A surf bar with graffiti art, 1960s-inspired furniture and other stylish design features is not something you might associate with JD Wetherspoon but this is the concept at The Cribbar, its new bar in Newquay in Cornwall. It has spent £2million on redeveloping the former site of Red Square and Divas in Gover Lane, creating …

Mark Ludmon charts the story behind Edinburgh’s top bar Bramble and its newer stablemate The Last Word Saloon (pictured) In lists of the world’s best bars, the intimate cocktail den of Bramble in Edinburgh city centre always figures highly, praised for the bar team’s innovative and expert approach to drinks and the quirky, labyrinthine interior …

Hidden down a side street off busy Old Street in east London is a luxurious new lounge bar, Golden Bee. Pass through a single door, with a brass bee on the front, and you climb a staircase dominated by a large gold-chain chandelier. It prepares you for the décor of the main bar which its …

Intertain chief executive John Leslie talks to Mark Ludmon about the company’s s revival of leading high-street brand Walkabout and its new Maluko bar It is 18 years since the first Walkabout burst onto our high streets. At one point, there were over 50 of the Australasian bars scattered across the UK but, three years …

Town & Country Inns has created a new look for its 10-year-old Après brand in the West Midlands, working with designer Matt Rawlinson Now celebrating its 10th year, the Scandinavian-inspired Après chain continues to thrive by evolving and refreshing its design and offering. Operated by Town & Country Inns, it has expanded this year with …

A bar specialising in cocktails and champagne has been launched by the team behind Chester Racecourse With its proximity to Chester Racecourse, The Pelican bistro and bar was a popular destination for race-goers looking to celebrate their winnings or drown their sorrows. The venue has now been taken over by the company that runs the …

Over a hundred years ago, one of the world’s biggest circus stars was Claire Heliot and her lions who were so tame that she would tumble with them on stage. She is celebrated in the name of the bar and restaurant within London’s new Hippodrome Casino, which has been created in the 112-year-old entertainment venue …

The team behind Manchester’s Trof bars have opened a new venue in the city majoring on gin It was a sad day when Manchester’s Green Room theatre closed last year after nearly three decades serving up comedy, cabaret, music and dance alongside a rather cool bar. But the venue, inside two converted Victorian railway arches, …

Long before Flying Dog was flying off the shelf, when kölsch was far from cool, North Bar in Leeds city centre was a pioneer in the UK’s emerging craft beer scene. It has been going for 15 years and is stronger than ever, regularly serving as a test bed for new beers. It has also …

Paul Daly, the leading designer and bar owner, set off on a road trip across the United States to seek inspiration for his latest venue. Covering 2,600 miles, he visited dive bars and native American reservations, picking up ideas that have come together in Rattlesnake, a live music bar and “Texican” kitchen in Islington, north …