Boutique Bar Show lands in Manchester

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A look ahead at Boutique Bar Show in Manchester in May and other shows and events throughout the year

Boutique Bar Show is back for 2014 – and it is expanding beyond its three exhibitions into a series of seminars, tastings and experiences for the trade throughout the year. The show calendar begins this month with Boutique Bar Show at Manchester Town Hall on May 7 and continues later this year in London on September 16 and 17 and in Edinburgh on October 21. They will feature new and interesting spirits, liqueurs and beers alongside a variety of “experiences” and sessions on bartending and drinks.

The organisers of Boutique Bar Shows are also running events throughout the year in partnership with drinks brands and bars, aiming to provide a platform for people in the industry to exchange information and ideas. Events so far have included a management seminar hosted by Watershed School, a specialist in bar and restaurant management, and a cross-category event on vermouth in the Bassoon bar at London’s Corinthia Hotel where the trade were able to sample and learn about brands including Mancino, Sacred, La Quintinye and Riserva Carlo Alberto. Last month, The Whip in Mayfair, London, hosted an English Julep tasting featuring Williams Chase GB Gin and presentations by its distiller Alex Davies as well as the the bar’s owners Dominic Jacobs and James Chase. Future events will include a session on Japanese whiskies with Bam-Bou in Fitzrovia and “Cocktails and Cigars” with NOLA Bar in Shoreditch.

At Boutique Bar Show in Manchester, sessions will include a free two-hour course on management development and personal effectiveness with Watershed School which boasts clients such as Hawksmoor, Wahaca, Byron and Columbo Group. Distiller Jamie Baxter, formerly of Chase Distillery and City of London Distillery and now at East London Liquor Company, will explain how to distil products in your own bar while ethobotanist and botanical consultant Susanne Masters will talk about the “science of gin”. Nikka whisky ambassador Stanislav Vadrna will lead a presentation on Japanese bartending including the concepts of personalised customer service known as “ichi-go ichi-e” and “omakase”. Lyndon Higginson of Manchester bar The Liar’s Club will lead a discussion and demonstration on tiki.

The team from The American Bar at The Savoy in London will be marking the bar’s 125th anniversary with a discussion on the stories and drinks that have shaped the bar and their soon-to-be-released new cocktail list. Bartenders will also be vying to win a trip to France in a competition for French aperitif brand Byrrh Grand Quinquina, distributed by Emporia Brands. Continuing the success of the popular “secret bar” concept, Boutique Bar Shows will treat visitors to a five-star experience with the Rivoli bar team – if you are able to find it.
New launches at the shows will include Colorado whisky Tincup and a boutique range from Arta Tequila while exhibitors will include leading distributors Marussia Beverages, Amathus and Maverick Drinks.

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Cocktails in the City

After the last trade visitor has departed, the organisers of Boutique Bar Show will transform the space into Cocktails in the City – an event for bars and drinks brands to interact with cocktail-loving consumers. It takes place at Manchester Town Hall on May 8 from 6pm, featuring bars such as Epernay, The Alchemist, Harvey Nichols, Manchester House, Whim Wham Cafe, Mojo, Lucha Libre and Sandinista, teamed up with Belvedere, Chambord, Chase, Tanqueray No Ten, Whitley Neill, El Dorado, Flor de Caña and Calle 23. It will be followed by London on September 18 and 19 and Edinburgh on October 23. Cocktails in the City was also held in Leeds in April, featuring the likes of The Maven, Jake’s Bar, Harvey Nichols, The Alchemist, Blind Tyger, The Pit, Mojo and Sandinista. Details at

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