I heard gunshots so I ran downstairs and the security guard at reception told me not to go out. My stepdad was badly wounded, my mum was lucky, but the driver was dead.”

With a sense of irony his industry peers call him a little posh boy. It’s ironic because Alex Lawrence is covered in tattoos, carries a thick Scottish twang and is far from what is traditionally deemed ‘posh’.

New York bar Pegu club will not reopen even after restrictions implemented for the COVID-19 global pandemic are lifted.

La’Mel Clarke marvels at how the hospitality industry has already faced up to the coronavirus crisis with creativity.

London cocktail bar Swift has launched a new drinks menu which aims to celebrate its local neighbourhood in Soho.

If you work in the hospitality industry, chances are you work with someone who is struggling with their mental health.

Scottish bartender Nicole Sykes has been crowned the 12th UK champion of the Bacardí Legacy Cocktail Competition.

A view from the city: Tulum

06 February, 2020

Angel Brown speaks to Lorena Seligson co-founder of We Are Bartenders and cocktail writer

Sitting down for a pint of Guinness with a frontrunner in Irish hospitality is a great craic, but there’s far more to Aaron Wall than just the stereotypes of a Dubliner.

Giulia Cuccurullo from London’s Artesian has been crowned the 2020 Patrón Perfectionists cocktail competition winner with her drink called The Bridge.

Bramble cocktail bar in Edinburgh has created a new menu for the first time since opening 13 years ago.

The Beaufort Bar at The Savoy has appointed French bartender Enzo Sigaut as its new bar manager.

The Churchill Bar & Terrace in London has launched its new autumn/winter cocktail menu called Shades of Winston Churchill.

Sofitel St James has appointment Ciprian Zsraga head bartender of the five-star hotel’s St James Bar.

"I’d never carried a tray or worn heels before. I was used to Converse, denim shorts and baggy T-shirts.”

A view from the city: Cardiff

19 September, 2019

Shay Waterworth speaks to Alex Mills, Lab 22 bar manager and Alex Taylor, owner operator of Pennroyal 

All Bar One has launched a new listing of draft beers and ciders called “All the Better with Beer”, which focuses on sustainability.

A new 1940s-inspired cocktail bar set in an overground train station will open in November in the heart of Soho, complementing the original Cahoots underground.

London Cocktail Week by DrinkUp.London will be celebrating 10 years in 2019 from October 4 – 13 

The first edition of the International Roma Bar Show will be held from 23-24 September 2019 at the Palazzo dei Congressi, Rome.

Tequila Mockingbird has secured a new site in Brixton, London which is expected to open in September this year.

Ramsbury Gin and Vodka has launched the Estate of Mind – a two-month takeover at Dalloway Terrace in London.

Ron Zacapa has targeted theatrical drinking occasions to grow its presence in the on-trade through its recent partnership with Zuma.

Ania Kulak from Norway was named global champion of the 'Jameson Barrelmen’s Homecoming' competition held in Cork, Ireland, last month, with her winning cocktails In The Green, High on Life and Goosebomb.

Entries are now open for the UK heats of the Angostura Global Cocktail Challenge which will be held on 17 October.

London’s Coupette has announced a new ‘Summer’ cocktail menu created by owner Chris Moore in collaboration with local sign writer Ged Palmer.

Jack Daniel’s Tennessee Whiskey has launched a new format for the fourth edition of its cocktail competition Tennessee Calling.

Entries for the Funkin Cocktails bartending competition, Funkin Innovation Champion, are now open and this year the theme for entrants is the 1990s.

Manacháin Monaghan, owner of Below Stairs bar in Leeds, has won the UK final of Flor de Caña’s Rum Frontiers competition 2019.

UK entries are now open for Bacardí Legacy 2020, one of the world’s largest international cocktail competitions.

Chinese baijiu brand, Fenjiu, has announced Andrea Dionori from Crazy Bear as the winner of the UK’s first baijiu cocktail competition.

Italspirits by Giuseppe Gallo will host a four-day pop-up event in London this June to mark the 100th anniversary of one of the world’s best-selling cocktails – the Negroni.

Simon Thompson and Jake O’Brien Murphy, who made their names at Callooh Callay in London, have opened their debut venue, Present Company in Liverpool.

Hamish Smith charts the career of one of the young guns of modern bartending

Wall wars on cocktail menus leave Philip Duff pondering the context

The K Bar at The Kensington hotel has appointed Nuno Lage as Bar Manager to launch a new cocktail menu.

It's in the can

14 May, 2019

Philip Duff on how pre-packaged cocktail are finding a strong niche in the modern world

Coca-Cola European Partners (CCEP) has announced a new range of mixers - Coca-Cola Signature Mixers, which have been designed to be mixed primarily with dark spirits.

Shay Waterworth meets early starter Charles Roche, the mastermind behind Liquid Intellect.

Churchill Bar & Terrace in London has announced the launch of a new Cuban theme for its terrace called ‘Casa de Cuba’ from Wednesday 15 May.

Angel Brown speaks to Hiroaki Nagashima, beverage marketing producer of HOTERES and magazine/barkeeper

Scarfes Bar at Rosewood London has launched a new cocktail menu inspired by legendary musicians spanning the past 100 years. 

Little Red Door in Paris launched its 2019 menu today – A way with Words.

London bar operator Ryan Chetiywardana has opened the doors to Lyaness at Sea Containers London, bringing an end to the four-year life of the World’s Best Bar 2018, Dandelyan.

The team that put Portugal on the cocktail map with the success of Red Frog, has launched a second bar in Lisbon, the sustainability-forward Monkey Mash.

Angel Brown speaks to Kurits Bosley, bar nerd at CBK Hospitality Solutions

Robyn Wilkie, has been appointed as the new bar manager at Liquorette – located on Rathbone Place, London.

The American Bar at The Savoy hotel, London has announced a new cocktail menu which will launch on Tuesday 2 April 2019.

A view from the city: Bangkok

06 February, 2019

Hamish Smith speaks to Choti Leenutaphong, managing director of Vesper cocktail bar

London’s bar Swift has launched a new cocktail menu this February for its downstairs bar.

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Nick Strangeway

NOTHING'S NORMAL

Happy customers across the UK enjoyed their first pints and non-homemade cocktails at the start of July as its hospitality sector reopened after months of lockdown. But normal service has hardly resumed.

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