CAL BYRNE JOINS THE MERCANTILE GROUP
Introducing the latest addition to The Mercantile Group, Cal Byrne. Cal joins The Mercantile Group acting as Group Beverage Manager, the lead on all things drink related for each of our fantastic venues. During his role, Cal will create and run a group wide comprehensive training program to ensure each of our mixologists are shaking up cocktails like the best in the business. From cocktail menu curation to bar layouts, Cal has got it covered. Whether you are in to enjoy one of our venues classic cocktails or looking to try one of Cal’s new creations during his time with the Mercantile Group prepare to be wowed.
Cal is a 27-year-old bartender and the first Irish bartender to have placed in the top ten in the Diageo World Class Competition after being crowned Diageo Reserve’s World Class Bartender of the Year 2021 Ireland. Brought up in a family of practicing artists, Cal has always had a flare for creativity and a passion for unique creation something which is emphasised by his talent and skill in cocktail creation. Following on from his studies of sculpture and fine art, Cal committed himself fully to the craft of bartending. Following on from several successful projects, such as setting up his own bar in Limerick which is known as the hub for young creatives in the west of Ireland and assisting in the set-up, design, and training of 101, Cal went on to seek out a proper cocktail education where he could hone his craft and prepare to enter Diageo’s World Class.