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London Cocktail Week becomes not-for-profit

In its 15th year, London Cocktail Week has become a not-for-profit business following a successful soft launch of the initiative in 2023.

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Swift Borough launches South of the River menu

Swift Borough has launched its first new menu since opening in 2022, ‘South of The River’, which is available in its basement bar The Back Pocket.

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Non-abv agave spirit Almave Blanco launches in the UK

Mangrove Global has launched Almave Blanco, an alcohol-free alternative to tequila co-created by Formula 1’s Lewis Hamilton and Mexican Spirits Group, Casa Lumbre.

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The UK bar industry shines in Bar World 100 list

The UK bar industry has shone in Drinks International’s recently published Bar World 100 in association with Perrier, contributing 17 names to the list of influential figures, including Monica Berg who polled in first place.

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Imbibe Live to make way for BCB London

Imbibe Live takes place for the last time this week, with organiser RX announcing plans to relaunch the on-trade show under the banner of BCB.

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Mia Johansson and Bobby Hiddleston depart Swift as Coral Anderson steps up

Mia Johansson and Bobby Hiddleston, who co-founded Swift with Roisin Stimpson and Edmund Weil, are to leave the London bar group this summer, CLASS can exclusively reveal. 

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Wacky Wombat temporarily closes

Nico de Soto's Wacky Wombat in Soho has been forced to close after its team resigned, CLASS understands. 

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Hoot the Redeemer to close this autumn

Edinburgh bar Hoot the Redeemer will close its doors for the final time on September 1st this year.

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Viajante87 to stage three international takeovers at the same time

West London’s Viajante87, the bar led by Pietro Collina and Veronica Di Pietrantonio, has announced a takeover event across three bars in three different countries on the same night.

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50 Best menu award applications open

Applications are now open for the Siete Misterios Best Cocktail Menu Award for The World’s 50 Best Bars 2024.

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Avallen founders launch sustainability consultancy

The founders of Avallen Spirits, the owner of Avallen Calvados, Stephanie Jordan-Balmforth and Tim Etherington-Judge, have announced a new consultancy company.

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Funkin Cocktails celebrates 25 years with return of Heritage Cocktail Competition

FUNKIN COCKTAILS, the UK’s number one cocktail brand, is relaunching its Heritage Cocktail competition as the brand marks its 25th anniversary in 2024.

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Cressida Lawlor launches The Quest for Queer docu-series

Sexy Fish’s Cressida Lawlor has collaborated with Monkey Shoulder to produce a documentary that explores the experiences of LGBTQIA+ bartenders in the UK cocktail bar industry.

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UK bars and bartenders among Spirited Awards' finalists

A slew of UK bars and bartenders have been nominated as finalists in Tales of the Cocktail's Spirited Awards 2024, with Kevin Armstrong's Satan's Whiskers and Remy Savage and Paul Lougrat's A Bar with Shapes for a Name both competing for Best International Bar.

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UKHospitality backs Labour's hospitality plan

UKHospitality has backed Labour's plans to replace the business rates system and cut energy bills should the party be elected into government in July. 

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PJ Jaurre joins DrinksOne

PJ Jaurre has joined the DrinksOne team as the head of Luxury Brands working on Porte Noire Brands, the soon to be launched Papa Salt Gin and Onikishi Japanese Whisky.

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UK spirits sales down, says IWSR

Spirits volumes declined by 5% in the UK last year amid excise duty changes, the cost-of-living crisis, and a trend towards moderation according to a new report from IWSR.

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Chockie Tom takes ambassadorial role

Mr Black Coffee Liqueur has appointed Chockie Tom its new UK brand ambassador.

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Franklin & Sons' Paloma Showdown

Franklin & Sons reports back from its Paloma Showdown.

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What to expect from Manchester Rum Festival 2024

Manchester Rum Festival takes place next month - the event's organiser Dave Marsland fills us in on what he has planned. 

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What's on at Imbibe Live 2024?

Imbibe Live, the UK's premier event for the drinks industry, promises to captivate and educate attendees with an array of newly curated content.

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Gaucho's Latin-inspired drinks “finest of any restaurant group in the UK"

Gaucho has revealed its new menu, The Spirit of Argentina, claiming it to be among the best cocktail lists by a UK restaurant group. 

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Kiki Lounge unveils new modernist tropical cocktail menu

Tropical bar Kiki Lounge on the Isle of Man has unveiled its latest cocktail list, Menu Zine Issue 3.

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Master of Malt Trade announces Clubman Trophy winner

Nick Collier, bar supervisor at Brighton Rocks, has taken Master of Malt's inaugural Clubman Trophy, after receiving several nominations.

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Danilo Frigulti wins World Class GB

Danilo Frigulti from Viajante87 bar in London has won the World Class GB finals, and will go on to represent Great Britain at the global finals in Shanghai in September.

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The Donovan Bar launches fairy tale inspired menu

The Donovan Bar at Brown’s Hotel in Mayfair has unveiled a new menu inspired by traditional fairy tales and stories, CLASS can reveal.

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Jack Sotti to launch hidden Hippodrome bar

Bar consultant Jack Sotti is to launch hidden bar Archive & Myth beneath the Hippodrome Casino in June.

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Sign up to our CLASSROOM on the history of drinks with Anistatia Miller, Jared Brown & Schweppes

Bartenders can sign up free to the latest CLASSROOM event - Born Social - hosted by Anistatia Miller and Jared Brown, sponsored by Schweppes.

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The Ada Coleman Project goes live

The Ada Coleman Project, a dedicated digital space for women, has launched. 

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The World's 50 Best Bars announces ceremony location and date

The World’s 50 Best Bars is headed to Madrid in Spain to reveal this year’s list on Tuesday 22nd October.