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Nightclub & Bar Media Group Names

 2017 Nightclub & Bar Award Winners


Las Vegas -Nightclub & Bar Media Group has selected winners across 15 different categories for the 2017 Nightclub & Bar Awards.


North America's premier industry awards program recognizes both individuals and establishments from across the nation who demonstrate a remarkable talent of skill and expertise while driving the industry to a new level of success.

 "The number of nominations we received for this year's Nightclub & Bar Awards far exceeded last year's program," said Bob Stewart, Vice President, Nightclub & Bar Media Group. "There were some really close nominations, which is why we ended up expanding one of the categories to recognize two winners. The winners of this year's program showed an outstanding dedication to innovation and professionalism, but overall each of our winners had an elite sense of setting the industry standard while creating an outstanding hospitality experience."

 For several years, the Nightclub & Bar Awards have served as the industry's most prestigious awards program, dedicated to honoring individuals and venues that are identifying industry trends, as well as showcasing excellence in bar, nightclub and lounge concept development, operations, innovations and success.

 2017 Nightclub & Bar Award Winners:

 *         Bartender of the Year

 Chris Hannah, Arnaud's French 75 (New Orleans, LA)

 *         Beer Bar of the Year

 Tap 30(Petoskey, MI)

 *         Brunch Venue of the Year

 Flying Squirrel Bar (Chattanooga, TN)

 *         Cocktail Bar of the Year

 Trick Dog (San Francisco, CA)

 *         Dance Club of the Year

 Love+Propaganda (San Francisco, CA)

 *         Dive Bar of the Year

 Pre Flite Lounge (Sacramento, CA)

 *         Hotel Bar of the Year

 1 Hotel South Beach (Miami Beach, FL)

 *         LGBTQ Venue of the Year

 The Abbey (West Hollywood, CA)

 *         Live Music Venue of the Year

 The Fillmore Philadelphia (Philadelphia, PA)

 *         Lounge of the Year

 I|O Godfrey at The Godfrey Hotel Chicago (Chicago, IL)

 *         New Concept of the Year

 CATCH LA (West Hollywood, CA)

 *         Restaurant Bar of the Year

 La Coctelera (San Juan, PR)

 *         Speakeasy of the Year

 Himitsu (Atlanta, GA)

 *         Sports Bar of the Year

 o   Hospitality Group Operated Sports Bar of the Year

 The Fifty/50(Chicago, IL)

 o   Single Proprietor Sports Bar of the Year

 Blake Street Tavern (Denver, CO)

 In addition to being featured on, individual winners and venues will be celebrated during an awards ceremony at the upcoming Nightclub & Convention and Trade Show at the Las Vegas Convention Center, March 27-29.

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Featured in the WHAT'S HOT! WHAT'S COOL!(r) New Product Gallery at the NAFEM Show, February 9-11 in Orlando, FL.


ORLANDO, FL.  (February 21, 2017) - Nor-Lake, designer and manufacturer of refrigeration equipment for foodservice, scientific and industrial markets, is proud to announce that the new Keg Management System was be featured in the WHAT'S HOT! WHAT'S COOL!(r) New Product Gallery during the NAFEM Show, February 9-11, at the Orange County Convention Center in Orlando, Florida. The WHAT'S HOT! WHAT'S COOL!(r) New Product Gallery features products intended to provide foodservice operators with equipment, products and technology designed to simplify their job.


Nor-Lake's Keg Management System (KMS) combines a custom walk-in cooler with a built-in hoist to lift beer kegs providing the ideal solution for keg lifting and storage in bars, craft breweries, nightclubs and many other applications. The system is designed to reduce the risk of work related back injuries by providing a safe solution to prevent employees from manually lifting and handling kegs. The KMS integrates a track system with an electric hoist into the walk-in infrastructure; this hoist is designed to lift and stack kegs anywhere within the beer cooler making it easy for one person to safely move kegs to any point inside the walk-in structure.


The KMS is designed to optimize keg storage footprint and organize keg rotation while providing convenient solutions to common problems associated with traditional keg storage systems. The system's integrated cantilever shelving for storage eliminates obstructions on the walk-in floor allowing for additional keg storage.


The KMS is fully configurable to fit any size walk-in and available with a number of additional options designed to meet the needs of each customer. The optional LED lighting strip can be mounted to the bottom of the shelving system making it easier to see and tap lower kegs. The system is available with an optional digital scale designed to take the estimation out of calculating partial kegs for precise inventory control. The optional heavy-duty handle assembly provides added convenience for lifting and moving kegs. Nor-Lake's KMS integrated walk-in ships from the factory with all the necessary components, reducing installation costs.

