If you have already sipped a few cocktails with your meal at pan-Asian restaurant Cocochan off Oxford Street in London’s West End, you can find the descent to its basement bar something of a challenge. You negotiate your way down a twisting staircase with mirrors on both sides, past the toilets, to emerge into the …

With the Olympics only a year away, we are seeing incredible amounts of investment in London’s hotels. And with these luxury hotels come new and refurbished bars that are adding to the capital’s cocktail scene. Over the past few months, stylish new bars have included W Lounge bar and Wyld at W London and Amaranto …

It was a little over a year ago that I attended the reopening of Akbar, the basement bar underneath The Red Fort restaurant in Soho, London. The space originally emerged as a bar 10 years ago but was badly damaged in the fire that broke out in a nearby building in Dean Street in July …

Over the last decade or so, Henry Besant reckons he has visited more than 50 tequila distilleries in his travels around Mexico, and just as many mezcal distilleries. He and Dre Masso, his partner at Worldwide Cocktail Club, have also helped to develop Olmeca Altos tequila with Pernod Ricard. So he is a good man …

Every February 14, I can’t help wondering what the devout third-century priest named Valentine would have made of the fact that he’s now remembered as a day for couples to exchange chocolates and get drunk on champagne. Many bars have been celebrating Valentine’s Day since Friday, and quite a few have been offering special cocktails …

The annual Bacardi Legacy competition has helped to re-establish Bacardi as a bartender’s favourite for quality cocktails. It is inspired by the rum’s “legacy” as the ingredient used for decades in Daiquiris, Cuba Libres and Mojitos, aiming to find a new generation of “legacy” cocktails. The competition has a unique structure that highlights that it …

After weeks of promising “some very exciting news”, Bacardi Brown-Forman Brands (BBFB) last night revealed what it has been up to: bottled ready-to-drink Bacardi cocktails. “Inspired” by what it calls the brand’s “legacy cocktails”, it is launching a new range called Bacardi Originals which will initially feature Bacardi Mojito and Bacardi Cuba Libre.  It is …

About two-and-a-half years ago, Bar magazine’s front cover featured our venue of the month, the newly opened Kingly Club in Covent Garden, London. It was developed by Dezzi Mc Causland who had already achieved success with his first Kingly Club in Soho and went on to launch the award-winning McQueen in Shoreditch last year. However, …

It’s January and everyone is talking about “detoxing”. Scientists may be sceptical about some usages of the term which, in the strictest sense, means that products should actively remove toxic substances from the body. But, if we stick to its feel-good meaning of “stuff that is good for you”, there are plenty of ideas for …

Aura nightclub in London’s Mayfair has no doubt witnessed all manner of high jinks by the rich and famous over the years, but Friday was probably the first time it’s played host to Ukrainian fiddle music. The venue was chosen for the official launch of Zorokovich 1917, a vodka developed by Dan Edelstyn, a documentary …