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The best rums from the BBAs 2022

The Bartenders' Brand Awards, now in its fifth year, is our annual product testing - by bartenders, for bartenders.

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Samuel Boulton's Shibuya Underground to open

Shibuya Underground, a Japanese cocktail and sake bar operating with a liquid tasting menu, opens in Birmingham tomorrow.

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CLASS Spring edition launches

The Spring 2022 edition of CLASS has now launched and can be accessed digitally here. Not subscribed? Bartenders can sign up for a digital or hard copy here.

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The best Irish whiskies from the BBAs 2022

The Bartenders' Brand Awards, now in its fifth year, is our annual product testing - by bartenders, for bartenders.

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The best scotch whiskies from the BBAs 2022

The Bartenders' Brand Awards, now in its fifth year, is our annual product testing - by bartenders, for bartenders.  The BBAs follows a three-step process to mirror buying behaviour, with each product blind-tasted, judged on value for money and finally by design. For more on the methodology behind the BBAs, read more here.

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Drinks Community Mentor Programme returns

Drinks Community, The Drinks Trust’s networking platform for drinks professionals, has announced the return of its Mentor Programme with applications now open for mentors and mentees alike.

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Emporia partners with UK bars for Ukraine fundraiser

Spirits importer Emporia has donated 40 cases of the ultra-premium Ukrainian vodka Staritsky Levitsky Private Cellar to help raise £20,000 of funds for the British Red Cross Ukrainian Appeal.

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The best vodkas from the BBAs 2022

The Bartenders' Brand Awards, now in its fifth year, is our annual product testing - by bartenders, for bartenders. 

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London Cocktail Week announces dates

London Cocktail Week 2022 will run from 13-23 October, straddling two weekends, following two years of extended month-long festivals.

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Claim your ticket for the Class Bar Awards

If you are a bartender, working in the UK, you are eligible to register for a ticket for the Class Bar Awards 2022.

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The BBAs - how does it work?

Hamish Smith outlines the judging process of the Bartenders' Brand Awards.

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The best gins from the BBAs 2022

The Bartenders' Brand Awards, now in its fifth year, is our annual product testing - by bartenders, for bartenders. 

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Bartenders' Brand Awards 2022 results go live

The Bartenders' Brand Awards 2022 - Class' annual guide to bar trade drinks brands - results are now live.

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Destilado announces Carina Soto Velásquez role and new range

Destilado has announced that Paris bar entrepreneur Carina Soto Velásquez has joined the London-based spirits importer, ahead of the launch of a new range of seven mezcal expressions next week.

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Dima’s Vodka launches fundraiser for Ukrainian humanitarian aid

Ukrainian vodka brand Dima’s has pledged to donate all the proceeds raised from the sale of its bottled cocktail range to Ukrainian relief charities. 

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Leonardo DiCaprio invests in Champagne Telmont

Sustainable champagne house Telmont has announced that actor Leonardo DiCaprio has joined the company as an investor.

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A 'Michelin' for the bar industry, The Pinnacle Guide launches

London Cocktail Week founders Siobhan Payne and Hannah Sharman-Cox, alongside Global Bartending’s Dan Dove, have announced the launch of the Pinnacle Guide, a new 1, 2 and 3 ‘Pin’ recognition system for the world’s best bars.

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Angus Winchester makes UK return with Dark Horse role

Louis Lewis-Smith, Angus and Alex Winchester

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NZ's Cardrona Distillery opens entries and names judges for cocktail comp

Cardrona Distillery has opened entries to UK bartenders to its inaugural cocktail competition, Cardrona Club.

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Hospitality vacancy level requires urgent action

UKHospitality says current vacancies in hospitality are more than 100% higher than the corresponding pre-Covid period.

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Cointreau teams up with some of London’s best bars for Margarita Day

To celebrate National Margarita Day, Cointreau has partnered with some of London’s best bars to showcase one-off versions of the Margarita.

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Majority of hospitality businesses at risk of closure

New research published by Peckwater Brands, has revealed that 58% of UK hospitality businesses say that the Covid-19 pandemic has put them at risk of closure.

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The Alchemist announces relaunch of flagship bar

The Alchemist has announced the launch of its flagship venue in Spinningfields, Manchester following a £550k refurbishment.

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Hacha announces events series in celebration of Margarita Day

London-based Agaveria, Hacha, has announced a series of events in celebration of Margarita Day from 22 February.

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The Art of ITALICUS Aperitivo Challenge opens for entry

The Art of ITALICUS Aperitivo Challenge is back with its fourth edition.

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Four people hospitalised after floor collapses at East London bar

Thirteen people were injured when the mezzanine floor of an East London bar collapsed on Saturday afternoon.

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Hospitality named best industry for women to work in

The accommodation and food services industry is the UK work sector where women are thriving most, according to a study published by Reboot Digital PR Agency.

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Hospitality firms urge VAT freeze as cliff edge nears

More than 250 business leaders from hospitality and leisure have written to the Chancellor Rishi Sunak urging the Government to freeze VAT at 12.5%.

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UK hospitality industry launches £5 million recruitment campaign

Multiple industry bodies have united around Hospitality Rising, a £5 million campaign to tackle the sector’s job crisis.

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Registration for Banks & Facundo Classroom opens

Registration for the Virtual Classroom with Banks Fine Rums & Facundo Rum Collection, hosted by Jim Meehan, co-founder of Banks Rums, and Adolfo Comas, Bacardi Trade Brand Ambassador UK, is now open.