Happy World Whiskey Day: Five places to celebrate in Belfast
It’s the weekend, but for anyone needing a nudge to get out on the town, it’s also World Whiskey Day today. World Whiskey Day is intended to help us celebrate the best whiskey in the world but here in Belfast, we don’t need to look too far afield for inspiration. Not only are we home to some of the best venues in the world, our home-grown whiskey is considered the best by local and international experts alike.
Bushmills Irish Whiskey has been handcrafting whiskey for over 400 years, and is one of the first distilleries in the world to make both single malt and blended Irish whiskey. The iconic distillery knows a thing or two about a quality whiskey serve and has compiled a list of five unpredictable Belfast venues to sample and toast Northern Ireland’s influence on the world whiskey stage tomorrow.
The Gallery –Dublin Rd, Belfast
Officially opened this week, you may not have checked out the ground-floor space of ‘Belfast’s newest masterpiece’. So why not let your first visit be tonight? The team at The Gallery appreciate the finer things in life, from quality design to fine art to Irish whiskey. Ask the bartenders for the venue’s most impressive signature serve, Black Bush finely combined with port syrup and soda and dressed with a flavoursome and intensely fruity burnt orange peel.
APOC –1 Goose Entry, Belfast
Owner Anthony Farrell and his expert team have brought the Irish whiskey experience to another level with their marriage of stimulating Black Bush serves and the secretive, speak-easy feel of this secluded venue. On arrival, the bartenders will chat you through your preferences and create a serve that appeals to your unique tastes, whether it bea classic like an Old Fashioned or something a little more adventurous, locally produced Black Bush with its rich fruity notes and deep, intense character is versatile enough to please all asks.
The Filthy Quarter – 45 Dublin Rd, Belfast
Impressively laid-back and uniquely charming, The Filthy Quarter has mastered entertainment with a range of distinct bars all under one roof, providing for all tastes and all occasions this summer. The simple but sensational Black Bush and Fresh Apple is a stand-out serve available at Filthy Chic. Why not enjoy this long and refreshing serve in the Secret Garden? The Filthy Quarter will host the first ever Black Bush Block Party on May 28. The event will be an explosion of creative energy saluting the fearless, the spirited and the defiant and will offer urban revellers the opportunity to enjoy Black Bush inspired street food, specially-created Black Bush serves, live art demonstrations and a pop-up barber shop experience.
The Black Box –18-22 Hill St, Belfast
Make your way to The Black Box, right in the heart of Belfast’s whiskey heritage for a Black Bush and white lemonade, accompanied by a zesty orange wedge.With culture on tap and the atmosphere laid-back and local, this uncomplicated serve will do the trick tonight.
Five Points – 44 Dublin Rd, Belfast
Whilst all the whiskey serves are worth a try, you might as well ‘go big or big home’ here so give Tammany Hall a whirl - Black Bush masterfully paired with an IPA reduction and premium sherry with whiskey barrel bitters, sage and Bay Leaf Tincture to complement this serve’s fruitful base flavours.
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