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Drinks International's World's 50 Best Bars brings you the first of a series of guides chronicling world cities’ best bars. Academy member Lucy Britner sets her sights on the UK capital.

World's Best Vodka Bars

Lucy Britner, World’s 50 Best Bars academy member, unearths some of the world's best vodka bars

A view from the city: Chicago

Photo credit: Christian Seel

The curious bartender

Hamish Smith talks to Tristan Stephenson about Tanqueray fame, the food renaissance in Cornwall and the Worship Street Whistling Shop

chivas masters
Chivas Regal cocktail comp launches

Chivas Brothers has launched its first Chivas Regal global cocktail competition, The Chivas Masters.

WSTA steps up campaign to end alcohol duty escalator

New figures show pubs in Britain are becoming increasingly reliant on wine and spirit sales, according to the Wine and Spirit Trade Association.

Chivas launches Masters bartender competition

Chivas Brothers has launched a major international bartender competition called Chivas Masters.

Diageo bolsters World Class cruise comp

Diageo’s travel retail arm is to partner four cruise lines for a World Class global travel competition. 

Diageo World Class returns to UK

Diageo Reserve has announced that its ‘World Class’ mixology competition will be held in the UK from 28 July to 1 August.

Williams swoops to take Beefeater crown

Jason Williams of The Rook bar in Sydney won the third edition of the Beefeater 24 Global Bartender Competition last night in London, overcoming a field of 26 international bartenders.

Video: The World's 50 Best Bars 2013

The results of The World's 50 Best Bars were announced at a ceremony at One Mayfair in London last week, before a crowd of 500 of the bar industry's leading lights.

The World's 50 Best Bars in pictures

The results of The World's 50 Best Bars were announced at a ceremony at One Mayfair in London last night, before a throng of 500 of the bar industry's leading lights.

Artesian retains top spot in World's 50 Best Bars 2013

Artesian at the Langham Hotel has been voted the world's best bar for the second year running in Drinks International's World's 50 Best Bars survey.

Edinburgh bartender takes Beefeater 24 title

Scott Mitchell from The Bon Vivant in Edinburgh will represent the UK at the Beefeater 24 Global Bartender Competition in London next month, after taking the national title yesterday.

Apt 13's Flannery wins Heering Sling award

Mike Flannery, barman at New York’s Apartment 13 restaurant has won the 2013 Peter F Heering Sling Awards at the BCB Bar Convent show in Berlin.

Bar Pepito
London Sherry Trail launches

The inaugural London Sherry Trail launched last night.

Mixology awards
Mixology celebrates German-speaking bar talent

Bartender Arnd H Heissen and Cologne bar, Spirits, took the top prizes at The Mixology Bar Awards 2014 last night.

BCB
Bar Convent Berlin readies for 7th edition

Bar Convent Berlin, now in its seventh year, is preparing for its annual event, which is described as somewhere between a trade fair and a symposium.

Bowie wins Auchentoshan Switch

Aidan Bowie from the Blythswood Square Hotel in Glasgow is the European winner of the Auchentoshan Switch – the transatlantic mixology competition.

Use pubs or lose them

CAMRA (the Campaign for Real Ale), is calling on British people to use pubs otherwise they will close. It claims 26 pubs close every week in Britain.

Jose Luis Leon and Emma Tanner
Mexican beats Brits to take Tahona title

Jose Luis Leon became the first Mexican winner of the Tahona Society Cocktail Competition, having triumphed at the grand final at the Demetria Hotel in Guadalajara, Mexico, on Friday (September 27).

Chris Mosey
Mosey wins UK heat of Tahona Society Cocktail Competition

Chris Mosey of Hula Bar in Manchester has won the UK final of the Tahona Society Cocktail Competition, defeating nine other bartenders. 

Gin mare
Candelaria's Boucher wins Gin Mare competition

American bartender Amanda Rose Boucher triumphed at the third edition of the Gin Mare Mediterranean Inspirations cocktail competition yesterday.

Jeff Evans: The World's Best Beer Bars

In the latest of our World's 50 Best Bars spin-off guides, beer expert Jeff Evans takes us through the best beer bars in the world.

Moscow Bar Show

The third Moscow Bar Show returns on October 1 – 3at the IEC Crocus Expo.

