Wall and Smith to roll out Homeboy with five new bars

Homeboy owners Aaron Wall and Ciarán Smith have decided to roll out their Islington-based Irish bar to other parts of London and even further afield, Drinks International can exclusively reveal.

Buchan and Mclellan to open late-night Edinburgh bar

Edinburgh hospitality figures Sian Buchan and John Mclellan will open their debut bar in early February – Uno Mas Bar, Drinks International can exclusively reveal.

Vinexpo Chief: Paris show to increase spirits presence

Vinexpo chief executive Rodolphe Lameyse says that Vinexpo Paris will have a bigger focus on spirits and bartending than any previous variations.

Chelsie Bailey to join Happiness Forgets

Chelsie Bailey will take over the management reins of Happiness Forgets in London, signalling an end to a nine-year bartending career in Bristol, Drinks International can exclusively reveal.

Monica Berg launches online safe space

Monica Berg of London's Tayer + Elementary has launched a free online ‘safe space’ business tool for hospitality employees to anonymously flag concerns or issues of workplace discrimination.

NYC's Robitschek and Collina land in London for Davies and Brook at Claridge's

Davies and Brook opens today at Claridge’s, a restaurant bar that brings celebrated New York chef Daniel Humm and bartenders Leo Robitschek and Pietro Collina to London.

Pippa Guy announces US move in 2020

Former American Bar senior bartender Pippa Guy will begin working in New York early next year.

Moore chooses happiness over Coupette

Chris Moore has left Coupette, one of London’s most celebrated bars, because it made him unhappy, Drinks International can exclusively reveal.

Gary "Gaz" Regan dies aged 68

Author Gary Regan passed away on November 15 aged 68 due to complications with cancer.

Walmart launches 'drive thru' beverage service in US

US supermarket chain Walmart has launched Grocery Pickup in 2000 stores nationwide which allows customers to order and pickup alcoholic beverages without leaving that car.

Savage unveils Paris and London bar plans

Remy Savage is to become a partner at the bar group Le Syndicat in Paris and launch two new bars - one on either side of the Channel, Drinks International can exclusively reveal.

Worshipful Companies to debate marketing role in spirits

The Worshipful Company of Marketers and The Woshipful Company of Distillers have come together to host a debate on the modern role of marketing within the spirits industry.

New menu 'game-changer' for Lyaness

The new menu at London’s Lyaness is the most significant launch since the bar re-opened in 2018, according to Mr Lyan global bar director Alex Lawrence.

Artesian appoints new head bartender as Savage departs

Marco Corallo will join The Langham’s Artesian on Monday, replacing Remy Savage, Drinks International can exclusively reveal.

Dead Rabbit NOLA poised ahead of US roll out

The Dead Rabbit Grocery & Grog in New York will open a site in New Orleans' French Quarter next year ahead of a US, then global expansion, Drinks International can exclusively reveal.

UK cocktail industry surpasses £600m in 2018

The UK cocktail industry surpassed £600m in value according to the latest CGA data released by Funkin Cocktails.

Cullimore: 'Barometer key for eastern Europe'

Ukrainian bar show Barometer is now one of the most influential in eastern Europe according to Bacardí global brand ambassador Dickie Cullimore.

Dave Broom: World Class "huge" for Glasgow

Diageo World Class judge Dave Broom said having the finals in Glasgow was a “huge deal” for the city’s hospitality industry.

Roma Bar Show popular among industry elite

The Roma Bar Show has been hailed an important step for the Italian hospitality trade by industry leaders.

BCB to move in 2020

BCB, Europe’s largest bar show, will relocate from Station Berlin to Berlin ExpoCenter City in 2020.

Dante named World's Best Bar 2019

New York’s Dante was crowned World’s Best Bar 2019 at the World’s 50 Best Bars awards ceremony last night (3 October) in London.

London Cocktail Week: The dream team

On the eve of the 10th edition of London Cocktail Week Drinks International caught up with Siobhan Payne and Hannah Sharman-Cox, the dream team behind one of the industry’s biggest festivals.

Bartenders complete second Martini Racing Ciclismo La Classica

Fifty bartenders completed the Martini Racing Ciclismo La Classica at the inaugural Roma Bar Show last week.

Diageo World Class 2020 goes to Sydney

Diageo revealed on Thursday night (26 September) that the 2020 World Class Global Finals will be held in Sydney, Australia.

Bannie Kang wins Diageo World Class 2019

Bannie Kang from Singapore was named Diageo World Class Bartender of the Year 2019 at the global finals in Glasgow on Thursday, 26 September.

