The Drinks Trust asks the industry to support its Emergency Energy Crisis Initiative

This winter, The Drinks Trust is launching a dedicated grant-giving campaign, the Emergency Energy Poverty Fund, that will run from October 2022 until the exhaustion of funds.

Adrián Michalčík wins world's best bartender at the Diageo World Class Global Bartender of the Year competition

Norwegian bartender, Adrián Michalčík, has been awarded the title of Diageo World Class Global Bartender of the Year, which saw bartenders from 50 countries take part.

WSET to hold first virtual Open House

WSET (the Wine & Spirit Education Trust) is to hold its first ‘virtual open house’ event on October 19 - 20 2022 as part of an ongoing drive to raise awareness of its qualifications within the global drinks trade. 

50 Best: Jean Trinh wins Altos Bartenders’ Bartender 2022

Jean Trinh, founder of Alquímico in Cartagena, Colombia, has been named the winner of Altos Bartenders’ Bartender Award 2022.

The Drinks Trust launches bartending programme for UK's north-west

From September this year The Drinks Trust’s Develop programme will offer a bartending certificate provided by Mixology School and in partnership with United Kingdom Bartenders’ Guild.

London’s Lyaness named world’s best bar at The Tales of the Cocktail’s Spirited Awards

Lyaness at Sea Containers London took top honours as it was named World’s Best Bar at the 16th annual Tales of the Cocktail Spirited Awards at the New Orleans Ritz Carlton Hotel.

Tales of the Cocktail Foundation partners with Singapore Tourism Board

Tales of the Cocktail Foundation (TOTCF), organizer of drinks industry conference, Tales of the Cocktail, where new ideas, products, and techniques are exchanged, has announced its partnership with Singapore Tourism Board (STB).

Drinks International Travel Retail Awards deadline extended to 27 July

The Drinks International Travel Retail Awards has extended its deadline for entries to 27 July, as it returns for its 16th year to celebrate innovation in the travel retail drinks sector.

Domaine Tariquet Pure Folle Blanche 15 wins Supreme Champion at the International Spirits Challenge 2022

Domaine Tariquet Pure Folle Blanche 15 ans has been named the Supreme Champion at the International Spirits Challenge 2022, becoming the first armagnac in ISC history to do so.

Women of the Vine & Spirits hires RAINN to develop industry specific sexual misconduct training

Women of the Vine & Spirits (WOTVS) have hired RAINN as part of an ongoing initiative to support those in the beverage alcohol and hospitality industries with Sexual Misconduct Prevention and Response Training.

Bar World 100 in association with Perrier names the industry's most influential

Monica Berg has been named the most influential person in the global bar industry in Drinks International’s Bar World 100 2022 in association with Perrier.

4th Bar World 100 set to launch

The 2022 edition of Drinks International’s Bar World 100, in association with Perrier, is set to be released on Monday 27 June at 3pm GMT.

William Grant & Sons’ Highland Festival returns

William Grant & Sons will host its sixth Highland Festival at East London’s Haggerston Park on 3 July 2022, following a two-year hiatus due to the pandemic. 

Attaboy named Best Bar in North America

Attaboy in New York has been crowned the winer of the inaugural edition of North America’s 50 Best Bars, sponsored by Perrier.

Jinro retains pole position in The Millionaires' Club

Korean Soju brand Jinro has once again topped the list of Drinks International’s The Millionaires’ Club having sold more than 94m 9-litre cases in 2021.

New bars shine as the Class Bar Awards returns

Bars that opened during the pandemic took many of the gongs at the returning CLASS Bar Awards last night, highlighting the bar industry's resurgence.  

Graham’s Port launches global bartending competition

Graham’s Port has launched its first-ever bartending competition, in which seven bartenders from around the world will convene in Porto to compete for a €1000 cash prize and six months’ supply of Blend N º5 and Blend N º12.

Monica Berg named creative director of Campari Academy

Campari Academy, an educational platform aimed at the global bar trade, has been rolled out globally with bartender Monica Berg named creative director.

New York City’s Overstory wins Michter’s Art of Hospitality Award

New York City’s Overstory has been announced as the winner of the Michter’s Art of Hospitality Award ahead of the inaugural North America’s 50 Best Bars ceremony on 7 June.

50 Next heads to Bilbao in 2022

The organisation behind The World’s 50 Best Restaurants and The World’s 50 Best Bars today announced the return of 50 Next, an annual list of young people shaping the future of gastronomy.

Coa named Asia's best bar for the second year running

Coa of Hong Kong retained its title as Asia’s Best Bar at the seventh edition of Asia’s 50 Best Bars in a ceremony held at Mandarin Oriental Bangkok.

