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Hamish Smith

Hamish Smith

A Bar with Shapes for a Name to expand downstairs

Remy Savage and Paul Lougrat’s A Bar with Shapes for a Name, which only opened last spring, is to expand to take in the basement downstairs later this year. 

Hamish Smith

Campari Group completes Picon deal

Campari Group has completed the acquisition of the bitter aperitif brand Picon from Diageo.

Hamish Smith

Callooh Callay to add two London sites before UK roll out

Richard Wynne, the owner of Shoreditch bar Callooh Callay, has outlined an ambitious expansion plan that could see him launch 10-15 bars over the next four to five years.

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Last call for Class Bar Awards tickets

With the Class Bar Awards 2022 less than three weeks away, time is running out to register for your ticket.

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Mr Fogg's Apothecary in Mayfair to launch

Inception Group - the company behind Mr Fogg's, Cahoots, Barts and other concept bars - has announced Mr Fogg’s Apothecary will launch this June in Mayfair.

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Schofield’s to host New York's Attaboy

Schofield’s Bar in Manchester will host legendary New York City bar Attaboy next month.

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Why we can't get enough of pineapple products

Not so long ago pineapple products were a rarity in bars – now they’re popping up in mixers, says Hamish Smith.

Hamish Smith

Michter's Classroom opens for registration

Registrations for the Classroom event in association with Michter's Distillery are now open. 

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Dead Rabbit's Northern Irish creators part ways and announce new bars

Sean Muldoon and Jack McGarry, the Northern Irish founders of The Dead Rabbit in New York, have announced a parting of ways.

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Funkidory launches koserat mead

Peckham bar Funkidory has launched a mead in collaboration with Gosnells of London Mead Company.

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The best of the rest from the BBAs 2022

The Bartenders' Brand Awards, now in its fifth year, is our annual product testing - by bartenders, for bartenders. 

Hamish Smith

The best ciders from the BBAs 2022

The Bartenders' Brand Awards, now in its fifth year, is our annual product testing - by bartenders, for bartenders. 

Hamish Smith

The best beers from the BBAs 2022

The Bartenders' Brand Awards, now in its fifth year, is our annual product testing - by bartenders, for bartenders. 

Hamish Smith

The best softs and mixers from the BBAs 2022

The Bartenders' Brand Awards, now in its fifth year, is our annual product testing - by bartenders, for bartenders. 

Hamish Smith

The best non-abv spirits from the BBAs 2022

The Bartenders' Brand Awards, now in its fifth year, is our annual product testing - by bartenders, for bartenders. 

Hamish Smith

Bar review: Silverleaf at Pan Pacific

Silverleaf has probably been the most talked about London launch of 2022. Hamish Smith makes the Pan Pacific bar his latest in-depth review. 

Hamish Smith

The best rums from the BBAs 2022

The Bartenders' Brand Awards, now in its fifth year, is our annual product testing - by bartenders, for bartenders.

Hamish Smith

CLASS Spring edition launches

The Spring 2022 edition of CLASS has now launched and can be accessed digitally here. Not subscribed? Bartenders can sign up for a digital or hard copy here.

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The best Irish whiskies from the BBAs 2022

The Bartenders' Brand Awards, now in its fifth year, is our annual product testing - by bartenders, for bartenders.

Hamish Smith

The best scotch whiskies from the BBAs 2022

The Bartenders' Brand Awards, now in its fifth year, is our annual product testing - by bartenders, for bartenders.  The BBAs follows a three-step process to mirror buying behaviour, with each product blind-tasted, judged on value for money and finally by design. For more on the methodology behind the BBAs, read more here.

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Will April be a financial cliff edge for hospitality?

The financial safety nets put in place to mitigate restrictions are being removed, and new costs are adding further pressure. But there are some positives, says Hamish Smith

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The best vodkas from the BBAs 2022

The Bartenders' Brand Awards, now in its fifth year, is our annual product testing - by bartenders, for bartenders. 

Hamish Smith

The Pinnacle Guide - how will it work?

Hamish Smith gets to grips with the plans for a new, Michelin-style bar guide

Hamish Smith

The BBAs - how does it work?

Hamish Smith outlines the judging process of the Bartenders' Brand Awards.

Hamish Smith

The best gins from the BBAs 2022

The Bartenders' Brand Awards, now in its fifth year, is our annual product testing - by bartenders, for bartenders. 

Hamish Smith

Bartenders' Brand Awards 2022 results go live

The Bartenders' Brand Awards 2022 - Class' annual guide to bar trade drinks brands - results are now live.

Hamish Smith

Destilado announces Carina Soto Velásquez role and new range

Destilado has announced that Paris bar entrepreneur Carina Soto Velásquez has joined the London-based spirits importer, ahead of the launch of a new range of seven mezcal expressions next week.

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Nightjar Carnaby readies for launch

The owners of Speakeasy Entertainment, Edmund Weil and Rosie Stimpson, are about to launch Nightjar Carnaby, Class can exclusively reveal.

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Bartenders at war: Kyiv's Dima Shovkoplias speaks from the frontline

In an article first published in Class' sister title Drinks International, Hamish Smith interviews Dima Shovkoplias of Ukraine's most celebrated bar, Parovoz Speak Easy in Kyiv. 

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Hospitality vacancy level requires urgent action

UKHospitality says current vacancies in hospitality are more than 100% higher than the corresponding pre-Covid period.