2013 Buckeye Bar Expo Heads to the Hollywood Casino Columbus on October 14! 




Buckeye Bar Expo planners are excited to announce that the 2013 Buckeye Bar Expo is moving to the brand new Hollywood Casino Columbus!  The casino takes the Expo to a whole new level, giving it the Vegas feel without the cost to fly to Vegas.  

This year's show offers product sampling, education and entertainment unlike anything else in this part of the country.

Bar owners and their employees who have aspired to stay on top of industry trends, but can't afford to make the trip to larger, national conventions will find the Buckeye Bar Expo to provide information on all the latest trends without the cost of travel.




Gin Blossoms to Headline 2011 Buckeye Bar Expo at The Bluestone

Buckeye Bar Expo planners are pleased to announce the Gin Blossoms will be the featured entertainment at this year's After Party on Monday, September 19 at The Bluestone. 

Fueled by mega-hits including "Hey Jealousy," "Found Out About You" and "Til I Hear It From You," Gin Blossoms completed the classic crossover from college-circuit heroes to multi-platinum album sellers.

The band's hometown following in Tempe, Arizona grew quickly as the band earned a great reputation as a live act. Readers of the Phoenix New Times chose them as the city's best rock band qualifying them to play at the South by Southwest Music Festival in Austin, Texas in March, 1989. Later that year, College Music Journal dubbed them the "Best Unsigned Band in America" and invited them to play MTV's New Music Awards in New York City.

Major label interest quickly followed …their initial releases on A&M Records included Up and Crumbling in 1991 and the multi-platinum selling New Miserable Experience in 1992 featuring the single, "Hey Jealousy" which peaked at 25 on the Billboard Hot 100. Four more singles followed … "Mrs. Rita," "Found Out About You," "Allison Road" and "Until I Fall Away." With NME having sold nearly 3 million copies in the US alone, the Gin Blossoms became a band to be reckoned with.

Congratulations I'm Sorry, which was released in 1996, was the Blossom's final original album of the decade bringing them two more hits … "Follow You Down" which spent ten weeks in the Top Ten and "As Long As It Matters" which earned the group a Grammy nomination for "Best Performance by a Duo or Group." The album debuted in Billboard's Top Ten and a year of touring helped put the record past 1,500,000 units sold.

The group then took a lengthy hiatus before embarking on an eighty-date US tour in 2002 and then releasing a new album, Major Lodge Victory in 2006.

Their latest album, No Chocolate Cake, was released on September 28th, 2010.

Stay tuned to this site and our Facebook page at facebook.com/buckeyebarexpo for more details!

2012 Buckeye Bar Expo returns to The Bluestone

The BluestoneBuckeye Bar Expo planners are proud to announce that this year's Expo is scheduled for Monday, September 17 at The Bluestone, 583 East Broad St. in Columbus.

To learn more about The Bluestone please visit http://liveatthebluestone.com/ or visit http://www.facebook.com/buckeyebarexpo

This year's expo promises to be bigger and better than ever with new seminars, new entertainment, new exhibitors and the same great fun you've come to expect!






2010 Buckeye Bar Expo October 4, 2010

The 9th Annual Buckeye Bar Expo on October 4 was a great success! Over 1,000 permit holders and their employees attended the 2010 Expo.

Thanks to our sponsors: Comp Management, DIAGEO, DSS, Law Offices of Lumpe & Raber, RJ Reynolds, and the Wholesale Beer and Wine Association of Ohio.

Thanks, as well, to all the other vendors who participated, which included A. Hardy USA Ltd., Bad Juan Margaritas, BarRags Drinkwear, Bevinco Bar Services, Big Game Sports Card Inc., B&J Solutions, Buckeye Beverage Systems, Buckeye Linen Service, Buckeye One Distributors, Carriage House Companies – Beverage Division, Columbus Distributing Beverages Ltd., Comp Management Inc., Comp Management Health Systems, Constellation Brands, Cooler Concepts, Crider Solutions, DIAGEO, Digital Dining / POS Innovation, DSS Installations, Garner Insurance Services, hotbarspot.com, L & P Vending, Legacy Good Health Beverage, Merchant Payment Services Inc., Ohio Licensed Beverage Association, Ohio Lottery, Ohio Tavern News, Pernod Ricard, Proximo Spirits, Remagen Inc., Remy Martin, Rossi-Thornburg Hospitality Insurance, Sazerac, thebarblogger.com, The Craig Group Inc. / Ohio Beverage Monthly, The Other Paper, The Real McCoy, Tito’s, Twisted Tea, William Grant / Brown Foreman and Southern Wine and Spirits.


Over 1,000 permit holders and their employees attended the Expo!

During the trade show at the DSS installations booth from 12pm – 2 pm, MMA fighters Mark Coleman and Wes Sims signed autographs! Attendees were also treated to Comp Management Sponsored entertainment by Wendy Pennington, Midnite Masquerade, Illicit Kitty and Kickin Dixie! Then the after party featured a DJ Showcase with Bombay, Gonzo, Quantum, Holla and Samurai! 


There were several very successful seminars at the Buckeye Bar Expo, as well. State TAM Coordinator Max Sorensen conducted a Techniques of Alcohol Management Course. The Ohio Division of Liquor Control provided a "Do’s and Don’ts of Liquor Law" seminar. "Self Defense for Bar Staff," gave attendees self defense techniques they can use when dealing with unruly customers and "Grow Your Bar Business Using Social Media" featuring Barry Chandler of thebarblogger.com was a great chance for bar owners to learn how to get their bar involved with social media.

My staff and I received many positive comments from the vendors who participated in these events. Thanks to all of the permit holders and their employees who attended the Expo. They have made it possible for us to begin planning for next year’s event.