Do low-alcohol drinks pass the taste test?

Priscilla Pollara is off the booze and on the hunt for decent low- and non-alcoholic beverages

The Amateur Drinker: Getting the (craft) beers in

After a lifetime of not drinking, Paul Burke has decided to hit the bottle. This week, he tries craft beer

Grape expectations: A different kind of gin to mix with

Gin made from grapes is enjoying a welcome revival

The Amateur Drinker: A piña colada epiphany

After a lifetime of abstinence, Paul Burke is hitting the bottle. This week, he gives retro cocktails a go

The Amateur Drinker: An eye-watering introduction to vodka

After a lifetime of abstinence, Paul Burke has decided to hit the bottle and find out what he’s been missing

The Amateur Drinker: Will Guinness be good for me?

After a lifetime of non-drinking, Paul Burke has decided to hit the bottle – and he’s starting with a return to his Irish roots

An ancient history of heavy drinking

From competitive boozing to stomach-churning hangover cures, the Greeks and Romans knew how to get stuck in

Low-alcohol drinks: the good, the bad and the bubbly

Drinks to savour (and what to avoid) when on the hunt for a softer option

London’s best new bars

Where to go for cocktails, craft beer and top-notch pub grub

Poured on the Fourth of July

To celebrate Independence Day, a brief history of American boozing

Three bottles of counterfeit wine used as evidence in the trial of wine dealer Rudy Kurniawan

How to spot counterfeit wine

Con artists are flooding the fine wine market with fakes

Drinking with dad is one of life’s great pleasures

Treat your old man to a decent drop this Father’s Day

Election night boozy bingo

A drinking game to get you through to the wee small hours

In praise of decent coffee shops

Support your local independent

A worker at the Kavalan distillery in Taiwan charring a wooden whisky barrel

There’s a world of whisky beyond Scotch, Irish and bourbon

The best whiskies to try from England, India, Taiwan and beyond

A couple of holidaymakers drinking through straws at Hyde Park Lido, London

Six unusual gin mixers for summer

Forget bog-standard tonic, your gin should be mixing in better company

Eight of the best boozy scenes in cinema

From Withnail & I to The Blues Brothers, try and keep up with these big screen drinkers

Five of the best rooftop bars in London

Where to go alfresco in the capital this summer

What to drink at Easter – if you gave up drinking for Lent

Staying off the booze during Lent is tougher than Dry January

Close up on Two Glasses of Beer

I’m a shandy drinker, and proud of it

Adding lemonade to your pint of lager, or even bitter, is nothing to be ashamed of

Bottles of champagne in an ice bucket

Treat mum to some top notch booze on Mother’s Day

Stock up on quality gin, prosecco and whisky to make Mothering Sunday special

Collection of Irish whiskey in shot glasses

The best Irish whiskeys to craic open

Distilleries across the Emerald Isle are now producing whiskeys to truly savour

Eight wines to go with your pancakes on Shrove Tuesday

We’ve selected the perfect bottles of wine to partner up with your pancakes

Lloyd’s of London should be ashamed of itself for banning lunchtime drinking

Sack the drinkers who can’t behave themselves and leave the rest of the City’s thirsty workers to it