Tales of the Cocktail® - July 17th to 22nd, 2018

This summer the worldwide cocktail community will descend on New Orleans once again as Tales of the Cocktail returns for its 16th year. This annual gathering that’s equal parts cocktail conference and family reunion will feature a spirited schedule of brand new seminars, tastings, competitions and networking events representing the latest our industry has to offer. We’ll also have special events planned to honor the tricentennial of our hometown being celebrated this year. Catch up with old friends, learn some new techniques and further your career at Tales of the Cocktail 2018.

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Tickets will go on sale to the general public on Saturday May 5th, 2018 at 10:00 AM CST.

All registered attendees with a NET ticket value of $150 or more in event tickets (after discounts, not including fees; excluding Spirited Dinners and Spirited Awards) linked to their RFID wristband have FREE access to all Tasting Rooms. If you wish to only visit Tasting Rooms and not purchase any specific event tickets, you can add an al a carte Tasting Room Access Wristband to your cart. EVERY individual guest must purchase at least $150 in Seminar and Event Tickets to receive Tasting Room Access. Purchasing more than $150 does not qualify you for additional wristbands.

Apply for Media Credentials

We invite media of all types to apply for credentials. In 2018 we will approve on a rolling basis starting in April. Media benefits include access to seminars, tasting rooms and special events as well as access to key industry members and an interview lounge. Media Applications are due by June 24th, 2018.

Present an Educational Seminar

Submissions for 2018 are closed.
Deadline to submit was January 8, 2018.

Don't have an idea, but want your company to sponsor an educational seminar?
Please fill out the Sponsor Inquiry Form

Internship Program

Every year we welcome a group of talented interns to join the Tales of the Cocktail Foundation team. But this isn’t your fetching-coffee kind of internship. Our interns play a crucial role in bringing Tales of the Cocktail to life. In return they get the experience needed to conquer the hospitality business with major spirits brands, restaurant groups, hotels and more.

Cocktail Apprentice Program®

The Cocktail Apprentice Program is an exclusive mentorship program for up-and-coming bartenders to learn alongside some of the biggest names in the business during the five days of Tales of the Cocktail. Since 2008, more than 350 apprentices have gained extensive experience working and managing large-scale, high-volume events while providing an invaluable service to Tales of the Cocktail and the industry as a whole. Tales of the Cocktail continues to support the growing fraternity of past apprentices by offering exclusive opportunities for scholarships and financial aid to further support their growth within the industry.

Questions about the Cocktail Apprentice Program? Email

Host an Event in New Orleans

Our generous sponsors are what make Tales of the Cocktail possible. But it’s not just about what they help us achieve every year. As an event host, you will connect directly with bartenders and spirits professionals from around the world, offering them exclusive opportunities to experience your brand and products. We offer a wide range of programming to allow for brands both large and small to be a part of Tales of the Cocktail.

Volunteer Program

For years bartenders have been lending their talents in exchange for valuable experience as part of the Cocktail Apprentice Program®. Now we’re looking for industry members to volunteer their time and talents to assist the front of the house. As part of the Tales of the Cocktail Volunteer Program you will be on the front lines helping a wide range of Tales events run smoothly. In exchange for your time and talents you will receive exclusive benefits like complimentary events, special rates, networking opportunities and more. Join the Volunteer Program and be a part of the team that brings Tales of the Cocktail to life.

When is Tales of the Cocktail®?

Tales of the Cocktail will be hosted July 17-22, 2018 in New Orleans, LA

What is Tales of the Cocktail?

Founded in 2002, Tales of the Cocktail® has grown from an annual walking tour of historic New Orleans cocktail bars, into the world’s premier cocktail festival. Each year the international bar and spirits industry is welcomed to New Orleans for a week of seminars, tastings, networking and special events. With hundreds of opportunities developed specifically for bartenders, distillers and other bar and spirits professionals, Tales of the Cocktail is the industry’s annual meeting place for the exchanging of new ideas, products and techniques. In addition, Tales of the Cocktail also produces Tales of the Cocktail® on Tour, manages the Tales 365 membership program, and publishes bartender-focused educational content year-round on

What is the Tales of the Cocktail 2018 Theme?

