Nightclub & Bar Show (Mar 30-Apr 1, Las Vegas, NV)
Each year, thousands of bar and restaurant professionals congregate in Vegas for Nightclub & Bar, an industry trade show and prime networking event that’s now in its 35th year. In addition to educational programs and an always-fun lineup of nightlife activities, the show will host more than 400 suppliers on its expo floor. If you’ve got a product to sell or want to add something new and unique to your establishment, this is the place to be.
Tales on Tour Puerto Rico (April 19-22, San Juan)
After previous stops in Vancouver, Edinburgh and Mexico City, Tales of the Cocktail (the annual New Orleans cocktail conference) is returning to Puerto Rico for another round. With a mission to educate, advance, and support the industry on a global scale, Tales on Tour highlights Puerto Rico’s burgeoning spirits and hospitality industry while encouraging attendees to give back to the island following Hurricane Maria.
Thirst Boston (April 24-26, Boston, MA)
Boston’s annual cocktail conference brings together bar professionals and thirsty consumers for three days of spirited classes and good drinks. Those classes range from beginner-friendly tasting seminars and spirit introductions to more advanced study, including ice carving.
Bar Convent Brooklyn (June 9-10, Brooklyn, NY)
This trade-only event brings together bar, restaurant, and beverage professionals for an opportunity to network with peers and learn about new trends, techniques, and products. Demonstrations and panel discussions are supplemented with hands-on tasting sessions, where you can learn about esoteric spirits and how to use them. Plus, you’ll be in New York, home to dozens of great cocktail bars, so you’ll never run out of things to do.
Tales of the Cocktail (July 21-26, New Orleans, LA)
Founded in 2002 as a small walking tour of historic New Orleans’ cocktail bars, Tales of the Cocktail has grown into one of the world’s largest and most influential cocktail conferences. Each summer, the international bar and spirits community gathers for a week of seminars, tastings, spirited dinners, parties, and other events. It’s hot, it’s exhausting, and it’s a ton of fun.
Portland Cocktail Week (Nov 8-13, Portland, OR)
Portland Cocktail Week is a bartender-focused event where drinks pros can learn, network, and advance their careers. The business-oriented programming offers classes in six areas of expertise: anti-waste, applied sciences, bartending/hospitality, bar ownership, bar management, and consulting. Best of all, admission is free to bartenders.