Dating back to 1890, the Metropole hotel is one of the landmarks of Brighton seafront. It was designed by Alfred Waterhouse who is best known for the Victorian Gothic grandeur of London’s Natural History Museum and Manchester Town Hall, and he has inspired the name of the hotel’s new bar. As part of an ongoing …

The Black Dog Ballroom has established itself as one of the stars of Manchester’s Northern Quarter since it opened three years ago. Entrepreneur Ross Mackenzie has now extended the “brand” with a second site about 15 minutes’ walk away in the south of the city centre, close to the universities. The three floors of the …

With its views of London from the 28th floor of the London Hilton Park Lane hotel, the bar at Galvin at Windows has become a destination in its own right after being opened alongside the main restaurant five years ago. Its success has led Chris and Jeff Galvin to invest £500,000 in updating the look …

There are few places to find a good cocktail around London’s Inns of Court. Traditional pubs are the norm in the historic Temple area off Fleet Street where barristers have their chambers. That has changed with the arrival of the luxurious Apex Temple Court Hotel next to the Inner Temple, one of the Inns of …

For over a decade, Saltwater has been one of the hotspots on Nottingham’s bar scene, boasting the biggest rooftop terrace in the city. Located in The Cornerhouse entertainment complex, it was part of the portfolio of operator Principle Leisure that went into administration a year ago but it has been reborn under the new ownership …

Elaine Clarke was just 23 when she was approached in 1991 to run a new bar opening up in Liverpool city centre. She had been working in bars and restaurants since school and, at the time, was already general manager of Café Tabac in Bold Street. The new venture was Baa Bar which opened over …

Over the past six months, London’s bar and club scene has welcomed a major new player, Alula Leisure. Headed by leisure entrepreneurs Tim Lalic and Vahram Papazyan, it has taken on two legendary venues in the capital: Jonathan Downey’s Match Bar off Oxford Street and music club Scotch of St James. Their newest venture is …

Mark Ludmon meets the team behind London’s Adventure Bars Many bartenders dream of running their own bar but, by their mid-20s,Toby Jackson, Tom Kidd and Kieron Botting had already achieved this.After taking on a bar in south London seven years ago, they now head the four-strong group ofAdventure Bars, including one in London’s West End. …

Praise has been heaped on new London restaurant Dabbous, most notably by critic Fay Maschler who gave it a rare five stars – a rating, she says, that “is reserved for when a place comes along that changes the game”. However, the food has threatened to overshadow some rather interesting things going on in the …

Santiago Policastro, or Pichin, is the master mixologist of Argentine cocktail culture. From the 1930s until his death in 2010, he was renowned throughout Latin America for his remarkable drinks, earning the nickname of “El Barman Galante”.This has inspired Gaucho restaurant group to create Galante bar next to its existing site in South Kensington.This glittering classic- style bar …