Yoann Lazareth from China Tang bar in London’s Mayfair has been named winner of a cocktail competition organised for newly launched super-premium Absolut Elyx. Held at Novikov in London, the competition featured bartenders from the five bars that exclusively listed the vodka in May: the Connaught, the Ritz, Quo Vadis, the American Bar at the …

This month sees the opening of a new “cigar room” at the May Fair Hotel in London, serving up cognacs, armagnacs, whiskies, vintage champagne and Martinis alongside the finest cigars. It is part of a growing trend for bars to make the most of the smoking ban which has now been in place for six …

Elaine Clarke was just 23 when she was approached in 1991 to run a new bar opening up in Liverpool city centre. She had been working in bars and restaurants since school and, at the time, was already general manager of Café Tabac in Bold Street. The new venture was Baa Bar which opened over …

Bars and bartenders from the UK have made it through to the finalists’ list for the international Spirited Awards run as part of Tales of the Cocktail in New Orleans. After a shortlist was published in May, the organisers have revealed the top four finalists in each category before the winners are announced during the …

Electronic cigarettes have been around for nine years now but, despite the smoking ban in the UK, they have been slow to catch on. However, figures from the Electronic Cigarette Consumer Association earlier this year showed that the UK electronic cigarette industry is now worth about £5million a year and that the number of users …

Look back at the cocktail books of the 19th century and early 20th century, and you find sherry as a common ingredient. American bartender Jerry Thomas’s 1862 guide features a Sherry Cobbler adding sugar and orange, and a Sangaree mixing sherry with sugar, water and nutmeg. In Harry Craddock’s 1930 Savoy Cocktail Book, recipes include …

Two bartenders will represent the UK in the global final of the Disaronno Mixing Star competition: Luca Missaglia from London’s Quo Vadis and Elsa Holmberg from Nottingham’s Brass Monkey. They won regional heats at The Light Bar in Shoreditch, London, and The Black Dog Ballroom in Manchester’s Northern Quarter. Second in the London heat was …

Andy Mil (pictured) from London Cocktail Club bars will be heading to Brazil in July to represent Great Britain in the global final of Diageo Reserve’s World Class competition. He was named best British bartender at the two-day Western European final at London Syon Park Hotel where he competed against five other UK finalists. There …

With the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee kicking off a summer of celebration in Britain, bars have a great opportunity to attract customers and drive sales. Many drinks companies have come up with special jubilee serves for toasting the Queen, from Bénédictine and Chambord to Monin and Midori, while royal-themed serves can be found at bars such …

Most visitors to New York City stick to Manhattan where some of the world’s best bars can be found, from the five-star hotels of Midtown to the speakeasies of the East Village. But for cocktail lovers, it is becoming essential to head east or south to the borough of Brooklyn on the other side of …