March 2-8, 2014 – Orange County Cocktail Week (CA) You can enjoy cocktails and perfectly paired appetizers at participating restaurants. Menus are priced at $20.14! Cocktail Week participants are listed on this website. Search menus here along with bios of local Bar Tenders. Some restaurants will be offering live demos, recipes and more. OC Cocktail Week happens right after OC Restaurant Week.
March 24-26, 2014 – Nightclub & Bar Convention and Trade Show (Vegas) The Nightclub & Bar Convention and Trade Show exclusively serves the nightlife and bar industry. Bringing together 37,000+ industry professionals in the entertainment capital of the world—Las Vegas—this must-attend event is for professionals in the bar, nightclub, beverage and hospitality industry. Don’t miss your chance to attend 100+ events over 3-days across a dozen venues in Las Vegas.
March 31-April 3, 2014 – American Distilling Institute’s 11th Craft Spirits Conference & Expo (Seattle) For attendees, this year’s focus is on learning and experiential sessions. Thanks to a strong alliance with the WA State Distillers Guild, the nation’s largest and fastest growing guild, we’re bringing you an unprecedented amount of workshops, tastings and tours, and valuable breakout sessions. Proven to be the largest gathering of small-batch distillers in the nation, ADI’s 11th conference expects to bring in 1,000 attendees to Seattle, a hotbed of craft distilling. The conference is held at the Washington State Convention Center, a hop, skip and a jump from Pike Place. Our 8th Judging Awards Gala and Auction will take place as a sit-down dinner across the street at the Sheraton Seattle Hotel, also our home hotel with special, negotiated rates, preceded by a beautiful showcase of Washington’s finest Craft Spirits.
April 21-27, 2014 – Miami Cocktail Week (Miami) Miami Cocktail Week shines a spotlight on the best of the best cocktail bars and mixologists, offering brilliantly crafted mixed drinks for those that desire to discover these discerning riches. Miami is famous for food and wine festivals, a celebrated lifestyle, its tropical location and world class amenities. The world comes to Miami to enjoy the good life, relax in style and appreciate the natural beauty of South Florida. Miami adores fine cocktails and exquisite spirits. And Miami has the venues and the talented mixologists to craft these luscious libations. Join us for Miami Cocktail Week in April to be delighted and amazed by world-class cocktails and spirits in the Magic City.
April 22-26, 2014 – Hawaii Cocktail Week (Honolulu) Join us for the 2nd annual Hawaii Cocktail Week, in Honolulu, Hawaii! Hawaii Cocktail Week is a celebration of the cocktail as it’s evolved in the Pacific. Open to both industry and cocktail enthusiasts, we are bringing together talents from around the U.S., Japan, Australia, and beyond for a full week of tastings, pairings, workshops and more! Experience a week of the best drinks & food set against the beautiful backdrop of Hawaii!
April 25-27, 2014 – Miami Rum Renaissance Festival (Miami) The Miami Rum Renaissance Festival is one of the world’s premier international rum events, presenting a unique and exciting celebration of the fine arts of distillation, maturing and blending fine cane spirits. Enjoy a grand two-day exhibition of the best rum brands, the excitement of the Island Lifestyle Showcase, celebrity seminars, workshops and cocktail competitions, the annual RumXP competition and awards, an opportunity to rub shoulders with dignitaries and notable experts, and more.
April 27-29, 2014 – Tales of the Cocktail on Tour (Buenos Aires) Tales of the Cocktail® on Tour returns to Buenos Aires in 2014. This three-day festival will feature the most renowned cocktail experts from South America and around the globe at a series of seminars, events. Join us in South America April 2014 to sample what’s in store at Tales of the Cocktail® on Tour.
April 29, 2014 – BarSmarts Live! Cleveland (OH) During this one day class, you will learn from the BAR, LLC partners and be tested on your knowledge. The morning session includes a discussion on drinks trends with Paul Pacult, a comprehensive blind tasting with Steve Olson and Doug Frost, history and cocktail/punch demos with Dale DeGroff and Dave Wondrich and a discussion on service and hospitality with Andy Seymour. After lunch, testing will take place. You will need to take a written exam and also be tested on your spirits/industry knowledge by making three drinks in front of one judge. As a BarSmarts Wired graduate, you will NOT need to retake the online testing for BarSmarts Advanced in Cleveland. Again, this is a great opportunity to receive our highest certification. If you would like to register for BarSmarts Advanced Cleveland, please send an email to Michael Parker at email@example.com. Participants will need to arrive on Monday, April 28 as the class begins at 8:30 am the next morning. The venue will be communicated at a later date.
