Friday 29 March, 2013

Penis Colada and Jackapple Shots: Nightclub & Bar Show 2013

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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 […]




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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.

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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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