Bar, nightclub and restaurant owners, operators, managers and other hospitality professionals gathered in celebration of the Nightclub & Bar Show 30th Anniversary, March 30-April 1 at the Las Vegas Convention Center. Nightclub & Bar Show is the world's gathering place for the nightlife industry to exchange ideas and innovations, pushing the boundaries of this exciting and riveting business.
"This year's 30th Anniversary event captured the true essence of the bar and nightlife industry", said Leo Squatrito, Group Vice President, Nightclub & Bar Media Group. “Each year we strive to make the Nightclub & Bar Show better and more beneficial to the attendees. This year surpassed our expectations thanks to our amazing sponsors, exhibitors, keynote speakers and historic nightlife events. The energy on the floor was electric!”
Over 700 innovators showcased the latest in the bar and nightlife industry across categories like spirits, beer, wine, POS solutions, bar equipment, furniture, lighting and sound, technology and media applications, gaming, security and more. Top industry sponsors included Bacardi, Diageo, Heineken, ADJ, Anheuser-Busch, Spike Bar Rescue, Beam Suntory, Jon Taffer's Bar HQ, Blue Moon, Constant Contact, Elation, JTI, MillerCoors, E & J Gallo Winery, Rums of Puerto Rico, Sammy's Beach Bar Rum, Samuel Adams, Smart Bar Products, Southern Wine and Spirits of Nevada, TouchTunes, Starbuzz Tobacco and WynnSocial.com.
Attendees enjoyed keynotes from Jon Taffer, President of Nightclub & Bar Media Group and host and executive producer of Spike’s Bar Rescue, Steele Platt, Yard House founder, and entrepreneur and world-famous skateboarder Tony Hawk. The presentations gave show-goers insight on how they can achieve their entrepreneurial goals and successfully run their businesses.
“With the industry's ever-changing landscape, ramping up our educational program became a key asset this year with the addition of 50+ new nightlife experts”, said Kristen Santoro, Conference Director, Nightclub & Bar Media Group. “Attendees took more classes than they have in years past, sharpening their skills for what’s to come.”
Other show highlights included the United States Bartenders’ Guild Shake it Up Flair and Classic competitions, where bartenders and mixologists from all over the country showcased their skills. For the first-time ever, XS Nightclub offered an intensive half-day educational bootcamp experience that shed light on how the club functions seamlessly from their customer service platform and floor operations, to beverage and bar management strategies. Guests at the workshop learned invaluable information that will last a life time. Conference sessions such as “How to Be an Effective Bar Manager,” “Going Beyond the Recipes of Modern and Classic Cocktails” and “Moneymaking Menu Engineering” provided attendees with the industry’s latest training techniques and skills led by well-known experts in the industry.
Nightclub & Bar Show also hosted topnotch industry parties and it all started with the Welcome Kickoff Party: Bud Light #UpforWhatever, presented by Anheuser-Busch, featuring a performance by Grammy Award-winning superstar Nelly & DJ set by Nick Cannon! Platinum Parties continued over the course of three days with sounds from DJ Vice and a performance by T-Pain at Marquee; Avicci put on one of his best sets at XS Nightclub for the Top 100 Platinum Party, celebrating the number one nightclub in the country; and world famous Tiesto presented Club Life at Hakkasan with a phenomenal performance.
The 2016 Nightclub & Bar Show is scheduled for March 7-9, in Las Vegas. For the latest Nightclub & Bar Show news, updates and videos visit ncbshow.com.