Oslo Bar Show 2015 - a retrospect
|Sean Muldoon and Jillian Vose (Dead Rabbit, NYC), Emil Åreng and Karl-Martin Edin (Open/Closed, Umeå), lots of bourbon and rye courtesy of Edrington.|
The now defunct Copenhagen bar show as well as the first ever Oslo Bar Show were aimed at both industry professionals and die-hard cocktail enthusiasts, making it much more interesting if you want something else than Mojitos and flavoured vodka. Being the brain child of recently opened high-end hotel The Thief's bar manager Chris Grøtvedt, thanks to him the guests could experience two days of truly inspirational seminars and action packed pop up bars by some of the best bartenders and brand ambassadors from all around the world, mainly Scandinavia.
|Monica Berg (Pollen Street Social, London)|
The bar show culminated with the Oslo Bar Awards, a fancy dinner party where the winners were announced:
Best bar (jury's choice) - No Stress (Bergen)
Best bar (people's choice) - No Stress (Bergen)
Best cocktail program - The Thief (Oslo)
Best new opening - Himkok (Oslo)
Industry personality of the year - Jørgen Dons, Raus (Trondheim)
|Alastair Burgess, Happiness Forgets (London), George Nemec, Becherovka, Alex Kratena, Artesian, London)|
Even though I would consider the bar show as a whole a success, some of the seminars were almost empty and others were simply not very interesting if you had already heard the brand story several times before. That said, I know that Chris has already started planning the 2016 Oslo Bar Show so I'm pretty sure it will be even better next time, and I can't wait to be back in Oslo next summer - bring it on!