New bar under the stars will ‘make moments happen’
A new bar under the stars promises to be “the jewel of Hamilton” that will “make moments matter”.
Bacardi has created the private 1862 Cocktail Bar at its Hamilton headquarters. It features a 19.5ft floor-to-ceiling display stocking Bacardi’s full portfolio – more than 200 liquor brands.
Douglas Mello, the company’s managing director, said that the bar’s luxury style underlined the company’s goal to “make moments matter”.
He explained: “We want people to come here for great drinks, to get close to their friends and to find new friends in the people they meet here.
“We also want people to walk away from this bar feeling inspired to partner with Bacardi or even get into the hospitality industry themselves.”
The two-storey bar, named after the year the company was founded, showcases Bacardi’s full line of rums, tequilas and other spirits from Dewar’s Scotch to Grey Goose vodka.
It has a lounge area and a conference room overlooking the bar and Bacardi’s signature logo is woven into the decor and furniture.
The ceiling has a constellation of lights that mirrors the night sky over Cuba when Bacardi was founded.
Private artwork, some of which was once temporarily held in the Bermuda National Gallery, lines the corridor to the lounge and a stairway to a conference room, turning them into a small-scale art gallery.
Mr Mello said that the bar aimed to replicate the historic look of Bacardi’s first Cuban bar with an added modern twist.
He added that the company wanted the bar to reflect the “cultural DNA” of Bacardi, which is reflected in the decor and photographs along the walls.
Mr Mello said that the bar opened last week to the Bacardi family, whose response was “overwhelmingly positive”.
He added that the company was creating a training programme for bartenders looking to join or sharpen their skills in the hospitality industry.
Mr Mello said: “It’s an investment in Bermuda – we had construction workers, architects, cocktail bartenders involved with making this bar.
“It’s an investment into the future of the building and the future generations to come, both for family members and the local community.”
The bar will act as a non-commercial bar and will offer service to business partners and staff and their invited guests.
Renovations to the room took three years and the bar installation took about six months.
The renovations are expected to be completed in October, although Mr Mello promised “it’s behind the scenes work – things you wouldn’t even notice”.