Shaken, Stirred & Stimulated at The Liquor Rooms
THERE is nothing wrong with a few pints in your local. Something about the familiarity and routine of going to the pub with friends every Tuesday is comforting. Tradition is something to be celebrated. Of course, there are only so many nights a week one wants to watch a movie at home. No one tells stories about nights in drinking cheap wine with the neighbours. Doing something fun and different doesn’t have to be exclusively for the weekend. Ireland is filled with a majorly untapped hub of creativity and we’re slowly beginning to branch out and celebrate culture – the 2015 way.
After a period of economic decline, it appears Ireland as a whole is once again rejoicing in originality and quality. Millennials are desperately searching for something with an edge, something worth tweeting about, maybe. But something more. Pints in the local aren’t going to cut it for much longer. In the past few years there have been an abundance of alternative events cropping up all over Ireland; independently organised, artistically curated and beautifully thought out.
The Liquor Rooms is one of Dublin’s top cocktail bars with sleek, intimate, vintage décor making you feel like you just stepped into a scene from Moulin Rouge. They claim to be the only bar in Ireland with their very own full-time Arts and Culture manager, Chandrika Narayanan-Mohan, in a role created to back creativity and imaginative events in the venue. She spoke to us about her position, saying “The Liquor Rooms is a place where creativity flourishes, and we want to support that creativity not only in our venue but within the drinks industry in general.”
Inspired by the modern vivaciousness of the capital’s nightlife, The Liquor Rooms just launched their new monthly ‘Cocktails + Design’ talk series which, according to Chandrika, aims “to promote Irish Designers, bringing their work not only to people from other industries, in particular, the drinks industry…We want to celebrate Irish Design an encourage collaboration between industries, all over some delicious craft cocktails” she added.
At the end of last month I attended the inaugural talk, The Liquor Rooms’ ‘Cocktail + Product Design’, where the lovely and talented parties of Design Goat and Dolmen wowed the packed-out venue. An interested crowd asked intelligent questions and cradled beautiful cocktails. The intimate setting made for more of a conversation than a lecture. A fantastic combination of complimentary drinks and inspiring people made for a brilliant night and left me wondering – why aren’t there more events like this?
There should be more like Chandrika, working closely with arts, culture and design organisations to stimulate us (even more than the alcohol does). “We love hosting their events and supporting their projects” says Chandrika, of these organisations, “It’s my job to make sure people know who we are and that we’re here to help.”
After their successful first event, The Liquor Rooms has announced the next few topics for the design discussions. Taking place on the last Wednesday of every month they plan on touching a broad range of topics, to appeal to all their customers, all free of charge. The next takes place on March 25th, titled ‘Cocktails + Film’ and brings mixologist and film aficionado Oisin Davis to the stage, discussing various creative projects. Stay tuned for the announcement of their second guest of the evening and look out for me, I’ll be first in the door.
Other venues should take note. To stand out from the crowd, you need to do something different. Celebrate our home grown, cultural geniuses and showcase your own creativity and talents. People might show up for drink offers, but put something unique on the menu, and we’ll remember the night for so much more than great Vodka.
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Photos c/o Valentina Alvarez, The Liquor Rooms FB