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Cheeky Tiki

Scott Schuder has big plans to recreate his paris tiki bar in other cities. Hamish Smith finds out more

Warren Column: Rematch Beeyatch

Jan Warren has a crush on the cocktail competition that appeals to his baser bartending instincts

Prepare to shake

London Cocktail Week is coming up in October. Christian Davis gives a sneak preview of the UK’s biggest bar festival

A View from the city: Montevideo

Hamish Smith speaks to Nicolás Fumía, F&B Manager Moderno, Hyatt Centric Montevideo, Uruguay

Tahona Society crowns Dandelyan’s Ramage 2016 winner

Dandelyan’s Kelsey Ramage has been crowned the sixth winner of The Tahona Society Cocktail Competition.

Get ready for anything

The World’s 50 Best Bars editor, Hamish Smith, gives us a preview of what to expect when the ranking is revealed on October 6

Black Cow announces UK brand ambassadors

Black Cow Vodka has announced the appointment of Harry Roper and Georgia Billing as its first UK brand ambassadors.

Gin Mare competition winners

Robyn Wilkie of The Social Company in London and Fabio Brusco of the San Rocco restaurant in Alicante, Spain were the joint winners of the Gin Mare Mediterranean Inspirations cocktail competition this week.

Barra México organisers hail second show a success

The team behind Latin America’s ‘first and only’ trade show has hailed last month's event a success and plans to extend the show to two days next year. 

Shahbazkhani is Bacardi Brown-Forman’s head of trade advocacy

Bacardi Brown-Forman Brands (BBFB) has announced that Shervene Shahbazkhani is its UK head of trade advocacy.

Pitch perfect

Hamish Smith talks to Hidetsugu Ueno about the making of Japan’s most famous bartender

Thom Solberg is Rebel Yell cocktail competition winner

Thom Solberg of Black Rock bar in London’s trendy Shoreditch has won the Rebel Yell Bourbon Cocktail Competition.

Heering announces its Classic Challenge semi-finalists

Peter F Heering has announced the 10 global semi-finalists of its 2016 Classic Challenge.

The Soldier

Steve Schneider nearly didn’t make it – in any sense of the phrase. He tells Hamish smith how he went from coma to top tender

Bar Guide Dubai

World's 50 Best Bars editor Hamish Smith has been to Dubai - here is his bar guide

Malic is Diageo Global Travel’s best bartender

Andrej Malic of Celebrity Cruises has been crowned Diageo Global Travel’s ‘best bartender’ at the Diageo Reserve’s World Class competition heat held last night in the Diageo 396 Bar, Miami.

LAB to close and reopen under new ownership

Iconic London cocktail bar LAB will close next month to make way for a new venue co-owned by bartenders Bobby Hiddleston and Mia Johansson and Nightjar and Oriole owners Rosie Stimpson and Edmund Weil.

Bar Convent Berlin kicks off with global drinks forum

A conference on the future of the drinks business will preceed Bar Convent Berlin 2016 in October.

Alvino’s wins Chairman’s Reserve Mai Tai competition

Emporia Brands has announced the winner of the Chairman’s Reserve Mai Tai competition - Alvino’s from Newcastle.

The Warren Column: In from the cold

Ice is so much more than frozen water when it comes to its latest cocktail incarnations, says Jan Warren

A View from the city: San Jose

Hamish Smith speaks to Fernando Rodriquez, bartender at Pocket Food and Drinks, Escazu

Aidan Bowie pops up in New York

Aidan Bowie, Diageo Reserve’s GB World Class Bartender of the Year 2016, has partnered with Llama Inn in Williamsburg, NYC to open a World Class pop up bar on August 3.

Chivas’ Max is Tales’s best

Chivas’ Regal's global brand ambassador, Max Warner, has been has been named the Best International Brand Ambassador at the Tales of the Cocktail’s Spirited Awards.

Manchester’s first ever cocktail festival

Manchester’s first ever cocktail festival takes place this summer, between August 8 & 14. 

