Dandelyan’s Kelsey Ramage has been crowned the sixth winner of The Tahona Society Cocktail Competition.

Get ready for anything

15 September, 2016

The World’s 50 Best Bars editor, Hamish Smith, gives us a preview of what to expect when the ranking is revealed on October 6

Black Cow Vodka has announced the appointment of Harry Roper and Georgia Billing as its first UK brand ambassadors.

Gin Mare competition winners

08 September, 2016

Robyn Wilkie of The Social Company in London and Fabio Brusco of the San Rocco restaurant in Alicante, Spain were the joint winners of the Gin Mare Mediterranean Inspirations cocktail competition this week.

The team behind Latin America’s ‘first and only’ trade show has hailed last month's event a success and plans to extend the show to two days next year. 

Pitch perfect

30 August, 2016

Hamish Smith talks to Hidetsugu Ueno about the making of Japan’s most famous bartender

Bacardi Brown-Forman Brands (BBFB) has announced that Shervene Shahbazkhani is its UK head of trade advocacy.

Thom Solberg of Black Rock bar in London’s trendy Shoreditch has won the Rebel Yell Bourbon Cocktail Competition.

The Soldier

22 August, 2016

Steve Schneider nearly didn’t make it – in any sense of the phrase. He tells Hamish smith how he went from coma to top tender

Bar Guide Dubai

22 August, 2016

World's 50 Best Bars editor Hamish Smith has been to Dubai - here is his bar guide

Peter F Heering has announced the 10 global semi-finalists of its 2016 Classic Challenge.

Andrej Malic of Celebrity Cruises has been crowned Diageo Global Travel’s ‘best bartender’ at the Diageo Reserve’s World Class competition heat held last night in the Diageo 396 Bar, Miami.

Iconic London cocktail bar LAB will close next month to make way for a new venue co-owned by bartenders Bobby Hiddleston and Mia Johansson and Nightjar and Oriole owners Rosie Stimpson and Edmund Weil.

A conference on the future of the drinks business will preceed Bar Convent Berlin 2016 in October.

Emporia Brands has announced the winner of the Chairman’s Reserve Mai Tai competition - Alvino’s from Newcastle.

Ice is so much more than frozen water when it comes to its latest cocktail incarnations, says Jan Warren

Hamish Smith speaks to Fernando Rodriquez, bartender at Pocket Food and Drinks, Escazu

Aidan Bowie, Diageo Reserve’s GB World Class Bartender of the Year 2016, has partnered with Llama Inn in Williamsburg, NYC to open a World Class pop up bar on August 3.

Chivas’ Regal's global brand ambassador, Max Warner, has been has been named the Best International Brand Ambassador at the Tales of the Cocktail’s Spirited Awards.

The Tiki Guy

28 June, 2016

Martin Cate is one of America’s cultural leaders – the kind who wears tropical shirts. Hamish Smith says ‘aloha’

Manchester’s first ever cocktail festival takes place this summer, between August 8 & 14. 

Andrei Pantiru has been named the London winner of Elit luxury vodka’s Art of Martini cocktail competition. 

Jan warren cautions that taking a reality check should be a part of everyday bar life

The Patrón Perfectionist’s Cocktail Competition has returned for 2016, and has gone international.

Hamish Smith speaks to Warren Pang, Co-owner of Janes + Hooch, one of Asia's 50 Best Bars

Your guide to the must-dos of the new orleans contest. by Hamish Smith

Please do tell

15 June, 2016

Hamish Smith caught up with industry great Jim Meehan at Bacardi Legacy in San Francisco

A Cuban cantinero pulled off a shock win at the Havana Club Grand Prix on Friday, prevailing from a 44-strong field of international bartenders to be named the 2016 champion.

Hamish Smith speaks to Yangdup Lama, Partner and Mixologist at Cocktails and Dreams Speakeasy

Jan warren bemoans the rise of social media heroes over the workaday' tenders who deliver the goods

The Joker

25 May, 2016

Hamish Smith travels to Hamburg to meet Jörg Meyer at his celebrated Le Lion Bar De Paris

Grazia De Franco of Tales & Spirits in Amsterdam has won the second edition of Strega’s cocktail competition.

Terry Kandylis from London’s 67 Pall Mall is the 2016 Moët UK Sommelier of the Year.

Jan Warren looks at how experiments with culinary technology can change the face of cocktails

Hamish Smith speaks to cocktail comp guru and global advocacy director at Bacardi, Jacob Briars, in San Francisco about creating classic cocktails and the business mechanism behind Bacardi Legacy. 

Hamish Smith speaks to Chan Nyein Soe Owner of Roof Alchemy and Level 2 bars about the Yangon bar scene

Former Artesian bartenders Alex Kratena and Simone Caporale have announced the launch of P(OUR), a foundation to build a holistic community for the global drinks industry. 

Hamburg

28 April, 2016

World's 50 Best Bars editor Hamish Smith has been to Hamburg - here is his bar guide.

Chia-An Chan of Angel’s Share in New York, USA, took the title of Bacardi Legacy 2016 champion in San Francisco tonight, emerging victorious with his cocktail Venceremos.

The Flavour Foragers

18 April, 2016

It’s a long way from the Artesian to the Amazon. Alex Kratena shares a jungle adventure with Hamish Smith

Gold on 27 launched at the Dubai-based "7-star hotel" Burj Al Arab Jumeirah on Thursday, with a throng of local and international guests in attendance.

Employees Only, no.4 in The World’s 50 Best Bars 2015, has announced a roll out of its bar concept to three new destinations this year.

Hany wins Ti’ punch cup

11 April, 2016

Jaq Bayles reports from Martinique on the first Clément Ti Punch Cup cocktail competition

Cocktail culture in Chile by Chad William Klonsky

Jan Warren Recalls his First Taste of Raicilla and Reveals the Secrets of its Production

Bar Guide Bangkok

16 March, 2016

World's 50 Best Bars editor Hamish Smith has been to Bangkok - here is his bar guide.

The Dead Rabbit’s Sean Muldoon and Jack McGarry will open a new bar this summer: Blacktail at Pier A. World’s 50 Best Bars editor Hamish Smith gets the inside track from Muldoon.

Iain Griffiths from The World’s 50 Best Bars’ Dandelyan and White Lyan was crowned UK winner of the 2015/16 Bacardi Legacy Cocktail Competition last night.

Emporia Brands has appointed Dainius Kazlauskas as UK brand ambassador for the super premium Ukrainian vodka brand, Staritsky & Levitsky.

DI's Jaq Bayles travelled to Martinique for the first ever Clément Ti’ Punch Cup

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Diageo’s Special Releases - released

Diageo’s 2016 Special Releases are being debuted this evening (September 21). Here are my rambling tasting notes with comments from master blender Maureen Robinson interspersed with an occasional discussion about cake/dessert comparisons.

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