High-profile London club Fabric has joined the Association of Licensed Multiple Retailers (ALMR), building on the trade body’s representation of the late-night market. Keith Reilly and Cameron Leslie, who founded the club in 1999, decided to join the association because of the “significant challenges” and rapid changes in the nightlife sector. It is the 14th …

Drinks company Maxxium UK is preparing for a nationwide roll-out and ad campaign for Ginger Grouse, an alcoholic ginger beer mixed with whisky for serving with lime over ice. Available on draught and in 500ml bottles, it proved a success in bars when trialled and launched in Scotland in the second half of last year. …

A new Italian spirit, Sprizzato, has been launched in the UK on the back of the popularity of Italian aperitifs and rising sales in brands such as Aperol. The bitter citrus and rhubarb-infused spirit can be combined in a “spritz” serve (pictured) with prosecco, stirred with ice and topped up with soda water and slices …

A cult brand of mezcal has been introduced into the UK on-trade as part of a growing interest in the Mexican spirit. Ilegal Mezcal, which is made from agave plants in the Oaxaca region of Mexico, has been added to the portfolio of UK premium spirits company Speciality Brands. The brand was developed by John …

The organisers of the annual London Cocktail Week, which involves bars and events across the capital, have announced dates and plans for the 2013 event. It will run from Monday October 7 to Sunday October 13, opening at the end of The Whisky Exchange Whisky Show at London’s Vinopolis and finishing on the second day …

The team at legendary bar, Socio Rehab, in Manchester’s Northern Quarter have announced that it is to close at the end of December after nearly nine years. Its owner Beautiful Drinks, which also runs Northern Quarter burger restaurant Almost Famous and tiki bar Keko Moku, has decided to focus more on food-led operations. Socio Rehab …

Luminar has launched an iPhone app that will help clubbers at its 56 nightclubs across the UK to get straight to the front of the queue. The unique new digital passport gives clubbers the ability to buy and store e-tickets, vouchers and offers on their iPhone and scan tickets at the box office. Using technology …

Interior design students across the UK have been invited to enter a competition that challenges them to design a bar or restaurant. Now in its 10th year, the Satelliet-Browns Student Design Challenge 2013 calls on them to design a bar or restaurant for competitors, officials and visitors to the 2014 Commonwealth Games in Glasgow. Targeted …

A new stand-alone destination cocktail bar, The Luggage Room, is to be launched at the London Marriott Hotel in Grosvenor Square this week. It aims to bring back a “bygone era of glamour, elegance and sophistication”, with an opulent interior and a menu of classic Cobblers, Martinis and Punches. The bar manager is Abdulai Kpekawa, …

A new cocktail list and vintage spirits are set to help put the Rivoli Bar at London’s Ritz Hotel on the path to being recognised as one of the world’s best bars. Luis Simoes, who joined as bar manager from London’s One Aldwych a year ago, introduced a new menu on December 1 with Prohibition-inspired …