Most exciting bar openings of 2019

From Europe to the Americas and as far afield as Asia, a swathe of bar openings have made a memorable impact on the industry over the last 12 months. SB rounds up its favourite new haunts to grace the on-trade. Last year saw a number of exciting new bars open their doors across the world in cities such as London, New York and Singapore. Among the venues that made our list were an agave spirits-focused…

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Discount Suit Company celebrates sixth anniversary

London bar Discount Suit Company plans to mark its sixth anniversary with the launch of a new cocktail menu. The Spitalfields bar, which opened in 2014 in a former suit tailor’s storeroom, has created a menu of eight new cocktails and three ‘returning favourites’. Launching on Wednesday 15 January, the new menu includes cocktails such as Whipping Boy, which is made with Ocho Blanco Tequila, Lillet Rosé, citrus, olive brine and agave, and Cockney Touch,…

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BrewDog to open alcohol-free bar in London

Scottish brewer and distiller BrewDog will open its first booze-free bar in London next week, which will offer non-alcoholic ‘spirits’, beers and ciders. The new venue, called BrewDog AF Bar, will open on Monday (6 January) in London’s Old Street. The site will offer 15 taps of draft alcohol-free beer, alcohol-free ‘spirits’, including Seedlip, Aecorn Apéritifs and Caleño, and the alcohol-free Designated Cider from Hawkes. BrewDog has also created a ‘Drink all you can Jan’…

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The week in pictures

The spirits world rung in the New Year this week with a host of high-profile parties, celebrity appearances and countless cocktails. First up, Nikki Beach at Caribbean island Saint Barts welcomed chart-topping DJ Kygo to its New Years celebrations, which were inspired by “chateau chic meets punk rock”. The Higher Love DJ appeared at the festivities alongside a Queen-influenced dance show from Visionair and “regal elements reinterpreted in a modern style”.

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The week in pictures

Scotch whisky brand Talisker kicked off this year’s Atlantic rowing challenge with a school for rowers and a gathering of explorers and ocean enthusiasts. The Talisker Atlantic Challenge will see more than 100 rowers travel 3,000 miles from the Canary Islands to Antigua. At the starting line of this year’s expedition, Talisker hosted a gathering of outdoor adventurers, explorers, rowers and ocean enthusiasts including British adventurer James Aiken, actor Matt Smith and endurance athlete Ross…

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