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Hi-Spirits' Classic Cocktail Competition returns for 2022

Hi-Spirits, announces the return of the Classic Cocktail Competition, with a twist. Calling on UK bartenders to submit their twists of classic cocktails found in the ‘Anthology of 12 Classic Cocktails’ book, authored by Jake Burger. 

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Henson’s Bar launched new internationally inspired menu

Soho-based Henson’s Bar at Mimi’s Hotel has launched a new menu featuring spirits from across the globe.

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Mai Tai Challenge finalists announced

St Lucian rum brand Chairman’s Reserve has announced the four finalists in its nationwide Mai Tai Challenge.

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The Drinks Trust launches bartending programme in Greater Manchester

The Drinks Trust’s Develop programme has announced its first-ever bartending certificate in Greater Manchester provided by Mixology School.

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Glenmorangie Talks open registrations for nationwide tour with Three Sheets

Glenmorangie Single Malt Scotch Whisky is coming to a city near you in partnership with Three Sheets to open the floor to discussing Whisky, Drinks & People.

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Nightcap to launch a bar training academy

Nightcap, the cocktail bar group which owns the Cocktail Club, Adventure Bar Group and Barrio Familia, has announced the launch of a dedicated bar academy.

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Cavita’s basement mezcaleria opens in Marylebone

Following the launch of her debut London restaurant Cavita, head chef and owner Adriana Cavita has announced the opening of its basement cocktail bar and mezcaleria, Mayahuel.

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Rich Woods partners with BrewDog to launch speakeasy

Rich Woods, the former co-owner of London’s Scout, will launch Lost Property Office at Waterloo Station on August 18.

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Zetter Townhouse Marylebone appoints new director of mixology

Boutique hotel, Zetter Townhouse Marylebone has announced the appointment of Gregorio Soriente as its new director of mixology.

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Staffing remains UK’s obstacle to post-pandemic recovery

The recruitment and retention of talent remains hospitality’s greatest challenge for post-pandemic recovery according to the new Barclays’ UK Hospitality Challenges report.

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Lyaness announces summer lineup for Sunday Lyan series

London bar Lyaness has announced that it will be continuing its Sunday Lyan collaboration series with partnerships with Edinburgh’s Panda & Sons and Liverpool’s Present Company.

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Whitebox Cocktails launches a canned Margarita

Whitebox Cocktails, the canned cocktail company created by industry figures Alex Lawrence, Pietro Collina, Roman Shabodalov, and Jack Wareing, has announced the addition of a canned Margarita to its range.

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Franklin & Sons promotes the Paloma in £10k giveaway

Franklin & Sons has partnered with Patrón Tequila to give away £10,000 of free cocktail kits across the UK to mark National Tequila Day.

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Hacha launches world’s first single ingredient Margarita

London-based bar Hacha has announced it will be releasing a limited-edition single ingredient version of its Mirror Margarita to celebrate National Tequila Day.

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Tommy Matthews to open Passing Fancies in Birmingham's Custard Factory

Tommy Matthews is to open Passing Fancies in the Custard Factory, Birmingham’s creative and cultural hub.

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The Racketeer team to launch new London cocktail bar

Jack Foxcroft, Tyvian Vigrass and Marco Torre, the team behind King’s Cross bar The Racketeer, have announced the launch of a new cocktail bar in London’s Smithfield.

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Interview: Pennyroyal’s Alex Taylor on his new Cardiff bars

Alex Taylor, the owner of Pennyroyal – one of Cardiff’s best-known cocktail bars – has taken on the lease of the former favourite Buffalo Bar. He speaks to Hamish Smith about his new concepts.

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The Bartenders’ Brand Awards 2022 opens for entry

The Bartenders’ Brand Awards - CLASS's unique blind tasting, design and value-tested competition for drinks products available to the UK bar industry - has launched for entries. 

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Voodoo Doll to open three Mojo sites

Voodoo Doll, the company behind MOJO bars, has announced the launch of new sites in Newcastle, Edinburgh and Liverpool.

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Erik Lorincz to relaunch Kwant in new London location

Erik Lorincz will reopen his award-winning bar Kwānt in a new site in London's Mayfair this autumn, Class can exclusively reveal.

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Edrington UK announces Beckie Sullivan as Courvoisier ambassador

Edrington UK has announced the appointment of bartender Beckie Sullivan as the UK brand ambassador for Courvoisier.

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Oriole to launch new avian-inspired menu

Subterranean jazz club and cocktail bar Oriole has announced the launch of a new cocktail menu inspired by the migration patterns and habitats of its avian namesake.

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William Grant & Sons’ Highland Festival returns to London

William Grant & Sons has announced its Highland Festival will return to London’s Haggerston Park on Sunday 3 July following a two-year hiatus.

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Swift Shoreditch to play host to Le Syndicat

Following a takeover series which saw Le Syndicat host London bar Silverleaf earlier this month, the Parisian bar has announced it will be coming to the UK for one night at Swift Shoreditch.

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Callooh Callay to embark on nationwide bar takeover rally

London-based bar brand Callooh Callay has announced a nationwide takeover roadshow that will see the team hit 20 bars across 20 consecutive days.

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Amaro Montenegro's Vero Bartender competition returns

Amaro Montenegro - Italy’s number one premium amaro - has announced the launch of The Vero Bartender, its annual cocktail competition that invites bartenders from around the world to showcase their talent. 

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Chelsie Bailey named head bartender of the American Bar at The Savoy

Chelsie Bailey has been named the 13th head bartender of the American Bar at The Savoy, Class can exclusively reveal.

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Elit Vodka’s Global Cocktail Competition is Back with a Sustainable Twist

Elit Vodka has announced the launch of the latest evolution of the brand’s global cocktail competition Elit Martini Masters.

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An interview with Cognac Frapin

Class speaks to Thomas Soret from Cognac Frapin about its unique production and hears of two new launches.

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Singapore's Nutmeg & Clove to kick off Oriole's international takeover series

London’s Oriole Bar has announced a series of international takeovers to celebrate the launch of its latest cocktail menu which spotlights flavours and experiences from across Asia, Europe, and the Americas.