mailbox birmingham

A new cocktail bar and restaurant in Birmingham city centre is being developed by the team behind Shaker Consultancy and bar schools. Gas Street Social is due to open in March in The Mailbox in Wharfside Street as part of a £50million redevelopment of the retail and leisure complex. Described as an “urban neighbourhood kitchen”, …

berners tavern bar

Scarfes Bar at Rosewood London and the Punch Room and Berners Tavern (pictured) at the London Edition hotel are among winners of this year’s European Hotel Design Awards. They were chosen by judges from new interior design projects across Europe and announced last night at a ceremony to tie in with this week’s Sleep hotel …

Yeni Raki

A new on-trade campaign has been launched by Diageo to develop Turkey’s leading raki brand in the UK, focusing on the message of “unrush your world”. The first stage of activities for Yeni Raki includes partnerships with 20 top restaurants in London including Fino, Pond Dalston and Beagle, supported by advertising, digital marketing and PR. …

Ali Reynolds

Ali Reynolds (pictured) from Hawksmoor Spitalfields in London has been crowned winner of this year’s Glenfiddich Malt Mastermind competition. He used Glenfiddich 14 Year Old Rich Oak whisky as the base of Family Guy’s Tea, combining it with apricot liqueur infused with Earl Grey tea, Cocchi Vermouth di Torino and Green Chartreuse. He was one …

chivas regal BBA

Chivas Regal’s 25-year-old whisky was named grand champion in the Bartender’s Best Awards – the first drinks awards to be judged solely by bartenders. After 10 months of preparation and tastings, the winners were announced last night, covering whiskies, rums, tequilas, cognacs, gins, vodkas, liqueurs, bitters and fortified wines. As well as an overall winner …

Mojito Matthew Clark

Cocktail sales in the UK have grown by more than 10% over the last two years, but the Mojito remains drinkers’ favourite, according to a new report. The Mixed Drinks Report 2014 from on-trade research specialist CGA Strategy reveals that more than one in five (22%) of the country’s on-trade venues now serve cocktails on …

tequila mezcal fest

The UK’s first festival dedicated to tequila and mezcal is to be held in November, aimed at broadening consumers and bartenders’ knowledge about the spirits. Tequila & Mezcal Fest takes place in London on November 22 and 23, bringing tequilas and mezcals together with Mexican food, culture, crafts and entertainment under one roof. It will …

london cocktail week

***CLICK HERE FOR THE LATEST NEWS ON LONDON COCKTAIL WEEK*** Bars and drinks brands across London will celebrate cocktail culture with events and other activities with London Cocktail Week from October 6 to 12. Now in its fifth year, it will feature Cocktail Tours where 200 bars will offer bespoke £4 cocktails for people wearing …

bacardi three

The three “most promising” bartenders have been named for the next stage of the Bacardi Legacy UK cocktail competition. They were selected out of eight finalists after competing last night in a UK heat in the Great Conservatory in Syon Park in west London. The three (pictured left to right) are Matt Fairhurst from City …

Glenfiddich Malt Mastermind

Scotch single malt whisky brand Glenfiddich has launched its Malt Mastermind competition for the fifth year, calling on bartenders to demonstrate their flair and creativity with a signature serve. They can use Glenfiddich 14 Year Old Rich Oak, Glenfiddich 15 Year Old or Glenfiddich 15 Year Old Distillery Edition although, for the first time, the …