Ireland to welcome first Poitín bar

20th September, 2017 by Amy Hopkins

Ireland’s first dedicated Poitín bar will open in Dublin next month in celebration of 20 years since the decriminalisation of the white spirit.

16-61 has been opened in collaboration with Bán Poitín, produced by The Echlinville Distillery

Launched in collaboration with the Bán Poitín brand, the bar is named 16-61 after the year Poitín distillation was banned.

The bar will host a six-week residency from 19 October to 26 November at a secret Dublin location, which will be revealed next month.

“Poitín has been on the rise for over five years now, we can’t believe nobody has done anything in Ireland like this before,” said Dave Mulligan, founder of Bán Poitín. “We have seen specialist gin bars popping up all over London and the UK, it makes sense to support a revival of your national spirit, this is what Bán has been about from the get go.”

Bán Poitín will curate a list of Poitín-based cocktails, while 16-61 will also feature other Ireland-made spirits beers and local food. Weekly masterclasses will also take place, and guest bartenders from Ireland and abroad will tend the bar.

“This is going to be the biggest celebration of Poitín since it’s heyday of the early 1800s,” adds Mulligan.

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