Was signed up to attend my first Nightclub and Bar show (NCB Show) last year but at the last minute I couldn’t make it. Our Contributing Editor Michael Perlis went a few years back and seemed to enjoy it (read his coverage here).

My interests were not only on what the latest bar programs have to offer - as my co-hosting of Cocktails on the Roof enters its fourth year – but also things I could learn in the classes that I could share with readers as well as Eve Bushman Consulting clients.

Invite From NCB Show Website: Get Smart About Your Business

Keep pace with the trends, best-practices and standards that drive the bar & nightlife industry. 

There’s always something new to learn at Nightclub & Bar Show! Whether it’s attending seminars, keynotes, workshops, trainings or technical courses – the 3-day education program, March 26-28, is designed to help professionals keep current with the fast pace of change.  View the full schedule with 3 Super Sessions and 9 revamped tracks including Tech Talks, Beverage Programming, THC² The Hospitality of Cannabis and Trends & Movements. View the full schedule here.


What I Tasted and Saw

A lot! See most in these three photo grids that include innovative or new spirit brands like Bacardi, American Anthem Vodka, Bitter Queens, Elite Beverage International’s line of tequilas, Mule 2.0 canned Moscow Mules, Jell-O Shots, alcohol infused coffee creamers, breweries, Buzz Pop Cocktails (think Push-Up pops at your bar), a Cannabis Pavilion complete with Muscat wine meant to go with your smokes or alone, Drake’s Organic Spirits, Kelvin Slush Company, Smokin’ Mary Bloody Mary mix, other mixers, coffee and Sangria.

But the bar show exhibitors were not limited to drinks alone, we saw some incredible gizmos to help with operations, bar equipment, ideas for décor, entertainment, point of sale systems (referred to as POS), insurance services, different types of ice cube delivery systems, personalized coasters, plastic barware, many pre and post carbonated beverages to help avoid a hangover, pickle juice, olives and my favorite Honey Smoked Salmon.

What I Learned

I had marked off several classes I wanted to attend, including motivating employees, audience retention, theft, building the team and more. These are the classes I took and will be writing about them in the subsequent weeks on Eve’s Wine 101:

Produce Big Results with a Small Marketing Budget; Bar Entrepreneurship, Mentorship and Leadership; Keeping Up With Your Ever Changing Audience;

Single Malt Class - Not Just from Scotland; Employee Performance Issues: Easy to Implement Steps to Building a Self-Motivated, Winning Team; Theft Behind the Bar; Create Engaged Employees to Build Brand Ambassadors for Greater Awareness for Your Restaurant or Bar (Best class of the weekend).

Why Go?

In conclusion I’d say it’s a must attend if you own a bar or restaurant, work in the industry or want to. Some of the people I met were there with their staff for “team building” and not attending the classes, just there to enjoy the convention floor and several evening parties we could attend. But the classes didn’t lack in attendees. Most all were filled, and I mean standing room only. Even I sat on the floor for one! Goes to show that there are a lot of people in this industry that care about their staff, their businesses and making everything work for the benefit of us, the consumer.

Eve Bushman has a Level Two Intermediate Certification from the Wine and Spirits Education Trust (WSET), a "certification in first globally-recognized course" as an American Wine Specialist ® from the North American Sommelier Association (NASA), Level 1 Sake Award from WSET, was the subject of a 60-minute Wine Immersion video, authored “Wine Etiquette for Everyone” and has served as a judge for the Long Beach Grand Cru. You can email Eve@EveWine101.com to ask a question about wine or spirits. You can also seek her marketing advice via Eve@EveBushmanConsulting.com