Down Royal Racecourse places safe bet on United Wines

Down Royal Racecourse places safe bet on United Wines

United Wines is on course for a good year, having partnered with Down Royal Racecourse as exclusive supplier of wines to its bars and restaurants. The partnership is agreed just months after the drinks’ distributor announced a significant expansion to its wine portfolio with the addition of a number of... View Article

Push continues for liquor licensing reform

Push continues for liquor licensing reform

Industry is hopeful of progress in overhauling Northern Ireland’s antiquated liquor licensing legislation after the NI Assembly reintroduced a reform bill to its legislative agenda on February 10. A reform bill was previously introduced in 2016 but rendered inactive when the Assembly collapsed in January 2017. “This is very welcome... View Article

Iconic Belfast whiskey brand makes a comeback

Iconic Belfast whiskey brand makes a comeback

An iconic Belfast whiskey brand is making a long-awaited comeback, 90 years since it was last seen in the city. McConnell’s Irish Whisky, established in 1776, is one of Northern Ireland’s oldest whiskeys; latterly distilled and bottled by brothers James and John McConnell at the Cromac Distillery in Belfast until... View Article

Management changes at the Guinness Storehouse

Management changes at the Guinness Storehouse

Guinness and Diageo announce that Paul Carty is to retire from his role as Managing Director of the Guinness Storehouse, Ireland’s most popular paid visitor attraction and one of the world’s leading brand experiences, after a long and illustrious career. Paul has led the Guinness Storehouse since its inception, joining... View Article

Northern Irish pubs urged to avoid a TV Licence penalty during Six Nations tournament

Northern Irish pubs urged to avoid a TV Licence penalty during Six Nations tournament

With rugby’s Six Nations Championship kicking off this weekend (February 1, 2020), TV Licensing is advising all publicans to avoid a penalty and check they are correctly covered by a TV licence if they plan to show live matches. In the last three years, TV Licensing enquiry officers have visited... View Article

Giulia Cuccurullo of Artesian Bar, London claims victory as 2020 Global Patrón Perfectionists Cocktail Competition winner

Giulia Cuccurullo of Artesian Bar, London claims victory as 2020 Global Patrón Perfectionists Cocktail Competition winner

As the Patrón Perfectionists Cocktail Competition continues to grow and attract talents from all over the world, this year’s edition has seen 21 extra-ordinary bartenders competing in the Global Finals at Hacienda Patrón, Mexico, for Giulia Cuccurullo of Artesian Bar in London, UK to emerge as global winner with her... View Article

Co Down distiller’s gin receives global award six months after launch

Co Down distiller’s gin receives global award six months after launch

Local Co Down distillery, Hinch, which launched its Ninth Wave Gin and Hinch Whiskey Time Collection brands last summer, has received gold status for its gin at the World Gin Awards in Glaziers Hall, London on January 15. It was awarded a Gold medal and certificate in the Contemporary Gin... View Article

Celebrate National Irish Coffee Day on January 25

Celebrate National Irish Coffee Day on January 25

The iconic Irish Coffee was originally created by barman and chef, Joe Sheridan, as a warm and welcoming drink for tourists arriving in Ireland via transatlantic passenger planes in the 1940s. Almost 80 years later, we are still celebrating this comforting winter drink and Saturday 25th January marks National Irish Coffee... View Article

Pub memorabilia and collectables set to hit the auction block

Pub memorabilia and collectables set to hit the auction block

Kicking off the New Year with one of their most popular areas of expertise, the team at Victor Mee Auctions has announced their first sale of 2020, the Pub Memorabilia and Collectables Sale, which is scheduled to take place at the Cloverhill sale room on Wednesday 29th January. A passion... View Article

Guinness Six Nations Championship trophy tours Belfast bars

Guinness Six Nations Championship trophy tours Belfast bars

Ahead of the launch of the Guinness Six Nations Championship, rugby fans got the chance to see the coveted trophy in all its glory as it toured a number of pubs in Belfast including The Albany and Pug Uglys. One of the world’s best attended sports events that regularly attracts... View Article