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Arkle Whiskey Bar

Whiskey flights with tales of Arkle & Aristocrats

Choose your whiskey flight, then immerse yourself in the stories soaked into the walls around you. From aristocrats, to the amazing racehorse Arkle, share the flavours of the past and feel their warmth as you sip and savour our specially created Whiskey Flights paired with local delicacies and sharing platters. 

Built as a Coaching Inn by 3rd Marchioness of Londonderry Frances Anne Vane in 1848, The Londonderry Arms Hotel is as much a fixture of the Antrim Coast Road as the powerful tides and smooth pebbles. 

If Whiskey Could Talk…
…it would tell you to sip up and listen to the stories of the aristocrat that believed in community and shaped the futures of hundreds.

If Whiskey Could Talk…
…it would tell you to sip up and listen to the tales of the ordinary people who followed a dream of a horse around the country and won nothing but respect.

Today, the Arkle Whiskey Bar, named after the legendary 1960’s steeplechaser, is the perfect place to share a dram, good conversation with the locals and soak up the spirit of the land and people that make this place so unique.

Book one of our special whiskey flight experiences with tales of Arkle & Aristocrats.

The Arkle Hat Trick

The Taste of Triple Success

In 1966, to the delight of the Arkle Club, Arkle won his Gold Cup hat trick at Cheltenham.  At the very top of his game, this trustworthy talent fuelled the fun in the Arkle Club, creating positivity, confidence and excitement. It was this blend of good feelings that made a trip to the Arkle Bar worth it then, and more than worth it now, with this hat trick of incredible blends from Bushmills.

  • Bushmills Original
  • Bushmills Rum Cask 
  • Bushmills American Oak 

Paired with Arkle Nibbles consisting of local Irish Black Butter Fudge, local dulse and Glens of Antrim Crisps
£25 per person 30 mins

The Arkle Club

Here’s three worth betting on
When proprietor Frank O’Neill died in 1993, the Arkle club died with him. For it was him, not just Arkle that more than 50 members came here for. He served up wise counsel when it was wanted, a whiskey when it wasn’t. The Arkle Club was about so much more than the horse. It was people sharing their time and stories, the best things in life to bet on.

Whiskey Flight:

  • Bushmills 10 Yr
  • Bushmills 12 Yr
  • Bushmills 16 Yr

Paired with Glenarm Organic Salmon served with homemade wheaten bread,
artisan North Coast Chocolates and local Arkle Nibbles selection.

£45 per person 60 mins

The Aristocrat

Upper Class Uisque beatha. 

The 3rd Marchioness of Londonderry, Frances Anne Vane brought change to Carnlough. Her wit and wealth made her a darling of emperors, rulers and statesmen. But her social spirit shaped this place. Along with Garron Tower, the harbour, schools, railway and the lime kilns, she built the walls around you. So raise your glass and proudly sip the finest whiskeys we can find.

Whiskey Flight: 

  • Bushmills 21 yr
  • Bushmills 2011
  • Bushmills 1995

This exclusive whiskey and food pairing has been inspired by a menu prepared for one of the famous Arkle Club dinners including local Glenarm Organic Salmon, the original “Cheltenham Cheeseboard” and charcuterie platter, finished off  with the delicious brownie soaked in whiskey, made to the original hotel recipe and named after the jockey Pat Taafe.  Also served with artisan North Coast Chocolates  and local Arkle Nibbles selection

£85 per person 60 mins

And before you go, don’t forget to touch the lucky horseshoe worn by Arkle, which now sits pride of place in the Arkle Whiskey Bar. Locals will all tell you that good luck and fortune will quickly come your way!!  

Additional info

  • Join us for our series of exquisite tasting and whiskey pairing experiences thoughout the year
  • Bespoke Group bookings also available on request
  • Join us for Coastal Stories and Sounds on Sunday nights
  • Overnight packages available