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LAS VEGAS - The Nightclub & Bar Convention and Trade Show continues its standing as the top industry-leading and largest annual bar and nightlife tradeshow in the United States with the addition of innovative sessions, seminars, workshops and off-site events. Taking over the Las Vegas Convention Center March 27-29, attendees will have the opportunity to make new discoveries, learn tips of the trade and make connections they can't get anywhere else.








"Every year we look for new ways on how we can improve on last year's convention and trade show," said Thom Greco, chairman of the advisory board for Nightclub & Bar Show.  "We ask ourselves, what can we do to make sure our attendees get the most out of the three days? What can we bring to the table that is going to make them say 'Wow, I never thought that could be possible?' With the new experiences, trainings, tours and sessions offered this year, our guests aren't going to know where to begin."








New to the convention this year, attendees will have the opportunity to customize their experience with the Bar Experience, Nightlife Experience, Mixology Experience and Beer Experience. Also new this year is the F&B Innovation Center, offering an exclusive opportunity for guests to connect with industry-leading chefs and learn tips of the trade with a variety of tasting sessions.












The 2017 conference will feature 70+ groundbreaking, innovative and informational seminars from more than 100 industry experts from around the world, including mixology tutorials, food-focused sessions, the ins-and-outs of running your own venue, trending topics and more. Highlights in the program include:








*         RumChata Diaries: The Making of an American Success Story with keynote speaker Thomas Maas, founder and master blended of Agave Loco, LLC.








*         Building and International Hospitality Empire with keynote speaker Neil Moffitt, CEO of Hakkasan Group.








*         You Can Create Disney Magic Too & The Customer Rules with key note speaker Lee Cockerell, executive vice president (retired and inspired) of Walt Disney World Resort.








*         Six Steps to Grow Your Business, Maximize Profits & Find Your Passion with keynote speaker Kris Jones, internet entrepreneur and best-selling author.








*         Monetizing Cannabis panel with Ricardo Baca, contributing editor of The Cannabist; Sheriff Joe DiSalvo, former Sheriff of Pipkin County; Tripp Keber, CEO of Dixie Brands; and Freddie Wyatt, president of Munch & Company.








*          Talent Talk: How to Boost Guest DJs for Your Venue, in partnership with Skam Artist. Moderated by Kalika Moquin, Owner, Blackout Artists; Panelists include Pearce Cleaveland, Marketing Scientist & Managing Partner, Clique Hospitality; Jennifer Tramaglino, Hospitality Consultant, Little Cream Soda; and Aaron White, DJ Ikon.








*         Nightclub & Bar Shark Tank panel with Ryan Klaasen, Partner/Vice President of Operations, element HOSPITALITY; Ronn Nicolli, Senior Executive Director of Marketing, Wynn Nightlife; Joshua Pianko, Senior Vice President, Morgan Stanley's Wealth Management Group; Sebastien Silvestri, Vice President of Food and Beverage, The Venetian and The Palazzo; Jonathan Snyder, Investor, Entrepreneur; Josef Wagner, Vice President of Food & Beverage, Aria @ City Center; and Salvatore Wise, Director Of Marketing (Nightlife and Daylife), Hakkasan Group.








*         Nightclub & Bar Special Feature: Bartender at Large with Erick Castro, founder of Possessed by Spirits.








Off-Site Training:




This year's expanded off-site trainings and tours gives guests the opportunity to learn what it takes to run a successful entertainment venue, casino and beverage business and more. Attendees will learn from top industry leaders from some of the most successful venues in the world.








*         Southern Glazers Wine & Spirits "Academy Room" offers four trainings throughout the three-day convention, including sessions of Whiskey Tasting, Mixology Training, Beer and Sake Training and Sommelier 101.








*         Caesars Palace Back of House Tour gives a back of house tour of the warehouse, pool operations, Restaurant Guy Savoy, Mr. Chow, Montecristo Cigar Bar, the race & sports book and more by Caesars Entertainment Corporations' Vice President of Food and Beverage, Cory Johnson.








*         Nightlife Bootcamp by JEWEL Nightclub presents an intensive educational journey to learn insider knowledge, including nightclub operations, lighting and sound demonstrations, overall operations, SOS and floor operations, beverage and bar operations from Hakkasan Group's Executive Director of Operations, Orlando Oquendo.








