and to buy tickets go to

Tanqueray No.10 Presents The Perfect Ten

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To shine a light on the pursuit of perfection taken on by the craftsmen behind some of the UK’s most treasured and iconic luxury brands, Tanqueray No. TEN has launched The Perfect Ten Campaign.

Spanning a yearlong celebration, an exciting brand collaboration will be revealed at the beginning of each month, alongside a new product or experience with a unique story to share. Working alongside fashion icon Sophia Neophitou and 10 Magazine, Tanqueray No. TEN has handpicked nine other luxury brands, each with a talented master craftsman at the helm who spend their days creating the extraordinary. These are experts from the fashion, design, jewellery, retail and travel industries, and include international designer Lee Broom, luxury travel brand Belmond, menswear designer Timothy Everest, cult florists Rebel Rebel and globally renowned photographer Maria Ziegelbock. The master craftsmen behind these luxury brands have been chosen to form ‘The Perfect Ten’.

Kick-starting the campaign is the legendary Charles Tanqueray, the craftsman behind Tanqueray No. TEN. In 1830, Charles Tanqueray followed his passion to set up the Vine Street Distillery in Bloomsbury, London, to produce a quality gin worthy of his ambition. With an exceptional entrepreneurial spirit and a unique vision, Charles Tanqueray spent years of experimenting to succeed in producing the key balance of ingredients to make the perfect London Dry Gin. Since this defining day in Tanqueray history, Tanqueray No. TEN is now one of the most popular luxury gins in the UK and a multi award-winning spirit.

Tanqueray No. Ten takes its name from Tiny Ten, the nickname of the small copper pot still where every drop is produced, but there is nothing minor about its flavour. Handcrafted in small batches, and bringing together almost 200 years of distilling passion, the unique artisanal blend of Tanqueray No. TEN along with the abundance of fresh citrus fruits sets this gin apart from the rest. This blend of fine botanicals and spices remains a well-guarded secret to this day.

As a pioneer in his craft, Charles Tanqueray is behind the inspiration of The Perfect Ten campaign, which will champion today’s craftsmen who uphold the same passion and vision, creating a legacy within their respective craft.

Keep an eye on fashion bible for each Perfect Ten brand partner announcement at the start of every month. Alongside each announcement, a unique product or experience will be revealed, which will be available to purchase.


Final Day For The Laphroaig Champions Divided Opinions Competition

Following the huge success of 2015’s award winning #OpinionsWelcome™ campaign, Laphroaig ® has launched the global competition for another year running. The social media initiative celebrates consumers’ most expressive, poetic and downright unusual descriptions about the wildly divisive tasting profiles of Laphroaig ® 10 YO, Select and PX. To enter simply visit the #OpinionsWelcome™ website ( and guests will be invited to enter their opinion. Over 200 prizes will be awarded to the best and a further five will be chosen to be part of an immersive Laphroaig® experience. The competition ends 19 August 2016, so get submitting.

Selected by Distillery Manager, John Campbell, the top five Grand Prize winners will receive an all-expenses-paid trip to Laphroaig’s home on Islay, Scotland, and the chance to share their winning opinion with the world – as each Grand Prize winner will see their name and unconventional whisky tasting note printed onto the lids of Laphroaig’s iconic white tubes that will appear on shelf around the world.

Laphroaig® is a complex beast that has never shied away from strong opinions. Its most loyal fans freely describe the heavily peated single malt whisky as “disinfectant for the soul” or “like a punch in the face…but in a good way.”

When the competition closes on 19 August 2016, John Campbell will select the most ingenious opinions and judge them on their creativity, imagination, humour and honesty.

In addition to a personal ‘Water to Whisky’ distillery tour hosted by John Campbell, Grand Prize winners will be invited to the Tasting Room to sample the range of whiskies, followed by an exclusive prize giving ceremony. The 4-day Grand Prize trip to the home of Laphroaig® takes winners on an exploration of the 201-year history of what is considered to be the most distinctive single malts in the world.


The first 40 #OpinionsWelcome™ competition runners up will be awarded a bottle of Laphroaig® with their name and winning description emblazoned onto its bespoke #OpinionsWelcome™ label, whilst the remaining winners will all receive a one-of-a-kind postcard from Islay signed by John Campbell and printed with their unique opinion that caught his eye.

With over 200 prizes on offer, #OpinionsWelcome™ applauds the uniquely individual way that each person experiences Laphroaig® no matter what corner of the world they live in or what stage of their whisky journey they might be at. So whether you think the Scotch whisky tastes like “a first kiss with a smoky touch of heaven” or “a mouthful of bog water,” it’s an opinion that only you can put into words and Laphroaig® wants to share it with the world!

Submit your opinion at by 19 August 2016 to have your say and become part of Laphroaig’s 201-year history

Plymouth Gin Explores Cocktails Past And Present With New Bar Menu

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Plymouth Gin has launched an extensive and exciting new drinks menu for the distillery’s Refectory Bar featuring a combination of classic and contemporary cocktails that have been curated by International Brand Ambassador, Sebastian Hamilton-Mudge. The menu not only offers an unparalleled taste experience for gin lovers visiting the Plymouth Gin distillery but also brings to life the remarkable stories behind the brand.

