Watch as we take you inside new Castle Street Bar, Black Barrel

A new rum bar – Black Barrel – is the latest venue to open on Castle Street in Liverpool city centre.


An intimate bar with a laid-back vibe, Black Barrel will be the perfect watering hole for locals who want to listen to music while experimenting  from the extensive range of rums and other spirits and a menu of delicious Caribbean and Latin American food.

Visitors to Black Barrel will take a journey into the world of rum and get the opportunity to enjoy maverick brands like Dead Man’s Fingers Spiced Rum while cocktail lovers can choose from an extensive cocktail menu or cocktail flight.

Head Chef, Bryony Stratton from Holywell, Wales and Mexican chef, Luis Michel, have created a menu of 12 small plates, including vegan options, with influences from Latin American and Caribbean countries – and they describe each one as a ‘vibrant work of art and taste sensation’.

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The new bar will be run by General Manager, Danielle Hamm from the Wirral, whose previous experience includes Neighbourhood and Gusto.

Danielle said:  “As consumers wake up to the fact that rum has so much to offer, they’re beginning to experiment with rum in a way they’ve never done before – it is affordable, accessible and versatile with so many regional styles to explore now, so it’s an exciting time to be opening a bar like this.

Black Barrel will bring something different to Castle Street with its cool and laid-back vibe.  It’s a small, intimate bar that sits around 40 people, who will get to chill out with some brilliant rums,  long drinks and cocktails, as well as some delicious food, fantastic music and acoustic live bands.

“This part of the city has become a real destination area for locals and visitors because it offers so many exciting food and drink options; there’s a real buzz about the area – we can’t wait to open our doors and join in.

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“The bar was inspired to give locals and visitors to the city a taste and education in the world of rum.  So expect everything from white rums, to deep caramelised sipping rums, as well as versatile punchy rums like Dead Man’s Fingers, alongside a selection of Latin inspired small plates with plant based options.

“We want people to feel free to come in and enjoy the laid back and chilled vibe, so either pop in or hang out for an entire evening.”

Head Chef, Bryony Stratton said:   “We wanted to come up with a menu that was drawn from the whole of Latin America, so we have everything from Mexican Tacos to Colombian Arepas.  Black Barrel wants to offer sophisticated flavours in an informal setting. It was important to me that all the dishes prepared are from scratch, so when you leave you feel you’ve experienced the full Latin vibe, right in the heart of Liverpool.”

The name Black Barrel pays tribute to the method of ageing rums and other dark spirits in a charred barrel to intensify their taste and add richness.

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