What’s on this weekend

Lyaness at Home London bar Lyaness has launched a delivery service, offering drinkers in the capital the chance to enjoy its cocktails at home. The Lyaness at Home service offers bottled versions of five of the bar’s most popular serves, including the Rock Pool Sazerac (pictured) and Beetle Boulevardier. Bottled cocktails are available in three different sizes, for one person, two people or a group of five to share. Prices start from £13 (US$17) and…

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Alex Lawrence on leading Mr Lyan bars globally

Alex Lawrence was beset by a feeling of failure when he first joined the Mr Lyan group. But now, as global head of bar operations, he is taking on new challenges and opportunities across the world. *This feature was originally published in the February 2020 issue of The Spirits Business I remember walking across Blackfriars Bridge at 4am when I first started at Dandelyan in complete tears because I knew I wasn’t good enough to…

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The week in pictures

A British team of four rowers has been crowned the winner of this year’s Talisker Whisky Atlantic Challenge after travelling 3,000 miles across the Atlantic Ocean in 32 days, 12 hour and 35 minutes. Fortitude IV, which was made up of teammates Ollie Palmer, Tom Foley, Hugh Gillum and Max Breet, rowed from La Gomera in the Canary Islands to English Harbour, Antigua, where they crossed the finish line on 13 January. The remaining teams…

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Cocktail trends to watch in 2020

What makes the on-trade such an exciting sector to report on is its never-ending quest to push boundaries and deliver something new. But which trends will be big behind the bar in 2020? SB outlines its predictions. Last year we predicted that Sherry-based cocktails, closed-looped cocktails and conversations around health and wellbeing would dominate the bar world. There are a number of trends set to drive the development of the cocktail sector in 2020 –…

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The week in pictures

Scotch whisky brand BenRiach has teamed up with Scottish artist Ellis O’Connor to create a series of paintings inspired by the landscape, architecture and surroundings of the Speyside distillery. O’Connor has been commissioned to create a trio of landscapes influenced by the three casks used to make the BenRiach 10 Year Old. The collection will be crafted at her studio on the outer Hebridean island of North Uist before being exhibited in London. O’Connor said:…

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