David Mulholland




Belfast, Ireland


Apartment. It's the only bar I've ever worked in. Is that a good thing or bad thing?


The Duke of York, fantastic whiskey selection and one of the warmest atmospheres you'll find. Also a cracking pint of Guinness to be had.


Is it a cliche to say a pint of stout and a whiskey chaser? I am not too sure about a cocktail to be honest, probably a Sazerac.

Bad ass barman/rock n roll moment?

I guess this is more a rock'n'roll moment than a 'bad ass' barman moment. Whilst my band were touring Europe last summer in Toulouse we were setting up for a sound check when the bar owner appeared and announced that if anyone knew how to bar tend they could have free reign of the bar. That was a messy night that's for sure.

Ever done it on a bar?

I don't understand, done what now?

What's next for you?

Onwards and upwards I guess. I can't see myself being in Belfast much longer if I want my career to progress anyway.

Best/worst chat up lines you've heard at a bar?

I had the unbearable embarrassment of having to listen to a guy trying to chat up a journalism student and telling her he was my da once before (my da was a well known journalist in the early 90s). For the good of all humanity she knocked him back. Best chat up line? 'Awk you're lovely?' always has to make ya smile at how bad and yet successful it can be.

Tell us a secret or something we don't know?

It wouldn't be a secret anymore if I told you now, would it? I love buckfast!

If you were to make a barchick cocktail, what would you put in it?

Never recommend or make a cocktail up for someone without asking a few questions first, a customer isn't your blank canvas.

How do you like your Martini?

Wet. Millers and Lillet 6:4 balance. Lemon twist.

What did you want to be as a kid?

A farmer of all bloody things. I am not too sure what that was all about.