Hyacinthe Lescoët: talk of the town

One of the most relaxed bartenders in Paris, Hyacinthe Lescoët tells Shay Waterworth how his background informs his approach.

Essencia: Simone Caporale and Marc Alvarez on their new bar concept

The duo behind the world’s third-best bar are to open up the concept they originally intended. Oli Dodd talks to Simone Caporale and Marc Alvarez about Essencia.

Funkidory announces second venue

The team behind the Peckham, London neighbourhood bar Funkidory has announced a second site opening for early 2023. 

Dre Masso: Three decades steeped in cocktails

Sat in his newest bar, The Drinks Trolley, just moments from London’s King’s Cross Station, Dre Masso takes a look over his career as he approaches 30 years in the trade.

Callooh Callay Chelsea launches new cocktail menu

Callooh Callay Chelsea has launched its new cocktail menu, ‘To Whom it May Concern’.

Scarfes Bar’s Arturo Burzio crowned 2022 elit Martini Master

Scarfes Bar at The Rosewood assistant head bartender, Arturo Burzio has been crowned 2022 elit Vodka’s Martini Master following the global final held in Athens.

London's Lyaness to launch fourth menu

London’s Lyaness, the bar created by Ryan Chetiyawardana, has announced the launch of a new menu exploring how food and drink has shaped our cultural outlook over generations.

Common Decency presents Holiday Spectacular pop up

Common Decency, the latest cocktail bar from a team behind the world’s best bars, led by Leo Robitschek and Liana Oster, will launch its Holiday Spectacular. 

Caporale takes over Boadas Cocktails

Simone Caporale has acquired Barcelona’s oldest cocktail bar, Boadas Cocktails.

Ruben Sudmeier wins Amaro Montenegro’s Vero Bartender: Sharing The Essence competition

Amaro Montenegro has named Ruben Sudmeier, head bartender of Cafe Niebla, Spain as winner of the third edition of its Vero Bartender global cocktail competition, which took place on October 26. 

Amsterdam’s Super Lyan launches second menu

Ryan Chetiyawardana-founded Amsterdam bar Super Lyan has announced the launch of its second menu, inspired by the need to bring attention to continuously rising sea levels.

Yeferson Avila wins Licor 43 Bartenders & Baristas Challenge

Yeferson Avila from bar Cardinal and restaurant Mar y Zielo in Colombia, has won the sixth edition of the Licor 43 Bartenders & Baristas Challenge.

Simone Caporale and Luca Missaglia to host first TAOS Day

The Art of Shaking founders, Simone Caporale and Luca Missaglia, will host the first TAOS Day in Sicily, Italy on October 24.

Essencia launches within Sips Barcelona

Simone Caporale and Marc Alvarez have announced the launch of their new bar-within-a-bar concept, Essencia.

Le Syndicat launches new menu

Parisian bar, Le Syndicat, has launched its new menu "Sous La Même Étoile" meaning “Under The Same Star”, designed to explore the point at which gastronomy and mixology meet, and highlight French artisanal excellence. 

Two Schmucks' bar team quits amid Moe Aljaff departure

The Two Schmucks bar team worked its last shift last night, after all but one of the Barcelona bar’s bartenders quit. 

Cocktail bar Ruby announces takeover at The Cambridge Public House

Copenhagen cocktail bar, Ruby, will take over Parisian cocktail pub, The Cambridge Public House, on Sunday October 9.

Shannon Tebay to open The Lower Third in central London

Former Death & Co bartender Shannon Tebay is set to open a new neighbourhood bar and music venue on the site of the now-closed institution The 12 Bar Club on London’s Denmark Street.

London’s Silverleaf announces event series at the Singapore Grand Prix

London-bar Silverleaf has partnered with pan-Asian craft spirits brand The Orientalist Spirits to host a series of events throughout the Singapore Grand Prix 2022 weekend.

Schofield brothers launch new Sterling Bar

This month Joe and Daniel Schofield, alongside wine expert James Brandwood, will take over the lower ground at Manchester’s Stock Exchange Hotel to launch new cocktail bar Sterling. 

Scarfes Bar at The Rosewood bartender to represent UK at elit Martini Masters global final

London’s Arturo Burzio, assistant head bartender at Scares Bar at The Rosewood, has been announced as elit Martini Masters cocktail competition global finalist.

Sheffield’s Bamboo Door wins Chairman’s Reserve UK Mai Tai Challenge

Sheffield-based bar Bamboo Door was crowned the winner of the annual Chairman’s Reserve UK Mai Tai Challenge at a final held at Merchant House in London.

London’s Coupette to launch new graffiti-inspired menu

Acclaimed East London bar Coupette has announced the launch of a new menu inspired by Banksy and the creative link between graffiti and the prohibition era.

London's Lyaness is taking its British Cookbook menu to Madrid

London bar Lyaness has announced a day of collaborations with Madrid bars Salmon Guru and Viva Madrid on 13 September.

Streaming platform The Avenue launches online bartending competition

Streaming platform The Avenue has launched the online cocktail competition Battle of the Bottle taking place this October and with a top prize of $10,000.

