Cask bar on MacCurtain Street in Cork swept the boards at the Irish Craft Cocktail Awards for 2018 held on Sunday the 25th of November in Dublin’s Number Twenty Two, taking home five awards including the highest honour on the night, Best Overall Cocktail Bar 2018.
Cask also won Outstanding Cocktail Menu, Best Bar Team and Best Cocktail Bar in Munster, while Best Bartender went to Cask’s cocktail master Carl D’Alton.
The Irish Craft Cocktail Awards aim to celebrate the skill, training, uniqueness and artistry of craft cocktail concoction in Ireland. Winners are determined by public and industry votes, and sponsorship spread across a wide variety of companies.
Reacting to the Irish Craft Cocktail Awards’ triumph, bar manager of Cask, Andy Ferreira said, “I’m thrilled for everyone involved in Cask, and particularly for Carl who is one of the most talented, humble and creative bartenders on the scene. Winning Best Overall Cocktail Bar for a second year running is an amazing feeling. When you do four drinks’ menus a year and really immerse yourself in seasonality and working with locally-foraged ingredients, it’s an incredibly rewarding way to develop drinks and menus. We’re incredibly passionate about what we do and winning these awards is reward for a lot of hard work from all of the team.”
Arthur Little, general manager of Cask, Greenes Restaurant and Hotel Isaacs, said, “We are absolutely delighted with the result, which reflects the professionalism of our team as well as the ongoing quality of what we are producing at Cask. We are so proud of our bar team who are always innovating and pushing the boundaries, and truly are ambassadors for the craft of bartending.”
Cask has been wowing the public and hospitality industry alike since opening in February 2017 for its cutting-edge cocktails designed around locally-produced and foraged, seasonal ingredients, and this is only the latest in a line of awards’ victories for Cask. Carl D’Alton was announced as the World Class Irish Bartender of the Year 2018, taking the coveted title from his colleague and mentor, Andy Ferreira, who was the 2017 winner. Cask took home the top honours of Overall Bar of the Year in the Bar of the Year Awards 2018 and Best Overall Cocktail Experience at the National Hospitality Awards 2018. Amongst other accolades, Cask was awarded Cocktail Bar of
the Year at the industry-leading Sky Bar of the Year Awards 2017 and Best Overall Cocktail Bar at the Irish Craft Cocktail Awards 2017.
Cask is located at number 48 MacCurtain Street in Cork city centre, Ireland, next door to Hotel Isaacs and Greenes Restaurant. Cask is open seven days, with the kitchen open Monday to Saturday from 5pm until 10pm and on Sunday from 1pm until 10pm, serving a menu that offers global-inspired small plates, tapas and street food designed by multi-award-winning chef Bryan McCarthy.
The official Cask website is www.caskcork.com.