Following series of heats across the UK the deserving winners jetted off to the home of Flor de Cana Nicaragua for the final and an adventure. BarLifeUK was there to bring you all the excitement.
The second spot on the plane to Ibiza for the final and the chance to win £4,500 was up for grabs for the South of England’s best bartenders.
Whatever your thoughts on some of the more ‘ethereal’ bartending philosophies out there, check out Charlie Chaplin’s shaking shoulder bob… I’m sure I’ve seen someone else do that.
One of 2012’s most fiercely contested and fun competitions the El Dorado Swizzle Competition is back, with the first prize a trip to Guyana.
How are global spirits companies reacting to the rise of local micro distilleries? It is an open secret that businesses, having reached a certain size, run the risk of no longer being innovative.
Iconic Aussie brewer, Coopers, invites you to celebrate their 150th birthday and Australia Day this Saturday at Shoreditch Grind
A once-in-a-lifetime South American odyssey & huge cheque await the winner of this epic comp
Surviving a night out in Manchester is one thing, remembering it so we can tell you all about it is something else. BarLifeUK and Jose Cuervo Tradicional discover where to go in Manchester.
BarLifeUK and Jose Cuervo Tradicional tour Brighton in order to bring you some of the town’s best bars. We also ate fish & chips and played in the arcades.
Dan Priseman from bitters&twisted takes a look at one of his favourite categories Rye Whiskey and it’s rediscovery by the bar industry.
The Chartreuse Last Word competition is rapidly becoming the most hard fought competition in the country and the Glasgow heat was no different.
She came, she saw, she conquered. Sian’s winning cocktail from the Aberdeen heat of the Chartreuse Last Word Competition is here for your viewing pleasure.
BarLifeUK contributor and all-round Manchester raconteur, Jamie Jones, is opening The Yacht Club pop-up in Manchester
Every now and then something happens that makes you stop and have one of those existential crisis moments where you start to question your existence and purpose in life. You feel dissatisfied, purposeless and, ultimately, in need of a stiff drink.
“Tiki’s dead… And you can say I said that!” Sarah Mitchell courts rum-related controversy at London Cocktail Club’s new venue.
Formerly the VIP lounge for first class rail passengers at Victoria Station, the revamped bar is just two months old, yet Duane Shepherd has already honed one of London’s classiest venues.
Choice: How much do we really need?
You don’t often get the opportunity to try 8 cocktails from 8 of the best bars in the south of England all in one room – Grand Marnier Le Grand Bal gave us just that chance.
As sure as a sore head follows a night out with John Gakuru, a tour of the local bars must follow the first day of a trade show…
It was fantastic to team up with Jack Daniels to throw one heck of a party and announce our arrival to Westfield Stratford City, and to showcase the same great food, fantastic cocktails and darn good night out that people know and love All Star Lanes for
Arctic Monkeys were defiant, teenaged oiks when they blasted out of Sheffield and obscurity six years ago. “You’re not from New York City, you’re from Rotherham,” acne-splattered front man Alex Turner jeered at the poseurs by whom he felt himself surrounded.
That indulgent track can be forgiven, though, because all those that surround it are so full of fun and tenderness that one might be mistaken into believing that the sun shines out of Jonny’s arse
“Cocktails for the masses is probably a little bit strong, but we are not a typical mixologist bar.”
“The drinks will be quite different to Purl, which is all about theatre and multi-sensory drinks using dry ice or coming in several parts for the guest to construct at their table”
Well Van Tiel’s skills don’t end at his ability to make awesome drinks the man is also a dab hand behind the decks (do they still call them that?).
Turn your bar into Mojo for the night with a Spotify playlist of killer riffs
Everything from having a damn fancy piece of glassware to a slick routine can win over the judges, but as for the molecular mixology completion I wanted to avoid conventional glassware altogether.
There are examples elsewhere of Polly Jean shoving her perviness into listeners’ ears, but none pop up on Let England Shake
Riki Carter travels from New Zealand to the UK and reports on his experiences – first up Edinburgh and Aberdeen get the treatment, find out what Riki liked and which well known bars were a let down.
Now here is my problem. Today’s Speakeasy bars are generally about as far away as it is possible to get from these 1920′s dens.
BarLifeUK enlists the help of a neurologist to find out what causes ‘cocktail competition hand tremors’, and how to lessen them.
There’s no fey, ‘hey nonny nonny’ tut on this, their sixth album; there’s a muscularity, a blue collar element in the spirit of Springsteen
The biggest-selling tunes of 2010 were, by and large, rubbish. These weren’t big sellers, but they were aces…
Don’t know what to do with the iTunes vouchers you got for Chrimbal? Why not buy the best albums of 2010.
Party season is upon us, and the punters want to dance. Forget crunk, grime and X Factor failures… Give em’ some Northern Soul
I have no doubt that the bar will be a magnetic jazz and cabaret venue when it launches, but what kncked my socks off was the cocktail menu.
Marblehead tasked with developing The Kraken Black Spiced Rum, Maestro Dobel Tequila and Hangar One Vodka.
When the Kings of Leon tore outta Franklin, Tennessee, seven years ago they were hairier than Brian Blessed’s arse-crack.
And I feel quite lucky at the moment because it seems North West London is having a surge of new bars and clubs.
Many thanks to Love Drinks for supplying said prizes, and to Francesco for winning it by the simple act of subscribing to our fortnightly BarBulletins.