At the heart of the menu are four cocktails that tell the story of Plymouth Gin. The Marguerite, a variation of the Dry Martini which was first recorded using Plymouth Gin, showcases the brand’s historic role in the creation of the world’s most famous gin cocktail; the Gimlet and Pink Gin both speak of Plymouth Gin’s association with the British Royal Navy, on whose ships these drinks were first created and finally the Gin Pennant is a modern cocktail devised by Hamilton-Mudge, with nautical tradition at its heart.

The eclectic menu offers something for everyone and has been designed to challenge modern ideas of gin cocktails. From The Captain’s Table section is a collection of the Refectory Bar team’s favourites, including the Dartmoor Flip, made with a syrup of local Jail Ale. Recreating the communal drinking rituals among sailors in the 1600s, the Punch-Up on the Barbican section offers innovative group punches designed to be shared. With Love From The Savoy, meanwhile, celebrates the brand’s long history with the American Bar at the Savoy Hotel, proving to gin lovers that great drinks never go out of fashion.

A final series of drinks – Stranger Things Happen At Sea – is a forward-looking collection of new and unusual cocktails. The Negroni 57, imagined by Hamilton-Mudge after a long day working at the Plymouth Gin distillery, is batch-made, bottled and charged with CO2, while the Ankle Snapper is a fun recreation of the classic Red Snapper, using fresh cherry tomatoes and cardamom. The menu also offers a group of non-alcoholic drinks, to which Plymouth Gin can be added according to personal tastes.

Sebastian Hamilton-Mudge comments: “The new Refectory Bar menu is my celebration of the versatility and rich cocktail history of Plymouth Gin, a spirit that is loved by the best bartenders and gin connoisseurs across the globe. With such a wealth of heritage, it was important to bring to life the stories of Plymouth Gin through the new cocktail menu, while also demonstrating why this spirit is considered one of the world’s most versatile cocktail ingredients. I hope that the fun and playful collection of cocktails will excite gin lovers visiting the Refectory Bar time and time again.”

The new Refectory Bar menu is available at the Plymouth Gin Refectory Bar, Black Friars Distillery, Plymouth. For opening hours visit the Refectory Bar website:

Key Recipes

  • Marguerite: Plymouth Gin, French dry vermouth, orange bitters
  • Classic Pink Gin: Plymouth Navy Gin, 2 drops of Angostura bitters, lemon twist
  • Reinvented Gimlet: Plymouth Navy Gin, homemade lime cordial
  • Gin Pennant: Plymouth Gin, Plymouth Sloe Gin, Antica Formula, apricot liqueur, orange juice, fresh lemon juice, sugar syrup, soda water, fresh mint, lemon and orange twist
  • Dartmoor Flip: Plymouth Gin, Jail Ale syrup, fresh egg yolk, chocolate bitters, grated nutmeg, sloe gin soaked raisins
  • Refectory Punch: Plymouth Gin, yellow chartreuse, homemade orgeat syrup, fresh lemon juice, sparkling green tea, oleo saccharum, lemon and orange slices
  • Savoy Hotel Special Cocktail No. 2: Plymouth Gin, Lillet Blanc, fresh orange juice, apricot liqueur, lemon twist
  • Negroni 57: Plymouth Navy and Sloe Gins, Antica Formula, Campari, water, CO2, citrus tincture
  • Ankle Snapper: Plymouth Gin, cherry tomatoes, fresh lemon juice, sugar, cardamom, sea salt, fresh cucumber, tabasco

All Hands On Deck For New City Centre Pirate Inspired Rum Bar Man’s Ruin

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A new pirate inspired rum bar is set to open in the heart of Liverpool’s vibrant Stanley Street.

Man’s Ruin will be unveiled on Thursday, August 25, and will provide a refreshing new dimension to the city’s bar scene by combining the look and feel of a pirate ship with aptly paired inventive mixology.

As the brainchild of owners Joe McMahon, Adam Ramsey and Dan Friend, whose ever-expanding hospitality portfolio also contains Graffiti and Wall of Fame, Man’s Ruin will be situated within the trio’s newest property, formerly operating as Wonderland.

The directors said: “Not to be confused with our recent announcement of the over-21 nightclub Void, Man’s Ruin is a completely separate rum bar housed within the same 10 Stanley Street building. The concept for Man’s Ruin was inspired by a venue that we visited in America as we wanted to introduce something a little more edgy and out-there to this end of town.

“While the original idea was to create a Tiki bar, we decided to expand on this and instead base it around the look and feel of a pirate ship, focusing on rum and things associated with pirates such as women, tattoos, gambling and drinks aka ‘Man’s Ruin’.”

Featuring an authentic dark wood interior, synonymous with traditional pirate ships, the lower-ground rum bar ensures a consistent tone throughout. In addition to barrel booths, focal points include quirky lighting, artwork and a luxury ‘Captain’s Quarter’.

In line with supporting the on-going development of the local area, Man’s Ruin will create 15 new jobs ranging from security to bar and hosting staff.

The directors added: “We hope that Man’s Ruin will become a firm favourite with local residents, students, corporates and those traveling from further afield for occasions such as hen and stag parties. Given our proven track record for providing a night out to remember, we are very much looking forward to adding a novel new dimension to the city’s world-famous nightlife.

“Man’s Ruin is not just about having a drink in a bar – it’s about experiencing an on-deck atmosphere like no other. Our motto is ‘Work like a Captain and play like a Pirate’!”

Man’s Ruin will open its doors on Thursday, August 25 and will be from thereon open Thursday-Sunday 7pm until late.

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