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Passionate and inventive, Kalem Mc Loughlin has quickly established himself as one of the most exciting and innovative professional bartenders in Ireland and the UK.

Having worked for over 7 years in restaurants and nightclubs, pubs and bars; cocktail bars are where Kalem found his heart. It is with the true passion of love that he serves every customer at the world-renowned Merchant Hotel Cocktail Bar, which has spawned the likes of Sean Muldoon and Jack Mc Garry (Dead Rabbit) and Nathan O’Neill (Beefeater 24 Winner), to name but a few.

Vast industry experience and an intense student mentality allowed Kalem to rise through the ranks to head bartender at the boutique Fitzwilliam Hotel Belfast in early 2010; little did he realise that his cocktail knowledge was only the tip of the iceberg… It wasn’t until his big move to the Merchant Hotel in 2012 that he really came into his element. Fresh fruit, hand-carved ice, home-made ingredients (and a back bar that any bartender would be envious of) all honed Kalem’s abilities to deliver outstanding drinking experiences.

He plans to channel these experiences into his own business in the future, but right now, Kalem is determined to share best practice and continue to develop his skills.