Monkey Shoulder Ultimate Bartender Championship UK finalists

A West Sussex bartender has won Monkey Shoulder’s Ultimate Bartender Championship for the second year running, defending his title in New Orleans. Dave White from The Dead Parrot in Horsham beat competition from four other finalists – and over 120 entrants across 15 regional heats – in the final showdown at the international Tales of …

Happiness Forgets Ali Burgess

Leading London bar Happiness Forgets has launched a new competition to find the UK’s best up-and-coming bartending talent. With heats in Glasgow, Liverpool, Leeds and Bristol, it will offer the winner a chance to follow in the footsteps of global bartending legends to have their own “Unforgettable” week at the Hoxton Square bar. As well …

monkey shoulder ultimate bartender championship

Five bartenders are off to New Orleans for the UK final of Monkey Shoulder’s Ultimate Bartender Championship (UBC) after proving they have the “skills that pay the bills”. Over 300 bartenders from across the UK – more than double previous years – entered the annual competition run for the whisky brand, vying for the prize …

This video captures the excitement of the 24hr Bar Build Challenge where bartenders from London, Paris, New York City and Singapore had to build and open a new bar in just 24 hours. It was devised by the teams at Bacardi Brown-Forman Brands and Patrón Tequila as part of London Cocktail Week in October, with …

Manachain Monaghan

Manacháin Monaghan (pictured) from The Monk Cocktail Bar in Buxton in Derbyshire is off to Trinidad & Tobago next year after winning the UK heat of the Angostura Global Cocktail Challenge. He won last month with two cocktails: Cure All To Cure All combined Angostura 1919 rum with ginger and peppermint tea, Angostura Aromatic Bitters, …

Iain Bell

A new website has been launched to educate bar owners and bartenders to understand how alcohol consumption impacts on the bodies of their customers and themselves. Described as a “well-being web portal”, the Bartenders’ Manifesto has been created by Edinburgh-based Iain Bell (pictured), owner of Executive Fitness Foundation and an expert in well-being, lifestyle and …

UPPL winners

Two bartenders from London have been announced as champions of this year’s nationwide league in the game of punch pong. Robb Collins and Peter Lidstone from London Cocktail Club in Goodge Street triumphed in a hard-fought battle involving eight teams during London Cocktail Week last week. They were declared winners of the Underground Punch Pong …

24hr Bar Build Team London Patron bar

A team of bartenders from London triumphed against Paris, New York City and Singapore in a challenge to build and open a new bar in just 24 hours. At yesterday’s event in east London, they created and ran a Mexican-inspired bar (pictured above), with distressed walls and cactuses, selling cocktails with Patrón Tequila. They were …

Courvoisier Midnight in Paris

New signature serves for Courvoisier cognac are being unveiled in the UK as part of a major new campaign for the brand inspired by Paris’s golden age. The drinks, such as Midnight in Paris (pictured), are to be served at an immersive Parisian pop-up at the Looking Glass Cocktail Club in Hackney as part of …

Ali Reynolds World Class Bar2

World Class, the international bartending competition run for Diageo Reserve brands, is set to open for entries for its eighth year. Bartenders from across Great Britain are being called on to enter by visiting www.theworldclassclub.com and submitting a cocktail recipe from October 30 to November 8. (The original November 7 deadline was extended by 24 …