Bartender

Most popular: Mojito tops the list of most served cocktails in the on-trade

How to make the five best-selling cocktails

By Nikkie Sutton

Cocktails are showing no signs of going away and operators need to ensure they are tapping into the latest trends in the category to boost their bottom lines.

Stylish serves: bartenders will be judged on how Instagrammable the finished drink looks

Bartenders to be marked on ‘Instagram-worthy’ cocktails

By James Beeson

Cognac producer Courvoisier has launched its third annual ‘Toast of Paris’ cocktail competition where, for the first time, UK bartenders will be judged on how their cocktails would look on Instagram posts, alongside more traditional criteria.

High productivity: Be At One's revenue per hour exceeds the industry average by 52.5%

Be At One hits productivity milestone

By Stuart Stone

The UK’s leading specialist cocktail bar group’s revenue per labour hour now exceeds £50 according to recent analysis of the hourly pay of thousands of sector workers by Fourth.

Trend one: cocktails will be sustainable

Four cocktail trends that will shake the world

By Nicholas Robinson

Cocktails meet food as bartenders turn to cheffing, but they must be kind to the environment and be individual, according to a panel of the world’s best cocktail makers.

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Spirits

Our ultimate cocktail guide

By Nicholas Robinson

Spirits and cocktails are a booming category in pubs, so it’s time to get your offer perfected. It’s not all about size either, but rather what’s the right mix for your pub’s customers. Nigel Huddleston and Nicholas Robinson report

Be At One: learn the lessons

Cocktails

Be At One founders: ‘Learn from our mistakes’

By Nicholas Robinson

Be At One could have failed if its three founders didn’t stick to what they knew best – cocktails. But have you ever wondered why the 30-strong chain doesn’t do food? Well, food almost crippled the fledgling business in the late 90s. Nicholas Robinson...

The art of 'nudging' and menu engineering to boost sales

The art of 'nudging' and menu engineering to boost sales

By Oli Gross

Pub customers these days are looking for an experience they can’t replicate at home, but also something that’s not too complicated. The answer, say the experts, is simple cocktails that staff can easily be trained to make and to which they can then ‘nudge’...

Revolution to offer blended cocktails

Revolution to offer blended cocktails

By Mark Wingett

Revolution Bars Group, the listed, premium bar operator, said it is continuing its drinks innovation programme by being the first company to launch a range of “blended cocktails” across its entire estate. 

Be At One to open 20th site

Be At One to open 20th site

By John Harrington

Be At One is to open its 20th site before the end of the year after securing three new bars, including its second outside London — located in Brighton — and its first in the West End.

Cocktail bar B@1 names Bartender of the Year

Cocktail bar B@1 names Bartender of the Year

By Gurjit Degun

Shay Chamberlain has been crowned bartender of the year at cocktail bar B@1’s in-house competition to “celebrate the high level of bar-tending talent across the company”.

Courvoisier: de-mystifying the Cognac cocktail

Courvoisier: demystifying the Cognac cocktail

By Matthew Moggridge

Courvoisier, a leading Cognac from Maxxium UK, is collaborating with three top mixologists in the development of a major consumer cocktail event this summer.

WInner: Jamie MacDonald is crowned the UK’s best bartender

The UK's best bartender crowned

By Adam Pescod

Jamie MacDonald, of The Raconteur in Edinburgh, has been crowned the UK's best bartender in the UK final of World Class 2011 - the Oscars of the...

Be At One: looking to open five sites in 2011

Sales up 8.4% at Be At One

By Ewan Turney

London-based cocktail bar operator Be At One has reported a like-for-like sales increase of 8.4% for the six months to 3 October. The 10-strong...

Volare: 12 new varieties

Volare's flirty dozen

By Robyn Black

A host of new flavours is joining the Volare Cocktail Liqueur range — 12 new varieties will bring the range to 31.

Be At One: set for expansion in London

Be At One plans eight new cocktail bars

By Ewan Turney

London cocktail bar operator Be At One plans to almost double the size of its estate inside two years. The group, run by former TGI Fridays...

Fluid Movement: first venue

Fluid Movement buys first bar

By Gemma McKenna

Fledgling bar operator Fluid Movement has bought its first site — the firm also operates a bar consultancy service. Fluid Movement is aiming to be...

Courvoisier: range of cocktails

Courvoisier targets indecisive customers

By Ewan Turney

Courvoisier is targeting those drinkers who don't know what they want to drink when they get to the bar. A total of 47 hand-selected bars will take...

In Brief

In Brief

42 Below holds UK heats The UK leg of the 42 Below Cocktail World Cup kicks off at the the Hoxton Pony in London next Wednesday. The UK finals will...

Re-fit at Pool Bar

Re-fit at Pool Bar

By Joe Lutrario joe.lutrario@william-reed.co.uk

The Pool Bar, in east London's Shoreditch, has been sold to the son of legendary cocktail guru Salvatore "the Maestro" Calabrese, the celebrated...

Joker

Joker

A man walks into a bar and enjoys a couple of beers. When he finishes, the bartender asks him for £6.00. "But I paid, don't you remember?" says the...

Spirited teamwork

Spirited teamwork

Walkabout came out top on a Wednesday night after six different venues were visited by the four-strong judging team, which included award-winning...

The London eye

The London eye

It's not just beer that dominates in Belgian pubs, men also seem to have the upper hand Swapping the grey skies of London for the even greyer and...