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 …

This year, Halloween falls on a Monday but this has not scared off bars, pubs and clubs from running parties and promotions – in fact, it’s allowed many of them to turn it into four days of freaky fun, including special drinks menus and cocktails. “Halloween becomes a bigger and bigger event in the calendar …

The tiki revival has already seen the cocktail umbrella begin to regain its place in Britain’s bars, but Hendrick’s Gin is taking that revival further – and doing it in its own quirky style. One of the highlights of London Cocktail Week last week was the pop-up bar which took over two floors of an …

Awards and plaudits have been heaped on Whiski Bar on Edinburgh’s Royal Mile, including the title of whisky bar of the year at the 2011 Dram Awards, so we were keen to see what owners Gary and Anne Still would come up with for their second venue. The result is Whiski Rooms – a great …

When Duncan Stirling and Charlie Gilkes announced they were going to open a pizzeria, it was bound to be anything other than conventional. The pair are behind cult speakeasy Bart’s and 80s-themed club Maggie’s, both in Chelsea, and they have brought their love of kitsch, cocktails and cuisine to their third venture, Bunga Bunga in …