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International spotlight: Class explores Line in Athens

On a quest for inspiration, Hamish Smith visits Line in Athens, where he catches up with co-owner Vasilis Kyritsis who talks us through his pathbreaking new bar.

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The Manhattan - its history and falsehoods

A drink with a colourful, if erroneous, backstory, the Manhattan remains a classic among classics. Clinton Cawood traces its mukey origins.

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Techniques and trends ...Koji cocktails

Tyler Zielinski's first in a series of pieces on new techniques and trends narrows in on koji.

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Playing with fire: Anistatia Miller & Jared Brown's trials on smoking spirits

Anistatia Miller & Jared Brown enjoy making a meal out of smoked spirits, thanks to a happy accident that revealed meat flavours from a roast could happily marry with the wood aromas.

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CLASS Bar Awards 2023 opens for entries

The CLASS Bar Awards, which returns on Tuesday 9th May in London, is now open for submissions. 

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Why hot cocktails don’t have to just be relegated to Christmas

Hot cocktails don't have to play to the silly, saccharine and suffocatingly seasonal side of drinks. Millie Milliken reports.

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Hamish Smith on Sweeties: 'Two hits and four misses – and misses ballooned over the crossbar.'

Hamish Smith visits one of the big London launches of 2022, Sweeties at The Standard hotel, to see if the 1970s can ever be grounds for (good) cocktail inspiration. 

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Tony Pescatori on his new bar Alma

Tony Pescatori talks to Hamish Smith about his Nightjar journey and his fresh start at the newly opened Alma.

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The Watermark's Dariush Haghighi on creating Cool Cats Ice

Dariush Haghighi, owner of The Watermark saw there was a market for locally produced clear block ice in Leeds. So he met it, he tells Hamish Smith.

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Lyndon Higginson working on his “last new bar concept”

Hamish Smith catches up with the legendary hospitality entrepreneur Lyndon Higginson, who is unexpectedly working on his last new bar concept.

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The bartender's guide to Birmingham

The UK’s second-largest city has much to offer in terms of cultural history – and it’s hard to beat for fine dining too. But it’s the drinks that Samuel Boulton is on the trail of.

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The Pisco Sour - an underrated classic with a disputed history

Clinton Cawood unearths the history of the South American classic.

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Salvatore Calabrese on "bringing back the theatre to cocktail making"

Hamish Smith has the questions, Salvatore Calabrese the answers.

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Leeds' Hedonist Bar receives birthday makeover

Celebrating its seventh birthday this year, Hedonist Bar in Leeds has undergone a makeover, with the bar's new concept bringing together the traditional Yorshire pub with a  more contemporary cocktail bar setting. 

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Oriole to close ahead of hoped relocation

Live music and cocktail venue Oriole will close at the end of 2022, with its Smithfield Market site on the cusp of redevelopment, Class can exclusively reveal.

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Bar review: Lost Property Office at Brewdog Waterloo

A speakeasy in the UK's largest pub? Hamish Smith stops by one of this year's big launches, Brewdog and Rich Woods' Lost Property Office.

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Corinthia London and Salvatore Calabrese to launch Velvet

Corinthia London will launch Velvet November 1st, with Salvatore Calabrese behind the drinks and interiors by David Collins Studio.

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London Cocktail Week: an event guide

London Cocktail Week kicks off on Thursday 13 October for what promises to be the biggest yet, involving 350 bars spread across the capital and running for 11 days.

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London takes five spots at The World’s 50 Best Bars 2022

Five London bars were named in The World’s 50 Best Bars sponsored by Perrier tonight at a ceremony in Barcelona.

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Schofield's leads UK quartet in 50 Best’s 51-100 list

Four UK bars have appeared in the latest 51-100 list from The World’s 50 Best Bars sponsored by Perrier, with Schofield’s in Manchester leading the contingent at number 59.

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Swift to open third site in Borough

The team behind London cocktail bars Swift Soho and Swift Shoreditch have announced the opening of a third site in South London this October.

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Will Meredith on his new head of bars role

Hamish Smith chats exclusively with Will Meredith about his move from Lyaness to his new digs at Tattu Group.

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Nick Thomas on Manolo replacing Santa Chupitos

The pandemic spelt the end for Liverpool's Santa Chupitos, but in its place comes Manolo. Hamish Smith speaks to Nick Thomas about Graffiti Group's new bar. 

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The past and present of the French 75

Clinton Cawood tackles, with military precision, a classic named after a field gun. 

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Interview: Yana Galiyeva and Alex Ribalicenko of London's Ukrainian bar Pinch

Ukrainian Londoners Yana Galiyeva and Alex Ribalicenko speak to Hamish Smith about celebrating Ukrainian drinking culture at their new London bar, Pinch.

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Drinks tasting menus - how they work

A few brave operators have tried their hands at drinks tasting menus, but the concept is a tricky one to pull off. Ellen Manning investigates

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Review: Booking Office 1869

What happens when a railway bar becomes the destination? Hamish Smith reviews Booking Office 1869 at St Pancras Renaissance Hotel.

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Anistatia Miller and Jared Brown on green and purple shiso drinks

Summer - at no other time of year is nature's bounty more, well, bounteous. Jared Brown and Anistatia Miller switch swizzel sticks for dibbers and make the most of seasonal ingredients to give cocktails a unique twist.

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Anistatia Miller and Jared Brown on berry cordial and ratafia

As we approach the British berry season, we need to plan ahead. Anistatia Miller and Jared Brown are armed with recipes to make sure the summer bounty lasts into autumn. 

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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.