Lights, Camera, Cocktails! Best Cocktail Experience 2024

Published on 08 May 2024

Last week, MONIN Ireland sponsored the Best Cocktail Experience competition as part of the esteemed Irish Restaurant Awards 2024. Hosted by Dublin Bar Academy, this year saw over 130 skilled bartenders and mixologists from across Ireland showcase their creativity and flair, drawing inspiration from iconic movies, from Bond to Barbie.

From a staggering 160,000 nominations by the public, 130 competitors were chosen to compete in this two-day event and the panel of judges arrived at this shortlist for the finalists:

  • Matheus Plancke – Bull and Castle
  • Dermot O’Connor – Café Du Parc
  • Mahaam Rashid – Daata Greystones
  • Yu Kajitani – DARUMA
  • Jevgenijs Fokins – Dromoland Castle Hotel
  • Simon O’Connor – Kinara
  • Ariel Sanecki – Pig’s Lane
  • Dimitris Georgantas – Tack Room at Adare Manor
  • Adrian McFadden – The Garden Room at the Merrion Hotel
  • Pat Thomas – The Little Pig Speakeasy

Click here to see their creations on our Instagram page.

With the All-Ireland Final taking place later this month, we eagerly anticipate crowning the Best Cocktail Experience 2024. As an added honour, the winner will go on to represent Ireland at the IBA World Cocktail Championship in Madeira, as well as enjoying their prize trip to Athens Bar Show later this year.

We are always delighted to sponsor this this prestigious event, showcasing the finest talent in the Irish cocktail scene.