On Good Friday, the 19th of April in 2019 the Bar 1661 opened. You’re probably wondering: why 1661? I thought it was to do with the tax on malted barley. I was partly right.
1661 was when the English imposed a tax on Irish whiskeys. Irish whiskey makers revolted. This new tax also influenced Poitín production as it became illegal and was pushed underground. Bar 1661 is named after this fact.
Bar 1661 offers a diverse selection of Poitín (nowadays it is legal of course!), interesting whiskey cocktails, fine food and also a small, but a great selection of whiskeys.