Champagne is a category in which brand reputation has a key role. Its expense clearly plays a part in consumers' brand loyalty - creating a reluctance to experiment with lesser-known brands as they might in the craft-spun worlds of beer and gin, for example.

The continued premiumisation of tonic has changed the level of expectation consumers have for simple serves such as the G&T.

Brands Report 2020: Beer

28 January, 2020

Almost 20% of bars polled for the Brands Report said Heineken was their number one bestseller.

Brands Report 2020: Sherry

28 January, 2020

That 90% of our sample of the world’s best bars say they stock sherry goes some way to explain the renewed importance of this Spanish fortified in the modern cocktail bar.

Brands Report 2020: Vermouth

28 January, 2020

Manhattan, Martini, Martinez... the list of reasons to reach into the fridge for vermouth are many, and never has the bartender had such a choice.

If the bitters category was laid out like a Monopoly board then Angostura would have hotels on Mayfair and Park Lane.

Brands Report 2020: Liqueurs

23 January, 2020

While it feels like Negronis have been big business for a decade, our research suggests it’s been more like half that.

Brands Report 2020: Cachaça

20 January, 2020

Cachaça's dependence on the Caipirinha cocktail creates both opportunities and problems for the category.

Brands Report 2020: Mezcal

20 January, 2020

Del Maguey has yet again dominated the mezcal results for 2020, with 44% of bars suggesting it’s their bestseller.

Brands Report 2020: Pisco

14 January, 2020

The ongoing debate over the origins of pisco – and therefore the most authentic choice of brands – will probably never conclude. One thing which cannot be argued is that Chilean pisco is more popular with bartenders than it used to be. 

Brands Report 2020: Brandy

14 January, 2020

Torres has been named the bestselling brandy in this year's Brands Report.

Brands Report 2020: Tequila

14 January, 2020

Don Julio has retained its crown as the bestselling tequila brand in the world’s best bars.

Brands Report 2020: Cognac

13 January, 2020

Elevated to its own category in the Brands Report, the new cognac list still has a familiar order.

Brands Report 2020: Vodka

13 January, 2020

Ketel One has retained its position as the bestselling vodka brand in the world, with 32% of elite bars declaring it the number one choice.

This catch-all category, taking in global whiskies (outside of American, scotch and Irish) tends to be dominated by Japan.

In the bar channel, Irish whiskey might take a back seat to American styles, and even scotch, but few venues don't have a small collection on their back bar.

Because so many classics call for bourbon and rye, scotch has never been the go-to whisky in cocktail bars, but it is certainly now much more in the thinking.

With the proliferation of distilleries continent-wide, North American whiskey is no longer the sole domain of its heartlands Kentucky and Tennessee.

Brands Report 2020: Rum

08 January, 2020

Rum's lighter styles rein supreme in the world's best bars, according to our findings.

The Brands Report is a snapshot of the buying habits of the best bars in the world.

Brands Report 2020: Gin

08 January, 2020

Tanqueray tops the gin pops this year, edging out old foe Beefeater.

Brands Report: Pisco

16 January, 2018

There’s an exciting new entrant in this sector, reports Shay Waterworth

Brands Report: Scotch Whisky

08 January, 2018

The previously unassailable Johnnie Walker could be showing signs of weakness, finds Hamish Smith

Brands Report: Irish Whiskey

08 January, 2018

The growing Irish Whiskey category gets its first page to itself this year. Hamish Smith explains why

Brands Report: World Whisky

05 January, 2018

With Irish Whiskey stripped out, other countries get a chance to shine. Hamish Smith does the maths

Diageo’s Bulleit holds both top spots for the third year running. Shay Waterworth reports

Brands Report: Gin

04 January, 2018

Tanqueray tops the best sellers yet again, but Hendrick’s is making its mark. By Hamish Smith

Brands Report: Vodka

04 January, 2018

There’s been little change in the best sellers, with the top brands all holding, says Hamish Smith

DI Annual Bar Report: Rum

10 January, 2017

There’s a new name topping both lists but not much changed elsewhere. Holly Motion reports on the top 10s rums at the world's best bars

DI Annual Bar Report: Vodka

09 January, 2017

There's no change at the top but 'craft' vodkas are mixing things up, says Holly Motion. Here are the top ten vodas from the world's best bars.

The Drinks International Annual Bar Report looks to gauge the buying habits of the best bars in the world by conducting a survey of their owners, head bartenders and bar managers.

Welcome to the World's 50 Best Bars Brands Report 2015, a spin-off survey that tells us what brands sell best in the best bars in the world.

For the fifth instalment of the 2014 Brands Report, we quizzed the class of 2013 on the liqueurs and bitters brands moving through their bars.

On day six of the Brands Report, a spin-off survey from The World's 50 Best Bars, we polled bartenders on the subject of tequila. 

On day five of the Brands Report, a spin-off survey from The World's 50 Best Bars, we turn to brandy. So is it cognac, armagnac, or brandies from Spain, South Africa and the US that are selling best in the world's best bars?

In the second installment of the Brands Report, a spin-off survey from The World's 50 Best Bars, we take a look at the rums that have been in favour in the world's best bars.

Vodka is the focus for the first installment of the Brands Report, a spin-off survey from the World's 50 Best Bars. So, which brands are tickling taste buds of the world's best bars?

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