Tayēr + Elementary stars in World's 50 Best Bars 51-100

London’s Tayēr + Elementary has been named second in the 51-100 list of The World’s 50 Best Bars 2019 just four months after opening.

Chivas Brothers opens new Glasgow office

Chivas Brothers, the scotch whisky business of Pernod Ricard, has opened a new head office in Glasgow city centre.

Jägermeister cold brew coffee launches in the UK

Mast-Jaegermeister UK has announced the launch of Jägermeister Cold Brew Coffee in the UK, available across the on-and off-trade nationwide. 

The Benevolent invites bartenders to mental health workshops

Following a grant awarded to the charity by the Tales of the Cocktail Foundation in July, The Benevolent is inviting bartenders and hospitality workers to their Minds Matter mental health workshops.

Barometer returns to Kyiv in 2019

From the 27-29 September Barometer International Bar Show 2019 will take place in the CEC ‘Parkovy’, Kyiv with around 15,000 people expected to attend.

The Benevolent wins Tales grant for mental health campaign

The Benevolent has been awarded a grant from Tales of the Cocktail Foundation aimed at implementing mental health workshops for bartenders and hospitality workers within the UK drinks industry.

Glencairn Crystal records 15-year growth

Glencairn Crystal has now recorded 15 years of continued business growth following the release of its most recent financial results.

Spirits giants join to form World Spirits Alliance

Spirits producers and organisations from across the world met in Geneva on Tuesday (9 July) to form the World Spirits Alliance.

Tim Etherington-Judge calls for Run 424242 support

Tim Etherington-Judge, founder of Healthy Hospo, will launch his Run 424242 challenge on 20 July 2019 at Tales of the Cocktail in New Orleans.

Ross Carter becomes new Benevolent CEO

Ross Carter, who was head of London Wine Fair between 2013 and 2017, is the new chief executive of The Benevolent, the UK drinks industry charity. 

Strryk gains £1m investment and distribution deal

Non-alcoholic spirits drink Strryk has gained a £1m investment from soft drinks company AG Barr, which also owns Funkin Cocktails.

Europe's first CBD cocktail bitters launch

Europe’s first CBD cocktail bitters launched this June by independent UK-based company OTO.

DI's Shay Waterworth wins young spirit writer award

Drinks International’s Shay Waterworth has been named the Alan Lodge Young International Drinks Writer of the Year 2019.

Vinexpo chief announces big changes to global shows

Vinexpo CEO Rodolphe Lameyse has announced big changes to the running of various shows over the coming years following his inception to the company in April.

UK cocktail market valued at £587m

In the space of a year, the value of the UK cocktail market has increased 9.5% to £587m according to CGA data released by Funkin Cocktails.

LVMH owner to donate €200m to Notre-Dame disaster

LVMH luxury goods company, which owns Glenmorangie, Ardbeg and Hennessey among others, will donate €200m ($226m) to help restore Notre-Dame cathedral in Paris after it caught fire on Monday evening.

P(our) Symposium moves to London with 'Understanding' theme

Not-for-profit organisation P(our) has announced that ‘Understanding’ will be the topic of this year’s Symposium, held in London on 24 June.

Funkin Innovation Labs returns for 2019

Fruit purée and cocktail mixer company Funkin Cocktails has announced a new series of its Innovation Labs, a training programme for bartenders across the UK, in association with London’s Crucible.

Milk & Honey owner slams modern London cocktail scene

Milk & Honey owner and Street Feast founder Jonathan Downey said the past decade of London’s bar scene has been a “desert in terms of change” and that hotel bars should not be named Best Bar in the World.

Liquid Intellect RTDs launch globally

Bartenders Charles Roche and Eleanor Holcroft have launched a range of ready-to-drink cocktails called Liquid Intellect which focus on ‘nostalgic flavours’.

International Women's Day gets London bar tour

In honour of International Women’s Day, DrinkUp.London is celebrating the female bartender talent in London with an International Women’s Day Cocktail Tour on 4-11 March.

Long Tail sets sights on international markets

Long Tail Mixers has targeted international expansion as the premium mixers category continues to soar gloablly.

Beluga cocktail competition set for Moscow final

Beluga Vodka has launched the fourth edition of Beluga Signature, a multistage bartender program in seven major markets across the world.

Franklin & Sons launches ‘Taste Collective’ ambassadors

Franklin & Sons has announced the launch of the ‘Taste Collective’ with the appointment of bartender Rich Woods, chef Sophie Michell and cookery writer and food stylist Rosie Birkett as ambassadors.

Funkin Cocktails undergoes redesign

Funkin Cocktails will mark its 20th anniversary with a brand redesign which will roll out across its entire portfolio of purées, syrups, shrubs, pre-batched mixers, garnishes and draught products.