Peru-based cocktail bar, Sastreria Martinez, has announced the launch of its brand new menu titled Collection 2023.

Chairman’s Reserve Rum of Saint Lucia has announced the 10 UK finalists of ‘The Chairman’s Spice Lab’, a program designed to showcase the abilities and understanding of the spiced rum category by bartenders around the world.

Oriole bar, formerly of Smithfield Market, London, has announced it will be having its last night at the mezzanine, Albie, at The Hoxton, Southwark on Saturday 1 July. 

Hong Kong bar legend and co-founder of The Pontiac Beckaly Franks has been named the Altos Bartender’s Bartender in Asia’s 50 Best Bars 2023.

Working at Double Chicken Please has given Tako Chang a new take on hospitality. The marketing specialist and now front-of-house boss talks to Oli Dodd.

Double Chicken Please is really two bars. In the front, a casual space slinging quick-to-serve cocktails on tap and in the back a high-concept drinks list inspired by food.

Belfast’s Merchant Hotel has launched a new cocktail list, Volume V of The Cocktail Book, featuring a selection of 20 cocktails.

This June, Scarfes Bar at Rosewood London is supporting the LGBTQIA+ community by adding a voluntary £1 on every bill for charity ‘Just Like Us’ when a Scandal Symbol cocktail is ordered from its new menu ‘10’. 

The newest menu from its original location in Soho, Postcards from Swift aims to transport guests to their favourite places around the world.

To mark the 15th anniversary of the Connaught Bar, the team led by Agstinoo Perrone, Giorgio Bargiani and Maura Milia, is launching a new, self-produced content series celebrating their hospitality legacy and its main drive, guests.

Drinks International can exclusively reveal that Artesian Bar, located at The Langham London, is launching a new menu titled ‘Ingredients of the Future’. 

Art of Italicus Aperitivo Challenge, the global bartending competition which aims to celebrate art-inspired aperitivo cocktails, has announced Fabrizio Candino, from Sartoria Cocktail Bar, Italy, as the global winner.

SubAstor cocktail bar in Sao Paulo is bringing back The Mission: SubAstor Experience, a three day guest takeover in the city and trip to discover some of the best produce the country has to offer.

The Savoy’s American Bar has announced a brand-new cocktail menu created by head bartender, Chelsie Bailey and her team. 

Cocktail bar Oriole, currently a resident at the mezzanine ‘Albie’ at The Hoxton, Southwark, London, is hosting Mexico City’s Baltra Bar, currently No. 32 in The World’s 50 Best Bars, on Wednesday 31 May and Thursday 1 June for a two-night takeover. 

Takamaka Rum of the Seychelles, is bringing a taste of its island home to Cocktail Spirits, Paris, on Sunday 4 and Monday 5 June with Swedish guest Tjoget.

The sustainability goals of one Parisian bar’s team as it reduces its carbon footprint and helps others to do the same.

Norwegian cocktail bar Himkok, will be hosting ten international cocktail bars for two nights of takeovers in celebration of Himkok’s eight year anniversary and the 2023 Norse Bar Show, on Sunday 4 and Monday 5 June.

Spiribam-UK and its fruit liqueur, eaux-de-vie and vermouth company, Joseph Cartron, have announced the UK winner of its Cartron Unexpected Cocktail Competition, Keoghán Taylor of Kiki Lounge. 

Barro Negro, the Athens-based tequila and mezcal bar, is marking Paloma Day by launching an inaugural week-long celebration. 

Drinks International can exclusively reveal that Baccarat Bar, located on the lower ground floor of Harrods, is launching its first new menu since opening its doors in July 2020. 

The Pinnacle Guide has published its framework for rewarding excellence in the best bars in the world.

Chairman’s Reserve Rum has announced the return of its competition: The Chairman’s Spice Lab.

Rayo was opened in Mexico City in January 2022 by two ex-pats wanting to champion Mexican ingredients, a little over a year later and the bar placed number 17 on North America’s 50 Best Bars 2023 and was named Best New Opening. Drinks International caught up with its founders, Tito Pin-Perez and Álvaro García.

