Former Death & Co bartender Shannon Tebay is set to open a new neighbourhood bar and music venue on the site of the now-closed institution The 12 Bar Club on London’s Denmark Street.

London-bar Silverleaf has partnered with pan-Asian craft spirits brand The Orientalist Spirits to host a series of events throughout the Singapore Grand Prix 2022 weekend.

This month Joe and Daniel Schofield, alongside wine expert James Brandwood, will take over the lower ground at Manchester’s Stock Exchange Hotel to launch new cocktail bar Sterling. 

London’s Arturo Burzio, assistant head bartender at Scares Bar at The Rosewood, has been announced as elit Martini Masters cocktail competition global finalist.

Sheffield-based bar Bamboo Door was crowned the winner of the annual Chairman’s Reserve UK Mai Tai Challenge at a final held at Merchant House in London.

Acclaimed East London bar Coupette has announced the launch of a new menu inspired by Banksy and the creative link between graffiti and the prohibition era.

London bar Lyaness has announced a day of collaborations with Madrid bars Salmon Guru and Viva Madrid on 13 September.

Streaming platform The Avenue has launched the online cocktail competition Battle of the Bottle taking place this October and with a top prize of $10,000.

The team behind London cocktail bars Swift Soho and Swift Shoreditch have announced the opening of a third site in South London this October.

Lauren Mote’s energy and drive have made her name synonymous with success in the industry. She manages to sit still for an interview with Shay Waterworth.

Julie Reiner will return to her old territory this September, to open Milady’s at the corner of Prince and Thompson Streets in SoHo, New York.

As the submission deadline approaches for the World’s 50 Best Bars Siete Misterios Best Cocktail Menu, Drinks International sat down with Lab 22 head bartender Max Hayward to reflect on what the accolade has meant for the bar.

The show's new edition, titled Tropicana, will host eight prominent Speakeasy Bars, as it returns this year following its previous success. 

Spiribam UK and its St Lucian rum brand Chairman’s Reserve have announced the four finalists in its nationwide Mai Tai Challenge.

Drinks International sat down with the acting bar manager of the American Bar at The Savoy, Andrea Di Chiara, to talk about the closure, reopening and a new dawn at the UK’s oldest surviving cocktail bar.

Singapore’s Tippling Club, a regular in Asia’s 50 best bars, has announced the appointment of its new head bartender, Arathorn Grey.

Bar manager of Edinburgh’s Panda & Sons, Sean Cavanagh, has been named the UK’s Most Sustainable Bartender at the Flor de Caña Sustainable Cocktail Challenge. 

To mark the halfway point of its consultancy phase, The Pinnacle Guide’s founders are hosting its next round table personally, as they continue to gather information on what makes a great bar.

Jazz club and cocktail bar Oriole has launched its latest cocktail menu this month which celebrates the ingredients and traditions of the Old World, the New World and the Orient.

Parisian bar Little Red Door has launched a new menu for 2022 called Flourish, using directly sourced produce at the core of each cocktail.

This summer, bar brand Callooh Callay will be taking over 20 bars across 20 consecutive days in July, the first nationwide bar takeover rally in the UK.

Parisian bar Little Red Door has announced a takeover at London’s Eve Bar, situated underneath Adam Handling’s Michelin-starred Frog on Thursday 7 July.

Gǒng at Shangri-La The Shard, London, has partnered with Diplomático Rum and Canaïma Gin this summer, two sustainable, smallbatch Latin American spirits brands.

Dancing, writing and making drinks are just some of the artistic elements to Seed Library’s La’Mel Clarke, whose reputation as one of the industry’s up and coming stars is gathering pace. Earlier this year the Londoner was nominated for Emerging Bartender of the Year at the annual Class Bar Awards.

Mr Fogg’s Apothecary, the first opening from the team behind Mr Fogg’s, Cahoots and Bunga Bunga in over four years, has arrived this month in London’s Mayfair.

Award-winning Parisian cocktail bar Le Syndicat has announced a series of takeovers by London’s Silverleaf and Mexico City’s Hanky Panky to coincide with the Cocktail Spirits show.

Barcelona-based cocktail bar Two Schmucks has announced a four-week US tour that will take the team to five of America’s most renowned bars across five states.

Acclaimed new London hotel bar Silverleaf has announced its first international takeover, at New York rooftop bar Overstory.

The wine industry doesn’t often mix naturally with the bartending community, but for Thibault Massina, an early education in Bordeaux lay the foundations for an organic pairing behind the bar.

Keith Motsi has carved a truly unique path through the hospitality industry. Having been born in Zimbabwe and raised in Leeds, UK, he now finds himself at the reins of one of Asia’s top luxury hotel bars.

Singapore-bar Atlas has announced the appointment of former assistant head bartender Lidiyanah K as its new head bartender.

Asia’s 50 Best Bars, sponsored by Perrier, has announced the 51-100 list for 2022 ahead of next Thursday’s live ceremony at Mandarin Oriental Bangkok.

Having entered the hospitality industry in the early 2000s, Liam Davy is considered a veteran of the bartending community.

The Roma Bar Show has announced that it will return for a second edition as a two-day event on 30 and 31 May.

London Cocktail Week 2022 will run from 13-23 October 2022 - now encompassing two weekends, following two years of extended month-long activities.

Cardrona Distillery has opened entries to UK bartenders to its inaugural cocktail competition, Cardrona Club.

Shelves packed with bartending books in the background of her Zoom meeting is a big giveaway of Gina Barbachano’s passion for making drinks. The other is her beaming smile.

Mexico City’s Hanky Panky has announced a takeover series that will see the bar play host to some of the world’s most celebrated bars before embarking on their own world tour.

Indian hospitality and hotel brand Taj have announced the opening of a new bar and restaurant at the five-star Taj 51 Buckingham Gate in central London.

The team behind Milroy’s of London have opened a new high-end venue called Silverleaf at Pan Pacific London near Liverpool Street.

In the 2021 World’s 50 Best Bars list, Athens claimed as many bars as Tokyo and Milan, and more than Paris, Madrid, and Seoul. For anyone who has kept an eye on global bar lists, this will come as no surprise, but the Greek capital’s rapid ascension to hospitality powerhouse has been remarkable.

Swift Soho has launched a new cocktail menu called Legends drawing inspiration from famous drinkers throughout history.

I’m a perfectionist and I like to surprise people, make them experience something truly memorable,” says Giorgio Santambrogio, owner and bar manager of Officina in Milan.

Ryan Chetiyawardana, known as Mr Lyan, and his team is due to open a new venue in East London called Seed Library in early 2022.

From living a borderline homeless existence in Amsterdam and handing out leaflets while living off Burger King and cheap pints, Moe Aljaff recently opened his third venue in the hipster hotspot of Barcelona’s El Raval, making him one of the hottest properties in global bartending right now.

Lynnette Marrero, the co-founder of Speed Rack and bar manager of Llama Inn, New York, has been named the winner of the Altos Bartenders’ Bartender Award 2021 at The World’s 50 Best Bars.

London-based Lyaness, the bar created by Ryan Chetiyawardana and the team behind the former world’s best bar, Dandelyan, has launched its third menu.

Spain’s Salmon Guru has been announced as the winner of the Michter’s Art of Hospitality Award ahead of The World’s 50 Best Bars ceremony in December.

Renowned New York bar The Dead Rabbit will take over the Lapidus Bar at the Ritz Carlton hotel in Miami for the whole of December.

Famed Singapore bar 28HongKong Street will host a series of celebrations throughout the year to commemorate a decade of operation.

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