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Iain McPherson unveils 'Sous Pression' technique as new sub-zero menu launches

Iain McPherson’s Panda & Sons in Edinburgh has launched its new menu, Transcend, and in doing so has introduced its latest innovation in cocktail-making technique.

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Josh Powell launches Crowdfunder for new venue

Josh Powell, owner of The Natural Philosopher in East London, has created a Crowdfunder for a new bar concept, Penumbra.

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Scarfes Bar marks ten years with global takeover tour

Scarfes Bar at Rosewood London celebrates its 10th birthday this year by embarking on a global bar tour.

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London Cocktail Week confirms 2023 dates

London Cocktail Week will run from 12-22 October this year. 

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Hybrid agaveria-izakaya concept Viajante87 opens in Notting Hill

Restaurateur Markus Thesleff has opened cocktail bar Viajante87 in Notting Hill.

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The Dorchester unveils renovated ground floor with two new bars

Following a year-long renovation, Mayfair’s Dorchester hotel has unveiled its ground floor complete with a reimagined Vesper Bar and new Artists’ Bar.

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Eric Yu and Dre Masso’s latest bar Lucy Wong readies for launch

Bar entrepreneur Eric Yu of the Breakfast Club is about to open his latest concept, Lucy Wong, with his long-time drinksmith Dré Masso behind the cocktail menu.

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Research: more hospitality businesses closed in 2022 than in Covid-hit 2021

Hospitality recorded the closure of 4,809 premises in 2022, or 4.5% of the total at the end of 2021, according to new market research. 

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Tickets go live for NRB show

Registration for free trade tickets to the Northern Restaurant & Bar 2023 has opened. 

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Jeff 'Beachbum' Berry launches Total Tiki Online

Jeff 'Beachbum' Berry – one of the world’s foremost experts on tiki – has launched the digital resource Total Tiki Online.

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Diageo to buy Filipino rum Don Papa

Diageo has announced it has reached an agreement to acquire Don Papa Rum for an initial €260 million.

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Sweeties at The Standard “relaunches”

Sweeties at The Standard – reviewed in the Winter edition of CLASS – has “relaunched” with a new beverage consultant and menu.

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Art of Italicus 2023 Aperitivo Challenge 2023 opens

Italicus Rosolio di Bergamotto has launched the fifth edition of The Art of Italicus Aperitivo Challenge, inviting bartenders from around the world to create an original aperitivo cocktail inspired by any form of art.

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Exploring the vineyards of Castello do Albola

Winemaker and director of Castello do Albola, Alessandro Gallo, shares his joy in a winemaking region of major historic importance.

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Registration for CLASS Bar Awards tickets opens

Bartenders based in the UK can register for tickets for the CLASS Bar Awards 2023 from today.

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The World’s 50 Best Hotels launches

50 Best has announced the launch of The World’s 50 Best Hotels, set to debut in September 2023.

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From comeback bars to big new roles, these were CLASS' most-read stories of 2022

We published some great stories last year on Classbarmag.com, but which were the biggest? 

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What brands do the best bars use? The Brands Report 2023 charts post-pandemic trends

The Annual Brands Report 2023, published by CLASS' sister title Drinks International, has launched offering the bar industry a picture of the buying habits of the world’s best bars.

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Licensing hours to be extended for royal coronation

The UK government has outlined plans to extend licensing hours in pubs, clubs and bars across England and Wales to mark the royal coronation.

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UK alcohol duty freeze to be extended

The UK government’s freeze on alcohol duty is to be extended until August 2023 to help UK hospitality venues amid rising costs.

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Franklin & Sons launches ‘Drinks In Trade’ video series

Franklin & Sons is celebrating the remarkably independent and vibrant hospitality industry with the launch of its new vodcast series ‘Drinks In Trade.’ 

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The Drinks Trust and Vagabond Wines launch hospitality industry wellbeing day

The Drinks Trust and Vagabond Wines have announced the launch of Hospitality Covered, a wellness day for industry people on 31 January 2023 held at Vagabond’s Monument venue.

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Cardiff’s Pennyroyal launches rum with Chairman’s Reserve

Rum brand Chairman’s Reserve has partnered with Cardiff cocktail bar Pennyroyal to develop a limited-edition rum blend for the Chairman’s Reserve Masters Selection series.

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Filippos Filippopoulos on why you don't need the sun to serve aperitivo

Filippos Filippopoulos is gaining a following in Leeds for his Tabula Rasa aperitivo bar. He tells  Hamish Smith how it all came about

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CLASS Winter 2022 edition launches

Class Winter edition 2022 - Aperitivo Time! - has now launched.  

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elit Named Best Vodka of The Year at Beverage Tasting Institute Awards

Stoli Group has announced that platinum winning, ultra-premium vodka elit, was named Best Vodka of the Year in 2022 by Beverage Testing Institute (BTI). This is an eleventh time platinum win for elit, a score unbeaten by any other vodka. 

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Desmond Payne becomes Beefeater master distiller emeritus

Beefeater has announced that Desmond Payne MBE will be the brand’s first-ever master distiller emeritus in January 2023.

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Hospitality report finds 'brand' to be key to recruitment

Code Hospitality, the hospitality industry network, has released its fourth official survey of the industry as a place to work, for 2022.

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Jägermeister Meister Hunter 2022 winner revealed

Carrie Smith from Hoot the Redeemer in Edinburgh has won the Meister Hunter 2022 competition and received £3,000 cash and entry into the exclusive Hubertus Circle.

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Rémy Cointreau partners with ecoSpirits in the UK

Rémy Cointreau has announced it has partnered with ecoSpirits to launch a closed loop distribution service in the UK from January 2023.