Cocktail kings mix it up with a secret hideaway
A city centre cocktail bar has created a secret room to cope with the growing demand for its innovative drinks.
During the week the door to the former kitchen in Door 34 remains locked, offering no clue as to what lies behind it.
But at weekends, when the bijou bar is busy, it is opened up to reveal a stylish drinking area with recipes for 34 classic Door 34 cocktails decorating the walls.
Owner Andy Walsh said "We wanted to create lots of different spaces inside – a cosy den, some decadent chairs, leather banquette seating, high bar stools, chemistry lab space, antique mirror. It's a really eclectic feel, it works!"
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The bijou bar on Monmouth Street has become known for its creative approach to cocktail making.
Rather than simply order from a menu, visitors are encouraged to experiment with flavours and put themselves in the hands of the expert mixologists who will ask about your tastes and spirits of choice before trying to concoct the perfect tipple, whether from prohibition favourite bourbon or with a plum liqueur they've concocted that day.
Andy said: "The whole idea is to introduce people to different things when it comes to drinks.
"It is always nice to keep the customer on their toes but feeling comfortable at the same time."
There are just three full-time staff at Door 34, who between them have more than 40 years experience in the drinks industry, and although they each have their own speciality they all thrive on creating something new and innovative.
One of the things that makes their creations so special is the range of bitters and shrubs that they have created themselves.
Andy said: "They are a flavouring agent, a bar tender's salt and pepper. Bitters can add a whole new dimension to something like a gin and tonic."
Door 34 will be running classes to teach people how to make their own shrubs and bitters.