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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South Korea ‘most attractive’ drinks market in Asia

South Korea is the “most attractive” market in Asia for alcohol producers, while Cambodia has been labelled “one to watch” due to rising consumption levels, according to a study by research company Fitch Solutions. Fitch Solutions published its Alcoholic Drinks Risk/Rewards Index, which ranks the associated risks and rewards for drinks producers listing their products in different countries. South Korea came out on top in Asia after researchers found it offered high rewards and lower…

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MO Bar tours the world to create new menu

To create its latest cocktail menu, Singapore’s MO Bar partnered with local experts around the world to uncover ingredients unique to their specific location. MO Bar at the Mandarin Oriental Hotel in Singapore created the Nomadic Foragers programme to develop the menu, which saw its bar team travel to cities around the world to host pop-up events where they learned about the cultures and flavours synonymous with each place. After travelling the world to research…

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Johnnie Walker Gifting Studio opens in Changi Airport

Diageo Global Travel Retail has partnered with Singapore Changi Airport and travel retailer DFS to open a studio where travellers can personalise bottles and gifts. The Johnnie Walker Gifting Studio at Singapore Changi Airport will allow travellers to add charms, ribbons and gift tags to bottles of Johnnie Walker. The travel retail activation will also feature a “fortune telling” washing machine and limited edition Johnnie Walker whiskies. Paulo Guludjian, general manager for global travel in…

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The week in pictures

To celebrate the launch of a new episode of the Art Talk podcast, hosted by actor Russell Tovey and gallerist Robert Diament, Rabble Bar in Edinburgh and Bombay Sapphire is offering up free gin and tonics in return for napkin doodles. For four consecutive Thursdays, visitors to Rabble Bar will be able to swap their finest napkin doodles for a signature Bombay Sapphire and tonic. Kicking off this week, the promotion will run until 12…

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