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New Barcelona inspired cocktail bar to create seven jobs in Belfast

Anthony Farrell pictured outside the new Blaklist bar on Little Donegall Street in Belfast
Gareth McKeown

THE founder of two popular Belfast bars is set to launch a new internationally influenced venue on Little Donegall Street.

Anthony Farrell, who launched both Love & Death and the former Aether & Echo, is to open cocktail and tapas bar, Blaklist tomorrow (Friday), creating seven jobs.

Inspired by his work experience across Europe and in New York, Mr Farrell's new venture will offer a cosmopolitan and experiential cocktail menu with tapas prepared using local ingredients.

Based in Little Donegall Street beside The Bear and the Doll bar, Blaklist will apply fine dining food science practices adopted by renowned Michelin Star restaurants including Ferran Adrià's El Bulli Restaurant and Heston Blumenthal's The Fat Duck. Drawing on a range of international influences Blaklist also features Venetian and Roman inspired interiors complementing a Mediterranean feel inspired by legendary cocktail bar la Boada's in Barcelona.

Mr Farrell said the new venue will offer an experience "like no other" in the city.

“I have drawn inspiration from the bars, places and people I have worked in, and with, including Barcelona, Paris and New York as well as here in Belfast. My experiences in unique venues have contributed to the layout and feel of Blaklist which will offer Belfast something very different.”

"Our vision is for Blaklist bar to be an artistic meeting place where people can relax and socialise in a venue that is customer-orientated, atmospheric and experiential which will deliver an experience like no other Belfast bar. We have transformed a formerly unused space into a vibrant new venue in the heart of the city centre. This is an area that is being extensively regenerated and we are enormously proud to be part of its exciting new development.”

Mr Farrell has a vast range of experience and successfully managed hospitality for the MTV Music Awards in 2011. A previous winner of Belfast's Best Cocktail Bartender, his company San-greal Bartending has also successfully trained thousands of people in the hospitality sector locally.

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