Diageo’s global travel team has announced the names of the final three cruise line bartenders who will compete in its World Class Bartender of the Year competition.

Plamen Pitropski from Tom@101 of Stockton Heath, Cheshire, has won the northern heat of the UK Bartenders’ Guild National Cocktail Challenge.

Fjord Fiesta

01 July, 2015

With a stellar line-up of internationally renowned industry experts, Oslo’s first ever bar show has been hailed a success by organisers and attendees alike, with work already underway for a follow-up in 2016.

Last night's inaugural Oslo Bar Show Awards saw Bergen's No Stress named Best Bar in both the people's choice and jury's votes.

Leading gin brand Beefeater is calling on the world’s top bartenders to enter this year’s Beefeater MIXLDN Global Bartender Cocktail Competition.

Ali Reynolds of Hawksmoor Spitalfields has won Diageo Reserve World Class UK Bartender of the Year.

Charlotta Berggren from Svartengrens bar in Stockholm won this year’s Linie Award.

Jennifer Queen, head bartender and portfolio ambassador at La Familia, tells us all there is to know about the bar scene in Phnom Penh 

City Guide to Seoul

12 June, 2015

Hamish Smith is in Seoul and heads straight to the soul of South Korea's bar scene

Austrian bartender Sigrid Ehm has become Bombay Sapphire World’s Most Imaginative Bartender for 2015 with her cocktail El Diamante.

Gaston Abramoff, CEO of DigitalBites and Speakeasy SA, which runs the speakeasy at The Brooklyn Hotel in Asunción, Paraguay, talks to Hamish Smith about the city's emerging bar scene.

U’Luvka, the premium Polish vodka brand, has appointed Robert Zajaczkowski as its global brand manager.

Cocktail trends: UK

20 May, 2015

There are no cocktail trends in the UK, say bartenders. Hamish Smith does his best to round up the activity.

The World’s 50 Best Bars’ Camper English looks at the cocktail trends in the US.

The World’s 50 Best Bars writer Forest Collins takes us through the ins and outs of the cocktail scene in France.

With so much European influence, Argentina has a tradition for cocktails. Local Buenos Aires cocktail expert Martin Auzmendi gives us the latest. 

From the world’s first ‘internet’ cocktail to ice made from craft beer and bars with no counters, Germany is pushing the boundaries in taste and showmanship, says Helmut Adam.

We polled the World's 50 Best Bars to find out their best-selling aperitifs, digestifs and highball serves. Hamish Smith takes us through the results

Hamish Smith crunches the numbers to find out the top ten spirits for cocktails in the World's 50 Best Bars

We've polled the World's 50 Best Bars to find their 50 best-selling classic cocktails. W50BB editor Hamish Smith counts down from 50 to 1. 

In the next instalment of the Cocktail Report we delve into trends. Hamish Smith has been talking to the World's Best Bars.

Adam Borch of Strøm has won Pernod Ricard Denmark’s Absolut Invite with his cocktail Amber Coast.

Hamish Smith talks to bartenders about the latest advancement in cocktails – fermented ingredients.

Sai Hamsala from New Zealand has won the final of the Diplomático World Tournament 2015, taking home a prize of $10,000.

As cocktail fever spreads around the globe, where are the new frontiers? Hamish Smith found one in Iceland.

Diageo Reserve has announced the first five UK Diageo Reserve World Class finalists. 

G’Vine is launching a global bartending challenge that seeks to 'pay homage to extraordinary people who look at life from unconventional perspectives.’

Open for business

02 March, 2015

Hamish Smith has the latest round of bar openings. Oslo, Mexico City, Manchester and London all feature.

Franco Cabachi, co-founder of Clase Maestra, a Latin American cocktail event held in Lima, Peru.

Strøm from Copenhagen has won the battle of the bars at the inaugural Reykjavik Bar Summit, winning what many observers consider to be the greatest trophy in bar industry history: a stuffed mounted puffin.

Movers and Shakers

02 March, 2015

David Cordoba is back behind the bar after six years as an ambassador for Bacardi. Drinks International catches up with him at 28 Hongkong Street in Singapore.

A view from the city – Seoul

20 February, 2015

Jackie Yoo, Cocktail Week Korea and Whisky Live Seoul organiser, tells us about the bar scene in Seoul.

Next up in our report into the top brands at The World's 50 Best Bars is aperitif and digestifs.  

Bar Shira, owner/ operator Imperial Craft cocktail bar, talks about Tel Aviv

American bartender Brandon Phillips was named Beefeater MIXLDN champion in London last night, prevailing from a field of 30 international contestants.

Open for business

05 January, 2015

World's 50 Best Bars editor, Hamish Smith, picks out three of the most important bar openings of the month gone. This time out Cologne, Paris and London are the cities to visit.

Guest writer David Read of Prestige Purchasing weighs in on whether a drink so distinctly associated with theatre can be bottled and pre-batched 

Making a stir

16 January, 2015

The first in a series of new articles, here we take a peek at the next cocktails to make a stir in the bar world. 

The House of Ruinart says the deadline for applications for its Ateliers Ruinart programme 2015 has been extended to Friday January 23.

City Guide to Tokyo

06 January, 2015

Nicolas Coldicott takes a look at a new generation of bars 

A View from the City – Milan

09 December, 2014

Matteo Zed, bar manager at Settembrini Cocktails in Rome, talks about his favourtie Italian city to drink in 

Steve Lawson of London’s Mash Steakhouse was named Old Forester Bourbon – The Original Hipster winner at the Highwater Bar, Dalston. 

Open for Business

04 December, 2014

Hamish Smith picks out the most important bar openings of the month. 

De Kuyper has teamed up with leading annual flair bartending competition WFA Grand Slam 2014.

Joe Alessandroni, general manager of 28 Hongkong Street, Singapore, shares his insights on the city’s cocktail scene

Ali Reynolds of Hawksmoor Spitalfields was named Glenfiddich Malt Mastermind at the Callooh Callay final in Shoreditch last night. 

Bénédictine Liqueur has announced the UK regional winners of its 2014 Cocktail Challenge.

Open for business

27 October, 2014

World's 50 Best Bars editor Hamish Smith picks out the most important bar openings of the month. This time it's Artesian Hong Kong, Balderdash in Copenhagen and Dandelyan in London. 

Winner of World Class 2014, Charles Joly, will leave Aviary, weeks after the Chicago bar was named in the World’s 50 Best Bars list for 2014.

Fibar Cocktail Bar International Fair in Valladolid hailed its second bar show a success following a more London focus in 2014. 

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