Held March 24-26 in Las Vegas, the 2014 Nightclub & Bar Convention and Trade Show celebrated its 29th and most historic year to date with a series of new milestones while generating significant business throughout the local economy.
Tens of thousands of industry professionals from all over the world joined this year’s unprecedented Nightclub & Bar Show, and new product launches were unleashed on the largest show floor in history, which represented thousands of products covering all industry segments: bar equipment, spirits, beer and wine, alcohol-free beverages and mixers, furnishings, technology, food, glassware, lighting, insurance and more. Legacy brands, such as Anheuser-Busch, DIAGEO and MillerCoors, used the event to debut their newest offerings while emerging and startup brands seized the opportunity to showcase their products for industry power players.
Industry leaders and key decision makers spearheaded the educational workshops during the most comprehensive conference program in history, including keynote presentations from Jon Taffer, Adam Carolla and Gail Goodman. This year’s show lineup provided attendees with incomparable resources to help redefine their business goals, generate a wealth of potential revenue streams and reach new levels of success. The Nightclub & Bar Show strives each year to develop the next generation of bar and beverage industry talent while pushing industry veterans to new heights through the conference program, and this year’s lineup of speakers delivered in that regard.
“We are devoted to cultivating an unrivaled experience for bar, nightlife and beverage industry professionals at the Nightclub & Bar Show,” said Taffer, president of Nightclub & Bar Media Group and host and executive producer of Spike TV’s “Bar Rescue.” “This year’s historic event captured the true essence of what this industry represents – hard work, networking, creative ingenuity, and the ability to throw one hell of a party.”
Continuing the historic benchmarks set at this year’s Nightclub & Bar Show, the nightlife event agenda could have been easily confused with some of Las Vegas’ most popular party weekends throughout the year. Hard Rock Hotel & Casino was transformed into the Bud Light Hotel as the popular party experience made its inaugural foray into Las Vegas. The mind-blowing lineup of Nightclub & Bar Platinum Parties at Marquee Las Vegas, Hakkasan Las Vegas and XS Las Vegas allowed guests to experience the best nightlife venues in town, which were honored in the 2014 Top 100 list. The surprise of the week may have come when Jesse Waits, Ronn Nicolli, John Wood and Yannick Mugnier – the XS Las Vegas management team – presented Taffer with a Lifetime Achievement Award during the closing-night Top 100 Platinum Party at the venue, which ranked #1 on the 2014 Top 100 list. The plaque honors Taffer’s career, which has been devoted to leadership in the hospitality industry by providing vision and guidance to nightclub and bar owners across the country. Additional performances from some of the hottest entertainers in the world, such as Ludacris, Calvin Harris, and David Guetta, highlighted the amazing nightlife experience created by event organizers throughout the week.
Following the historic year, attendees were adamant about voicing their enthusiasm over the largest Nightclub & Bar Show to date.
“Last year (2013) was my first year attending the Nightclub & Bar Show. When the date for the 2014 show was announced, I immediately marked my calendar. I am pleased to say this year's show did not disappoint,” said George Qualley IV, owner of the Lime Lounge in Des Moines, IA. “As someone who has attended conventions in a number of different fields, the Nightclub & Bar Show has impressed me with the quality of the events, whether it’s the show floor, the educational sessions, the parties, or the keynotes. Not only is the show a great educational resource, but also it's a great time.”
The Nightclub & Bar Show will return to the Las Vegas Convention Center in celebration of the show’s 30th anniversary, March 30 through April 1, 2015. For updates throughout the year, visit www.ncbshow.com.
To access photos from the 2014 Nightclub & Bar Show, visit www.ncbshow.com/2014-media-photos.