Albert's Schloss entrance

Albert’s Schloss in Manchester is on a winning streak after being named the UK’s best late-night venue at the 2016 ALMR Late Night Awards. Operated by Mission Mars, the bar and restaurant gained the title against three other finalists, The Deltic Group’s Pryzm in Birmingham, Trade Union in London and Red Door in Manchester. Announced …

Omar whisky Taiwan

A whisky brand from Taiwan is being launched in the UK, adding a new player to a market dominated by the award-winning Kavalan. Leading drinks company Cellar Trends has introduced two expressions of Omar whisky on behalf of European distributor Les Whiskies du Monde. Omar Bourbon Cask is aged 100% in ex-bourbon oak casks and …

Cucumber Gin

The creators of the Qcumber range of cucumber-flavoured mixer have launched a premium Cucumber Gin, made with a subtle cucumber infusion. Hand-crafted and copper-distilled, Cucumber Gin is produced from 100% British grain, with crisp cucumber scents combined with an aromatic juniper base. It comes in 70cl bottles at 40% ABV. It has been launched by …

craoinamona whiskey

Berry Bros & Rudd has introduced a single malt Irish whiskey that has been finished in peated casks in Scotland. Craoi na Mona, which is pronounced “Cree na Mona” and is Gaelic for “heart of the peat bog”, was created by Doug McIvor, spirits expert at Berry Bros & Rudd. It has been aged for …

Peter Nguyen Monin Cup UK winner

Peter Nguyen (pictured) from Mr Fogg’s Residence in London will be heading to Paris to compete against bartenders from around the world after winning the Monin Cup UK final. Alongside seven other young finalists from around the country, he impressed judges with two signature serves using Monin products at the final during London Cocktail Week …

Connaught Bar

The Connaught Bar and The Gibson in London were among winners in the first European-wide Mixology Bar Awards held in Berlin last night. The bar at The Connaught hotel (pictured above) was named best European bar while its director of mixology, Ago Perrone, won the title of best European mixologist. The Gibson (pictured below), which …

Chaplins The Cellar Bar Bournemouth garden

Chaplin’s & The Cellar Bar in Bournemouth has beaten other bars and pubs across the country to be crowned Britain’s Best Beer Garden 2016. The winner received the highest number of votes in the competition organised by small and medium-sized business insurance provider SME Insurance (SMEi), which specialises in the hospitality sector. Chaplin’s & The …

Citadelle Old Tom Gin

Maison Ferrand has released a limited-edition expression for its Citadelle gin based on the traditional Old Tom style. No Mistake Old Tom Gin has been given a sweeter taste profile through the addition of Caribbean brown sugar, which is lightly caramelised in copper pots and blended with Citadelle Reserve gin and aged in barrels. The …

Strane Oaked Gin

Swedish distiller Smögen Whisky AB has released its limited-edition Strane Oaked Gin, matured in an ex-sherry butt, in the UK. Based on Strane London Dry Navy Strength Gin, Strane Oaked Gin has been matured for 18 months in a former sherry butt that also previously matured heavily peated Smögen Whisky. Bottled at 55% ABV, it …

The Apple Cart La Petite Mort Edinburgh Pere Magloire calvados

Bars and restaurants across the UK will be celebrating France’s apple-based spirit with National Calvados Week this month. Now in its third year, the programme will feature tastings, masterclasses, special cocktails, food and drink pairings and other events from October 17 to 23. It is sponsored by Père Magloire, a leading calvados brand distributed in …