New Orleans Tricentennial!

Who Attends Tales of the Cocktail?

While many of our bar guests are welcome attendees, Tales of the Cocktail primarily focuses its education on all levels of the bartending trade. At Tales 2017, 51% of our attendees were returning guests while it was 49% of our attendee’s first time attending.

What is the cost to attend Tales of the Cocktail?

During the 6 days of the festival, Tales of the Cocktail hosts over 300 events. In order to build your own schedule, all tickets are sold individually. Access to the Tasting Rooms requires a Tasting Room Access Wristband, which comes with a minimum purchase of $130 on *event tickets*.

*’Event tickets’ include tickets for: Seminars, Happy Hour, the Cocktail Tour and Spirited Awards. This minimum does NOT include the purchase of Spirited Dinner tickets (reservations and payment are made directly with the restaurant).

Ticketing FAQs

Alan Kavanag
Irish Cocktail Club and Bacardi
Dublin, Ireland

Alex Kratena
Taxonomy Ltd.
London, United Kingdom

Andre Friedman
Scout Spirits
Seattle, Washington

Andrew Nicholls
Co-founder at William George Rum and Owner at Andrew Nicholls Cocktails & Bartending
Amsterdam, Netherlands

Andy Gemmell
The Drink Cabinet UK
Glasgow, United Kingdom

Anthony Pullen
Campari America,Bulldog on the Road
Las Vegas, Nevada

Antonio Lai
Multisensory Mixology
Hong Kong

Anu Elford
Rob Roy
Seattle, Washington

Ara Carvallo
Barra México
Mexico City and Amsterdam

Audrey Fort
The Rooster Factory
Los Angeles, California

Benjamin Padron Novoa
Licoreria Limantour
Mexico City, Mexico

Brian Maxwell
The Franklin Mortgage & Investment Co., The Upstairs Bar,
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

