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    by Geoff Kleinman
    04/02/2013 // Drink Spirits
    Jon Taffer has become extremely well known as the host of the successful Spike TV series Bar Rescue. On his show, Jon goes into troubled bars and helps them turn things around, often with a few simple tweaks. Some of the bars that Jon Taffer faces are a much bigger project, like Headhunters in...
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    by Chris Reidy
    04/01/2013 // The Boston Globe
    Paul J. Kozub, a Hadley resident who looks to be to vodka what an uber chef is to highbrow cuisine, was selected as one of three winners of the “Entrepreneur of the Year” award at the 2013 Nightclub & Bar Show recently held in Las Vegas. Kozub was cited for his work with his...
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    by Nayely Ramírez y Jean Nakamichi
    03/31/2013 // Cronica
    El rapero CeeLo Green  inauguró la convención anual más grande de entretenimiento que se realiza en Las Vegas, Nevada,  Estados Unidos; el cantante cortó el listón y presentó una bebida que se distribuirá a nivel mundial. CeeLo...
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    03/29/2013 // Sip... Savor... Swallow

    The upper echelons of the mixology world may turn up their collective nose at Nightclub & Bar, the annual Las Vegas convention and trade show, but NCBS remains a barometer and almost unpredictable cross-section of the liquor service industry across the US--a solid reminder that ultra-premium ingredients, hand-crafted cocktails and original recipes are not necessarily the right formula for every venue.


    Pabst. Blue. Ribbooon!

    So for every Uncle Val's Botanical Gin (an excellent addition to any bar) at the trade show, there's also Mama Walker's Glazed Donut liqueur (no comment). For every clever short cut like Fresh Origins' Fennel and Rose crystals, there's, um, the penis syringe, filled with pina colada creme. S.M.H.

    Craft Beer, as one might imagine, had a strong showing ("did you know that a craft beer customer increases check averages by $16?") but so did the expected array of Hot Babes. In fact, one could observe a faultless reverse correlation between the hotness of the servers and the quality of the product. Just compare the babeosity of the Pabst Blue Ribbon dunking booth vs. the servers of the excellent Soul premium Cachaça (not pictured: sorry).

    There were also several impressive technologies, from the clever Beer Pong machines and layered double-shot glasses, to a nitrogen freezing system for garnishes and shots, and a palm sized remote control helicopter with onboard surveillance camera (Big Bouncer Is Watching You).

    New products were everywhere, even if some of them, like Cow Pie and Kahlua Midnight, just seemed like bald-faced copies of existing competitors (Bailey's, Patron XO). If there was an outcry for Maple-flavored Crown Royal, I haven't heard it. But who am I to judge, I raised an eyebrow at Chocovine two years ago.

    Bar Rescue's Jon Taffer dominated the 'celebrity' aspect of the show (CeeLo also made an appearance to plug Tyku), while the week was filled out with seminars, back-of-house tours and of course, lots of parties at Hyde, Marquee, Tryst, Pure, XS, Krave Massive, Bagatelle, even Senor Frog's and Gilley's.

