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There’s a possibility some of you might be doing Dry January. Maybe. But we’re assuming the majority of you will be of the mindset that the first month of the year is depressing enough as it is, without denying yourself the odd well-deserved drink or trip to your favourite bar. And to further improve your […]
Ah, New Year’s Eve – a chance for glitter, glamour, and seeing in 2018 with cocktails and Champagne. And yet how many of us leave it so late that we end up frantically sending group WhatsApps and stressing about where to be when the clock chimes midnight? Worry no more, as we’ve rounded up five […]
January _ a chance for new starts, new resolutions, and new plans… which may well include shiny new things. After all, who doesn’t love a spot of redecorating to change things up a little? Or promise themselves to be more adventurous with the drinks offerings when guests come round? With this in mind, we’ve rounded […]
What do you mean you’re not feeling festive yet? Are you yet to experience the spirit of the season running warm through your veins like hot custard over Christmas Pudding? Perhaps it’s that the joy of December has been slightly dampened by the influx of people on Oxford Street… the twinkling lights and Maria Carey […]
Take one bottle of super-cool gin and task London’s finest bartenders with mixing up a drink bursting with yuletide cheer – the Fords Gin Festive Cocktail Challenge was always going to be a good ‘un. Over 30 bars took part but only a dozen could make it through to the 12 Days of Christmas Final. […]
Not being funny but we’ve never really thought of The Blue Bar at The Berkeley as being revolutionary. Stylish, yes. Smart, incredibly. Amazing drinks? Absolutely. Groundbreaking? Not so much. But things have been changing down Knightsbridge way. First there was the stylish refit of the David Collins Studio designed bar, then came their striking Colours […]
Exciting new openings, seasonal pop-ups and creative instillations – we round up the fabulous festive fun happening in the capital this December.  New opening: NUALA Bar comes to East London December 7th saw a slice of Irish merriment arriving at Curtain Road in East London, as Niall Davidson opened NUALA Bar. Promising to serve ‘the best Guinness outside […]
Hurrah, December is here and with it comes a plethora of festive pop-ups offering a chance to indulge in seasonal sips, surrounded by all kinds of twinkling lights and general merriment. We’ve rounded up some of our favourite places to visit this month – from legendary debaucherous saloons, to beautiful winter cabins, and even Moroccan-inspired rooftops. G’Vine […]
The clocks have gone back, the trees are bare and there’s a chance you leave the house in the dark and return in a similar state of inky blackness. But instead of yearning for long summer days, take solace in the fact that the winter months offers a fabulous opportunity for some creative cocktails. We’ve […]
Most drinks comps zone in on the liquid in the glass, not Libbey. In this contest, now in its second year, the glass takes centre stage. Which has got to be a good thing, right? Who better than the bright-minded bartenders, sommeliers and barristers who make the drinks to design the perfect vessel to showcase […]
Sherry is enjoying something of a revival and London is one of the best places to enjoy it. Just hit the sherry trail around the city to discover a world of bars and restaurants. Of course, it’s perfect on its own, check out a chilled bone-dry fino or manzanilla sherry, a fuller flavoured dry amontillado or […]
Fermentation, going local and the life of the bee at the Athens Bar Show
The best thing about judging the UK leg of the Angostura Global Cocktail Challenge was having an insight into what treats lay in store for the winner. Sure all nine finalists knew that if they impressed the panel of judges (Jim Wrigley from Bourne & Hollingsworth Group, Mr Global Rum Ambassador Ian Burrell and us, […]
Smith & Sinclair x John Lewis = Edible Cocktail Candy-Shop What: Edible Cocktail innovators Smith & Sinclair have combined with John Lewis to launch an interactive in-store experience, where guests can create their own incredible edible cocktail gift box. The kind of adult candy-shop fun we’re all about. Where: John Lewis, 300 Oxford Street, London W1C […]
San Francisco has earned itself the reputation as one of the coolest (if not the wettest) spots to visit on the West Coast in recent years. With good reason. Those steep hills, breathtaking sites such as the majestic Golden Gate Bridge, Alcatraz, and beautiful pastel-coloured Victorian houses known as Painted Ladies (aka postcard row) make […]
There comes a time in every bartender’s career when they start to take the profession seriously and ask themselves that all important question: What does it take to become World Class? It’s a big one to ponder on, as it should be – this is a major competition that can really springboard any bartender’s career […]
Back in the day, the mention of sherry conjured up images of Christmases and fuddy-duddy types succumbing to the sweet pleasures of a wee glass or two. That and Mavis Riley from Coronation Street… Fast forward to the present and the world of sherry wine is altogether more contemporary, challenging and damn right delicious. We’re […]
To paraphrase that famous Mean Girls quote: “In the real world, Halloween is when kids dress up in costumes and beg for candy. In Cocktail World, Halloween is the one time a year when a bartender can come up with creepy, macabre and OTT drinks and no other bartenders can say anything about it.” And so we approach All Hallows’ Eve, a date […]
PROMOTION Trust the Italians to come up with what must be the most stylish drinking ritual probably ever – Aperitivo Time. Even saying it makes you feel all continental and cool. Simple, social and seriously chic, it transforms what would be ordinary after work/pre-dinner drink into quite the occasion. The way it works is this: […]
He was the first person to claim the title of Chivas Master, he hails from Japan and he loves Chivas Regal. Who better to tell us about this unique cocktail competition, the destination for the next global final and this very special blended whisky. Ladies and gents, meet Masa Urushido. Chivas Regal has been in my […]