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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.

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Art of Italicus 2023 Aperitivo Challenge 2023 opens

Italicus Rosolio di Bergamotto has launched the fifth edition of The Art of Italicus Aperitivo Challenge, inviting bartenders from around the world to create an original aperitivo cocktail inspired by any form of art.

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Registration for CLASS Bar Awards tickets opens

Bartenders based in the UK can register for tickets for the CLASS Bar Awards 2023 from today.

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From comeback bars to big new roles, these were CLASS' most-read stories of 2022

We published some great stories last year on Classbarmag.com, but which were the biggest? 

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What brands do the best bars use? The Brands Report 2023 charts post-pandemic trends

The Annual Brands Report 2023, published by CLASS' sister title Drinks International, has launched offering the bar industry a picture of the buying habits of the world’s best bars.

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Licensing hours to be extended for royal coronation

The UK government has outlined plans to extend licensing hours in pubs, clubs and bars across England and Wales to mark the royal coronation.

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UK alcohol duty freeze to be extended

The UK government’s freeze on alcohol duty is to be extended until August 2023 to help UK hospitality venues amid rising costs.

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The Drinks Trust and Vagabond Wines launch hospitality industry wellbeing day

The Drinks Trust and Vagabond Wines have announced the launch of Hospitality Covered, a wellness day for industry people on 31 January 2023 held at Vagabond’s Monument venue.

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Franklin & Sons launches ‘Drinks In Trade’ video series

Franklin & Sons is celebrating the remarkably independent and vibrant hospitality industry with the launch of its new vodcast series ‘Drinks In Trade.’ 

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Cardiff’s Pennyroyal launches rum with Chairman’s Reserve

Rum brand Chairman’s Reserve has partnered with Cardiff cocktail bar Pennyroyal to develop a limited-edition rum blend for the Chairman’s Reserve Masters Selection series.

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Desmond Payne becomes Beefeater master distiller emeritus

Beefeater has announced that Desmond Payne MBE will be the brand’s first-ever master distiller emeritus in January 2023.

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Filippos Filippopoulos on why you don't need the sun to serve aperitivo

Filippos Filippopoulos is gaining a following in Leeds for his Tabula Rasa aperitivo bar. He tells  Hamish Smith how it all came about

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elit Named Best Vodka of The Year at Beverage Tasting Institute Awards

Stoli Group has announced that platinum winning, ultra-premium vodka elit, was named Best Vodka of the Year in 2022 by Beverage Testing Institute (BTI). This is an eleventh time platinum win for elit, a score unbeaten by any other vodka. 

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CLASS Winter 2022 edition launches

Class Winter edition 2022 - Aperitivo Time! - has now launched.  

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Hospitality report finds 'brand' to be key to recruitment

Code Hospitality, the hospitality industry network, has released its fourth official survey of the industry as a place to work, for 2022.

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Rémy Cointreau partners with ecoSpirits in the UK

Rémy Cointreau has announced it has partnered with ecoSpirits to launch a closed loop distribution service in the UK from January 2023.

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Jägermeister Meister Hunter 2022 winner revealed

Carrie Smith from Hoot the Redeemer in Edinburgh has won the Meister Hunter 2022 competition and received £3,000 cash and entry into the exclusive Hubertus Circle.

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Chateau Denmark to open cocktail bar Thirteen

Soho hotel Chateau Denmark has announced the opening of a new cocktail bar, Thirteen.

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Alexandre Gabriel gives update on Plantation name change

Maison Ferrand-owned brand Plantation Rum has registered two new names but “can’t give an exact date” on the renaming, founder and master blender Alexandre Gabriel has revealed in an interview with Drinks International.

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Funkidory to open second venue

Peckham neighbourhood bar Funkidory has announced the launch of a second site, set to open in Camberwell at the beginning of next year.

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Schofields to take over Tom Kerridge’s Stock Exchange Hotel restaurant

The Schofield brothers will enter the restaurant space, taking over Tom Kerridge’s restaurant at the Stock Exchange Hotel in Manchester from February 2023.

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Lyaness to launch its fourth menu

London’s Lyaness, the bar created by Ryan Chetiyawardana, has announced the launch of a new menu exploring how food and drink has shaped our cultural outlook over generations.

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The Drinks Trust’s Energy Crisis Fund opens for applications

The Drinks Trust’s Energy Crisis Fund, aimed at supporting industry colleagues struggling to pay gas and electricity bills and otherwise unable to heat and power their homes this winter, is now open for applications.

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East London Liquor Company joins Mangrove

Mangrove Global, the UK spirits distributor, has announced the addition of East London Liquor Company to its portfolio.

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Diageo buys Texas' Balcones Distilling

Diageo has announced the acquisition of Balcones Distilling (‘Balcones’), a Texas craft distiller and one of the leading producers of American single malt whisky in the United States.