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    by Erika Blackwell
    03/28/2013 // Your Biz Live TV
    YBLTV met up with Gizmo Beverage’s, Brad Foster, Sr. VP of Sales & Marketing at the Nightclub & Bar Show 2013 to experience their award-winning product, Tea of a Kind, at the Nightclub & Bar Convention and Trade Show in Las Vegas March 19-21. Tea of a Kind is the first...
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    The 2013 Nightclub & Bar Convention And Trade Show has come to an end, fuzzy mornings have come & gone, and the attendees have gone home with memories of Anheuser-Busch’s newest golden amber lager, Budweiser Black Crown.  Anheuser-Busch took advantage of having industry...
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    by Reality Tea
    03/27/2013 // Reality Tea
    Take a look at what your favorite reality TV stars have been up to for the past week with our all new photo post. Khloe Kardashian  arrives at Nickelodeon's 26th Annual Kids' Choice Awards in L.A. Below we have  Andy Cohen  on vacay with his beau, more maternity...
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    1. Love the idea of breakfast booze, but bored with screwdrivers and mimosas? Mama Walker’s liqueurs open up a range of possibilities with glazed donut, blueberry pancake and maple bacon flavors. Weird? Kinda! Good? Kinda! And Pernod Ricard just launched the retro-labeled and ironically...
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    YBLTV spoke with Jon Taffer on the red-carpet at this year’s Nightclub & Bar’s 2013 Top 100 at Marquee, the mega-club in The Cosmopolitan. President of the Nightclub & Bar Media Group and Star/Co-Executive Producer of Spike TV’s hit show, “Bar...
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    by Deanna Rilling
    03/26/2013 // Vegas Seven
    Why every nightclub and festival does not yet have ArcLite trees, I’ll never know. Backing up for a moment, the annual Nightclub & Bar Show was in Las Vegas from March 19-21, seeking to present the best and brightest products for the industry. But the brightest booth by far featured...
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    by Geoff Kleinman
    03/25/2013 // Drink Spirits
    Even though it was celebrity Cee Lo Green who cut the red ribbon (and promoted his Ty Ku Sake in the process), the 2013 Nightclub & Bar Show had a little less glitz and a lot less glam than years past. Missing from the show floor were the monster energy drink booths and flashy star-backed...
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    It's time to get the celeb low-down of the day by clicking through these OK! Quick Pics.  CeeLo  made color-coordination statement by matching the ribbon at the 28th Annual Nightclub & Bar Convention and Trade Show, while  January Jones  smiled in a delicate...
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    LAS VEGAS, NV -- David Martinez, manager and bartender at the Torch Bar & Grill, didn't make the top five in a national contest for his original cocktail, the Top o' the Morning, but he still might win the prize for best garnish. Out of bartenders all across the world, Martinez...
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    by Jered Jones
    03/21/2013 // X107.5 Las Vegas
    After today’s morning show, Mahoney got the chance to have a phone interview with the star of “Bar Rescue,” Jon Taffer. “Bar Rescue” was filmed in Las Vegas for three episodes this season, and will be showcasing some of the finest bars & nightclubs...
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    Nightclub & Bar Media Group President and host and Co-Executive Producer of the Spike television show 'Bar Rescue' Jon Taffer (L) and recording artist CeeLo Green pose at the Ty Ku Sake & Spirits booth during the the 28th annual Nightclub & Bar Convention and Trade Show at...
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    by Jason Scavone
    03/20/2013 // Daily Fiasco
    The Nightclub & Bar Convention did an afterparty at Pure last night, which is weird because the whole convention is basically one big afterparty. Rev Run was there for old-school flava from about 1 to 2 a.m., while Ruckus played ersatz Jam Master Jay. Only two more nights to go in the Jon...
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    Jupiter, FL, Mar 20, 2013 (PRWeb.com via COMTEX) -- SendMyTexts, a Jupiter, Florida text message marketing service, is headed to Vegas baby! The web-based SMS provider will be attending the 2013 Nightclub & Bar Convention that is being held from March 20-21 at the Las Vegas Convention Center...
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    LAS VEGAS, NV - MARCH 20: A general view from overhead of the Nightclub & Bar Media Group booth at the 28th annual Nightclub & Bar Convention and Trade Show at the Las Vegas Convention Center on March 20, 2013 in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo by Isaac Brekken/Getty Images for Nightclub &...
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    by Lindsay Curtis
    03/20/2013 // Fox 5 Vegas

    LAS VEGAS (FOX5) -

    Nearly 40,000 bar and nightclub professionals from all over the county are gathered in Las Vegas.

    Those convention attendees look to our city for inspiration. Some of our bars and clubs take in more than $90 million a year.

    The Nightclub & Bar Convention, being held at the Las Vegas Convention Center, is now in its 28th year. It's always been held in our city.

    "Everything has to be new, bigger, better, trendier, hipper, and that puts a lot of pressure on nightclubs, said Jon Taffer, president of the Nightclub & Bar Media Group.

    Taffer, a Las Vegas resident, knows what he's talking about. He specializes in revamping struggling bars all over the country for his reality show, "Bar Rescue."

    Taffer said that on average it costs between $150,000 and $400,000 to completely redo a bar or club.

    Many convention attendees are willing to open their wallets in order to upgrade their business and stay ahead of the competition.

    "We have furniture here, technology, décor, carpets, wallpaper – you can pretty much design your whole new bar while you're here," Taffer said.

    There is no shortage of new and exciting items for attendees to spend their money on while making the rounds to approximately 90 vendors. Many are looking to get a jump on the latest technology.

    "They can order through their mobile application and we can do payment through their phone as well. It's kind of the next thing that's here," said James Bacarella, owner of Hospitality Technology Systems.

    Convention attendees will likely spend plenty of money outside of the tradeshow, bringing an estimated $43 million boost to the Las Vegas economy.

    "Our 38,000 attendees are here to drink, they're here to eat, and they're here to gamble. So our group really brings a lot of money into the city," Taffer said

    The convention runs on Thursday from noon until 5 p.m.

