European bars to visit in 2020

Europe has long been home to some of the best bars in the world. Tireless innovation keeps the region’s watering holes fresh, exciting and relevant

What the advent of legal cannabis use means for spirits

As the legalisation of cannabis continues, so too do the questions around its relationship with spirits. Lucy Britner analyses changing consumer behaviour, the new wave of CBD drinks and the evolving regulatory landscape

The week in pictures

From British explorer Sir Ranulph Fiennes to Made in Chelsea star Spencer Matthews, celebrity launches came thick and fast in another jam-packed week for the spirits industry

New Coral Room cocktails take English inspiration

London bar The Coral Room has taken inspiration from green spaces and coastlines scattered across England for its latest cocktail menu

Is Irish whiskey really ‘booming’?

There is a real distillery-building boom in Ireland. But as the liquid will take time to mature, we ask how many of the eager start-ups will become successful players in the long term

Cocktail stories: Mirror Margarita

Making agave spirits accessible is what Hacha is all about and the bar’s Mirror Margarita should appeal to the most hesitant Tequila drinker

Hottest bar openings in October 2019

October’s openings offered an escape to warmer weather with Mexican-themed mezcalarias or the chance to embrace colder climates with a ski resort-inspired drinking den

SB meets… Brian Nation, Irish Distillers

The master distiller of the world’s biggest Irish whiskey – Jameson – on sustaining growth in the category through innovation

Coupette unveils winter craft-inspired menu

London bar Coupette has launched the winter iteration of its typography-inspired cocktail menu, developed in partnership with signwriter Ged Palmer

The week in pictures

In a week that saw Interstellar star Matthew McConaughey deliver barbecue dinners to the emergency services, Everest climber Kenton Cool gave a talk at Mr Fogg’s and London bar Madison opened a cosy terrace for the winter months

Alessandro Palazzi: ‘Hospitality is like military service’

Having started his bartending career in the 1970s, Alessandro Palazzi has worked his way up to become the duke of Dukes, the London hotel where he has forged a reputation for making some of the world’s best Martinis

Top 10 award-winning liqueurs

The liqueurs category is experiencing a revival, benefitted by the lower-alcohol trend and growing intrigue from bartenders. We present a selection of award-winning bottlings from our recent blind-tasting competition

The Speciality Masters 2019 results

Speciality spirits such as aquavit and absinthe have carved out a real niche for themselves in the industry. Add ready-to-drink expressions to this list and it meant our annual competition was full of surprises

Spirits Business TV

Cognac brand Rémy Martin has launched a new global campaign, which is designed to celebrate “collaboration” and “shared values”

Blended Scotch whisky The Famous Grouse has launched a new advert for its Smoky Black expression to showcase its “darker and smokier side”

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