2018 Calendar of Events and Special Days

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There are a lot of dates to keep an eye on working in the bar industry, here is a handy list of important dates to ensure you keep on top of them.

Everything seems to have it’s own ‘day’ wether it’s National Black Cat Day, National Waffle Day or even World Naked Gardening Day so it is no surprise that several classic cocktails and spirit categories have jumped on the bandwagon.Calendar-2018-Freddy

Add to this the influx of bar shows and cocktail weeks around the globe and each month has more dates to sift through than Paternoster Chop House.

We have picked out the most relevant for you and put them together all in one spot. Some of the bar events are not currently listed as the dates have yet to be released but we’ll be updating when they become live. If you see any obvious gaps please leave a note in the comments and we’ll add them in.

N.B. We haven’t listed all of the various festivals in the US as there are bloody millions of them, ditto with the various National Beer Days.


  • 1st: Bloody Mary Day
  • 3rd: Drinking Straw Day
  • 9th: Apricot Day
  • 10th – 18th: San Antonio Cocktail Conference
  • 11th: National Hot Toddy Day
  • 16th: International Hot & Spicy Food Day
  • 17th: National Hot Buttered Rum Day
  • 20th: DJ Day
  • 20th – 27th: Paris Cocktail Week
  • 24th: Beer Can Appreciation Day
  • 25th: Burns Night & Irish Coffee Day
  • 26th: Australia Day
  • 31st: Brandy Alexander Day


  • 2nd: Working Naked Day
  • 17th – 19th: Arizona Cocktail Week
  • 18th: Drink Wine Day
  • 22nd: Margarita Day
  • 24th: World Bartender Day
  • 24th – 25th: Whisky Show, Glasgow
  • 25th: Wine & Cheese Day
  • 27th: Kahlua Day
  • 28th – 3rd March: Bourbon Classic, Louisville


  • 2nd: Employee Appreciation Day
  • 3rd: Mulled Wine Day
  • 4th – 6th: San Diego Bartenders Weekend
  • 5th: Absinthe Day
  • 8th: International Women’s Day
  • 12th – 18th: London Beer Week
  • 14th: Crisps Day
  • 16th: No Selfies Day
  • 17th: St Patrick’s Day
  • 22nd: World Water Day
  • 23rd: WhiskyFest, Chicago
  • 24th: National Cocktail Day
  • 26th – 28th: Nightclub & Bar Convention & Trade Show, Las Vegas
  • 27th: International Whisk(e)y Day
  • 30th: Good Friday


  • 2nd: Easter Monday
  • 6th: New Beers Eve
  • 7th: Beer Day
  • 7th – 11th: Tales On Tour Edinburgh
  • 9th: Gin & Tonic Day & Unicorn Day
  • 14th: Rum Day
  • 18th: Banana Day
  • 19th: Amaretto Day
  • 21st: Tea Day
  • 23rd: German Beer Day
  • 27th – 28th: The Cognac Show, London


  • 4th – 13th: Singapore Cocktail Festival
  • 5th: Cinqo de Mayo
  • 6th: Lemonade Day & No Diet Day
  • 7th: Cosmopolitan Day & Bank Holiday (UK)
  • 12th – 13th: Tokyo International BarShow
  • 13th: World Cocktail Day
  • 14th – 20th: London Wine Week
  • 15th – 16th: Lisbon Bar Show
  • 16th: Mimosa Day & Chartreuse Day
  • 19th: World Whisky Day
  • 25th: Wine Day
  • 27th – 3rd: Camp Runamok, Kentucky
  • 28th: Bank Holiday (UK)
  • 30th: Mint Julep Day


  • 1st – 7th: Negroni Week
  • 3rd – 4th: Cocktails & Spirits, Paris
  • 4th: Cognac Day
  • 5th: Moonshine Day
  • 9th: World Gin Day
  • 9th – 10th: Rum Renaissance
  • 12th – 13th: Bar Convent Brooklyn
  • 14th: Bourbon Day
  • 19th: Martini Day
  • 25th – 26th: Oslo Bar Show
  • 27th: Pineapple Day
  • 30th: Mai Tai Day


  • 1st: International Joke Day
  • 2nd: Anisette Day
  • 2nd – 3rd: Imbibe Live, London
  • 4th: Barbecue Day
  • 6th – 15th: Brighton Cocktail Week
  • 7th: Chocolate Day
  • 10th: Pina Colada Day
  • 11th: Mojito Day
  • 14th: Grand Marnier Day
  • 17th: Tattoo Day
  • 17th – 22nd: Tales of the Cocktail
  • 19th: Daiquiri Day
  • 21st: Junk Food Day
  • 22nd: Mango Day
  • 24th: Tequila Day
  • 27th: Scotch Whisky Day
  • 31st: Black Tot Day


  • 3rd: Watermelon Day & White Wine Day
  • 4th: Mead Day
  • 9th: Melon Day
  • 9th – 12th: Espresso Martini Fest, London
  • 12th: Vinyl Record Day
  • 13th – 15th: Toronto Cocktail Conference
  • 16th: Rum Day
  • 19th: Photography Day
  • 19th – 26th: Camp Runamok, Kentucky
  • 25th: Whisk(e)y Sour Day
  • 25th – 26th: San Diego Spirits Festival
  • 27th: Bank Holiday (UK)
  • 28th: Red Wine Day
  • 29th: Lemon Juice Day


  • 1st: World Beer Day
  • 4th – 6th: Restaurant & Bar Hong Kong
  • 10th: Boss/Employee Exchange Day
  • 10th – 16th: Kentucky Bourbon Festival
  • 15th: Creme de Menthe Day
  • 15th – 19th: Sydney Bar Week
  • 19th: Talk Like A Pirate Day
  • 20th: Punch Day
  • 25th: One-Hit Wonder Day
  • 29th: Coffee Day
  • 29th – 30th: Whisky Show, London
  • 30th: Mulled Cider Day


  • 1st – 31st: Applejack Month
  • 1st – 7th: London Cocktail Week
  • 4th: Vodka Day
  • 7th & 8th: Tequila & Mezcal Fest, London
  • 8th – 10th: Bar Convent Berlin
  • 12th: Egg Day
  • 15th – 21st: London Rum Week
  • 16th: Liqueur Day
  • 19th: Gin & Tonic Day
  • 20th: Brandied Fruit Day
  • 20th – 21st: Rum Fest, London
  • 21st: Mezcal Day & Apple Day
  • 21st – 25th: Portland Cocktail Week


  • 6th – 7th: Athens Bar Show
  • 8th: Shot Day & Harvey Wallbanger Day
  • 12th: Happy Hour Day
  • 14th: Pickle (Back?) Day
  • 18th: Cider Day
  • 21st: Jukebox Day
  • 23rd: Espresso Day
  • 30th: St Andrews Day (Scotland)


  • 5th: Repeal Day
  • 7th: Bartender Appreciation Day
  • 10th: Lager Day
  • 14th: Screwdriver Day & Lost & Found Day
  • 16th: Chocolate Covered Anything Day
  • 20th: Sangria Day
  • 21st: Black Friday
  • 24th: Eggnog Day
  • 31st: Champagne Day

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