Iain Griffiths (pictured) from Bramble in Edinburgh and William Underwood from Plymouth have been crowned the national winners of a cocktail competition that challenged bartenders to be storytellers. After winning the Scotland and England heats of the Caorunn Storytellers Global Cocktail Challenge, they will go on to represent their countries in a global final in …

G&J Greenall is to launch a new campaign to drive the serve of Bloom gin and tonic with strawberries, starting this week with a “pick-your-own experience” in London. From Wednesday (July 11) to Friday (July 13), a site in Beak Street in Soho – close to Regent Street and Oxford Street – will be transformed …

Out in the Cotswolds countryside, in the market town of Woodstock, is the world’s biggest collection of gin. This is no casual statement by the owners of the Feathers Hotel – it was officially certified last month by an adjudicator from Guinness World Records who counted 161 different varieties of gin stocked in the hotel’s …

The Black Dog Ballroom has established itself as one of the stars of Manchester’s Northern Quarter since it opened three years ago. Entrepreneur Ross Mackenzie has now extended the “brand” with a second site about 15 minutes’ walk away in the south of the city centre, close to the universities. The three floors of the …

With its views of London from the 28th floor of the London Hilton Park Lane hotel, the bar at Galvin at Windows has become a destination in its own right after being opened alongside the main restaurant five years ago. Its success has led Chris and Jeff Galvin to invest £500,000 in updating the look …

First Drinks has launched its third annual competition for Glenfiddich to find the UK-based bartenders with the most knowledge and passion about whisky. The winner of Glenfiddich Malt Mastermind will receive a cash prize of £1,000 plus an exclusive VIP trip to the Glenfiddich distillery, where they will be given the chance to taste a …

Hooch – one of the best-loved RTD brands of the 1990s – has been relaunched by Global Brands with a new format and positioning. After a break of nearly 10 years, Hooch Alcoholic Lemon Brew is being introduced into the on-trade in a 500ml bottle, promoted for pouring over ice like a cider. Global Brands …

Czech beer Krušovice has been officially launched into the UK because of increasing demand for authentic traditional beers with heritage. Two beers from the Royal Brewery of Krušovice – part of Heineken – have been introduced: Krušovice Imperial and Krušovice Černé. Distributed in the UK through SHS Sales & Marketing, they are positioned at the …

Nearly a quarter of Britons say that they visit bars and pubs more frequently after the introduction of the smoking ban five years ago. A survey by customer intelligence company Market Force Information reports that the ban has had a “positive” impact on the licensed trade, with 22.4 per cent of people saying they go …

Mark Ludmon is Morocco bound to check out the bars of Marrakech When Sex and the City 2 was released this summer, Marrakech was put under the glamour spotlight as a location stand-in for Abu Dhabi, helping to boost visitor numbers further since EasyJet opened up a route from London four years ago. While filming …