Monin and JJ Goodman announce bartender comp

London Cocktail Club founder JJ Goodman has teamed up with Monin UK to launch a national competition called the Underground Punch Pong League (UPPL).

Prof Green and Calabrese to open Ink

UK music artist Stephen Manderson, aka Professor Green, has joined forces with London’s cocktail and club entrepreneur, Gerry Calabrese to launch Ink in London's Leicester Square next month (September).

300 More Beers to Try Before you Die!

A new book highlighting 300 of the world’s best beers is being launched at the Great British Beer Festival today.

Elland 1872 Porter is best beer of Britain

CAMRA, the Campaign for Real Ale, has announced that Elland 1872 Porter has been crowned the 'Best Beer' in Britain at the Great British Beer Festival which is being held at Olympia in London this week.

World's 50 Best Bars
Lucy Britner: The World's Best Speakeasy Bars

This month World's 50 Best Bars editor Lucy Britner rounds up her top speakeasy-style bars from around the world

Bernard Hine: World's Best Cognac Bars

In the latest World's 50 Best Bars spin-off, Bernard Hine picks his favourite Cognac bars from around the world.

Lucy Britner: The World's Best Tiki Bars

Lucy Britner, editor of The World’s 50 Best Bars, walks us through the greatest tiki bars on earth.

Patience Gould: The World's Best Vodka Bars

Next up in our World's 50 Best Bars spin-off features we examine the world's best vodka bars.

UK Bartenders Guild National Cocktail Competition winner

Pedro Paulo from One Aldwych in London is the UK Bartenders’ Guild National Cocktail Competition winner

Disaronno crowns Mixing Star

The title of Disaronno Mixing Star 2013 has been awarded to Dutch bartender, Tess Posthumus. The European final, held in Amsterdam’s Club Harbour, saw 18 bartenders compete.

The Rum Experience University launches

Self styled global rum ambassador, Ian Burrell has announced the launch of his Rum Experience University.

Diageo names World Class winner

A bartender from Spain has won Diageo's global bartender competition World Class.

The World's 50 Best Bars
Françoise Peretti: The World's Best Champagne Bars

Next up in our series of World's 50 Best Bars spin-off articles we examine the world's best Champagne bars. 

Dates announced for Milan's Superbar show

Organisers of Superbar, the new Milan-based international bar event, have announced doors will open to the show on September 30 and close October 3 2013.

The World's 50 Best Bars
Patience Gould: The World's Best Gin Bars

Next up in our World's 50 Best Bars spin-off features we examine the world's best gin bars. 

Dre Masso: World's Best Tequila Bars

In the latest of our World's 50 Best Bars spin-off features, we delve into the world's best tequila bars. 

The champion, Anthony Medina
Anthony Medina takes Diplomático crown

Venezuelan bartender Anthony Medina has become Diplomático rum’s inaugural world cocktail champion, after unexpectedly triumphing on home soil.

Hamish Smith, David Wolowidnyk, Matteo Vanzi, Luca Picchi and Jacob Briars
Vanzi becomes Most Imaginative Bartender

Matteo Vanzi of Italy became Bombay Sapphire’s Most Imaginative Bartender yesterday, triumphing on home soil against a field of ten other national finalists.

Lillet's Twisted Vesper Cocktail Competition

The winner of the London heat of the Lillet Twisted Vesper Cocktail Competition, which was held at Bar Américain, Brasserie Zédel yesterday (May 8), was Calum Anderson from The Kenilworth Hotel, Kenilworth, Warwickshire with his cocktail 'Rhuby Summers'.

Elizaveta Evdokimova
Russian wins Bacardi Legacy competition

Russian bartender Elizaveta Evdokimova won this year’s Bacardi Legacy Global Cocktail Competition, which took place at the Bacardi distillery in Puerto Rico yesterday.

Top bartenders launch consumer website

A group of drinks industry icons has launched a consumer-facing website to educate consumers on how to mix drinks. 

Wondrich confirmed for World's 50 Best Bars

Cocktail historian David Wondrich is to host the World's 50 Best Bars 2013.

Cruise liners partner Diageo World Class

Diageo Global Travel and Middle East has partnered Princess Cruises and Norwegian Cruise Line to deliver an on-board cocktail training programme as part of World Class.

London: Fluid Movement bar closes

Fluid Movement has closed its north London bar Dach & Sons.

Diageo to open gin palace

Diageo is to open a pop-up gin palace in London.