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Bangor barman to learn from the best at The Dead Rabbit pop up bar in London

Bangor barman and mixologist Jonni Waterworth is set to learn from the best in the business as a pop up from The Dead Rabbit opens at London's prestigious Claridge's.

The Dead Rabbit, owned by Belfast's Jack McGarry and Sean Muldoon, opened in New York's Financial District in 2013.

It has been crowned the best bar in the world for two years in a row and become a must-see attraction in the city.

A special pop up bar is now running at Claridge's in London for the next week, and Jonni has been invited to work at the event - learning all about the cocktail making business.

Speaking to the Belfast Telegraph from London, Jonni said: "I work at the Bull and Claw in Donaghadee and my manager used to work with Sean Muldoon. She got in contact with him after hearing about the pop-up bar.

"He invited me out for the week to work, which I wasn't expecting but it's incredible.

"The Dead Rabbit has been named the best bar in the world for the past two years - so it's like when you're a kid and you want to play football, you want to play for Man United because they are the best. And this is the equivalent of the mixology world."

Inside The Dead Rabbit in New York.

Over the next week Jonni, 23, will gain invaluable work experience in mixology under the tuition of Sean and his team.

"Four months ago I was in a nightclub pouring pints and vodka and cokes, now I'm working with the best in the business," he said. "It's a bit surreal."

With over four years experience as a barman, Jonni has been making a name for himself in Northern Ireland through various competitions.

Jonni Waterworth

He is hoping his time in London over the next week will help him further his career, and he says he definitely wouldn't turn down an opportunity to work at the famous Dead Rabbit bar in New York.

"If they were to offer me a job in New York, I'd be on the next plane out," he joked.

"In terms of the future, it's the dream to own my own bar, but at the minute I'm just focusing on progressing in my career and learning as much as I can from the guys from the Dead Rabbit."

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