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Cask wins Bar of the Year

Wednesday, 29th August, 2018 4:55pm

Do you take your cocktail shaken, not stirred? Well one bar that can help you with that is the boutique cocktail and food venue Cask - this year’s winner of Ireland’s most prestigious Bar of the Year title.

MacCurtain Street's Cask was up against more than 500 other entries in the overall Bar of the Year 2018 category. It was one of three awards that Cask took back to Cork, the others being Contemporary Bar of the Year 2018 and Cocktail Bar of the Year 2018, the latter for the second year running.

Andy Ferreira, manager of Cask, said: “I’m thrilled for everyone involved in Cask. We’re incredibly passionate about what we do and winning these awards is reward for a lot of hard work. Cork city is really buzzing at the moment; there’s such a great variety of places to eat and drink and the service you get is so genuine and unpretentious.

“Winning Cocktail Bar of the Year for a second year running is an amazing feeling. When you do four drinks’ menus a year and really immerse yourself in seasonality, it’s an incredibly rewarding way to develop drinks and menus. We keep pushing ourselves to be better with every menu.”

Cask opened in February 2017 and has made a reputation thanks to its seasonal, nature-led drinks menus, designed by manager and accomplished cocktail master Andy. He and his award-winning bar team, which includes this year’s World Class Irish Bartender of the Year winner Carl D’Alton, have a strict ethos of basing their cocktails around the wild ingredients that grow in Ireland. Sloes, elderberries and rosehips feature on their soon-to-be launched autumn menu.

The local ingredient concept is carried across to the street food-inspired, tapas and small plates food menu at Cask, which is designed by award-winning local food devotee, chef Bryan McCarthy.

Cask is located at number 48 MacCurtain Street in Cork city’s Victorian Quarter and is open seven days, with the kitchen open Monday to Saturday from 5-10pm daily and on Sunday from 1-10pm.

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