Swift to open third site in London

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

Lauren Mote: Hospitality Powerhouse

Lauren Mote’s energy and drive have made her name synonymous with success in the industry. She manages to sit still for an interview with Shay Waterworth.

Julie Reiner to reopen Milady’s in New York

Julie Reiner will return to her old territory this September, to open Milady’s at the corner of Prince and Thompson Streets in SoHo, New York.

“We never thought we’d actually win it”: Lab 22’s Max Hayward on having the world’s best cocktail menu

As the submission deadline approaches for the World’s 50 Best Bars Siete Misterios Best Cocktail Menu, Drinks International sat down with Lab 22 head bartender Max Hayward to reflect on what the accolade has meant for the bar.

The Liquid Show returns this year for its third edition

The show's new edition, titled Tropicana, will host eight prominent Speakeasy Bars, as it returns this year following its previous success. 

Chairman’s Reserve announces four finalists in its UK Mai Tai Challenge

Spiribam UK and its St Lucian rum brand Chairman’s Reserve have announced the four finalists in its nationwide Mai Tai Challenge.

Andrea Di Chiara: reopening American Bar

Drinks International sat down with the acting bar manager of the American Bar at The Savoy, Andrea Di Chiara, to talk about the closure, reopening and a new dawn at the UK’s oldest surviving cocktail bar.

Arathorn Grey appointed Tippling Club’s head bartender

Singapore’s Tippling Club, a regular in Asia’s 50 best bars, has announced the appointment of its new head bartender, Arathorn Grey.

Edinburgh’s Sean Cavanagh crowned UK’s Most Sustainable Bartender

Bar manager of Edinburgh’s Panda & Sons, Sean Cavanagh, has been named the UK’s Most Sustainable Bartender at the Flor de Caña Sustainable Cocktail Challenge. 

The Pinnacle Guide founders to personally host round table

To mark the halfway point of its consultancy phase, The Pinnacle Guide’s founders are hosting its next round table personally, as they continue to gather information on what makes a great bar.

London’s Oriole launches new cocktail menu

Jazz club and cocktail bar Oriole has launched its latest cocktail menu this month which celebrates the ingredients and traditions of the Old World, the New World and the Orient.

Little Red Door launches new menu for 2022

Parisian bar Little Red Door has launched a new menu for 2022 called Flourish, using directly sourced produce at the core of each cocktail.

Callooh Callaway announces 20-day bar takeover

This summer, bar brand Callooh Callay will be taking over 20 bars across 20 consecutive days in July, the first nationwide bar takeover rally in the UK.

Little Red Door announces takeover at London’s Eve Bar

Parisian bar Little Red Door has announced a takeover at London’s Eve Bar, situated underneath Adam Handling’s Michelin-starred Frog on Thursday 7 July.

Summer pop-up launches at Shangri-La The Shards’ Gǒng bar

Gǒng at Shangri-La The Shard, London, has partnered with Diplomático Rum and Canaïma Gin this summer, two sustainable, smallbatch Latin American spirits brands.

La'Mel Clarke: Throwing shapes

Dancing, writing and making drinks are just some of the artistic elements to Seed Library’s La’Mel Clarke, whose reputation as one of the industry’s up and coming stars is gathering pace. Earlier this year the Londoner was nominated for Emerging Bartender of the Year at the annual Class Bar Awards.

Mr Fogg’s Apothecary arrives in Mayfair

Mr Fogg’s Apothecary, the first opening from the team behind Mr Fogg’s, Cahoots and Bunga Bunga in over four years, has arrived this month in London’s Mayfair.

Le Syndicat to play host to international takeover series

Award-winning Parisian cocktail bar Le Syndicat has announced a series of takeovers by London’s Silverleaf and Mexico City’s Hanky Panky to coincide with the Cocktail Spirits show.

Two Schmucks announces US tour

Barcelona-based cocktail bar Two Schmucks has announced a four-week US tour that will take the team to five of America’s most renowned bars across five states.

London’s Silverleaf announces first international takeover at New York’s Overstory

Acclaimed new London hotel bar Silverleaf has announced its first international takeover, at New York rooftop bar Overstory.

Thibault Massina: Le Syndicat's new star

The wine industry doesn’t often mix naturally with the bartending community, but for Thibault Massina, an early education in Bordeaux lay the foundations for an organic pairing behind the bar.

Keith Motsi: Heart and Seoul

Keith Motsi has carved a truly unique path through the hospitality industry. Having been born in Zimbabwe and raised in Leeds, UK, he now finds himself at the reins of one of Asia’s top luxury hotel bars.

Atlas appoints Lidiyanah K as head bartender

Singapore-bar Atlas has announced the appointment of former assistant head bartender Lidiyanah K as its new head bartender.

Asia’s 50 Best Bars 51-100 revealed for 2022

Asia’s 50 Best Bars, sponsored by Perrier, has announced the 51-100 list for 2022 ahead of next Thursday’s live ceremony at Mandarin Oriental Bangkok.

Liam Davy: Hawksmoor's Young Veteran

Having entered the hospitality industry in the early 2000s, Liam Davy is considered a veteran of the bartending community.