The latest UK round of the Bacardi Legacy Cocktail Competition has opened for entries, challenging bartenders around the country to create a cocktail that could rank alongside the likes of the Mojito and Daiquiri. Bartenders need to register online at www.bacardilegacy.com by October 22, creating a cocktail that is balanced, refreshing, appealing and enduring and …

Intertain, the operator of the Walkabout bar chain, has unveiled a new tiki-style concept called Maluko. The venue was opened last night (August 9) in the former site of Intertain’s Bar Risa in Albion Street in Leeds city centre. Maluko is made up of four rooms – the Tiki Lounge (pictured below), Beach Bar (pictured …

Cocktail bar group Be At One is to offer food for the first time at its latest venue opening in the City of London in October. It is investing about £650,000 in the 2,000 sq ft site of former Bar Battu in Gresham Street to create its 13th site, featuring all the hallmarks of the …

Adnams, the Suffolk brewer, distiller and retailer, has launched two low-alcohol bottled beers as part of a continuing expansion into new products. Its Ginger Beer, which has an ABV of 2.5 per cent, is made by adding fermented ginger and orange peel to the wort from bottled Broadside ale before more ginger and lemon and …

First Drinks has launched a new campaign for its Passoã passion fruit liqueur linking up with the legendary Sancho Panza street party at the Notting Hill Carnival. After a successful partnership last year, the brand is supporting it in the off-trade with a promotion and in the on-trade with kits comprising branded three-litre jugs, trays, …

Bars are planning a rum celebration today (July 31) – to mark Black Tot Day. Cellar Trends has provided special back-bar display kits for Pusser’s Rum for marking the anniversary of the day when the Royal Navy stopped rum rations in 1970. Participating venues include Revolucion de Cuba rum bars and Trader Vic’s, Mahiki, Cottons …

Team GB triumphed at last night’s international Spirited Awards at Tales of the Cocktail, with bars and bartenders from the UK taking six of the trophies. At a ceremony in New Orleans, the Artesian Bar at London’s Langham Hotel and its head bartender Alex Kratena picked up two awards – world’s best hotel bar and …

Leading bar operator Novus Leisure is set for expansion nationally after being sold to investment companies Hutton Collins Partners and LGV Capital. The deal, worth £100million, will fund acquisitions both in London and in other cities in the UK, expanding the 52-strong estate that is mainly in the capital but also includes the national Tiger …

Orchid Group has brought in another leading operator, Eclectic Clubs & Bars, to run 33 of its venues including The Living Room chain. Eclectic has entered into a management contract with Orchid’s PBR Leisure business to run the bars, nightclubs and restaurants. It comprises 14 sites operating as The Living Room and another 19 that …

A “cult” drink from Italy, made by blending wine with herbs, is being introduced into the UK through importer Laško Beer UK. Originale De Martin Sprizzerò, which is already popular in mainland Europe, is made according to a 1934 recipe developed by Edoardo De Martin, blending top-quality Italian wine, aromatic herbs and natural flavourings. Originally …