May 6-13, 2014 – World Cocktail Week (Various Locations)
May 9-10, 2014 – Los Angeles Spirits Expo (LA) The Los Angeles Spirits Expo is a two day event held at a Movie Studio lot in Downtown Los Angeles. Exhibitors and attendees alike will have the opportunity to meet buyers, bloggers, bartenders, influencers and authors who associate themselves with the craft spirit industry. The expo will host various seminars that will provide new insight, new ideas, time-honored advice and for the novice an opportunity to further fuel their passion to enter the craft spirits industry.
May 9-13, 2014 – The Manhattan Cocktail Classic (NYC) Part festival, part fête, part conference, part cocktail party – the Manhattan Cocktail Classic is an annual celebration of the myriad points of intersection between cocktails and culture. With nearly one hundred events spread across five days and four boroughs, and a two-day trade conference to boot – the Manhattan Cocktail Classic offers a vast array of unique experiences to enthusiasts and professionals alike, expanding the very definition of what constitutes a “cocktail event”.
May 14-18, 2014 – Kentucky Bourbon Affair (KY) Kentucky has long held a love affair with Bourbon – a notorious passion unlike any other state or spirit in America. Now, the Commonwealth’s most treasured distilleries are opening their hearts and doors for an intimate, rare celebration – the Kentucky Bourbon Affair. For four days, an elite group of attendees will have the opportunity to mix with world-famous Master Distillers and experience our timeless craft like never before. Blend your own small batch Bourbon… Train your palate with culinary pairings from award-winning chefs… Hang in your favorite distiller’s man cave… tour distilleries never before opened to the public…sample from the very first barrels of hand-crafted brands…hear family histories, and a few tall tales, from the Bourbon barons themselves…and relish a few eccentric surprises that might require you to sign a waiver, but you’ll cherish the memories for a lifetime.
June 26-29, 2014 – Ohana Luau at the Lake (Lake George, NY) Ohana is the GREATEST, most action filled, fun, value-packed, biggest little event in tiki. It’s a three day charity event, held at the historical Tiki Resort in idyllic Lake George, NY from June 26th-29th, 2014. So, what should you expect if you decide to join us? FUN, friendship, classic cocktails (mixed RIGHT!), live music, DJs, contests, vendors, auctions, prizes, freebies, food and a live Polynesian show!! And that’s just the start of it!! Lake George itself is a wonderful slice of Americana, trapped in time, with weird roadside attractions, old mom & pop themed motels, and more retro architecture than you can shake a stick at!
July 16-20, 2014 – Tales of the Cocktail (NOLA) Tales of the Cocktail® is the world’s premier cocktail festival, bringing together the international spirits community for five days of what’s now, what’s new and what’s next in bartending. Held annually in New Orleans, Tales of the Cocktail® has something for bartenders and spirits professionals with opportunities to mix and mingle with the brightest minds in mixology during an always-spirited schedule of seminars, dinners, competitions, tasting rooms and new product launches. Join us in New Orleans July 16-20 for the 12th Annual Tales of the Cocktail® where for five days the cocktail reigns supreme. All Hail the Cocktail!
August 24-29, 2014 – Camp Runamok (Bardstown, KY) Are you a bartender that loves formal classroom experience, fine dining, and planned itineraries? Not at all? Would you rather drink Bulleit Bourbon and concoctions like Frog Piss Punch? Then you’ll probably be right at home at Camp Runamok. Camp Runamok 2013, an adult summer camp for bartenders, will be held September 1-5 for five days of being absolutely ridiculous while learning new skills. There will be bonfires, whole roasted pigs, talent shows, tastings, and trekking about camp in Kentucky with 289 of your new best friends.
September 7-12, 2014 - Camp Runamok (Bardstown, KY) Are you a bartender that loves formal classroom experience, fine dining, and planned itineraries? Not at all? Would you rather drink Bulleit Bourbon and concoctions like Frog Piss Punch? Then you’ll probably be right at home at Camp Runamok. Camp Runamok 2013, an adult summer camp for bartenders, will be held September 1-5 for five days of being absolutely ridiculous while learning new skills. There will be bonfires, whole roasted pigs, talent shows, tastings, and trekking about camp in Kentucky with 289 of your new best friends.