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Heering announces its Classic Challenge semi-finalists

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

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

Bar Guide Bangkok

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

Griffiths takes Bacardi Legacy UK spot

Iain Griffiths from The World’s 50 Best Bars’ Dandelyan and White Lyan was crowned UK winner of the 2015/16 Bacardi Legacy Cocktail Competition last night.

Emporia appoints Staritsky & Levitsky UK brand ambassador

Emporia Brands has appointed Dainius Kazlauskas as UK brand ambassador for the super premium Ukrainian vodka brand, Staritsky & Levitsky.

First Clément Ti’ Punch Cup goes to Dirk Hany

DI's Jaq Bayles travelled to Martinique for the first ever Clément Ti’ Punch Cup

The Ambassador

Hamish Smith finds Simon Ford is on good form, despite the early meeting

The Perfectionist

Hamish Smith talks to Javier de las Muelas, owner of Dry Martini in Barcelona

A View from the City: Novosibirsk

Vladislav Musienko, CEO and barkeeper of Friends cocktail bar, tells Hamish Smith about Novosibirsk's bar scene

City Guide: Quito

Ecuador’s capital may be better known for its coffee than its cocktails, but the scene is hotting up. JAQ BAYLES reports from the city

A View from the City: Cologne

Hamish Smith catches up with Cocktailkunst founder and CEO Stephan Hinz about Cologne's bar scene.

The Warren Column: Representative or not

Brand ambassadors often find their way into the job without having enough background. Jan Warren asks Tim Cooper for some words of wisdom

The Engager

Hamish Smith has dinner with Bek Narzi, the barman and entrepreneur with a glint in his eye.

Canadian Chick swoops to take Beefeater Crown

Pernod Ricard has announced Evelyn Chick from Harbord Room bar in Toronto, Canada as the winner of the 2015 Beefeater MIXLDN Cocktail Competition.

The World's 50 Best Selling Classic Cocktails 2016

We asked 100 of the world's best bars to rank their top ten best-selling classics. Here are the results.

Highest open-air champagne bar launches

Lebua Hotel & Resorts has collaborated with Pernod Ricard’s Perrier-Jouët to open what it claims to be the highest open-air champagne bar in the world.