BAR 1661, in association with Bán Poitín, is rebranding 25 of its signature serve craft cocktails from the ‘Belfast Coﬀee’ to the ‘Beirut Coﬀee’ in support of a bar aﬀected by the blast in the Lebanese capital. Full proceeds from the sale of the bottled cocktails will go to support the Electric Bing Sutt Bar in Beirut as they rebuild their establishment, which was severely damaged by the blast.
BAR 1661 opened in April 2019 on the corner of Green Street in the heart of Dublin, nestled amongst the fruit markets oﬀ Capel street. Just six months after opening, it was voted Ireland’s Best Cocktail Bar by industry peers at the Irish Craft Cocktail Awards 2019. Electric Bing Sutt Bar is a funky and neon dazzled Asian Middle Eastern all day bar in the heart of Beirut, and is No.46 in The World’s 50 Best Bars.
Additionally BAR 1661 will be raising funds for the Red Cross in Beirut through their Dream Drams whiskey tasting service, by selling 50ml serves of exclusive and very special whiskeys donated by Dingle Whiskey, Glendalough Whiskey, Chapel Gate (JJ Corry) and Dunvilles Irish Whiskey. Full proceeds will go to the Red Cross, through Irish charity The Scoop Foundation and can be bought via bar1661.ie.
Bán Poitín and a number of other Irish brands are stocked throughout Lebanon thanks to a trade mission by International Distributors Ireland Craft Beverages in 2018, which included Dave Mulligan, founder of Bar 1661 and Bán Poitín.
“While we all come to terms with the gravity of what has happened to the Lebanese capital, and it’s a drop in the ocean for the scale of the rebuild eﬀort in Beirut, BAR 1661 has always had the power of community at its heart, and we are proud to rebrand our ‘Belfast Coﬀee’ the ‘Beirut Coﬀee’ to do what we can to support our brothers and sisters in our industry.”
The ‘Belfast Coﬀee’ is the house drink at BAR 1661, a cold brewed poitín version of the classic Irish coﬀee. Earthy, luxurious and bitter sweet this is the next classic Irish cocktail for the modern-day drinker and has gained international notoriety in bars from Texas to Tokyo.
Limited to 25 bottles, the ‘Beirut Coﬀee’ is available to order exclusively from bar1661.ie for €30, with full proceeds to Electric Bing Sutt Bar in Beirut. Serving 6, it contains Bán Poitín, 1661 Cold Brew Coﬀee and Demerara and is served with cream and nutmeg.
Handmade by the award-winning bar team in Dublin 7, BAR 1661’s bottled Craft Cocktails use premium spirits and only natural ingredients. They are chemical free and are made using fresh fruits and spices, made to just pour and serve. The full range of Craft Cocktails are available from bar1661.ie, with nationwide delivery. Launching during lockdown, they are now stocked in over a dozen retailers including Fresh Supermarkets, Molloys Liquor Stores, Mitchell and Son Wines, decentdrinksclub.com, celticwhiskeyshop.com, stationtostationwine.ie and stuﬀyouneed.ie.