*         Wynn Nightlife Tour guests will tour the facilities with Ronn Nicolli, Senior Executive Director of Marketing, for a Q&A opportunity and behind-the-scenes look into what it takes to run high-volume entertainment venues. The tour includes Intrigue Nightclub, XS Nightclub and Surrender Nightclub / Encore Beach Club.








Expo Floor:




The expanded expo floor will host hundreds of suppliers showcasing products, services and more from the top brands in the industry. All attendees can visit the Craft Brew Pavilion, Emerging Brands Pavilion, New Product Pavilion, F&B Innovation Center and watch the Shake It Up Competition, in partnership with the United States Bartenders' Guild.












Throughout the three-day convention, guests will have the opportunity to network with thousands of colleagues, friends and industry professionals at a variety of Platinum Parties hosted at some of Las Vegas' top restaurants, bars and nightclubs.








*         Nightclub & Bar's Welcome Kickoff Party will take over the Foxtail Pool at SLS Las Vegas on Monday, March 27 at 7 p.m. with entertainment by Knyght Ryder. Attendees will get to meet exhibitors, speakers and sponsors under the stars at this ultimate nightlife destination. In addition, attendees will enjoy live entertainment and complimentary drinks made available by the show's sponsors.








*         It's 'Marquee Mondays' on Monday, March 27 at Marquee Nightclub, a state-of-the-art venue located at The Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas. Beginning at 9 p.m., guests will receive complimentary drinks from show sponsors while enjoying live performance by Ty Dolla $ign.








*         Experience one of Las Vegas' most breathtaking venues while dancing the night away to a live performance by chart-topping artist, Kaskade, at OMNIA Nightclub Tuesday, March 28 at 9 p.m. Spanning 75,000 square-feet, the ultra-club features a high-energy main room, an intimate lounge and a rooftop bar overlooking the famous Las Vegas Strip.








*         Close out the convention in style at Surrender Nightclub on Wednesday, March 29 beginning at 9 p.m. with the electronic music of RL Grime. Guests can lounge pool-side or break out their dance moves under the strobe lights and lasers lighting the venue.




 The Nightclub & Bar Show, March 27-29, 2017, is the world's largest gathering of bar, nightlife and beverage professionals. The show offers industry professionals the opportunity to connect with suppliers, network with new businesses, discover new products and gain critical skills to ensure their success in the dynamic bar and nightclub industry. For those interested in attending the show or for more information, please visit <> .


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Spirit drinkers keen to experiment with novel flavors but crave authenticity, says GlobalData




As global spirit drinkers become more experimental, with at least 39% of them actively trying new varieties within each category, craft distillers are presented with an opportunity to diversify their product portfolio. This can be done by adding unique ingredients, trying unusual ingredient combinations, and using innovative processes, according to research and consulting firm GlobalData.


The company’s latest report <>  states that consumers are moving away from mass-produced brands towards spirits made with craftsmanship, and optimistic distillers are looking to emulate the success of established craft breweries, with innovative and quirky flavors being one way to do this.


Emma Wright, Consumer Analyst for GlobalData, explains: “Out of all the spirits, consumers are most likely to try new or different varieties of whiskey, followed by vodka and liqueurs, so craft distillers should look to increase the number of products within these categories. Some unique flavors are already being seen in the craft spirits industry, including savory combinations such as chipotle whiskey and ibérico ham mezcal.”


In order attract potential consumers to such unusual flavors, manufacturers should introduce offers such as taster packs by subscription, to facilitate experimentation at an affordable price. Indeed, spirits tend to be the most expensive alcoholic beverages, so consumers tend to be cautious in their purchasing decisions. Not only are craft spirit brands relatively unheard of, but they also come at a premium, which may deter custom from risk-averse consumers. GlobalData believes that tasting samples may help mitigate this risk.


Wright continues: “Another risk manufacturers should bear in mind is that words such as “craft” and “artisan” can be construed as gimmicks, with 41% of global consumers agreeing that such buzzwords are merely an excuse for manufacturers to charge extra. This is largely down to the fact that manufacturers can use words such as “craft” without actually being a craft distillery, undermining the term.


“In this way, craft companies should emphasize their authenticity in order to gain consumer trust. This might include events, tasting rooms, and distillery tours help to distinguish "craft" from mass-produced brands.”


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