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

Jonathan Arthur of Bramble, Edinburgh, has won the national final of the Courvoisier Toast of Paris cocktail competition and will go on to represent the UK in the international finals in Paris in May.

Rebel with a cause

06 April, 2017

He didn’t have the easiest start in life, but Jesse Vida turned himself around. He tells Hamish Smith his story

Ryan Chetiyawardana and the Mr Lyan team have announced the launch of Super Lyan, which will occupy the basement space of White Lyan in Hoxton, London.

Hamish Smith speaks to Anthony Farrell, Founder of APOC.

Drop the attitude

24 March, 2017

Jan Warren is perplexed by a bartender’s attitude and wonders what elicits such reactions

Diageo has published its list of top 50 bartenders for the Diageo Reserve World Class GB 2017 semi-final.

Ada Coleman remembered

08 March, 2017

On International Women’s Day, it seems appropriate to remember Ada Coleman, who was a leading London bartender much loved by the rich and famous in one of London’s top bars at the beginning of the last century.

Born to the bar

08 March, 2017

Hamish Smith talks to Ago Perrone about his journey from Lake Como to London’s Connaught bar

Jan Warren asks what his bartending friends would choose as their final drink in the event of an apocolypse

Hamish Smith speaks to Grant Murray, General Manager at Scotch & Rye.

Dandelyan at Mondrian London, won a host of awards at the re-launched Class Bar Awards, including Best Bar, Best Hotel Bar and Best Drinks Menu.

Wandering Spirit

17 February, 2017

Iain Griffiths has achieved a lot in a short space of time. Hamish Smith tracks the path backwards from White Lyan and Dandelyan

Jan Warren attempts to satisfy those customers who have no idea what they want to drink

A view from the city: Zurich

03 February, 2017

Hamish Smith speaks to Dirk Hany, Ex-bar manager at Widder Bar, Zurich

Pernod Ricard has announced the Beefeater MIXLDN cocktail competition finalists ahead of the global final in London.

The Fire Fighter

23 January, 2017

Dinos Constantinides has faced his share of adversity, yet has always bounced back. Hamish Smith finds out how

Jan Warren on the forensic detail that goes into creating every drink on a bar’s menu

Hamish Smith speaks to Jarkko Issukka Co-founder/bartender of Lilla e

Courvoisier has launched its Toast of Paris International Cocktail Competition for the second year with ‘Le Jour et la Nuit de Courvoisier’.

González Byass has launched the 2017 edition of its international cocktail competition, the Tío Pepe Challenge.

Chicago’s Goose Island Beer Company is to open its first bar in the UK. 

Jan Warren harks back to the old days when local bars were where revolutions found their feet

Jack Daniel’s Tennessee whiskey has named the three winners of its Tennessee Calling competition. 

Tony Conigliaro of London cocktail bars 69 Colebrooke Row and Bar Termini and drinks innovation company Drink Factory, will open his third bar concept, Untitled, in Hackney this December.

Hamish Smith speaks to Neil Donachie, owner of Shilling, Newcastle, UK

The Chameleon

18 November, 2016

Shingo Gokan talks to Hamish Smith about adapting and surviving

Hamish Smith speaks to Jad Ballout, bar manager at Central Station Boutique Bar

Warren Column: Mood Swings

03 November, 2016

What’s the best way to cope with feeling moody when you’re behind the bar? Jan Warren shares

Alive and kicking

27 October, 2016

New York’s Dead Rabbit has been named the world’s best bar. Hamish Smith catches up with co-owner Jack Mcgarry to see what’s next for the winning team

Braced for impact

20 October, 2016

Grant Murray from Scotland won the Peter F Heering classics global final in London Cocktail Week

Dutch distillery brand Bols is inviting bartenders to compete in its next global bartending competition Bols Around the World: The Bols Genever Edition.

Diageo, organisers of the World Class Bartender of the Year competition, is offering a once in a lifetime opportunity for a travel and drinks enthusiast to go on the ultimate cocktail adventure and host a new global travel show.

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