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Drinks International launches World's 50 Best Bars website

Drinks International is pleased to announce the launch of worlds50bestbars.com.

Pernod offers free bartender training

Pernod Ricard USA and Beverage Alcohol Resource are offering free bartender training to the on-trade during May and June.

Disaronno starts search for Mixing Star

Disaronno is on the lookout for bartenders for the return of its international bartender competition, Disaronno Mixing Star.

Angostura crowns 2012 cocktail champ

Angostura has crowned US bartender David Delaney Jr as the winner of the 2012 Angostura Global Cocktail Challenge.

Finlandia Vodka Cup champion unveiled

Finlandia has selected the 14th champion of its annual international cocktail competition, the Finlandia Vodka Cup.

Four Roses bourbon launches speakeasy

Four Roses bourbon has taken over the downstairs bar at Shaker & Company, London, for the month of February.

Double of Jura

Jura, The Whyte and Mackay single malt, has teamed up with its coffee industry namesake to create a range of whisky and coffee pairings.

Beefeater 24 is now in 50 markets

Pernod Ricard’s super premium gin, Beefeater 24, is now available in 50 markets worldwide.

Pee-controlled video game makes splash

The world’s first pee-controlled video game has been launched, making a splash in south London bar Exhibit.

Glenfiddich Malt Mastermind winner announced

The Glenfiddich Malt Mastermind competition has been been won by David Sinclair of the Gleneagles hotel in Scotland

Best Baltic Sommelier named at Tallinn Grand Prix

The Best Baltic Sommelier has been crowned following the Vana Tallinn Grand Prix 2011 in Tartu, Estonia.

World's 50 Best Bars 2011 announced

 The 2011 World’s 50 Best Bars list has been published, in partnership with sponsor Stolichnaya. This year, New York speakeasy PDT (Please Don’t Tell) took the top spot, with London hotel bars The Connaught and the Artesian in second and third place. 

Malta: Bartenders' Guild elects new president

Malta: The Maltese Bartenders’ Guild (MBG) has appointed a new president. Wine and spirits retailer Joseph Farrugia took the post in October.

Stella crowns World Draught Master 2011

Stella Artois has crowned its World Draught Master for 2011 following the final of the global competition in Buenos Aires.

Auchentoshan flicks the switch

Glasgow-based whisky brand Auchentoshan completed the UK leg of The Auchentoshan Switch, a cocktail competition that offers two bartenders transatlantic internships.

Shaker rattles and rolls out

Shaker BarSchools, the international bartender training company, has moved into bar operating with the opening of a bar in London.

Jack Daniel's crowns UK champion

Jack Daniel's has crowned the UK champion of its Tennessee-based Birthday Cocktail Competition 2011.

Pilsner Urquell anoints its master

Czech lager brand Pilsner Urquell has anointed Dubliner Fearghus McCormack as its International Master Bartender 2011.

Nikka names 2nd finalist in Perfect Serve contest

Japanese whisky brand, Nikka, has named the second finalist of its international cocktail competition, The Nikka Perfect Serve.

Lillet launches cocktail comp

French aperitif brand Lillet is looking for entries for its Twisted Vesper Cocktail Competition. 

Raconteur's Allan rises to Broker’s Challenge

Mikey Allan of The Raconteur, has triumphed at Broker’s Gin Cocktail Challenge in Edinburgh, beating off an all-Scottish field of bartenders.

Glenfiddich mastermind search is on

UK: Glenfiddich has launched the 2011 Glenfiddich Malt Mastermind competition. The aim of the game is to find the “trade’s most passionate malt enthusiasts”.

Olmeca Altos gets the Estes approval

Pernod Ricard brand Olmeca has announced a partnership with tequila ambassador and Mexican restaurant-bar owner Tomas Estes.

Funkin creates bartenders' web portal

Funkin, the UK-based purée brand, has added a trade portal to its website to “enhance engagement” with bartenders.

Auchentoshan charters transatlantic internships

Scotch whisky Auchentoshan is looking for entries to The Auchentoshan Switch, a cocktail competition that offers bartenders transatlantic internships.

Olmeca tequila cocktail winner announced

Pernod Ricard, with its Olmeca tequila brand, has announced the winner of the Tahona Society Margarita contest.

Industry recognises design excellence

The Restaurant and Bar Design Awards recognised "excellence" in design and architecture in the global hospitality industry yesterday, at a ceremony in Canary Wharf, London.

Monin cocktail contest looks for entrants

UK bartenders are invited to compete in the Monin Cup Cocktail Competition and the winner will represent the UK at the international finals next year.

Best bartender revealed at World Class's UK finals

Jamie MacDonald of The Raconteur in Edinburgh has been crowned the UK’s best bartender at the UK final of World Class 2011.

Bartender launches Kammerling’s Ginseng Spirit

Kammerling’s Ginseng Spirit is the realisation of Alex Kammerling’s 18-years behind a bar and is the product of five years of development.

G'Vine gin cocktail connoisseur announced

G’Vine has announced the winner of its Gin Connoisseur competition. Gegam Ghazaryan of Xandom Bar in Alicante, Spain took the title after a week of challenges including blending gin, aroma exams and speed drink making.  The final took place in G’Vine’s home town of Cognac.

Stella's quest for draught master begins

Stella Artois’ seven-month quest to find its “draught master” has begun with the launch of the Quality Draught Masters Programme.

Cherry Heering announces cocktail finalists

The Xanté Company & Peter F Heering have announced the finalists of their Mad Men inspired cocktail competition, which will be part of Manhattan Cocktail Classic (MCC).

Cocktail Challenge results revealed

Drinks International has announced the category winners of the 18th annual Cocktail Challenge.

Bacardi launches bartenders' website

Bacardi has launched True Originals, an online hub for bartenders globally.

Bacardi crowns global cocktail champion

Bacardi has crowned the winner of the first Superior Rum Global Legacy Cocktail Competition, in Barcelona.