A bar specialising in cocktails and champagne has been launched by the team behind Chester Racecourse With its proximity to Chester Racecourse, The Pelican bistro and bar was a popular destination for race-goers looking to celebrate their winnings or drown their sorrows. The venue has now been taken over by the company that runs the …

Rosie Paterson (pictured) from the Voodoo Rooms in Edinburgh has won a cocktail competition that challenged bartenders to defy convention and create a drink with a “spirit of adventure”. After heats in Edinburgh, Aberdeen and Glasgow, she was announced as winner of the final of the Mamont Vodka Challenge at the Balmoral Hotel in Edinburgh. …

Leading bartender Salvatore Calabrese is to make an attempt to break the Guinness World Record for creating the world’s most expensive cocktail. At his bar Salvatore at Playboy in London’s Mayfair, “the Maestro” (pictured) hopes to break the current world record of £3,766.52 a glass, which is held by the Skyview Bar at Burj Al …

More than 5,000 people will be descending on the catwalks of London this month for London Fashion Week, and bartenders have been designing their own collections – for drinking rather than wearing. From The Roof Gardens in Kensington to 45 Park Lane, they have drawn inspiration from fashion designers to create unique new cocktails.

A team of UK bartenders took third place in the global final of this year’s 42Below Cocktail World Cup in New Zealand, beaten by the USA in first place and New Zealand in second. Team UK was made up of Terry Cashman of The Hoxton Pony and Simon Toohey of Callooh Callay – both in …

Another iconic RTD name from the 1990s, Hooper’s, has been relaunched by Global Brands, this time as an artisanal range made with natural ingredients. Hooper’s Dandelion & Burdock, Hooper’s Ginger Brew and Hooper’s Cloudy Lemonade have been created using natural flavours, with no artificial colours, and are aimed at “discerning” 25- to 45-year-old drinkers. Available …

Over a hundred years ago, one of the world’s biggest circus stars was Claire Heliot and her lions who were so tame that she would tumble with them on stage. She is celebrated in the name of the bar and restaurant within London’s new Hippodrome Casino, which has been created in the 112-year-old entertainment venue …

The team behind Manchester’s Trof bars have opened a new venue in the city majoring on gin It was a sad day when Manchester’s Green Room theatre closed last year after nearly three decades serving up comedy, cabaret, music and dance alongside a rather cool bar. But the venue, inside two converted Victorian railway arches, …

A new limited-edition Islay single malt has been launched today (September 5) by Ardbeg Distillery, celebrating an experiment into maturation carried out in space. It has released the 12-year-old Galileo, bottled at 49 per cent ABV and non-chill-filtered. It is a vatting of different styles of Ardbeg laid down in 1999, married together to give …

Pernod Ricard UK is to introduce a new fusion of Caribbean Malibu rum and Olmeca tequila in the UK in the run-up to the Christmas season. Malibu Red has been developed by “sensory experts” and bartenders to balance the characteristically light, refreshing and smooth coconut taste of Malibu with the rich characteristics of premium tequila, …