Pantiru wins Elit's Art of Martini London final

Andrei Pantiru has been named the London winner of Elit luxury vodka’s Art of Martini cocktail competition. 

Patrón Perfectionist’s Cocktail Competition returns

The Patrón Perfectionist’s Cocktail Competition has returned for 2016, and has gone international.

The Tiki Guy

Martin Cate is one of America’s cultural leaders – the kind who wears tropical shirts. Hamish Smith says ‘aloha’

The Warren Column: Wrestling with ego

Jan warren cautions that taking a reality check should be a part of everyday bar life

A View from the city: Bejing

Hamish Smith speaks to Warren Pang, Co-owner of Janes + Hooch, one of Asia's 50 Best Bars

Tales of the Cocktail Preview

Your guide to the must-dos of the new orleans contest. by Hamish Smith

Please do tell

Hamish Smith caught up with industry great Jim Meehan at Bacardi Legacy in San Francisco

Cuban cantinero wins Havana Club Grand Prix

A Cuban cantinero pulled off a shock win at the Havana Club Grand Prix on Friday, prevailing from a 44-strong field of international bartenders to be named the 2016 champion.

A View from the city: Delhi

Hamish Smith speaks to Yangdup Lama, Partner and Mixologist at Cocktails and Dreams Speakeasy

The Warren Column: Virtual reality

Jan warren bemoans the rise of social media heroes over the workaday' tenders who deliver the goods

The Joker

Hamish Smith travels to Hamburg to meet Jörg Meyer at his celebrated Le Lion Bar De Paris

Tales & Spirits' De Franco takes Strega title

Grazia De Franco of Tales & Spirits in Amsterdam has won the second edition of Strega’s cocktail competition.

Kandylis is Moët UK Sommelier Of The Year

Terry Kandylis from London’s 67 Pall Mall is the 2016 Moët UK Sommelier of the Year.

The Warren Column: Out of the kitchen

Jan Warren looks at how experiments with culinary technology can change the face of cocktails

The Business of Legacy

Hamish Smith speaks to cocktail comp guru and global advocacy director at Bacardi, Jacob Briars, in San Francisco about creating classic cocktails and the business mechanism behind Bacardi Legacy. 

A View from the City: Yangon

Hamish Smith speaks to Chan Nyein Soe Owner of Roof Alchemy and Level 2 bars about the Yangon bar scene

Former Artesian bartenders launch P(OUR)

Former Artesian bartenders Alex Kratena and Simone Caporale have announced the launch of P(OUR), a foundation to build a holistic community for the global drinks industry. 

Hamburg

World's 50 Best Bars editor Hamish Smith has been to Hamburg - here is his bar guide.

Chan takes Bacardi Legacy 2016 crown

Chia-An Chan of Angel’s Share in New York, USA, took the title of Bacardi Legacy 2016 champion in San Francisco tonight, emerging victorious with his cocktail Venceremos.

The Flavour Foragers

It’s a long way from the Artesian to the Amazon. Alex Kratena shares a jungle adventure with Hamish Smith

Gold on 27 launches at Dubai's Sail hotel

Gold on 27 launched at the Dubai-based "7-star hotel" Burj Al Arab Jumeirah on Thursday, with a throng of local and international guests in attendance.

Employees Only to open three new bars

Employees Only, no.4 in The World’s 50 Best Bars 2015, has announced a roll out of its bar concept to three new destinations this year.

Hany wins Ti’ punch cup

Jaq Bayles reports from Martinique on the first Clément Ti Punch Cup cocktail competition

A View From The city: Santiago

Cocktail culture in Chile by Chad William Klonsky

Muldoon and McGarry to open Blacktail

The Dead Rabbit’s Sean Muldoon and Jack McGarry will open a new bar this summer: Blacktail at Pier A. World’s 50 Best Bars editor Hamish Smith gets the inside track from Muldoon.

The Warren Column: A Twist on Mezcal

Jan Warren Recalls his First Taste of Raicilla and Reveals the Secrets of its Production