The Alchemist Bevis Marks

The team behind Living Ventures are to roll out their bar concept The Alchemist after a management buyout backed by private equity. The £13million buyout has been funded by Palatine Private Equity which also took over Living Ventures’ expanding restaurant group Gusto last year. The equity investment from Palatine plus £6.5million development and working capital …

Frank Dedieu

Bartender Frank Dedieu of Redwood bar in Lyon in France has been announced as global winner of this year’s Bacardi Legacy competition with his cocktail, Le Latin. Representing France, he was one of eight bartenders selected out of 34 finalists to compete in the grand final in Sydney Town Hall on tonight (May 3). His …

World Class finalists

Diageo Reserve has announced the second group of five bartenders who have made it through to the GB final of its World Class competition. They are Lorenzo Antinori of the Beaufort Bar at The Savoy in London, Michele Mariotti of The Savoy’s American Bar, Benji Purslow of Keystone Crescent in London, Ali Reynolds of Hawskmoor …

UPPL Final 2014

Bartenders across the country are set to compete in a twist on the game of “beer pong” with the launch of this year’s Underground Punch Pong League (UPPL). Now in its third year, it will see tournaments held in seven cities around the UK leading up to a grand final during London Cocktail Week in …

Ally Martin

Ally Martin (pictured) from Peg & Patriot in east London has won the UK final of the Bacardi Legacy competition and will represent Britain in the global final in Sydney. Along with his original cocktail Young Cuban, he was chosen from three bartenders who were judged the most promising in the previous stage of the …

world class Performing Under Pressure

Bartenders are being called on to enter the Diageo Reserve World Class competition for a chance to join the first set of bartenders selected for the UK semi-final. Burst two of the competition asks them to take inspiration from a bartending book and a piece of literature of their choice to create a unique cocktail …

Belvedere Challenge

Belvedere Vodka is building on its new partnership with the next James Bond movie with a competition challenging bartenders to create a new twist on a Vodka Martini. The competition is running globally, including the UK, and offers the grand prize of a week’s holiday for two on the luxury island resort GoldenEye in Jamaica …

Adrian Gomes

The search for this year’s Mixing Star has been launched by Disaronno, with the top prize of a trip to the Tales of the Cocktail festival in New Orleans. Bartenders across the UK are being called on to enter an original cocktail recipe using the Italian amaretto liqueur via The Mixing Star website at www.themixingstar.com. …

above audio

Brighton’s long-established music venue, club and bar Audio is to be relaunched by its new owners in May as Patterns. Mothership Group is redesigning the seafront venue after buying it last year but pledged that it would continue to be a destination for world-class musical talent as well as good food and drink. Patterns will …

casual dining show

Bars, pubs and restaurants across the UK have been shortlisted for this year’s Casual Dining Design Awards. From large groups to independents, more than 40 have been named as finalists in categories for best design for an independent restaurant, a multiple restaurant and a casual-dining pub. The winners will be announced at the Casual Dining …