New operator Darwin & Wallace is preparing to launch its first venue as it begins the search for more sites across London. It is revamping well-known food pub The Ebury (pictured) in Pimlico, London, into an “all-day, casual bar dining experience”. There will be “an emphasis on interior aesthetics, fresh scratch-cooked food and first-rate service …

Drinks company Maxxium UK is supporting on-trade outlets during the Christmas season by rolling out point-of-sale kits to drive sales of Courvoisier cognac. The first kit is designed for contemporary stylish bars, featuring engraved copper punch bowls and ladles as well as recipes to create a selection of serves such as a Courvoisier Punch, made …

Drinks company Halewood International has launched an experiential student tour for its Sidekick pouring liqueur brand to raise awareness and drive trial among students. The initiative is initially being trialled at Manchester Metropolitan and Liverpool John Moores universities this month before the brand looks at rolling out the programme more widely. It sees the launch …

Miller Brands (UK) has expanded its range of Belgian Abbey beers from St Stefanus with the UK launch of Grand Cru, a smooth, well-balanced beer that is matured in the cellar for at least nine months. Available in a 75cl bottle, it has nine per cent ABV and follows the traditional recipe of a “tripel” …

Simple Bar & Kitchen – one of the key players in the regeneration of Manchester’s Northern Quarter – has been named the best bar or pub in the city’s tourism awards. It won the Key 103 people’s choice award for best bar or pub, voted on my members of the public, beating other finalists including …

A 26ft Christmas tree made from genuine Jack Daniel’s barrels is to be built in Covent Garden Piazza. Officially turning on its lights on November 25, the tree is made up of 140 barrels from the distillery in Lynchburg, Tennessee – and you could win one for your bar. Although empty, the genuine Jack Daniel’s …

For a treat at Christmas parties and events, bars can stock up on indulgent, premium chocolates from Pierre Ledent, a leading supplier of luxury chocolates. The new, exclusive 30-strong range of Belgian chocolates, pralines and ganaches is created to individual unique recipes, with each containing at least 70 per cent cocoa. They can be served …

Bartenders and owners of bars and clubs are among the most influential people in London, according to the Standard’s annual power list for 2012. Published today, it features a roll-call of names from London’s top bars and clubs – the first time many of them have featured in the list alongside the likes of David …

The management of bar operator Eclectic are optimistic about the coming year after today reporting increases in sales and earnings. The company, whose brands include Lola Lo, Sakura and Po Na Na, grew EBITDA (earnings before interest, tax, depreciation and amortisation) by 17 per cent to £4.8million and sales by 26 per cent to £19.6million …

Charlie Gilkes and Duncan Stirling – the team behind London venues Bart’s, Maggie’s and Bunga Bunga – have taken on an iconic site in Soho. Their company, Inception Group, has acquired the lease of Bureau nightclub (pictured) in Kingly Court, near Carnaby Street, for an undisclosed sum. The site was once home to iconic club …