Michele Reina explains to Shay Waterworth how his upbringing shaped his personality

Speed of serve is important. but it’s not everything when it comes to creating a great bar space, says Phil Duff.

Bar Convent Brooklyn’s debut last week has been met with positivity, with many exhibitors, speakers and guests vowing to return next year.

Daniel Warren from the Last Chance bar in Nottingham was last night (June 19) crowned Diageo Reserve’s World Class Bartender of the Year 2018 GB.

Paris bar Little Red Door landed in London this week to promote its new cocktail list: Menu of Universal Values.

Hamish Smith speaks to Co-chair of Tales of the Cocktail, Neal Bodenheimer

Quiet Industry

11 May, 2018

Monica Berg, one-third of the (p)our team, may be the quiet one, but her ethos underpins their work. by Hamish Smith

More than anything, it’s the people and creativity behind a spirits brand that make it so desireable

Hamish Smith speaks to founder of Smultronstalle, Rob Wood

Artesian at The Langham, London has launched a new menu called Artesian Moments consisting of 17 drinks inspired by the general public.

Erik Lorincz will leave his position as the head bartender of the American Bar at the Savoy – the World’s Best Bar 2017 - to open his own bar in London.

The sweet spot

26 March, 2018

David Cordoba travelled the world as Bacardi brand ambassador. he talks rum – and Bolton – with Hamish Smith

Rather than swapping excess for monk-like abstinence, find more sensible ways to achieve balance, suggests Phil Duff

Hamish Smith speaks to trainer and cocktail critic Nyaundi Mangerere

Against the Grain

08 February, 2018

Hamish Smith meets the contrary trailblazer Luke Whearty, just about to embark on a new venture.

Duff Said: Home is away

08 February, 2018

Phil Duff ponders the importance of ‘foreign-ness’ in the global cocktail scene.

The Making of Muldoon

13 December, 2017

Sean Muldoon – owner of New York’s Dead Rabbit and Black Tail – takes Hamish Smith back to growing up in the Belfast troubles, joining the Foreign Legion, and being Eminem before Eminem

Jan Warren falls in love with Italy’s capital – and its treasure trove of cocktail bars

The Philosopher

07 December, 2017

Hamish Smith meets Remy Savage, the new head bartender at former World’s Best Bar, Artesian

Hamish Smith speaks to Artem Peruk, owner of El Copitas bar

Bacardí has named its six UK finalists set to compete at the Northern European finals of the Bacardí Legacy cocktail competition in Amsterdam in November following the conclusion of the UK heats.

The multi-tasker

23 October, 2017

Christian Davis meets up with Swedish-born Fredrik Olsson who owns and runs Kosmopol in London’s trendy Chelsea

Jan Warren is bowled over by the latest venture from former Noma chef Lars Williams

Bar Convent Berlin will be run over three days in 2018 after this year’s event sold out of tickets leaving hundreds of visitors watching live streams around the city.

Drink in the sights

09 October, 2017

A menu is a statement of intent, says Sean Muldoon. The Dead Rabbit and Blacktail co-owner tells us how important menus have been to his bars

Tales of the Cocktail co-founders Paul and Ann Tuennerman have resigned from their roles with immediate effect.

Hamish Smith speaks to Lee Watson, Bar Consultant, Manila

Eastern Fulfilment

14 August, 2017

Hamish Smith highlights the top achievers in the list of Asia’s 50 Best Bars

Leisure operator CG Restaurants & Bars has reported a sales uplift for its Dirty Martini portfolio for the first six months of 2017.

UK-based pub chain The Draft House has opened its first new pub since acquiring Grand Union’s six locations in June.

Jan Warren pays tribute to Sasha Petraske’s environmental contribution

WSTA slams British pub tax

07 August, 2017

British pubs are facing a tax raid of £1bn over the next five years, according to research conducted by the Wine and Spirit Trade Association (WSTA).

Hamish Smith speaks to Alfonso Maya, Owner and Head Bartender of Alexander Cocktail Club & Speakeasy Bar

London calling

17 July, 2017

Luca Cordiglieri has been on the central london bar scene for 20 years – Hamish Smith found him a little closer to home

Frankfurt Favourites

10 July, 2017

Jan Warren finds there’s far more than sausages to this bustling central German city

San Francisco bar Trick Dog, a three-time member of The World’s 50 Best Bars, has launched its ninth menu today, a children’s book named: What Rhymes with Trick Dog?

Award-winning London bar, Dandelyan at the Mondrian has collaborated with the acclaimed Miami beach bar The Broken Shaker, for a 4th of July celebrations menu

The British Bartender’s Association (BBA) held its first monthly meeting at Dandelyan on Monday 19 June, hosted by William Grant & Sons.

Aqua Shard bar in London has launched a Wind Up Wind Down summer cocktail menu created by bar manager Luca Missaglia.

Bartender Ryan Chetiyawardana (Mr Lyan) and his team have partnered with chef Doug McMaster, of Brighton’s zero-waste restaurant Silo, to launch Cub at the former White Lyan site in September.

Manhattan bar in Singapore has won Asia’s 50 Best Bars competition 2017 with last year’s winner 28 HongKong Street, also from Singapore dropping to fourth.

The ice man cometh

20 June, 2017

Hamish Smith meets bartending’s king of cool, Micah Melton

Pernod Ricard has teamed up with The Dome at Lebua in Bangkok to unveil the world’s highest outdoor whisky bar.

Hamish Smith speaks to Ryan Lane, General Manager of The Gresham

Leading bartender Monica Berg believes the industry must ‘have discussions’ about changing the attitude towards female bartenders around the world.

Jan Warren sings the praises of properly made, flavourful rum.

Jessica Mili from Canada, took the title of Bols bartending world champion in Amsterdam this week with her winning cocktail ‘Still Life’.

Artistic Licence

04 May, 2017

Hamish Smith meets Geoffrey Canilao, the unconventional owner of Copenhagen’s Balderdash

Hamish Smith speaks to Nectaly Mendoza, founder of Herbs & Rye.

Jan Warren discovers the reverse dry shake and ponders what egg white really means to a drink

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