At The World’s 50 Best Bars 2022, Juliana put its native Ecuador on the cocktail map by becoming only the second bar to win the Best Cocktail Menu Award for Diverso, a menu that champions the produce and people of its country. 

­Theo Quinn and Tom Godfrey, alumni of some of the world’s best bars, have ventured out to create their own bar and concept, FOCO in Barcelona, Spain.

Nominations have officially opened for the inaugural South African Bar & Beverage Awards 2023.

Fortnum & Mason in London is to relaunch its third-floor bar 3’6 on 1 May, and in doing so will throw open the cocktail-making process to its guests.

The South of Italy’s first-ever cocktail week is set to launch in Lecce from 15-21 May, where the city's best bars will team up with drinks brands to showcase the Leccese cocktail scene.

For the 2023 edition of its annual Bartenders & Baristas Challenge, Spanish liqueur brand Licor 43 will be taking place in the country’s capital, Madrid.

Mor Koral, founder of Cocktail Kitchen company in Tel Aviv, has been crowned global winner of the 2023 Patrón Perfectionists.

Ever since first leading Central Station to the title of Best Bar in the Middle East & Africa at the World’s 50 Best Bars 2016, Jad Ballout has been Lebanon’s top boy putting the city’s cocktail scene on the international stage. 

This April, Scarfes Bar at Rosewood London is launching its new menu ‘10’, in celebration of its 10-year anniversary. 

Adrián Michalčík believes the allure of a great drink lies in its tale.

The April, Little Red Door in Paris will play host to the first Native-American-led bar pop-up, in a showcase of the history and flavours of indigenous ingredients from across the Americas.

São Paulo, Brazil's SubAstor, has announced its new cocktail menu ‘Six Biomes of Brazil’. 

As the Patrón Perfectionists global final event approaches, Patrón tequila has unveiled the panel of judges travelling to Hacienda Patrón, Jalisco, Mexico, from 24 to 30 March 2023.

On Wednesday 19 April, The Art of Shaking founders Simone Caporale and Luca Missaglia will host the second TAOS Day in the capital of Tuscany, Florence, an all-day masterclass designed to inspire and educate professional bartenders.

Nobu Hotel London Portman Square's Nobu Bar has launched a new cocktail experience inspired by Nobu Matsuhisa’s global travels.

Singapore’s Atlas bar has launched its 'Simple Pleasures' drinking menu, designed and developed by head bartender Lidiyanah' Yana' K and the Atlas team.

London-based hospitality group, Inception Group, has introduced an initiative to support The Disasters Emergency Committee for Turkey and Syria across all their venues.

Last year, 23 Restaurant Services acquired and added Don the Beachcomber restaurant brand to its portfolio, now in honour of Donn’s birthday on 22 February, the Tampa, Florida-based hospitality company is moving forward with an expansive growth strategy for its new tiki-themed restaurant brand.

Claudia Cabrera: uniting women

23 February, 2023

Oli Dodd hears how Claudia Cabrera came to run one of Mexico City’s two female-only staffed bars.

Reflections on the Margarita

23 February, 2023

A constantly evolving classic, the margarita continues to fire imaginations. Eleanor Yates gets to grips with its history and variations.

Graham’s Port has announced the launch of its global competition aimed at bartenders and mixologists for a second year running. 

The Connaught Bar has unveiled a new menu, Synergia, to mark the Mayfair institution’s 15th anniversary.

Internationally renowned bartenders Moe Aljaff and Juliette Larrouy will be hosting a two-month residency, The Schmucks at Moxy South Beach, to bring their ‘five star dive bar’ concept to life in Miami.

In a global final held on an island in Lake Nicaragua, Carlos Ferron from Panama won the Flor de Caña’s Sustainable Cocktail Challenge earning a prize of US$10,000 and the title of The World’s Most Sustainable Bartender. Drinks International caught up with the newly-crowned champion.

William Grant & Sons UK has celebrated the return of its 1887 Collective for 2023 by welcoming this year’s intake of 26 bartenders.

Cocktail bar and distillery Himkok has announced the release of the newest addition to its RTD range, Oslo Paloma.

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