The Irish Cocktail Festival arrives next month with bars in all 32 counties set to take part 4 years ago

The Irish Cocktail Festival arrives next month with bars in all 32 counties set to take part

The fun kicks off on 9 October, and tickets are already on sale for the events.

The second annual Irish Cocktail Festival will be running all across the country from that Monday right up to Saturday 14 October.

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On that day there will be hosting a closing party at Eastside Tavern on Leeson Street, Dublin 2 from 6 to 9 pm.

Tickets for the party can be purchased here, and everyone in attendance will be able to sample a host of different Irish spirits and enjoy a complimentary Irish cocktail made from a special menu that is being put together especially for the big finale of the festival.

Meanwhile, any bar, restaurant or hotel in Ireland and Northern Ireland can take part in the cocktail fesitval.

All they need to enter is a love for supporting Irish drink products and to showcase a cocktail made with one of our official Irish brands for the duration of the festival in their venue. Registration is free and can be accessed easily by hitting up the organisers' website.

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Then, once the festival begins, the public may vote for their favourite cocktail by using the #BestIrishCocktail hashtag on twitter or by heading to the festival's Facebook page. The winning venue can then lay claim to having the finest Irish Cocktail on the island of Ireland, joining last year’s winner was Davy Mac’s in Waterford with their “Apple Market” cocktail made with Gunpowder Irish Gin.

Each province in Ireland will also be represented with alcohol made in each of them being used in the cocktails, including Bushmills, Black Bush and Shortcross Gin from Ulster, Dingle Distillery Gin & Vokda, Jameson Black Barrel, Powers Gold Label and Green Spot from Munster, Connemara Single Malt, Gunpowder Gin, The Pogues Irish Whiskey and Von Hallers Gin from Connaught, and Egan's Irish Whiskey, Glendalough Double Barrel & Wild Botanical Gin, Liberties Whiskey, Mad March Hare Poitín, Poacher's Premium Irish Mixers, Roe & Co. Slane Irish Whiskey, Teeling Whiskey and Writer's Tears from Leinster.