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.

Ireland's first permanent alcohol-free bar The Virgin Mary, will open in Dublin this February.

Eve Vasileiadou was practically raised behind a bar – now she runs her own show. Shay Waterworth meets the vibrant manager of Churchill Bar

Duff Said: What's fair?

20 December, 2018

Philip duff asks whether it’s really only the privileged, heavily-backed brands and bars that can afford to win awards

Hamish Smith speaks to Charlene Dawes, owner of Tastings Group

Shay Waterworth meets the unstoppable Alex Kratena, former star of the Artesian and co-founder of Pour

Diageo has announced that next year’s World Class Bartender of the Year awards will be in Glasgow.

A view from the city: Jakarta

06 December, 2018

Hamish Smith speaks to group head bartender at The Union Group Jakarta, Kika Moka

As alcohol delivery companies make their mark, Philip Duff bigs up the delights of domestic drinking

As the legalisation of cannabis opens up, Philip Duff asks what industry the liquor companies are really in

Max Venning: A new oasis

06 November, 2018

Shay Waterworth meets Max Venning as he gears up to open his latest watering hole in London

World Class champion Orlando Marzo has told Drinks International that he wants to open a bar in Melbourne in late 2019.

Hamish Smith speaks to the founder of Strangers Club, Carlos E Esquivel

Ketel One Vodka has partnered with Amico’s Bar in Essex, England to open an edible garden on site.

Teatulia opened this week at 36 Neal Street, Covent Garden and it is said to be the first tea shop and cocktail bar in London to have complete ownership of its provenance.

Bar Convent Berlin kicks off its new three-day format today. Hamish Smith spoke to show director Petra Lassahn and director of education, Angus Winchester, about what to expect from the show this week and into the future.

Ryan Chetiyawardana has announced that Dandelyan, currently number two on the list of The World’s 50 Best Bars, is going to close.

Author Tristan Stephenson, international bartender of the year Joe Schofield and Manhattan’s Philip Bischoff are among the industry stars speaking at Barometer in Ukraine.

London Cocktail Club founder JJ Goodman has created a winter cocktail menu for a new bar in the business premier lounge of London’s Eurostar terminal.

Steve Schneider and Shingo Gokan have announced they will open a new cocktail bar called The Odd Couple in Shanghai, China. (picture: drinkmagazine.asia)

Peter Dorelli, UK Bartenders Guild ambassador, says the UKBG will expose talented bartenders living and working outside London.

In an open letter, leading London bar operator Tony Conigliaro has criticised Bacardi’s Martini for piggybacking his Bar Termini Milano-Torino charity bike ride and creating its own.

Summer Chen of Singapore bar Summerlong has been crowned champion of the 2018 Gin Mare Mediterranean Inspirations global final in Ibiza.

Alan Sherwood has collaborated with Max and Noel Venning of Three Sheets and Bar Three to launch a new bar called Little Mercies in London this September.

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