All the wines at the new basement bar underneath restaurant Trullo at Highbury Corner, London, are from Italy, just as all the food uses authentic Italian ingredients and flavours. So it makes sense that the cocktails at Trullo Downstairs should reflect this dedication to all things Italian. Under bar manager Paisley Kennett, the small and …

There are not many bartenders who would be brave enough to face a panel of drinks writers and accept the challenge of making a cocktail with any ingredient presented to them. Even when those ingredients ranged from crab-infused cachaça to salt liquorice vodka liqueur, Pavel Kabina hardly paused before attempting to come up with a …

Despite its views of the Thames and Big Ben and its location right next to the Millennium Eye, the Rotunda Lounge at the London Marriott County Hall hotel has never quite made it onto the must-visit list for cocktail bars. But that is now changing after the introduction of a new drinks list under head …

Midwinter may have passed and Christmas is nearly upon us, but there is still plenty of time left for some seasonal cocktails. From Marian Beke’s drink with aromas of marzipan and pine at the Nightjar or fruity cocktails sparkling with gold leaf at the Trafalgar Hotel’s Vista bar, there are festive ideas at many of …

Adam Freeth is this year celebrating 10 years since setting up Shaker which has gone on to become one of the leading bar consultancies and training companies in the UK. He and his team can also now demonstrate that they know how to run a bar themselves after opening Shaker & Company in Euston, London. …

Increasing numbers of bars across the UK are now specialising in gin while we are seeing a steady flow of new and interesting products, leading to talk of a new “gin craze”. Now gin even has its own museum, which has opened above the Portobello Star bar in Notting Hill, west London, celebrating “London gins …

A year ago, I was picking my way through the icy streets of a snowbound London with two friends while a guide took us on a tour of sights associated with Charles Dickens. We were carried along on the warm glow from a Courvoisier punch at the start of our walk and the promise of …

I have been a judge at numerous cocktail competitions over the past 10 years or so but this week’s El Jimador Bartender Cup was definitely one of the craziest. In less than two hours, I and the three other judges worked our way through 30 cocktails and 15 shots made by finalists from across Europe. …

Getting the location right is key to any bar business. At Bar magazine, we often come across bars, restaurants and clubs saying they are located in a cool, glamorous part of town when they are out on the fringes or even further away. One of the most confusing places in London is Clapham. Over the …

The world has changed considerably since Midori was launched at legendary New York club Studio 54 in 1978, not least the world of bartending. For many years, all that mattered was that it tasted of melons, it was green and generally it made drinks that also looked green. Its owners closely guarded how it was …