    Copyright 2013 KVVU (KVVU Broadcasting Corporation). All rights reserved.

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    by Katie Abbondanza
    03/20/2013 // EATER
    Right now in Las Vegas,  downtown favorite The Cocktail Club's Jackson Holland  is putting his mixology skills to the test in the Shake it Up 2013 Cocktail Competition. He'll be going up against 30 other finalists from around the country with his drink, "The Sea of...
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    LAS VEGAS, NV - MARCH 19: Head mixologist for Diageo Wine and Spirits Elayne Duff speaks at the 28th annual Nightclub & Bar Convention and Trade Show at the Las Vegas Convention Center on March 19, 2013 in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo by Isaac Brekken/Getty Images for Nightclub & Bar Media...
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    LAS VEGAS, NV - MARCH 19: Nightclub & Bar Media Group President and host and Co-Executive Producer of the Spike television show 'Bar Rescue' Jon Taffer (L) greets Founder and Chairman of the Boston Beer Co.  Jim Koch  (R) onstage during the 28th annual Nightclub & Bar...
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    by Whitney Smith
    03/19/2013 // INDYSTAR.com
    Imagine it’s Friday. You‘re looking for a new hangout spot to grab an adult beverage. You want a spot with music, cool people and good drinks and oh yea, you don’t want to pay full price for a drink. How do you find said place? Soon, you’ll be able to plug all...
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    by Tate South
    03/19/2013 // CBS Las Vegas
    (Las Vegas, NV) — It’s party time for 34,000 people who serve the drinks and keep the music playing. The annual Nightclub and Bar convention and trade show kicks off today at the Las Vegas Convention Center. More than 600 exhibitors are showing the latest products, and a...
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    03/19/2013 // Vegas Morning Blend
    This convention brings over 34,000 professionals including, owners and managers of bars, nightclubs, independent and chain restaurants, hotels, resorts and casinos to meet with suppliers, network, learn and have fun. Find out where and when today on the Blend. The Nightclub & Bar...
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    For the next 96 hours, it’s all about drinking, dancing and making merry. It’s the biggest show of its kind in America, with 34,000 industry professionals who are signed up to take part touring more than 600 exhibitors.The 2013 Nightclub & Bar Convention & Trade Show with...
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    by Robert Smith
    03/13/2013 // Nightclub Security Consultants
    Thirteen years ago I attended my first  Nightclub & Bar Tradeshow  in Las Vegas.  That trip was supposed to be 100% research but ended up 10% research and 90% party.  I mean, come on, free booze, free food, free shows, free everything!  Really!  However, I did...
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    Five-time Grammy Award winning artist  CeeLo Green  will bring TY KU Premium Sake & Spirits, the fastest growing and leading brand name in premium sake, to Las Vegas for the opening ribbon cutting ceremony of the 28th Annual Nightclub & Bar Convention and Trade Show. Green will...
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    01/10/2013 // thebrokenglass.com
    The one and only show that is lingering on my bucket list. The Nightclub & Bar Convention is the ultimate premier source of information for bars, clubs & restaurants, & producer of America's biggest & most important bar, nightclub & beverage event. Nightclub & Bar...
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    Las Vegas and the 28th Annual Nightclub & Bar Convention and Trade Show once again made for the perfect cocktail at this three day extravaganza that took place March 19-21, 2013. Who better to lead the festivities than Jon Taffer, star of Spike TV's "Bar Rescue" and president of Nightclub & Bar Media Group, who shared his wealth of knowledge while attendees were treated to some of the newest and tastiest libations along with the hottest trends in the industry?


    CeeLo Green and Jon Taffer at ribbon cutting (Getty Images for Nightclub & Bar)


    Jon could hardly contain his excitement about this event, which began 28 years ago with 80 booths and 200 people and now has the seams of the Las Vegas Convention Center ready to explode.


    Kahlua Midnight


    “The show floor is up 30% over last year! Las Vegas has 7 of the 10 biggest nightclubs, Marquee does 90 million dollars, XS does 90 million, TAO does 70 million, Las Vegas is the nightclub capital of the world,” Jon said. “But those are not the only night clubs, there are clubs for every person and every budget.”

    As you already know if you have ever seen “Bar Rescue,” Jon knows how to help bars and nightclubs succeed. Creating an experience is important for any nightclub to succeed, he said, and having a DJ that is a draw is important as they can have as much cache as a rock band these days. Making great drinks is always most important, and Jon pointed out that flavored liquors have really taken over. He also pointed out that to succeed you need to take advantage of technology and stay up with what is out there.

