By Judy Thorburn
Owner/Editor in Chief/writer - Las Vegas Round The Clock
Owner/Editor in Chief/writer - The Flick Chicks
Director of Communications - Nevada Film Alliance
The Nightclub & Bar Convention and Trade Show Convenes in Las Vegas
The Nightclub & Bar Convention and Trade Show, the most important beverage event of the year, where hospitality industry professionals conduct business and network, took place March 8-10 at the Las Vegas Convention Center as part of International Hospitality Week, which includes the, International Restaurant Show and HotelWorld Food & Beverage.
“The amazing and impressive turnout this year only reinforces our belief that even in these difficult economic times, the nightclub and bar business continues to sustain and grow,” said Jon Taffer, President, Nightclub & Bar Media Group. “Our exhibitors saw increased sales, and our attendees all experienced an exhilarating event."
Exiting nightlife events, a high energy exhibit hall, and interactive education both in the classroom and on the show floor are all part of what keeps the hospitality industry professionals coming back year after year.
Highlights from the show included:
901 Silver Tequila CEO and founder, Justin Timberlake, and President, Kevin Ruder, were seen at their booth which featured live performances by The Dan Band.
Actor Dan Aykroyd presented the keynote session titled “From Busting Ghosts to Building Brands: An Interview with Dan Aykroyd” on Wednesday, March 10, hosted by Kevin Brauch, The Thirsty Traveler. Aykroyd was also seen at the Crystal Head Vodka booth, his new vodka company.
The DJ Spin-off Party ended the show with Crystal Method and Kid Capri with Keys n Krates performing at the Venetian’s Tao Nightclub.
On Tuesday evening, March 9, Madison Hildabrand from Bravo’s Million Dollar Listing hosted the Official GLBT Nightclub & Bar Event at Tabu Ultra Lounge.
Food Network’s Iron Chef star Dominique Crenn presented an educational session titled “Creating Synergy Between In-House Restaurant & In-Room Dining” for HotelWorld Food & Beverage.
Other celebrity guests that attended the show included Angelica Bridges and The Fantasy girls, Miss Nevada, Thunder From Down Under and The Rat Pack.
Nightclub & Bar Magazine presented awards to the winners of the 2010 Nightclub & Bar Awards program on March 9. The judging panel consisted of 20 industry leaders, journalists and consultants.
More than 235 entries were received nominating bars, nightclubs, restaurants and DJs in 14 categories. Entries were submitted by venue owners, operators and managers, as well as suppliers, vendors and other industry members eager to recognize excellence in on-premise concepts, programs, talent and professionalism.
The Awards Winners in each category are:
Mega-Club of the Year - XS, Las Vegas
New Club of the Year - XS, Las Vegas Nightclub & Bar Magazine
Nightclub of the Year - Tao, Las Vegas
Ongoing Promotion of the Year - Hard Rock, Las Vegas – Rehab
Resident DJ - Paul Oakenfold – Rain, Las Vegas
Single Promotion of the Year - Midsummer Night’s Dream – Palms, Las Vegas
Ultra-Lounge of the Year - Blush Boutique Lounge, Las Vegas
Bartender of the Year (category sponsored by Absolut Vodka) - H. Joseph Ehrmann – Elixir, San Francisco
Beer Bar of the Year - Willimantic Brewing Company, Willimantic, Conn.
Cocktail Lounge of the Year (category sponsored by Absolut Vodka) - The Drawing Room, Chicago
Hotel Bar - POV, W Hotel, Washington, DC
Small Wonder Bar of the Year - Manifesto, Kansas City
Sports Bar of the Year - Jerome Bettis Grille 36, Pittsburgh
Wine Bar of the Year - Flute Midtown, New York
Winners were celebrated at a special VIP reception inside LAVO Nightclub at the Palazzo on March 10.