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CLASS Winter 2023 launches

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

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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.

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ECC's Lorenzo Di Cola joins Altamura

Lorenzo Di Cola, formerly of the Experimental Cocktail Club Group, has joined Altamura Distilleries as international head of brand across its key global markets, including Italy, the USA, the UK, and India.

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Zonin 1821 and UK sommelier association collaborate to meet record demand for UK sommeliers

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Michter's named The World’s Most Admired Whisky

Michter’s has been named The World’s Most Admired Whisky brand in the third edition of the annual top 50 list released by CLASS' sister title Drinks International.

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Drinks One launches e-commerce arm

Agency Drinks One has launched an e-commerce arm aimed at providing a platform for smaller scale, “innovative” drinks brands to sell directly to consumers and trade.

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Raffaele di Monaco on The House of Suntory DOJO advocacy programme

CLASS speaks to Raffaele di Monaco, UK brand ambassador at The House of Suntory, about the DOJO advocacy programme.

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The Zetter Marylebone launches games-inspired menu

Boutique hotel, The Zetter Marylebone, has announced the launch a new menu with each drink inspired by games, The GaZetter.

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The Long & Short of It by The Borders Distillery - a blend that plays with time

Harnessing the power of fermentation to influence flavour, The Borders Distillery (TBD) has unveiled the second release in its experimental Workshop Series line, a limited-edition blend that plays with time. 

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Sips takes The World's 50 Best Bars crown as London named cocktail capital

Sips from Barcelona has taken top spot at The World’s 50 Best Bars sponsored by Perrier – announced in Singapore tonight - while London became the cocktail capital 2023, contributing more bars to the list than any other city.

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Hacha launches new menu mixed by sound

Hacha, the London agaveria and two-time winner of the UK Specialist Bar of the Year at the Class Bar Awards, has announced the launch of a new menu, the bar’s first since opening its Dalston venue in 2019.

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Nico de Soto readies Wacky Wombat for launch

Nico de Soto of Mace in New York and Danico in Paris is days from opening Wacky Wombat, a new bar in London’s Soho.

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The Class Bar Awards 2024 opens for entries

The Class Bar Awards - which aims to recognise the bars and bartenders who set the standard for hospitality and innovation across the UK - is now open for entries. 

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Five UK bars make 50 Best's 51-100 list

The UK has once again had a strong showing in The World's 50 Best Bars 51-100 list, with London's Lyaness leading the quintette of English bars. 

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Ketel One Vodka owner Nolet to buy Lucas Bols

Nolet Group has agreed to acquire Lucas Bols for around €270m with all operations to remain in Amsterdam.

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CTC owners open The Royal Cocktail Exchange

The owners of Cocktail Trading Co and Murder Inc, Elliot Ball, Andy Mil and Olly Brading, have opened the doors to The Royal Cocktail Exchange near Goodge Street in London. 

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Atelier Coupette to launch in Soho

Atelier Coupette, the sequel to the famed Bethnal Green bar Coupette, is launching in mid October in Soho, London.

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Jack Wakelin and Tom Aronica open The Pearl

Jack Wakelin and Tom ‘Ronnie’ Aronica of Bench have launched The Pearl at Park Hill in Sheffield.

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Paolo Scialpi joins Altamura from Connaught Bar

Paolo Scialpi – formerly of Connaught Bar - has joined Altamura vodka as brand advocate for luxury hospitality.

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CLASS Autumn 2023 magazine launches

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Sly Augustin and Maiko Neill to launch Notting Hill venue

Trailer Happiness’ Sly Augustin and hospitality consultant Maiko Neill are to launch restaurant Portobello 177 in Notting Hill on October 4th.

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Canadian Martin takes World Class Crown

Jacob Martin from Canada has been named the 2023 World Class Global Bartender of the Year.

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Scarfes Bar launches single malt in collaboration with The Lakes Distillery

Scarfes Bar at Rosewood London has partnered with English whisky distillery The Lakes to launch a limited-edition single malt to celebrate the bar’s ten-year anniversary.