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New cocktail bar looks to shake things up

Customers were in for a surprise when they tried out a new bar in Eye.

MIXING IT UP: Cem Peksen at the new bar he has opened in Eye.
MIXING IT UP: Cem Peksen at the new bar he has opened in Eye.

Having been served by Cem Peksen at Cafeye for the last two years, they did not realise he had a hidden talent.

Mr Peksen, 29, opened Bar 14, a cocktail and wine bar, above the cafe he runs in Broad Street, on Valentine’s Day, last week.

After working in top bars and nightclubs in London, and training in bar work since he left school, he also performed tricks with his cocktail shakers, to rival even Tom Cruise.

“Around 60 to 70 people came to the opening night and they all seemed to enjoy it,” said Mr Peksen.

“I realised there wasn’t really a bar locally that served cocktails and wine, so decided to open the new bar upstairs, after fully redecorating.

“There was live music and I think everyone had a good night.

Cem Peksen
Cem Peksen

“As a trained mixologist and flair bartender, I performed a few tricks as well as I made the cocktails and everyone was quite surprised.

“Normally, they see me downstairs serving breakfast, lunch and mediterranean food dishes, not juggling cocktail shakers.”

Mr Peksen, who is Turkish, moved to south Norfolk from London two-and-a-half years ago, which is when he opened Cafeye.

He lives in Diss with his wife, Sophie, and one-year-old daughter, Lila.

Bar 14 will open every Thursday, Friday and Saturday night.

The bar will also regularly feature live musicians and DJs.

“The most popular cocktail on opening night were the Porn Star Martini and Sex on the Beach,” added Mr Peksen.

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