Improving draught and cellar management can make money for your bar With competition fierce in the bar and pub trade, it is more important than ever to make sure customers are happy with the quality of the beer, cider and soft drinks they are served. Not only is it essential to have a good cellar …

Lighting design is an essential element of a bar’s ambience and look, reports Mark Ludmon When you walk past the latest Adventure Bar of an evening, clusters of lights and neon tempt you into an inviting oasis of warmth and style. Lighting design plays a key role in controlling the ambience of the new venue …

A look ahead at the features, talks and products at March’s hospitality trade show in Scotland Scotland’s largest hospitality trade show, ScotHot, is celebrating its 40th year in March, offering ideas and inspiration for bars and restaurants. Held every two years, the three-day exhibition returns to Glasgow’s SECC from March 4 to 6, bringing together …

A look ahead at the highlights of March’s Northern Restaurant & Bar show From craft beers and premium spirits to the latest bar equipment, the Northern Restaurant & Bar show returns next month, offering ideas and inspiration for the trade. It takes place at Manchester Central on March 5 and 6 and promises to be …

From industrial-style furniture to bold graphics and colours, Mark Ludmon examines the trends set to inform bar interiors in 2013 Design is at the heart of the success of the expanding Baa Bar Group, says its chief executive Elaine Clarke. “With 11 bars already, and plans to open a further 10 in the next five …

Richard Lemon, associate director in the Retail & Leisure Planning team at real estate adviser CBRE, takes a look at what recent changes to planning policy mean for pubs In 2012, the Government published its National Planning Policy Framework (NPPF) for England. It’s an important document, as the policies it contains are taken into account …

The owners of more than nine out of 10 bars, clubs and bars say playing music creates a better atmosphere for their customers – and 71 per cent believe it makes staff more productive. These business-boosting benefits have been revealed in a survey published by music licensing organisations PPL and PRS for Music. It builds …

If you are looking for the perfect gift for your favourite bartender, or just want to treat yourself, there are plenty of great drinks books out in time for Christmas. Tony Conigliaro, world-leading cocktail specialist from London’s 69 Colebrooke Row and Zetter Townhouse, has come up with a must-read book called simply Drinks. It captures …

If you are looking for the perfect gift for your favourite bartender, or just want to treat yourself, there are plenty of great drinks books out in time for Christmas.

From vintage furniture to high-tech design, the newest bar and club interiors display a mix of traditional and modern, reports Mark Ludmon Modern bar and club design is not just about good looks but about the whole experience. “With the plethora of bar and restaurant openings, owners more than ever are looking for something different …