Between Tuesday and Wednesday, “the most prestigious names in the mixology, hospitality, catering and hospitality sector at an international level” will meet in Lisbon, in an event that aims to provide a platform for professionals and clients to get to know “new techniques and tools, trends and news.

“The Lisbon Bar Show is a platform for learning about trends in the bar industry, featuring some of the most important names in the sector. It is also the right place for exchanging experiences and getting to know what is best done both nationally and internationally”, said Alberto Pires, founder of the initiative.

One of the novelties this year is the holding of the first Iberian Congress of Bartenders, on Tuesday, with lectures, round tables, debate and exchange of ideas on the main trends in the markets of both countries.

From Paradiso (Barcelona), ranked first on the list of the World’s 50 Best Bars, Margarita Sader and Gabriele Armani will make a presentation at the congress, in which the presence of Fernando Brito, president of the technical council of Associação Barmen de Portugal; Ana Paula Pais, training director at Turismo de Portugal; Rosário Santos, from Stamina Hospitality (Lisbon) or Marc Alvarez, from SIPS Bar (3rd place in the World’s 50 Best Bars, in Barcelona), among others.

More than 120 exhibitors, including importers, distributors and official entities, will also be present at the meeting, where it will be possible to watch presentations and take part in tastings.

Of the 50 best bars in the world, 12 establishments will be present at the Lisbon Bar Show, including Red Frog (Lisbon, 40th), the only Portuguese bar on the list.

Since the distinction, in October last year, the Lisbon bar has seen an increase in demand and an increase in turnover. With capacity for 25 people, the establishment receives about 80/85 customers per night (each table is occupied for up to two hours), but the waiting list exceeds 200 requests and has a delay of two to three weeks.

“People live an experience here, a bit like registering Michelin star restaurants”, explained Paulo Gomes, co-owner of Red Frog and co-organizer of the Lisbon Bar Show.

In previous editions, the event received more than 6,000 visitors, mostly professionals from the sector, but also the general public.

The Lisbon Bar Show takes place in Sala Tejo at the Altice Arena, from 12:00 to 20:00, and the entrance ticket for both days costs 35 euros.