Over the past six months, London’s bar and club scene has welcomed a major new player,Alula Leisure. Headed by leisure entrepreneursTim Lalic andVahram Papazyan, it has taken on two legendary venues in the capital: Jonathan Downey’s Match Bar off Oxford Street and music club Scotch of St James.Their newest venture is 52oNorth Bar & Kitchen, which …

A new bar and pizzeria concept has arrived in the UK – and it has its first outing in Warrington in Cheshire.Alongside freshly cooked Italian food, Baffito’s serves up an extensive range of cocktails, beers, spirits and wines in stylish Italian-inspired surroundings. Another 10 sites are planned over the next three years, but managing director …

A new bar has opened in a former strip club in the basement below London restaurant Hawksmoor Spitalfields. Like Hawksmoor’s other sites, the 60-cover bar was designed by interior architects Macaulay Sinclair, using reclaimed materials. These include a polished brass wall made from Art Deco lift doors and blue-patterned mirrors, all salvaged from a 1920s …

The first draught vodka has been introduced into the UK after trials in bars have shown it increases sales and reduces wastage. The Vodka One font, launched by leading drinks company Hi-Spirits, delivers a certified measure of 25ml or 35ml at a perfectly chilled one degree Centigrade within one second. It is supported by built-in …

A new “intelligent wholesale” business, Ooberstock, has been launched to revolutionise the way drinks are distributed to the licensed trade. It promises greater transparency, lower prices, improved customer choice and more flexibility on drinks ranges and delivery times. It was founded by Arran Heal, a former Coca-Cola Enterprises sales and marketing executive with 17 years’ experience in …

The former Royal Well Tavern in Cheltenham, Gloucestershire, has been transformed into a new bar and restaurant,The Tavern, by Sam and Georgie Pearman, who also own the Wheatsheaf Inn in nearby Northleach. Inspired by bars and restaurants in New York, Paris and London, they have introduced bold, uncluttered interiors across the two floors, with a 10-metre …

Burger restaurant group Byron has introduced a new craft beer list including the addition of an ale made exclusively by the Camden Town Brewery. Byron Pale Ale has a bright golden colour and aromas of citrus and tropical fruit and a dry finish, available in all the restaurants for £4.25 per 330ml bottle. Byron founder …