Lyaness new cocktail menu

Ryan Chetiyawardana’s London cocktail bar Lyaness is launching the next phase in a playful cocktail list centred around seven core ingredients. Lyaness opened its doors at Sea Containers London hotel in March 2019, replacing Ryan’s award-winning cocktail den Dandeylan. The bar’s first menu took seven recognisable ingredients and manipulated them into “unfamiliar and exciting forms”, …

1st Step USA, Passport menu at St James Bar

St James Bar at London’s Sotitel St James hotel is preparing to launch ‘Passport’, a new cocktail menu inspired by flavours and cultures from around the world. The menu, which officially launches on November 1, has been designed to resemble a real passport, with each cocktail displayed with a stamp of the country it is …

Highball Cocktails

UK-based The Original Free Drinks Company is making its debut with a new six-strong range of ready-to-drink non-alcoholic cocktails. Tapping into the booming ‘no and low” trend, the brand offers “authentic and sophisticated” 0% ABV cocktails in single-serve bottles, cans and on tap. Mixed in small batches in the UK, Highball consists of six variants: …

Daniel Laycock and Luke Cole have been named the winners of the 2019 Monin BarBarista Challenge. In association with UK Coffee Week, the competition paired professional bartenders with baristas, giving them the opportunity to showcase their creative coffee cocktail flair. At the grand finale, regional heat winners had to create drinks that perfectly balanced coffee …

100 Wardour St The Politicians menu

Soho bar 100 Wardour St is continuing to “contort the conventions of cocktail creation” with a new tongue-in-cheek menu inspired by political satire. The new autumn offering, developed by head mixologist Federico Pasian and bar manager Marco Sangion, has been designed to offer some light-hearted humour in uncertain state of current affairs, transforming some of …

Opihr Global 2019 winner

Lewis McKenzie from Axis Bar in the Hilton Amsterdam Schiphol Airport has been crowned winner of the sixth annual Opihr Global Cocktail Competition. At the grand final, which took place in Venice, Italy, Lewis competed against five other top bartenders from around the world, including the UK & Ireland, USA, Germany, APAC and South Africa. …

Interpreted Magic, The Beaufort Bar

The Savoy hotel’s Beaufort Bar is debuting a new cocktail menu that explores the “fabled history, dark drama and timeless romance” of magic through the ages. Launching on 16 October, the ‘Interpreted Magic’ menu is split into three distinct sections, each named after and inspired by one of the ‘three pillars’ of a magic performance: …

London Cocktail Week

A look ahead at some of the highlights of this year’s London Cocktail Week This October, DrinkUp.London is celebrating ten years of London Cocktail Week (LCW) with a mammoth ten-day festival, taking place from 4 to 13 October. Festival goers can soak up the capital’s thriving cocktail scene with access to over 300 bars serving …

Chairman's Reserve Mai Tai 2019

Emporia Brands and Chairman’s Reserve rum have named Milk in Reading the winning bar of 2019’s Mai Tai competition. The team of Connie Cain and Andy Turner of Milk in Reading topped the voting board at London Cocktail Club’s Old Street venue on 25 September, once again coming out first after winning the 2017 final. …

World Class Bartender of the Year 2019

Bannie Kang of Antidote bar in Singapore has been crowned the winner of Diageo Reserve’s World Class Global Bartender of the Year cocktail competition. Entrants from across six continents took part in this year’s contest, with 53 bartenders making it through the national heats. The competitors travelled to Schiedam and the Isle of Sky where …