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London, Birmingham and Edinburgh star at the CLASS Bar Awards 2024

Satan’s Whiskers took the title of Best Bar in the UK sponsored by The Lost Explorer at the CLASS Bar Awards 2024, which took place last night at Battersea Arts Centre in London.

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Plans for Schofield’s London revealed

Joe and Daniel Schofield have begun the process of rolling out the Schofield's Bar brand, with plans afoot for a sequel venue in London, CLASS can exclusively reveal.

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KOL Mezcaleria to unveil new range of house agave spirits

KOL Mezcaleria will next week unveil a new series of bottlings that explores little-known artisanal Mexican spirits.

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The best mixers from the BBAs 2024

Today in our BBAs highlights comes mixers, syrups and soft drinks. 

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What’s on? Insider tips for the Edinburgh Bar Show

As media partner to the Edinburgh Bar Show, CLASS has asked its founders Iain McPherson, Jamie Faulds and Gary Anderson for their highlights of the inaugural three-day event (April 8-10).

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Scarfes pivots to classical approach in new menu: From Scratch

Scarfes Bar at Rosewood London has shifted its emphasis from playful signatures to a more classical approach in its latest menu: From Scratch.

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The Natural Philosopher to celebrate tenth birthday

Josh Powell’s Natural Philosopher will mark its tenth birthday this month with a party that celebrates the best cocktails of the East London bar’s decade in business.

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The best agave spirits from the BBAs 2024

Today's instalment of the Bartenders' Brand Awards sees the highlights of our agave spirits session. 

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The best gins from the BBAs 2024

In today's BBAs highlights we feature the best of our gin session. 

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The BAB Awards - the results

The BAB (Birmingham Association of Bartenders) Awards took place this week at Eighteen, an X+why space on the 18th floor of 103 Colmore Row with much of Birmingham’s hospitality scene in attendance.

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Gender equality platform The Ada Coleman Project to launch

The Ada Coleman Project, a dedicated digital space for women, is set to launch in April 2024.

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The best vodkas from the BBAs 2024

Kavka Tokaji Cask wasn’t only our Vodka Champion but a hair from being named the best product in the BBAs – it scored 91/100. “Wood, cream, vanilla, spice” noted judges on their way to issuing the Polish vodka a gold medal for its taste.

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The Savoy appoints 14th American Bar head bartender

Angelo Sparvoli has been named the 14th head bartender of the American Bar at The Savoy and will start his new role on March 25th.

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Port Ellen Distillery reopens after more than 40 years

Diageo has announced that Port Ellen Distillery has reopened on the island of Islay more than 40 years after closing its doors.

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Schofields increase share in Seven Tails brandy

Bartender brothers Joe and Daniel Schofield have increased their minority interest in Seven Tails brandy.

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The best rums from the BBAs 2024

In today's episode of the Bartenders' Brands Awards we feature the bartender favourite, rum.

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Q&A: Elliot Oxley from Alchemist on Passoã and the Porn Star Martini

1/ Hey Elliot, tell us about yourself and your role at Alchemist.

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The Art of Italicus Aperitivo Challenge announces its UK 2024 winner

Award-winning Italian aperitivo brand, ITALICUS Rosolio di Bergamotto is delighted to announce Brandon Stead from 45 West Gin and Cocktail Bar in Leicester as the UK winner of the 2024 Art of ITALICUS Aperitivo Challenge. Brandon has secured a spot in the upcoming final in Rome, where he will have the opportunity to compete for the Global title and a once in a lifetime trip and mentorship with Cafe La Trova by Julio Cabrera in Miami.

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The best cognacs from the BBAs 2024

Next up in our Bartenders' Brand Awards highlights we bring you the results of the cognac session. 

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Drinking out still a priority for Britons says new research

Two thirds of British adults say that eating and drinking out is still a priority for them despite the cost-of-living crisis according to new research from Zonal in partnership with CGA by NIQ and UKHospitality.

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UKHospitality welcomes apprenticeship changes

UKHospitality has welcomed the UK Government's proposal to sanction 20,000 more apprenticeships and reform the scheme by funding training for young people and cutting red tape for small firms.

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Manchester Bar Awards - the results

The Manchester Bar Awards took place at Bunny Jackson's in Manchester last week, with many of the city's bartenders in attendance. 

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CLASS Spring 2024 launches

Access the digital magazine here. Not subscribed? Bartenders can sign up for a digital or hard copy here. 

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The best American Whiskies from the BBAs 2024

First up in our serialised results of the BBAs 2024 is a big one in the bar world - American Whiskey. Here's how it went...

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The BBAs 2024 - how does it work?

Hamish Smith expands on the three-step thinking that is at the heart of the annual Bartenders’ Brand Awards.

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The Hide Bar to close its doors

After more than 17 years of service, The Hide Bar on London’s Bermondsey Street will close its doors at the end of March 2024.

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The Bartenders' Brand Awards results go live

The results of the Bartenders' Brand Awards - CLASS magazine's drinks competition, which is judged by bartenders for bartenders - are now live on the Awards' dedicated website.  

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Stray launches menu created by women of Manchester’s bar industry

In celebration of International Women’s Day, Stray has launched a menu with each of the ten cocktails created by one of Manchester’s leading female bartenders, owners and operators.

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The Bottle Cocktail Shop announces debut menu

Islington-based The Bottle Cocktail Shop has announced the launch of its debut menu built with the aid of data collected during the first year of the bar’s operation.

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Franklin & Sons delivers first Sip & Savour training session

There are training sessions, and then there are next-level cocktail workshops that bring together top bartenders from around the country to learn and collaborate with each other. Sip & Savour, the first in a series of events from premium mixer brand Franklin & Sons, part of a year-long bartender advocacy programme, was no ordinary training session.