Zoe Fryday catches up with former Diageo World Class manager Dan Dove to discuss his latest venture, Global Bartending, an international talent agency that connects drinks professionals with luxury brands, consumers and each other What inspired the decision to launch global bartending? How did it all begin? The initial idea came about two years before …

World Class

Global bartending competition World Class is returning to GB, introducing new people, partnerships and competitor challenges. As well as a revised approach that adapts to a new competition environment, the internationally recognised contest also announces a series of activations at this year’s London Cocktail Week. First three competitors reach CB top 15 Taking a brief …

Merchant's Choice spirits

UK distributor Symposium Independent Spirits Merchant has launched Merchant’s Choice, a new range of “alternative” craft spirits for bartenders. Designed to provide an alternative for bars that would rather not use mainstream brands, the three-strong range consists of a Guyanese White Rum, a Classic Vodka distilled from British wheat and a bright London Dry Gin. …

Dan Dove

Former Diageo World Class manager Dan Dove has launched a talent agency dedicated to bartenders, considered to be the first of its kind in the industry. The Global Bartending Talent Agency has been developed to connect drinks professionals with luxury brands, consumers and each other. Those who are part of the agency will offer services …

monin range

Monin has launched a new take on ‘Thirsty Thursdays’, to help bartenders and baristas alike challenge their creativity at home and inspire consumers. The brand is running a series of interactive Facebook Live masterclasses supporting bartenders and baristas in trying something new, featuring two respected industry creatives – Kenji Jesse and Dan Fellows – who …

Pernod Ricard has partnered with the United Nation’s EducateAll platform to provide free online sustainable and responsible bartending training. The course – entitled ‘The Bar World of Tomorrow’ – is available worldwide and targets both bartenders and bar owners to educate them on sustainable and responsible practices for a greener and more inclusive future. It …

Healthy Hospo Lockdown Lowdown

Healthy Hospo has collaborated with spirits group Brown-Forman to launch the Lockdown Lowdown, a series of health and wellness webinars aimed at helping bar professionals around the world deal with the current situation and come out of it healthy and happy. The Lockdown Lowdown has been designed in response to the effect the Covid-19 pandemic …

Grey Goose

Grey Goose vodka has announced the launch of House Pour, a new global video series featuring out-of-work bartenders from around the globe making cocktails that are close to their hearts. House Pour is designed to lend a voice to bartenders who have been impacted by Covid-19 closures, and help shine a light on the individuals …

UK Bartender's Guide

Bacardi Brown Forman Brand’s educational platform Jigger Beaker Glass has turned its hand to a new format, announcing the release of its debut book, The UK Bartender’s Guide. Produced in collaboration with hospitality industry leaders and luminaries across seven cities, the book is an up-to-date reference for discerning drinkers looking to find bars and pubs …

Bartenders create Quarantine Margarita

Several famous bartenders from around the world who are currently working from home have come together to create virtual cocktail, the Quarantine Margarita, to reinforce the self-isolation message in a light-hearted, uplifting way. The bartenders responded to a call by Ansis Ancovs, a global cocktail champion and Rooster Rojo tequila global brand ambassador. The video, …