A brand new rum bar has opened at the very top of Castle street and you’re all invited. With a huge variety of rum cocktails and a range of tacos amongst their Latin American offerings, it’s a date you’re going to want to put in your diary veeeery soon.

Open 7 days a week, food and drink lovers are invited to bask in Black Barrel’s laid back vibe and enjoy a menu of 12 professionally created small plates as well as Maverick rum brands, including the iconic Dead Man’s Fingers.

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.”

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.

Attending the launch party last week ahead of their official opening, we were treated to our choice of cocktails from Black Barrel’s menu, going for the delicious Pineapple Express as well as sampling ‘Tequila Mockingbird’ and the fruity ‘absinthe makes the heart grow fonder’ who’s, fruity flavour was accompanied by punch-packing rum to really warm the cockles.

To accompany our cocktails came the bar’s fantastic small plate creations, consisting of Vegan ‘fish’ tacos, flavourful pork tacos, homemade tortilla chips and creamy guacamole. We also sampled sampled smoked mackerel in the traditional form of Ceviche, an interesting and well thought out dish with delicate but recognisable flavours.

All in all, we had a fantastic time at Black Barrel Liverpool which was down to a combination of fantastic hospitality, creative cocktails and traditional homemade cuisine in a laid back and stylish setting. Whether you want to get your night out off to a good start with one of Black Barrel’s sharing cocktails or fancy treating yourself to a few drinks and a bite to eat after work, Black Barrel is perfect for that too. Make sure you pop in soon!

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