The Top Bar Shows in 2019

Every year all over the world the number of 'Cocktail Weeks' or 'Bar Shows' grows exponentially. BUT if you can only attend ONE industry event per year which one should you choose? Travelling to a bar show can end up costing a lot of money & you want to make sure your money goes the distance when it comes to knowledge, networking & inspiration. Cocktails For You breaks it down for you from the bar shows we know & love as well we will definitely be attending in the near future.

Location: New Orleans, USA Why: TOTC as it is usually abbreviated has basically been the front runner for the industry for over 15 years. Established from a small bar crawl to a huge behemoth it is today it attracts the cream of the crop of bartenders, brand ambassadors & bar industry personalities from all over the world. This event is more than a bar show, it is a community that holds the entire industry together, ideas & friendships are born here & it has the most original educational content year on year. It's not just a bar show it is a family. Pros: Networking - Everyone who gets things done will be here. If you're here then you're one of 3 things. 1 - Important enough to be a speaker or exhibitor here. 2 - Successful enough that you're able to afford to visit. 3 - Talented enough that a brand has brought you over. Why:

Historically Important - Home of the Sazerac, Vieux Carre, Grasshopper, Peychauds Bitters etc. Cons: Expensive - From hotels, flights to basic expenses

Name: Berlin Bar Convent Location: Berlin, Germany Why: The most important & biggest event in the European hospitality calendar. Hundreds of brands big & small showcasing something for everyone. New things are launched, everyone from everywhere is here to visit & it has managed to attract bartenders from every corner of the globe in droves. If you want to taste something new & unique you will find it here, if you want to meet a bartender from that tiny country in Europe you cant spell you'll find him here. Pros: Inspiration - Biggest showcasing of products in any bar show globally that is aimed at craft bartenders. Tools, books & products it is all here.

Networking - Europe is home to over 750 million people & this is the only event where everyone from every country will be present. Cons: Too big - Even after being expanded to a 3 day event it is almost impossible to cover the entire show nowadays. Education - The lineup is usually well curated & the talks seem to be on point, however, seminar rooms are hard to find, the sound is bad & most people are too interested in tasting products than attending the seminars.