Nathan O’Neill (pictured) from The Merchant Hotel in Belfast has been named the UK winner of the Beefeater 24 Cocktail Competition. He will go on to represent the UK in the global final at the Beefeater Distillery in London this November. The UK final was held at Circus in central London, featuring 12 bartenders from …

Renowned mixologist Jamie Stephenson (pictured) triumphed over some of the best bartenders in the UK to win the UK heat of the 2013 Angostura Aromatic Bitters Global Cocktail Challenge. The 39-year-old will head to Port of Spain, Trinidad, in February next year to represent the UK in the Global Cocktail Challenge alongside 12 other finalists …

St Nicholas Abbey, Plantation and Appleton Estate rums were among the winners of last night’s Golden Rum Barrel Awards, held as part of Rumfest in London. Alexandre Gabriel, the founder of Cognac Ferrand in France, was named rum blender of the year for his work on Plantation rums. Best new white rum went to Plantation …

The team behind London bars Barrio North and Barrio Central are preparing to bring their Latin flavours to the East End this November. They are due to open their third bar, Barrio East, in Shoreditch High Street, with Latin American street food, a mix of Latin-twisted and original cocktail creations, DJs and live music, and …

Baa Bar Group is preparing to continue expansion outside of its Merseyside heartland with its first bar in Leeds next month. The new Baa Bar will be in Cookridge Street in the vibrant Millennium Square area and will be the Liverpool-based company’s 11th bar. As well as Liverpool, it already has sites in Manchester and …

Two leading figures in the bar world, Dré Masso and Eric Yu, have revealed their plans for a new London bar inspired by 19th-century Chinese opium dens. Opium Cocktail & Dim Sum Parlour will open in Gerrard Street in the heart of Chinatown in November, covering three floors of a historic townhouse with nine different …

Bars have been delivered a warning about the use of liquid nitrogen in cocktails after an 18-year-old girl needed emergency surgery to remove part of her stomach. Gaby Scanlon was taken ill during a night-out in Lancaster city centre last Thursday to celebrate her birthday, developing severe stomach pains after drinking a cocktail where a …

Today marks the start of London Cocktail Week, a celebration of the UK capital’s unrivalled cocktail culture. Running from October 8 to 14, it features seminars, pop-up bars, tastings, parties and masterclasses, including many aimed at bar professionals as well as consumers. This year, the festival’s events will be concentrated on the historic area of …

Bramble in Edinburgh heads a list of the best bars outside of London from Qype, the consumer reviews site. Within the UK capital, the league table is headed by the Oxo Tower bar. Bramble, set up by Jason Scott and Mike Aikman (pictured) six years ago, is one of three Edinburgh bars in the top …

Maxxium UK has announced the launch of Devil’s Cut, a new premium expression in the Jim Beam family of bourbons aimed particularly at top-end bars. Filling used Jim Beam casks with water, it involves a unique technique to extract the bourbon or “devil’s cut” infused into the barrel during ageing – inspired by the “angel’s …