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.

The World's Best-Selling Classic Cocktails 2022

Once again, we asked our 100 global bars to rank their best-selling classic cocktails and a new champion has emerged this year.

Brands Report 2022: Bartenders' Choice

Probably of all the leagues in the Annual Brands Report, a place in the Bartenders’ Choice list is the most sought-after among brands.

Brands Report 2022: How We Did It

Brands Report editor Hamish Smith explains the methodolgy behind the report's polling system.

The Brands Report 2022 launches

The Drinks International Annual Brands Report 2022 has launched.

Norway bans bars from selling alcohol

Norway has banned alcohol sales in bars and restaurants for a month in a bid to slow the spread of the Omicron variant.

Brown-Forman raises sales guidance

Brown-Forman has raised its full-year sales outlook in anticipation of supply chain disruption easing in the months ahead.

DI's Global Bar Guide 2021 launches

Drinks International's Global Bar Edition, which includes the official guide to The World’s 50 Best Bars 2021, has launched in digital form.

Connaught Bar named World's Best Bar 2021

Connaught Bar from London was named the World’s Best Bar for the second year running in The World’s 50 Best Bars list, which was unveiled at the annual ceremony at Roundhouse in London tonight (December 7).

Ecommerce alcohol sales expected to grow by 66% over the next five years

Online sales of alcoholic beverages in 16 key global markets will increase by 66% over the next five years, according to projections from IWSR.

AB InBev targets 4% to 8% medium-term growth

The new chief executive of AB InBev has set a core profit growth target of 4% to 8% for the medium-term.

Midleton Very Rare expression boosts forest conservation efforts in Ireland

Irish Distillers recently introduced the fourth release in its eagerly anticipated Midleton Very Rare Dair Ghaelach collection.

AB InBev agrees 20-year deal to replace Heineken as JD Wetherspoon's largest supplier

AB InBev has signed a 20-year deal to replace Heineken as the main beer supplier to UK pub giant JD Wetherspoon.

Scotch Whisky Association announces new chief executive

The former British ambassador to Argentina will succeed Karen Betts as the chief executive of the Scotch Whisky Association.

Glenfiddich and Goodwood join forces for dementia charity auction

Glenfiddich has teamed up with the Goodwood sporting estate for an auction that will raise money for the Race Against Dementia charity.

Diageo provides strong medium-term guidance

Diageo’s share price increased this morning after the company revealed that it expects to enjoy organic net sales growth of at least 16% in the six months to December 31, 2021.

Fok Hing Gin warned over offensive branding

Fok Hing Gin has fallen foul of the industry-funded UK drinks industry watchdog for using offensive language.

Camden Town Brewery launches festive ad campaign

Camden Town Brewery aims to save Christmas from bad gift givers in its first ever festive TV ad campaign.

50 Best releases shortlist for Best Cocktail Menu

The World’s 50 Best Bars has released the shortlist for its inaugural Siete Misterios Best Cocktail Menu award.

Monaghan wins first Flor de Caña Rum Sustainable Cocktail Challenge

Manachain Monaghan from the UK has been crowned global champion of Flor de Caña Rum’s Sustainable Cocktail Challenge with his ‘Steamship’ cocktail.