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Hospitality £100bn down after horror 15 months

UK hospitality businesses have suffered a £100bn drop in sales from pre-pandemic levels in the 15 months since the start of the COVID-19 pandemic, according to the UKHospitality Quarterly Tracker with CGA.

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The Gibson and Dima’s Vodka launch range of RTD cocktails

The Gibson and Dima’s Vodka have paired up to release a new range of ready-to-drink vodka cocktails.

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Global Bartending and Asahi launch worldwide bartender training programme

Global Bartending and Asahi Europe & International have collaborated to launch Every Serve Matters, a global bartending training programme focussing on beer quality and the perfect serve.

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Bandra Bhai cocktail den opens under Pali Hill

Bandra Bhai cocktail bar, inspired by the smuggling dens of 1970s India, has opened underneath Pali Hill restaurant on Mortimer Street, London.

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New Callooh sibling The Duchess of Dalston to launch in July

The founder-owner of Callooh Callay, Richard Wynne, is to launch The Duchess of Dalston, a “banging neighbourhood cocktail bar with great music and good vibes”.

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London bartenders star in Drinks International's Bar World 100 list

Monica Berg of Tayēr + Elementary in London has been voted the most influential international bar industry figure in Drinks International’s Bar World 100 2021.

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Bacardi-Martini announces return of Jigger Beaker Glass

Bacardi-Martini has announced the return of their annual trade education platform Jigger Beaker Glass.

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Crucible launches Easymixt, “the ultimate bartender hack”

The London-based flavour consultancy Crucible launch Easymixt, a liqueur designed for cocktail convenience.

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American Bar appoints first female head bartender in a century

The Savoy has appointed Shannon Tebay as head bartender of the American Bar and senior mixologist at the hotel. 

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Trailer Happiness to return despite substantial flood damage

Trailer Happiness owner Sly Augustin has told Class that “unless that building is condemned and demolished, we will re-open.”

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Parafante debut UK’s first Italian fig leaf liqueur

Parafante Liqueurs have launched their debut liqueur, Parafante Fig Leaf, the first fig leaf liqueur produced in the UK using Calabrian ingredients.

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Scout London permanently closes

Matt Whiley and Rich Woods have closed their Hackney bar Scout for good.

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Remy Savage and Paul Lougrat open new Broadway Market bar

Remy Savage and Paul Lougrat, the duo behind A Bar With Shapes For A Name, have opened a new bar, Floraison.

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CLASS Summer edition launches

Editor Hamish Smith introduces this latest edition of CLASS, which is now available to download for digital subscribers, and offers some analysis of the backdrop to which the magazine launches.

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Canada’s James Grant wins World Class 2021

Canada’s James Grant was named the world’s best bartender for 2021 on Thursday at Diageo’s World Class Global Final.

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The World's 50 Best Bars returns to London this December

William Reed Business Media has announced that The World’s 50 Best Bars, sponsored by Perrier, will be unveiled as part of a live awards ceremony on Tuesday, 7 December 2021, at London’s Roundhouse.

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WSTA calls for the lifting of US whiskey tariffs

The Wine and Spirit Trade Association has called for the “swift” removal of tariffs on US whiskies in a return to the historic ‘zero for zero’ agreement between the US and EU that began in the mid-90s.

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The Drinks Trust announces support for National Hospitality Day

The Drinks Trust has urged the nation to visit their favourite venue on 18 September in celebration of National Hospitality Day.

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Freedom Day a “major milestone” for hospitality in England

UKHospitality has said the lifting of Covid restrictions on July 19 will be a “major milestone” and a “critical move that will unleash” the hospitality industry.

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MJMK to launch new London bar this summer

Hospitality group, MJMK has announced the upcoming launch of Bar La Rampa, a central London venue designed to celebrate the heritage and culture of 1950’s Havana.

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Praphakorn Konglee wins the 2021 Bacardí Legacy Cocktail Competition

Praphakorn Konglee from Thailand has been crowned the winner of the 2021 Bacardí Legacy Cocktail Competition by a panel of judges in London.

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Kricket founders to open debut bar in Soho

Will Bowlby and Rik Campbell, the duo behind the Indian-inspired restaurant group Kricket, have announced the launch of their first bar, SOMA, due to open in Soho this September.

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Double Dutch extend entry deadline for bartending scholarship programme

Tonic and mixers brand Double Dutch have announced a deadline extension and mentors for their inaugural bartending scholarship programme.

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Legendary bartender Salim Khoury passes

Legendary bartender Salim Khoury passed on 23 June aged 76, following a short battle with illness. 

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UKHospitality calls for action on cost of delay to 'Hospitality Freedom Day’

UKHospitality has called for the government to to consider the mounting costs hospitality has faced during the pandemic as it reviews evidence to inform the lifting of social distancing earlier than 19 July.

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Edinburgh Whisky Academy announces Covid recovery package for UK and Irish hospitality workers

The Edinburgh Whisky Academy has launched a six-month Covid recovery package for the UK and Irish hospitality industries.

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Leading Scottish bar owners support easing delay

Two of Edinburgh's best-known bar operators have supported the postponement of restriction easing in Scotland, arguing that the delay is "understandable" if it prevents further lockdowns. 

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Scottish hospitality bosses call for mass vaccinations

Scotland’s leading hospitality operators are calling for mass vaccinations for all over-18s to speed up the move through Scotland’s Covid levels, according to Scottish Hospitality Group.

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Anna Sebastian on leaving Artesian and her new role

Anna Sebastian has joined hard seltzer company Served as head of brand, following her departure from Artesian at the Langham last month, CLASS can exclusively reveal. 

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Filippos Filippopoulos' Tabula Rasa to bring aperitivo culture to Leeds

Filippos Filippopoulos aims to bring aperitivo culture to Leeds with the launch of an all-day café and cocktail bar, CLASS can reveal.