As the academic year starts, Mark Ludmon looks at how bars and drinks brands are adapting to the new generation of students Scream bars have been serving students with beer and big nights out since the first It’s a Scream was opened by Bass Brewers in the 1990s. Now part of Stonegate Pub Company, the …

Mark Ludmon explores the “ruin bars” and cocktail destinations of Budapest At the global final of this year’s Bols Around The World cocktail competition in Amsterdam, I witnessed Hungary’s Gábor Onufer triumph in a tough competition that featured top bartenders from far-flung locations such as China, New Zealand, Colombia and Aberdeen. So when I came …

Mark Ludmon is Morocco bound to check out the bars of Marrakech When Sex and the City 2 was released this summer, Marrakech was put under the glamour spotlight as a location stand-in for Abu Dhabi, helping to boost visitor numbers further since EasyJet opened up a route from London four years ago. While filming …

Dating back to 1888, Metaxa is one of the world’s leading spirit brands, big in countries such as Austria, Germany, Poland and its native Greece. But in the UK, it is little known and, for most people, remembered only as a spirit from sunny holidays. But with three million Britons travelling each year to Greece, …

This month sees the opening of a new “cigar room” at the May Fair Hotel in London, serving up cognacs, armagnacs, whiskies, vintage champagne and Martinis alongside the finest cigars. It is part of a growing trend for bars to make the most of the smoking ban which has now been in place for six …

Electronic cigarettes have been around for nine years now but, despite the smoking ban in the UK, they have been slow to catch on. However, figures from the Electronic Cigarette Consumer Association earlier this year showed that the UK electronic cigarette industry is now worth about £5million a year and that the number of users …

Signage and visual display play an important part in creating the right experience in a venue, from marketing messages to the “wow factor”  Signage, visual displays and interior graphics can be integral to a bar’s look and branding rather than an after-thought.These should all be important considerations at the design stage, according to Mark Bithrey, …

Experts provide ideas and advice on how to improve a bar’s business, from service and cost controls to technology and marketing Good service is vital to a successful business. More than three-quarters of consumers have left a bar, pub or restaurant earlier than planned because of poor service, according to a new report from customer …

Furniture specialists and designers are coming up with new ideas that take current design trends in new directions, Mark Ludmon reports… Beware the proliferation of cut-price websites offering “me too” furniture for bars, pubs, clubs and restaurants, warns Jay Rushton, operations manager of hospitality interiors specialist Dawnvale.“The contract furniture sector is full of website ‘me …

Most visitors to New York City stick to Manhattan where some of the world’s best bars can be found, from the five-star hotels of Midtown to the speakeasies of the East Village. But for cocktail lovers, it is becoming essential to head east or south to the borough of Brooklyn on the other side of …