    “Everything is so mobile now, you can make reservations, order your drinks, pay your bill and communicate with your friends,” Jon said. “What business are we in (show attendees)? Not the hospitality industry....the REACTION business! Everything we do is a process, not a result. You need to create a reaction through your product/presentation. Use drinks as a vehicle to connect and create a reaction.”


    Boiron Fruit Purees


    A popular exhibitor at the show, 360 Vodka was showcasing their unique line of Vodka flavors and letting people know about their eco-friendly company. Among the many initiatives that 360 Vodka has in place, one of the best has to be the “Close the Loop” program. The bottles use swing-top caps and you can mail them back to 360 Vodka with their postage-paid envelope (made from 100% recycled paper), and they will reuse the cap. In addition they donate $1.00 to Global Green USA, and to date they have received close to 50,000 swing-top caps back. This smooth vodka has such great flavors as Georgia Peach and Mandarin Orange, which are perfect for mixing cocktails, but it is the unique flavors that will wow your taste buds. How about buttered popcorn vodka, glazed donut or double chocolate—talk about opening the doors of mixology! And, the flavors are spot on to their name. For more information on Vodka 360, visit:www.Vodka360.com


    360 Vodka


    This may very well have been the year of Tequila at the Nightclub and Bar Convention and the smoothest of them all had to be Demetrio Premium Tequila. This 100% Blue Agave tequila from the Guadalajara region of Mexico recently won the 2012 TEQUILA.net “Best of the Best” Lowland Blanco Tequila Award. Another unique tequila that was being showcased was Dirty Tequila. This great tasting tequila is flavored with cinnamon and pineapple, really providing a great combination and showing that tequila can take on many different flavors.


    Dirty Tequila


    A few of the other noteworthy items on the Nightclub and Bar Convention floor included: CeeLo Green and his TY KU Premium Sake & Spirits, MillerCoors getting everyone read for summertime with Leinenkugal’s Summer Shandy, Kahlua showcasing their new Kahlua Midnight, a great combination of Kahlua and rum that is a great mixer or smooth enough to go down straight or on the rocks. Getting to seeTurboTap in person was a real treat, it does pour the perfect beer in seconds, I really wonder why this is not in every bar. There were plenty of taps pouring out a wide assortment of beer, but it was great to seePabst Blue Ribbon on hand as their rebirth continues. Looking for fresher ingredients to mix in cocktails,Les vergers Boiron fruit purees make for the perfect addition to any bar or club. Fresh and natural, anyone would be happy to taste all of the flavor that Boiron adds to their drinks.




    One of the most unique items of the convention was the introduction of “Tea of a Kind.” What separates this from other teas or any other beverage is that it uses the patented “Gizmo Closure and Delivery System,”an innovative, pressurized bottle cap design that infuses a drink with fresh, preservative free ingredients upon opening. While many drinks claim to have any variety of vitamins and antioxidants, those things diminish when diluted in pre-mixed beverages that sit on the shelf.

    With Tea of a Kind, everything is kept in the cap and when you twist the cap to open your bottle, all of the ingredients burst into your bottle and mix, creating a fresh and healthy drink that has only 20 calories per bottle and comes in Peach Ginger Black Tea, Citrus Mint Green Tea, and Pomegranate Acai White Tea. Be one of the first to give this new product a try and you will be hooked. For more information on “Tea of a Kind,” visit: www.TeaofaKind.com


    Madeline Stowe with Tea of a Kind


    While the show itself was impressive, the list of party locations gave guests the chance to experience the best that Las Vegas has to offer in terms of night clubs. The well-attended Nightclub & Bar Show Welcome Kick-off Party took place at Caesars Palace Pool, and then the three platinum parties were held at: Hyde at Bellagio, Marquee at Cosmopolitan and Tryst at Wynn. It would be hard to top that threesome.


    Demetrio Premium Tequila


    The 28th Annual Nightclub & Bar Convention and Trade Show was a huge success for everyone in attendance. Whether it was trying to spread the word about the latest cocktail, how to make sure you get the most bang for your buck in the business world, or just looking to stock your bar with something new and fresh, there was knowledge to gain and drinks, well, to drink. These three days are a combination of education, fun, parties and entertainment, and overall it is just one big festive event that was as smooth as the drinks that were being served. 2014 is a year away, but waiting to see what is in store for the industry over the next year will likely bring an even bigger audience in next year.


    Summer Shandy


    For more information on the Nightclub & Bar Convention and Trade Show, visit: http://www.ncbshow.com

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