Bridget Albert
Shorewood, Illinois

Charlotte Voisey
William Grant & Sons
Brooklyn, New York

Chris Hannah
French 75 Bar
New Orleans, Louisiana

Chris Hysted
Black Pearl bar
Melbourne, Victoria, Australia

Chris Lowder
Proof & Company
Shanghai, China

Claire Warner
Seedlip Ltd
London, United Kingdom

Daniel Biber
The Beer House Experince, Victoria Brown
Buenos Aires, Argentina

Diego Cabera
Salmon Guru
Madrid, Spain

Din Hassan
Celavi Singapore

Dmitry Sokolov
MrHelpbar/Law&Son bar/StayTruebar

Dominic Venegas
Pernod Richard- USA
Brooklyn, New York

Francesco Lafranconi
Bar Artistry
Las Vegas, Nevada

George Nemec
Bohemian Bar Club
Prague, Czech Republic

Henrik Steen Petersen
Simply Cocktails
Copenhagen, Denmark

Ian Tuck
Bon Vivant
Toronto, Ontario

James Murphy
The Four Horseman
Dublin, Ireland

Jason Coleman
New Orleans, LA

Jason Crawley
The Drink Cabinet
Sydney, Australia

Jason Williams
Clandestine Distribution

Jaymee Mandeville
Los Angeles, California

Jimmy Barrat
Dubai, United Arab Emirates

Joseph Biolatto
Baton Rouge Pigalle
Paris, France

Julio Cabrera
Red Shaker
Miami Lakes, Florida

Konstantin "CoCo" Prochorowski
Hendrick’s Gin
Berlin, Germany

Lauren Mote
Diageo World Class / Bitter Sling
Vancouver, British Columbia

Mariena Mercer
Las Vegas, Nevada

Matt Pomeroy
London, United Kingdom

Mauro Mahjoub

Micaela Piccolo
Maison Ferrand
Shanghai, China

Misty Kalkofen
Drinking Like Ladies
Boston, Massachusetts

Monica Berg
Taxonomy Itd
London, United Kingdom

Nathan Burdette
Los Angeles, California

Nick Kobbernagel Hovind
Copenhagen City, Denmark

Nick Sitbon
Liquid Management
Stockholm, Sweden

Nicola Riske
Edrington USA
Madrid, Spain

Oron Lerner
Imperial Craft Cocktail Bar
Tel Aviv, Israel

Patsy Christie
Beirut, Lebanon

Peter Vestinos
Charleston, South Carolina

Philip Raimondo
Beam Global Spirits
Lithia, Florida

Rhiannon Enlil
New Orleans, Louisiana

Robert Hess
Seattle, Washington

Rogerio Igarashi Vaz
Bar Trench
Tokyo, Japan

Ryan Maybee
The Riger
Kansas City, Missouri

Shawn Soole
Shawn Soole Consulting
Victoria, British Columbia, Canada

Simon Ford
86 Co.
Studio City, California

Timo Janse
Flying Dutchmen
Amsterdam, North Holland, Netherlands

Tony Harion
Mixing Bar/ Bacardi
Belo Horizonte, Brazil

Trevor Easter
Irish Hospitality Group
Sacramento, California

Trevor Patrick Frye
Five to One
Washington, D.C.

Zahra Bates
Los Angeles, California

Non-Voting Members

Cris Dehlavi (Cocktail Apprentice White Coat)
M Restaurant
Columbus, Ohio, USA

Trevor Kallies (Cocktail Apprentice White Coat)
Donnelly Group
Vancouver, BC Canada

Hotel Monteleone

Hotel Monteleone is home base for Tales of the Cocktail!

The 2018 room rate is $156 per night and includes: complimentary wifi; complimentary fitness center;
the ability to roll out of bed and make your 10am seminar with little to no effort;
long lasting memories and having no excuse for missing a thing because you were there, in the thick of it all!


International House
nternational House is a luxury boutique hotel located in downtown

New Orleans, two blocks from the French Quarter.
117 rooms, suites & penthouses
complimentary wifi
Aveda bath amenities
Apple TV
destination bar- loa

Rates starting at $159 per night.
Please call (504) 553-9550 and
mention Tales of the Cocktail to
book your reservation.


, New Orleans offers 217 luxury
hotel rooms situated in the heart
of the Central Business District
near the French Quarter.

Rates starting at $180 per night.


Crowne Plaza

Where Canal Street meets Bourbon Street, the newly renovated Astor Crowne Plaza
provides luxury accommodations amid the beating heart of New Orleans.

Rates starting at $159 per night.


Ace Hotel

Ace Hotel New Orleans
sits on the corner
of Carondelet and Lafayette street in the
Warehouse District of one of the best cities on Earth.

Rates starting at $139 per night.


Catahoula Hotel

The Catahoula Boutique Hotel is a 35-room boutique hotel
in downtown New Orleans, located near the French Quarter and Superdome.
Originally built in 1845, the hotel resides in a restored creole townhouse nestled on a quiet side street in the Central Business District.

Rates starting at $120.57 per night.

Please call (504) 603-2442 and mention Tales of the Cocktail to book your reservation.
Omni Royal Orleans

Omni Royal Orleans
offers graceful elegance
in the heart of New Orleans' French Quarter.
Located at the fashionable intersection of St. Louis and Royal streets

Rates starting at $159 per night.

Royal Sonesta
Take in the heart and soul of Louisiana from
one of the finest Bourbon Street New Orleans hotels.
Jazzed up and newly reimagined, the AAA Four Diamond-rated Royal Sonesta New Orleans effortlessly
combines timeless elegance and
southern refinement, setting itself
apart from other French Quarter hotels.

Rates starting at $179 per night.