With their extensive background in running and designing bars, it is no surprise that Paul and Verity Craig’s latest venture aims high with creativity and innovation in both drinks and décor.They have created Bohemia in the heart of the Lanes in Brighton, completely transforming the former club Ink into a cool and laid-back bar and …

Over the past six months, London’s bar and club scene has welcomed a major new player,Alula Leisure. Headed by leisure entrepreneursTim Lalic andVahram 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 52oNorth Bar & Kitchen, which …

A new bar and pizzeria concept has arrived in the UK – and it has its first outing in Warrington in Cheshire.Alongside freshly cooked Italian food, Baffito’s serves up an extensive range of cocktails, beers, spirits and wines in stylish Italian-inspired surroundings. Another 10 sites are planned over the next three years, but managing director …

Santiago Policastro, or Pichin, is the Harry Craddock or Jerry Thomas 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 …

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 …

Spies have been at work in St Ermin’s Hotel in London for almost a century. During the 1930s, it was used by officers of the Secret Intelligent Service (SIS) – better known as MI6 – and, in the run-up to World War Two, it became the headquarters of SIS’s Section D and then the Special …

Over the past nine years, Shahrokh and Zehra Parvin have been developing their successful eastern Mediterranean concept Del’Aziz to six locations across London. More than just a restaurant, the sites feature delicatessen-cafés and lounge bar areas, but at their sixth Del’Aziz in Clapham, south London, they have gone one step further and opened a separate …

After working in the licensed trade for 30 years, Siobhan MaGill has drawn on her experience of late-night London to create a new lounge bar across two floors in the heart of Soho. With business partner Sian Parry Jones, she aims to establish Archer Street as a destination both for cocktails and entertainment, with waiters …

Bedford is not well-known for its bar culture, so the arrival of Modello Bar & Kitchen has caused quite a stir. At the opening, journalists brushed shoulders with the town’s great and the good including business leaders, councillors and the mayor. For many, it is a relief to see a neglected nightclub called New York …

All the wines at the new basement bar underneath restaurant Trullo at Highbury Corner, London, are from Italy, just as all the food uses authentic Italian ingredients and flavours. So it makes sense that the cocktails at Trullo Downstairs should reflect this dedication to all things Italian. Under bar manager Paisley Kennett, the small and …