The Art of Shaking launches to educate top-level bartenders

Ever since the world was pinned down by the effects of Covid-19 there’s been a surge in online tutorials from both brands and bartenders demonstrating basic shaking techniques and the ‘perfect Mojito’. However, at the industry’s top level there’s been a drought in innovative education, until now.

Diageo World Class heads to Sydney in 2022

Diageo World Class will host the 13th edition of its global finals in Sydney, Australia from 12-15 September this year.

Keith Motsi wins Altos Bartenders' Bartender for Asia's 50 Best

Keith Motsi, head bartender at Charles H in Four Seasons Seoul, has won the Altos Bartenders’ Bartender Award 2022.

BKK Social Club wins Michter’s Art of Hospitality Award

Bangkok’s BKK Social Club has been named the winner of the Michter’s Art of Hospitality Award as part of Asia’s 50 Best Bars 2022.

Sean Muldoon and Jillian Vose to launch Hazel and Apple

Sean Muldoon and Jillian Vose will open Hazel and Apple in Charleston, South Carolina, having left The Dead Rabbit in New York.

Dead Rabbit’s founders Sean Muldoon and Jack McGarry part ways

Sean Muldoon and Jack McGarry, the Northern Irish founders of The Dead Rabbit in New York, have announced a parting of ways, marking the end of an era – and the start of another.

Schmuck or Die group to host 'Schmuck Street Party' series this Spring

Barcelona’s Two Schmucks, number 11 in The World’s 50 Best Bars, will host a ‘Schmuck Street Party’ on 27th March in collaboration with some of the UK’s best bars.

Global bar community launch initiatives in aid of Ukraine

Several high profile bars around the world have launched initiatives to raise funds for the victims in Ukraine following its invasion by Russian troops.

Pub dedicated to Hemingway destroyed by Russian shelling in Kharkiv

The Old Hem was completely destroyed and two people were killed by Russian shelling on the Eastern Ukrainian city of Kharkiv on Monday, according to reports by the Kharkiv prosecutor's office.

Green to leave lasting legacy beyond DI

The announcement of Martin Green’s departure from Drinks International marks the end of an era for Agile Media and a significant loss for the wider drinks trade.

Asia's 50 Best announces live ceremony in Bangkok

The seventh edition of Asia’s 50 Best Bars, sponsored by Perrier, will be announced on 28 April 2022 in Bangkok.

Waterworth named new editor of DI

Drinks International has announced the appointment of Shay Waterworth as its new editor to replace the outgoing Martin Green from April onwards.

50 Best to launch North America list this summer

The World’s 50 Best Bars, sponsored by Perrier, will launch a North America list for the first time in its history this summer.

Anora suspends all Russian trade and pledges donation to Ukraine

Nordic wine and spirits company Anora has decided to suspend all sales to Russia and donate €50,000 to the Ukrainian Red Cross.

Russian vodka boycotts in US have little impact on war, says expert

An industry expert believes that boycotts on Russian vodka across the US will have little impact on the war due to the divide between ‘control states’ and those under the three tier system.

A 'Michelin' for the bar industry, The Pinnacle Guide launches

London Cocktail Week founders Siobhan Payne and Hannah Sharman-Cox, alongside Global Bartending’s Dan Dove, have announced the launch of the Pinnacle Guide, a new one, two and three ‘Pin’ recognition system for the world’s best bars.

Pernod Ricard reports strong H1 growth

Surging demand for premium spirits powered Pernod Ricard’s 17% year-on-year sales growth in the six months to December 31, 2021.

New Zealand Wine Trade Hub Launches

New Zealand Winegrowers has launched an online portal designed to support the trade in major export markets around the world.

Quintessential launches innovation Spirit Centre to the trade

Quintessential Brands has launched its ‘Spirit Centre’ - an innovation hub  for all channels which aims to improve customer collaboration.

Rishi Sunak calls new Guinness microbrewery "a vote of confidence" in London

Diageo is investing £73 million in a Guinness microbrewery and “culture hub in the heart of London.

London Wine Fair moves to June to avoid Prowein clash

The London Wine Fair will now take place from June 7-9 in order to avoid a direct clash with Prowein.

Diageo reports 15.8% first-half sales growth

Diageo reported that first-half net sales increased 15.8% to £8 billion as the on-trade rebounded and off-trade demand remained strong.

London Wine Fair slams "extremely aggressive" move from Prowein amid clash of dates

London Wine Fair director Hannah Tovey has branded Prowein's decision to move the Dusseldorf-based show to May "a direct attack" on the UK drinks trade.

Prowein postponed until May

The organisers of Prowein have decided to push the trade show back from March to May in response to the rapid spread of the omicron variant of Covid-19.