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Agricole education platform readies for first session

Spiribam-UK, owners of Rhum J.M and Clement, has announced the launch of ‘AgriSchool’, an in-person, category education event for bartenders interested in rhum agricole.

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Industry veteran Wayne Collins passes

Tributes have poured in from the drinks industry following the passing of veteran bartender Wayne Collins.

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Campari Academy opens doors to education hub in London

Campari Group has opened a Campari Academy educational facility in the company’s new regional headquarters in central London.

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Connaught Bar launches new menu to mark its 15th birthday

The Connaught Bar has unveiled a new menu, Synergia, to mark the Mayfair institution’s 15th anniversary.

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Whitebox launches canned whisky highball

Whitebox Cocktails, the first bartender-operated RTD cocktail brand, has announced the launch of a new canned serve, a take on the classic highball.

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No.3 Gin Global Cocktail Competition Launches

No.3 Gin has announced the return of the Pursuit of Perfection Cocktail Competition for 2023, launching on 20th February.

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Hannah Lanfear joins Speciality Drinks

On-trade supplier Speciality Drinks has appointed spirits educator Hannah Lanfear as advocacy manager,  a newly created role. 

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Nottingham’s Cottonmouth closes its doors

One of Nottingham’s most respected cocktail bars, Cottonmouth, has closed its doors.

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Birmingham's Pineapple Club to close

Samuel Boulton has announced The Pineapple Club will close after mounting costs made the business unprofitable. 

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French group GBH acquires Mangrove

French group GBH, the owner of Spiribam brands, has bought UK distributor Mangrove Global.

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Amaro Bar's Elon Soddu to launch second site

Elon Soddu, owner of Kensington’s Amaro Bar, has confirmed plans for a second venue in Earl’s Court, west London.

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Last chance to enter the CLASS Bar Awards 2023

The CLASS Bar Awards, which returns on Tuesday 9th May in London, closes for submissions at middnight tonight. 

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Empirical launches two new spirits

Flavour company Empirical has announced the UK launch of its two latest spirits, SOKA (43% abv) and Symphony 6 (40% abv).

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Woodford Reserve appoints Elizabeth McCall as master distiller

Woodford Reserve has appointed Elizabeth McCall as master distiller, the third in the bourbon brand’s 26-year history, succeeding Chris Morris, who will assume the role of master distiller emeritus.

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Hoxton Spirits rebrands and expands range

Hoxton Spirits, best known for its tropical gin, has added three new spirits to its range: a Spritz, Spiced Whisky and a Dry gin.

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The Drinks Trust launches 2023 industry survey

The Drinks Trust has launched its annual industry survey, aimed at better understanding the hospitality community and how best to support the individuals who work within it.

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Josh Powell launches Crowdfunder for new venue

Josh Powell, owner of The Natural Philosopher in East London, has created a Crowdfunder for a new bar concept, Penumbra.

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Scarfes Bar marks ten years with global takeover tour

Scarfes Bar at Rosewood London celebrates its 10th birthday this year by embarking on a global bar tour.

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Iain McPherson unveils 'Sous Pression' technique as new sub-zero menu launches

Iain McPherson’s Panda & Sons in Edinburgh has launched its new menu, Transcend, and in doing so has introduced its latest innovation in cocktail-making technique.

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London Cocktail Week confirms 2023 dates

London Cocktail Week will run from 12-22 October this year. 

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Hybrid agaveria-izakaya concept Viajante87 opens in Notting Hill

Restaurateur Markus Thesleff has opened cocktail bar Viajante87 in Notting Hill.

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The Dorchester unveils renovated ground floor with two new bars

Following a year-long renovation, Mayfair’s Dorchester hotel has unveiled its ground floor complete with a reimagined Vesper Bar and new Artists’ Bar.

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Eric Yu and Dre Masso’s latest bar Lucy Wong readies for launch

Bar entrepreneur Eric Yu of the Breakfast Club is about to open his latest concept, Lucy Wong, with his long-time drinksmith Dré Masso behind the cocktail menu.

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Research: more hospitality businesses closed in 2022 than in Covid-hit 2021

Hospitality recorded the closure of 4,809 premises in 2022, or 4.5% of the total at the end of 2021, according to new market research. 

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Tickets go live for NRB show

Registration for free trade tickets to the Northern Restaurant & Bar 2023 has opened. 

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Jeff 'Beachbum' Berry launches Total Tiki Online

Jeff 'Beachbum' Berry – one of the world’s foremost experts on tiki – has launched the digital resource Total Tiki Online.

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Diageo to buy Filipino rum Don Papa

Diageo has announced it has reached an agreement to acquire Don Papa Rum for an initial €260 million.

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Sweeties at The Standard “relaunches”

Sweeties at The Standard – reviewed in the Winter edition of CLASS – has “relaunched” with a new beverage consultant and menu.

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Exploring the vineyards of Castello do Albola

Winemaker and director of Castello do Albola, Alessandro Gallo, shares his joy in a winemaking region of major historic importance.

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The World’s 50 Best Hotels launches

50 Best has announced the launch of The World’s 50 Best Hotels, set to debut in September 2023.