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 …

Despite its views of the Thames and Big Ben and its location right next to the Millennium Eye, the Rotunda Lounge at the London Marriott County Hall hotel has never quite made it onto the must-visit list for cocktail bars. But that is now changing after the introduction of a new drinks list under head …

Adam Freeth is this year celebrating 10 years since setting up Shaker which has gone on to become one of the leading bar consultancies and training companies in the UK. He and his team can also now demonstrate that they know how to run a bar themselves after opening Shaker & Company in Euston, London. …

Increasing numbers of bars across the UK are now specialising in gin while we are seeing a steady flow of new and interesting products, leading to talk of a new “gin craze”. Now gin even has its own museum, which has opened above the Portobello Star bar in Notting Hill, west London, celebrating “London gins …

Awards and plaudits have been heaped on Whiski Bar on Edinburgh’s Royal Mile, including the title of whisky bar of the year at the 2011 Dram Awards, so we were keen to see what owners Gary and Anne Still would come up with for their second venue. The result is Whiski Rooms – a great …

When Duncan Stirling and Charlie Gilkes announced they were going to open a pizzeria, it was bound to be anything other than conventional. The pair are behind cult speakeasy Bart’s and 80s-themed club Maggie’s, both in Chelsea, and they have brought their love of kitsch, cocktails and cuisine to their third venture, Bunga Bunga in …

Anyone who has looked for a bite to eat when going to see the Phantom will remember Galileo’s. The Italian restaurant opened in London’s Haymarket 14 years ago, next door to Her Majesty’s Theatre which has been home to Phantom of the Opera since 1986. The owners, Metropolitan Restaurants, have now completely revamped Galileo’s and, …

It is a year and a half since top chef Michel Roux Jr opened his fine dining restaurant Roux at Parliament Square near to the Palace of Westminster, and now he and his partner – Compass Group’s Restaurant Associates – have turned an unassuming lounge on the first floor into a destination cocktail bar. It …

A warm glow of nostalgia and glamour surrounds the Playboy Club name. In this age of lapdancing clubs and internet porn, there is something almost innocent about Hugh Hefner’s Playboy empire that spread across the US in the 1960s and, at its peak, had 30 clubs around the world. A new American TV drama series …