Aviation American Gin

Ryan Reynolds’ gin brand Aviation hopes to ‘disrupt’ the UK market as it continues its expansion plans with a multi-million-pound investment. Owned by actor and producer Ryan Reynolds, the American craft gin is produced in Portland, Oregon, and features seven principle botanicals, including juniper, lavender, Indian sarsaparilla and anise. It is said to be “less …

Glasshouse Whisky

Langstane Liquor Company has unveiled Glasshouse, a “bright and fruity” whisky designed to be complementary in long drinks. The company, co-founded by Ben Iravani, Josh Rennie and Alex Lawrence, who is also the global head of bar operations for Mr Lyan Group, studied the whisky Highball and subsequently created a liquid to suit it. The …

Salford Rum Dark Spiced

Salford-based rum brand The Salford Rum Company is adding a new Dark Spiced expression to its range. Blended and bottled at independent wine and spirits producer Kingsland Drinks in the heart of Salford in Greater Manchester, the new 40% ABV variant joins The Salford Rum Company’s original Spiced Rum. Dark Spiced combines specially selected Caribbean …

Manahatta York

Arc Inspirations has opened a new Manahatta site in York following a major £400,000 investment, taking the bar brand’s portfolio up to six. Located in the heart of the historic city, the venue has been transformed into a “glamorous” and “contemporary” New York-inspired cocktail bar, featuring neon signs and booths. The cocktail and drinks menu …

Tullamore Dew XO Caribbean Rum Cask Finish

William Grant & Sons-owned Irish whiskey brand Tullamore Dew has launched an XO expression finished in Caribbean rum casks to the UK. Tully XO has been created to take drinkers on a journey from Ireland to the Caribbean, highlighting the role the Irish emigrants of the sixteenth and seventeenth centuries played in the early development …

Alba Cola

The Caledonian Cola Company is rolling out a new premium craft cola made with Scottish water and heather to bars across Scotland. Alba Cola has been developed by Glaswegians Chris Ewing and Naill Holmes, who noticed the popularity of regional colas in France and spotted a gap in the market for a cola from Scotland. …

The Retiring Room

A new bar inspired by the retiring rooms of India’s train stations is opening its doors underneath Mayfair restaurant Bombay Bustle. The subterranean venue, named The Retiring Room, comes from Samyukta Nair, entrepreneur and co-founder of restaurant brand Jamavar. Designed by Fabled Studio, the interiors take influence from the faded glamour of the retiring rooms …

Westward Whiskey

American single malt brand Westward has partnered with premium distributor Spirit Cartel to launch its range of whiskeys in the UK. Inspired by its home in Oregon, Portland in the US, Westward is described as a “provenance-driven” whiskey that uses “minimalist distilling” to maximise the flavour of its grains. Production starts by brewing an American …

Devils Claw Waeska bar

Waeska bar at The Mandrake hotel in London has unveiled a new cocktail menu rooted in ethnobotany, the study of a region’s plants and their practical uses through traditional knowledge of local cultures. The 14-strong menu has been developed to take guests on “a journey through flavours and feelings” using herbs and botanicals from across …

The Lost Alhambra

The Adventure Bar Group, the team behind Tonight Josephine, Bar Elba and Blame Gloria, have opened The Lost Alhambra bar in Leicester Square. Described as the operator’s most Instagram-worthy venue yet, the new late-night bar is situated on the original site of the notorious Alhambra Theatre, which opened its doors in 1854. Once described as …