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Connaught Bar unveils cocktail book

Connaught Bar has announced the launch of its first book The Connaught Bar: Recipes and Iconic Creations.

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Mezcal brand The Lost Explorer enters tequila

Having worked for three decades as head distiller of Diageo’s Don Julio, maestro tequilero Enrique de Colsa has partnered with The Lost Explorer to create its first tequila line.

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UKBG to host third Japanese spirits themed competition

The UKBG & Japanese Sake & Shochu Makers Association have annouced the third edition of the Great Honkaku Shochu & Awamori Contest.

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Speciality Brands to distribute Takamaka and Chichibu

Spirits distributor Speciality Brands is adding Takamaka to its rum portfolio, alongside signing an exclusive partnership with Chichibu Distillery, taking over from Speciality Drinks.

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The Drinks Trust launches annual industry survey for 2024

The Drinks Trust has launched its annual industry survey aimed at achieving a better understanding of the wider drinks industry and hospitality community.

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Iain McPherson and ECW founders launch Edinburgh Bar Show

Iain McPherson of Panda & Sons has teamed up with Edinburgh Cocktail Week founders Jamie Faulds and Gary Anderson to launch a new three-day international bar show in the Scottish capital.

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Brass Monkey owner takes over Nottingham's Tilt

Liam O’Brien of Nottingham’s Brass Monkey has taken over another of the city’s longstanding bars, Tilt.

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Award-winning low-waste restaurant bar Terroir Tapas closes

Terroir Tapas, a pioneer of sustainable practices in the UK hospitality industry, has announced it has closed due to financial difficulties. 

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Velvet Bar launches icon-inspired menu

Velvet By Salvatore Calabrese, set in the Corinthia London, has announced the launch of its new menu ‘The Quote Book’, CLASS' sister title Drinks International has exclusively revealed.

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Maura and Alex Lawrence Milia relocate to Mexico

Maura Lawrence Milia of Connaught Bar and Alex Lawrence Milia of Mr Lyan group will move to Mexico to team up with Walter Meyenburg of Hanky Panky and form the Mexico City-based bar group MWA.

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Yann Bouvignies to leave Scarfes for Rosewood Amsterdam role

Yann Bouvignies is to leave Scarfes at Rosewood London to undertake a new role as director of bars at Rosewood Amsterdam.

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Inside Scales, a new hidden bar in Mayfair

Scales, a hidden bar beneath independent London drinks store Drink with Sasha, has opened its doors.

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Beluga Vodka looks ahead to 2024

Beluga Vodka is a symbol of luxury and success. It blends craft and tradition with innovation and an unwavering dedication to quality and attention to detail at every stage of the production process.

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Chelsie Bailey departs the American Bar at The Savoy

Chelsie Bailey has announced that she has left her role as the head bartender of the American Bar at The Savoy.

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Havana Club launches Cocktail Maestros competition

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Maura Milia to leave Connaught Bar

Maura Milia, bar manager of Connaught Bar, will leave her role this March to pursue a new project overseas, after a decade at the Mayfair hotel.

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Plantation changes name to Planteray Rum

Maison Ferrand has announced that its rum brand Plantation has changed its name to Planteray Rum with immediate effect.

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Beaufort Bar at The Savoy appoints new manager

The Beaufort Bar at The Savoy has appointed Markus Basset as bar manager.

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The most-read stories of 2023

What were the big bar industry stories last year? Hamish Smith provides a guide to the most read on Classbarmag.com.

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Elon Soddu opens Twice Shy in Earl's Court

Elon Soddu, Victor Maggiolo and the team behind Amaro bar are today opening the doors to their second west London venue: Twice Shy.

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The Liars Club to close after 12 years

Manchester tiki bar The Liars Club is to close after 12 years, it's been announced. 

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CLASS Winter 2023 launches

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Inclusive mentorship programme for content creators launched by The Three Drinkers

The Three Drinkers' Aidy Smith has launched Drinklusive, an inclusive mentorship program for aspiring drinks writers and content creators.

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Agave spirits bar Mezcalito Brompton to open

Agave spirits bar Mezcalito Brompton on South Kensington’s Old Brompton Road is set to open its doors today.

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Baccarat Bar launches menu inspired by photography

Baccarat Bar launches menu inspired by photography.

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The Busker launches small-batch release

The Busker Irish Whiskey has launched its first small batch expression, The Busker Small Batch Single Pot Still.

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UK to freeze alcohol duty until August 2024

In the Autumn Statement, Chancellor Jeremy Hunt unveiled the plan to freeze alcohol duty until August next year.

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Viajante87 launches new full menu

Notting Hill bar, Viajante87 has announced a new menu, the first full cocktail list under the leadership of bar director Pietro Collina and brand manager Veronica Di Pietrantonio.

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Callooh Callay celebrates 15th birthday with alumni guest shift

Shoreditch bar Callooh Callay is to celebrate its 15th birthday, bringing back some of the bar's best-known bartenders for a one-night-only guest shift.

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Schofields and Vennings to unite in December

Bar industry brothers Daniel & Joe Schofield from Schofield’s Bar in Manchester and Noel & Max Venning from Three Sheets in London will bartend together for the first time this December.