Bottles wine bar

Following on from its Old Spitalfields Market launch last year, Italian wine bar Bottles is venturing into west London with the opening of a new site on Draycott Avenue. Unlike its sister venues, which are designed with an industrial and rustic aesthetic, the new Chelsea site is the “light and airy counterpart”. The space features …

Bar Douro

Portuguese wine bar and restaurant Bar Douro is opening its second London site, located in the Finsbury Avenue development at Broadgate. Helmed by restaurateur Max Graham, the new venue, like its sister flagship in London Bridge, will offer a contemporary take on traditional Portuguese cuisine and regional wines. Situated in a Grade II-listed building, Bar …

Alex Kratena and Monica Berg

Renowned bartender Monica Berg has launched Back of House, a free digital platform providing the hospitality industry with a tool to raise concerns regarding discrimination, harassment and other harmful situations. Back of House started at Monica’s London bar Tayēr + Elementary, which she opened in 2019 with partner Alex Kratena (both pictured above). The pair …

There could be a tough year ahead for venues with Brexit looming and continuous changes in customer demands as well as further cultural shifts. Getting patrons into venues is going to come with its struggles unless owners and marketers have a robust marketing plan in place. Mistakes to avoid in 2020 With increased costs and …

Sugar Hut Essex

Famous Essex nightclub Sugar Hut has relaunched after being bought by the team behind Studio 338 in south east London. The venue boasts a number of new exterior and interior features. The central cobbled courtyard has been given a new floor and the indoor space has been fitted with new lighting, screens, infrastructure and sound …

Roxy Ball Room Birmingham

Bar operator Roxy Leisure is opening a new Roxy Ball Room site in Digbeth, Birmingham in January. Offering pool, beer pong, shuffleboard and arcade games, Roxy Ball Room Birmingham will be the ninth venue for the brand, with others located in Manchester, Nottingham, Leeds and Liverpool. Located on Heath Mill Lane, the new Birmingham bar …

BrewDogAF

Independent Scottish craft brewer BrewDog is launching a new bar dedicated to alcohol-free in central London. The BrewDog AF Bar, which is set to open its doors on January 6, is the first of the company’s global bars to feature a line-up solely devoted to drinks without alcohol. It will offer 15 taps of draught …

Enzo Sigaut

The Beaufort Bar at The Savoy in London has announced the appointment of Enzo Sigaut as new bar manager. Joining the team alongside head bartender Elon Soddu, Enzo will be taking the helm from previous bar manager Joe Harper, who has in turn taken up position of bar manager at The Savoy’s American Bar. Hailing …

We Are Bar Group

We Are Bar Group has acquired the former Balls Brothers site at Adams Court in the City of London. We Are Bar Group owns and operates nine other bars and restaurants throughout the City of London branded as Jamies Wine Bars, We Are Bar, Number 25, Willy’s Wine Bar and The Crosswall. Andy Frisby of …

2020 looks like it could be a turbulent year for the bar industry.  With a potential change in government, new policies, rates and Brexit uncertainty, it’s essential bars and pubs are doing everything they can to keep the money coming in.  As 2019 draws to a close it’s important to have a solid marketing plan …