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Destilado announces Carina Soto Velásquez role and new range

Destilado has announced that Paris bar entrepreneur Carina Soto Velásquez has joined the London-based spirits importer, ahead of the launch of a new range of seven mezcal expressions next week.

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Dima’s Vodka launches fundraiser for Ukrainian humanitarian aid

Ukrainian vodka brand Dima’s has pledged to donate all the proceeds raised from the sale of its bottled cocktail range to Ukrainian relief charities. 

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Leonardo DiCaprio invests in Champagne Telmont

Sustainable champagne house Telmont has announced that actor Leonardo DiCaprio has joined the company as an investor.

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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 1, 2 and 3 ‘Pin’ recognition system for the world’s best bars.

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Angus Winchester makes UK return with Dark Horse role

Louis Lewis-Smith, Angus and Alex Winchester

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NZ's Cardrona Distillery opens entries and names judges for cocktail comp

Cardrona Distillery has opened entries to UK bartenders to its inaugural cocktail competition, Cardrona Club.

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Hospitality vacancy level requires urgent action

UKHospitality says current vacancies in hospitality are more than 100% higher than the corresponding pre-Covid period.

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Cointreau teams up with some of London’s best bars for Margarita Day

To celebrate National Margarita Day, Cointreau has partnered with some of London’s best bars to showcase one-off versions of the Margarita.

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Majority of hospitality businesses at risk of closure

New research published by Peckwater Brands, has revealed that 58% of UK hospitality businesses say that the Covid-19 pandemic has put them at risk of closure.

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The Alchemist announces relaunch of flagship bar

The Alchemist has announced the launch of its flagship venue in Spinningfields, Manchester following a £550k refurbishment.

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Hacha announces events series in celebration of Margarita Day

London-based Agaveria, Hacha, has announced a series of events in celebration of Margarita Day from 22 February.

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The Art of ITALICUS Aperitivo Challenge opens for entry

The Art of ITALICUS Aperitivo Challenge is back with its fourth edition.

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Four people hospitalised after floor collapses at East London bar

Thirteen people were injured when the mezzanine floor of an East London bar collapsed on Saturday afternoon.

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Hospitality named best industry for women to work in

The accommodation and food services industry is the UK work sector where women are thriving most, according to a study published by Reboot Digital PR Agency.

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Hospitality firms urge VAT freeze as cliff edge nears

More than 250 business leaders from hospitality and leisure have written to the Chancellor Rishi Sunak urging the Government to freeze VAT at 12.5%.

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UK hospitality industry launches £5 million recruitment campaign

Multiple industry bodies have united around Hospitality Rising, a £5 million campaign to tackle the sector’s job crisis.

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Registration for Banks & Facundo Classroom opens

Registration for the Virtual Classroom with Banks Fine Rums & Facundo Rum Collection, hosted by Jim Meehan, co-founder of Banks Rums, and Adolfo Comas, Bacardi Trade Brand Ambassador UK, is now open. 

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Pernod Ricard UK launches US' fastest-growing bourbon

Pernod Ricard UK has announced that it is bringing the super-premium Kentucky whiskey brand Rabbit Hole to the UK, the first European market to launch the brand.

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UKBG names UK rep for World Cocktail Championship

The UK Bartenders Guild has named Matteo Basso of the Malt Lounge & Bar in London the champion of its National Cocktail Competition.

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First look at Mr Lyan's Seed Library

Ryan Chetiyawardana and Alex Lawrence have revealed more details of the new Mr Lyan cocktail bar, Seed Library, which launches in London's Shoreditch in early March. 

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Aubrey London opens at Mandarin Oriental Hyde Park

Aubrey London - a Japanese take on an English pub - opens today at Mandarin Oriental Hyde Park, with two distinctive bar experiences and accompanying Japanese cuisine.

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Maker’s Mark becomes world’s largest B Corp distillery

Maker’s Mark has become a certified B Corporation Certification becoming the world’s largest distillery, and the first in Kentucky’s, to do so.

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New hotel bar and restaurant opens at Taj 51 Buckingham Gate

Indian hospitality and hotel brand Taj have launched a new bar and restaurant at the five-star Taj 51 Buckingham Gate Suites and Residences.

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End of Plan B heralds new era, says UKHosptiality

Trade association UKHospitality has welcomed the removal of Plan B guidance, saying the hospitality industry can now fully begin its recovery.

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Class Bar Awards opens for entries

The Class Bar Awards - which aims to recognise the bars and bartenders who set the standard for hospitality and innovation across the UK, returns on Tuesday 24th May in London - is now open for entries. 

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Silverleaf to launch at Liverpool Street hotel

Chris Tanner, Simo of Milroy’s and Liam Broom, former bar manager at Callooh Callay, have announced the opening of a new cocktail bar at Pan Pacific hotel in London.

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St James Bar appoints ex-American Bar man as head bartender

Sofitel London St James has announced the appointment of Angelo Sparvoli, formerly of Kwānt and American Bar, as new Head Bartender of the hotel’s St James Bar.

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Scotland’s hospitality restrictions “indefensible” and “pointless”

Ahead of the First Minister’s briefing tomorrow (Tues 18 Jan), Scotland’s hospitality operators are calling for the Scottish Government to end restrictions, branding them “indefensible” and “pointless”.

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Pernod Ricard UK begins distributing La Hechicera

Pernod Ricard UK has become the new distributor for Colombian rum La Hechicera, after mother company Pernod Ricard acquired a majority stake in the brand for an undisclosed sum in March 2021.

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LCC owner Nightcap announces double-digit growth

Nightcap, the owner of London Cocktail Club among a portfolio of 27 bars, has announced net sales of £15.5m million for the first half of the 2021/2022 financial year, with a net sales increase of 46%.