Sunday Catchup #5


Company parties – once a year is too much Holiday drinkers are different to the rest of us, and not only in tolerance level. The rules on how to behave at civilised watering holes seem completely foreign to them. No matter how big or small, the corporate Christmas party will always consist of the same [...]

Mishkin’s, 25 Catherine Street, Covent Garden, WC2


Living the life of a traveller is hard, after all I’m always living out of a suitcase and in a life of hotel solitude. Luckily there are some benefits, which include the perks of expenses and the ability to eat out and drink at good places. Doing my expenses the other week I realised I’d [...]

Sunday Catchup #4


Lip Smacking Science – Crystals, Emulsions, Foams An absolute treat today, coming out of the Harvard Lecture Series. The talk is lead by Bill Yosses who now acts as the pastry chef for The White House! He is accompanied by Naza Tanesh who achieved the rare feat of working her way around every section of [...]

Smoak Grill and Ember Bar, Manchester Malmaison

Josper at Smoak Grill

When I told people I was off for my first proper visit to Manchester they were aghast that I’d never been before. Sure I might live in Birmingham and have a job that means I’m always travelling but somehow things never conspired to take me there. We were heading off to visit Smoak bar and [...]

Sunday Catchup #3


Alcohol Alchemy Academy From craft ales and bespoke spirits to designer winemaking machines, the world of creative alcohol trends continues to grow, develop, refine and be redefined at an inspiringly rapid rate. And since it’s already that time of the year when our minds naturally start wondering towards matters of glass and plate, it seemed [...]

A free peek around Drink Factory (Aka Tony C’s Big Lab)

Tony C

Many people will be aware of Tony Conigliaro, of 69 Colebrooke Row fame (and also his bar at The Zetter Townhouse). Some may be aware that he used to have a small (and I mean small lab above his bar).  Since then he’s moved to larger premises called The Drink Factory. It’s much larger than [...]

Ginger’s Bar at The Asquith


Ginger’s bar is a new venue located in the heart of the Birmingham city centre business district, which comes together with the rebirth of The Asquith. The initial Asquith was in the suburbs but closed after troubles with the landlord Glynn Purnell, owner of the Purnell’s just around the corner has brought to the city [...]

World’s Top 50 Bars – Says Who?


It’s that time of the year where some bars have been deemed to be among the top 50 in the world. I’ve only been to a selection on the list but don’t doubt that the rest deserve to be highly rated. Though as ever such a list isn’t without controversy, from the way that people [...]

Sunday Catchup #2


Welcome to the second Sunday catchup, here are some interesting links we came across this week. Let’s put off Monday by taking a read and finding something to drink. The future of cocktails “It’s not enough anymore to serve a drink and just to say that it tastes nice,” says Tristan Stephenson. “Bartenders are going [...]

Sunday Catchup #1


So Sunday slouching on the sofa, not too sure what’s been happening this week? Been too busy with work and last night you imbibed too much? Then don’t worry, below are some of the highlights from what we have read this week. For the perfect martini, wetter is better If you’ve never had a martini [...]