Aberdeen bar to represent UK at global bar summit

Martin Farmer, Jonathan Arthur and Shea Campbell Orchid

Orchid Aberdeen is representing the UK in an international competition to find the world’s best cocktails bars as part of this week’s Reykjavik Bar Summit in Iceland.

It is the only bar in the UK to be shortlisted as a finalist against 14 others including Little Red Door in Paris, Holmens Kanal and Strom in Copenhagen, and Dead Rabbit Grocery & Grog in New York City.

Now in its second year, the Reykjavik Bar Summit begins today, running until March 3, attracting people from the bar industry around the world for talks, demonstrations and parties and to exchange ideas.

Featuring leading names from the bar and drinks world such as Tom Zyankali, Philip Duff and Lynette Marrero, it includes seminars such as Dan Priseman on the art of throwing in making cocktails.

Orchid Aberdeen, which is part of the Monkey Bars Aberdeen Limited group, was established in 2009 in the city’s west end on Langstane Place. Along with sister bar 99 Bar and Kitchen, it underwent a stylish refurbishment six months ago.

Martin Farmer, general manager of Orchid Aberdeen, said: “We are absolutely delighted to have attained a position in the final of this prestigious competition. To be shortlisted alongside many of the world’s leading cocktail bars is a huge compliment, and we are really excited for Jonathan Arthur, our duty manager, and Shea Campbell, our senior bartender, to represent the whole of the UK at the competition.

“Preparation for the competition has been very intense, and it is something the whole team has been working on behind the scenes. The guys will be showcasing our classic Pink Orchid, as well as many other bespoke drinks, putting their skills to the test and showing the other bars the high-quality product and service we can deliver.”

Martin is pictured above with Jonathan and Shea at Orchid Aberdeen.

Ben Iravani, managing director of Monkey Bars Aberdeen Limited, added: “This is a huge achievement for not only Aberdeen, but for Scotland and the UK as a whole.

“To have one cocktail bar representing the entire cocktail industry would be a great honour, and I have no doubts that the guys will showcase our creative, unique offering to the world at one of the biggest international cocktail competitions.

“Attending the competition is an excellent opportunity for the team to get acquainted with the legends of the industry and learn about new innovative ideas for creating artisanal cocktails. It’s a very exciting time for the business indeed and I wish them all the best in Iceland.”

Other bars competing are Tiki Tolteca, La Chine, Amor & Amargo, The Normandie Club, Up & Up and Seamstress from the USA, Super Panda Circus from the Czech Republic, Jigger’s from Belgium, Little Quarter and Stranger from Sweden, and A21 and Liberty or Death from Finland.

The winner will be announced at a party on Thursday.

More details about the summit at www.reykjavikbarsummit.com.

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