Manchester’s first ever cocktail festival takes place this summer, between August 8 & 14. 

Andrei Pantiru has been named the London winner of Elit luxury vodka’s Art of Martini cocktail competition. 

The Patrón Perfectionist’s Cocktail Competition has returned for 2016, and has gone international.

The Tiki Guy

28 June, 2016

Martin Cate is one of America’s cultural leaders – the kind who wears tropical shirts. Hamish Smith says ‘aloha’

Jan warren cautions that taking a reality check should be a part of everyday bar life

Hamish Smith speaks to Warren Pang, Co-owner of Janes + Hooch, one of Asia's 50 Best Bars

Your guide to the must-dos of the new orleans contest. by Hamish Smith

Please do tell

15 June, 2016

Hamish Smith caught up with industry great Jim Meehan at Bacardi Legacy in San Francisco

A Cuban cantinero pulled off a shock win at the Havana Club Grand Prix on Friday, prevailing from a 44-strong field of international bartenders to be named the 2016 champion.

Hamish Smith speaks to Yangdup Lama, Partner and Mixologist at Cocktails and Dreams Speakeasy

Jan warren bemoans the rise of social media heroes over the workaday' tenders who deliver the goods

The Joker

25 May, 2016

Hamish Smith travels to Hamburg to meet Jörg Meyer at his celebrated Le Lion Bar De Paris

Grazia De Franco of Tales & Spirits in Amsterdam has won the second edition of Strega’s cocktail competition.

Terry Kandylis from London’s 67 Pall Mall is the 2016 Moët UK Sommelier of the Year.

Jan Warren looks at how experiments with culinary technology can change the face of cocktails

Hamish Smith speaks to cocktail comp guru and global advocacy director at Bacardi, Jacob Briars, in San Francisco about creating classic cocktails and the business mechanism behind Bacardi Legacy. 

Hamish Smith speaks to Chan Nyein Soe Owner of Roof Alchemy and Level 2 bars about the Yangon bar scene

Former Artesian bartenders Alex Kratena and Simone Caporale have announced the launch of P(OUR), a foundation to build a holistic community for the global drinks industry. 


28 April, 2016

World's 50 Best Bars editor Hamish Smith has been to Hamburg - here is his bar guide.

Chia-An Chan of Angel’s Share in New York, USA, took the title of Bacardi Legacy 2016 champion in San Francisco tonight, emerging victorious with his cocktail Venceremos.

The Flavour Foragers

18 April, 2016

It’s a long way from the Artesian to the Amazon. Alex Kratena shares a jungle adventure with Hamish Smith

Gold on 27 launched at the Dubai-based "7-star hotel" Burj Al Arab Jumeirah on Thursday, with a throng of local and international guests in attendance.

Employees Only, no.4 in The World’s 50 Best Bars 2015, has announced a roll out of its bar concept to three new destinations this year.

Hany wins Ti’ punch cup

11 April, 2016

Jaq Bayles reports from Martinique on the first Clément Ti Punch Cup cocktail competition

Cocktail culture in Chile by Chad William Klonsky

The Dead Rabbit’s Sean Muldoon and Jack McGarry will open a new bar this summer: Blacktail at Pier A. World’s 50 Best Bars editor Hamish Smith gets the inside track from Muldoon.

Jan Warren Recalls his First Taste of Raicilla and Reveals the Secrets of its Production

Bar Guide Bangkok

16 March, 2016

World's 50 Best Bars editor Hamish Smith has been to Bangkok - here is his bar guide.

Iain Griffiths from The World’s 50 Best Bars’ Dandelyan and White Lyan was crowned UK winner of the 2015/16 Bacardi Legacy Cocktail Competition last night.

Emporia Brands has appointed Dainius Kazlauskas as UK brand ambassador for the super premium Ukrainian vodka brand, Staritsky & Levitsky.

DI's Jaq Bayles travelled to Martinique for the first ever Clément Ti’ Punch Cup

The Ambassador

11 March, 2016

Hamish Smith finds Simon Ford is on good form, despite the early meeting

The Perfectionist

02 March, 2016

Hamish Smith talks to Javier de las Muelas, owner of Dry Martini in Barcelona

Vladislav Musienko, CEO and barkeeper of Friends cocktail bar, tells Hamish Smith about Novosibirsk's bar scene

City Guide: Quito

26 February, 2016

Ecuador’s capital may be better known for its coffee than its cocktails, but the scene is hotting up. JAQ BAYLES reports from the city

A View from the City: Cologne

19 February, 2016

Hamish Smith catches up with Cocktailkunst founder and CEO Stephan Hinz about Cologne's bar scene.

Brand ambassadors often find their way into the job without having enough background. Jan Warren asks Tim Cooper for some words of wisdom

The Engager

05 February, 2016

Hamish Smith has dinner with Bek Narzi, the barman and entrepreneur with a glint in his eye.

Pernod Ricard has announced Evelyn Chick from Harbord Room bar in Toronto, Canada as the winner of the 2015 Beefeater MIXLDN Cocktail Competition.

We asked 100 of the world's best bars to rank their top ten best-selling classics. Here are the results.

Lebua Hotel & Resorts has collaborated with Pernod Ricard’s Perrier-Jouët to open what it claims to be the highest open-air champagne bar in the world.

Hamish Smith speaks to Ibrahim Bulut, bartender at Hudson Cocktail Bar, about Istanbul's bar scene 

Annual Report: Beer Top 10

22 January, 2016

In our last category, we take a look at the best-selling beer in the world's best bars.

In the latest instalment of the World's 50 Best Bars Annual Report, we delve into the best-selling and top trending Champagnes.

What water and tonic water do they stock at the world's best bars? Here are our top tens.

Next up we have the best-selling and top trending liqueurs in the world's best bars.

Next up in our Annual Report, we look at the World Whiskies that performed best in our poll of 100 of the best bars in the world. 

What are the top tequilas at the world's best bars? Here are our best-selling and top trending lists. 

Annual Report: Gin Top 10

12 January, 2016

In this edition of the World's 50 Best Bars Annual Report we delve into the gin brands that performed best in 2015

US whiskey is booming, but which brands have cracked it in the world's best bars? Here are our top 10s.

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La'Mel Clarke

Service isn’t servitude: the skill of hosting

La’Mel Clarke, front of house at London’s Seed Library, looks at the forgotten art of hosting and why it deserves the same respect as bartending.