Growing coalition advocates for policies supporting on-premise establishments facing financial turmoil due to the COVID-19 crisis

Bar & Restaurant, an organization owned by Questex and focused on providing resources to bar, nightlife and restaurant businesses, today joined the Hospitality Recovery Coalition.

“The addition of Bar & Restaurant strengthens the coalition’s broad range of expertise and increases its ability to assist on-premise partners, such as restaurants, bars and distilleries, reeling from the severe economic impacts of COVID-19,” said Distilled Spirits Council President & CEO Chris Swonger on behalf of the coalition. “Our goals are the same – to support hospitality businesses facing incredible challenges because of the pandemic. We look forward to continuing to amplify the plight of the hospitality industry and working to secure policy changes that will help them get back on their feet.”

“Bar & Restaurant has been dedicated to supporting operators through this pandemic since the very beginning, and we are excited to continue those efforts alongside the Hospitality Recovery Coalition,” said Vice President of Bar & Restaurant Tim McLucas. “Through our platforms, we’ll amplify the work of the coalition and the voices of operators around the country. Getting our industry up and running again is our main priority, and we’re honored to stand with the Hospitality Recovery Coalition to do so.”

The Hospitality Recovery Coalition is an initiative led by the Distilled Spirits Council of the United States (DISCUS) in partnership with the American Distilled Spirits Alliance (ADSA), Bar & Restaurant, the Council of State Restaurant Associations (CSRA), the National Restaurant Association, Tales of the Cocktail Foundation and TIPS.

The Hospitality Recovery Coalition is committed to responsibility and encourages moderation for adults who choose to drink alcohol. Cocktails to-go are intended for home consumption. Laws governing alcohol consumption must always be observed.



The Distilled Spirits Council of the United States

DISCUS is the leading voice and advocate for distilled spirits in the U.S., advocating on legislative, regulatory and public affairs issues impacting the distilled spirits sector at the local, state, federal and international levels. DISCUS members are committed to responsibility and encourage adults who drink to do so in moderation.

The American Distilled Spirits Alliance

ADSA is a trade association of 27 member companies with common interests in the manufacturing, importation and marketing of distilled spirits products in the United States.  ADSA members produce approximately two-thirds of all the distilled spirits currently sold in the U.S. Previously known as the Presidents’ Forum of the Distilled Spirits Industry, ADSA traces its history back over 40 years.

Bar & Restaurant

Bar & Restaurant is the bar, nightlife and restaurant business authority. Its experienced, dedicated team delivers owners, operators and managers the resources they need to thrive in this highly competitive industry. Coverage includes our six core pillars including Operations, Guest Experience, People & Staffing, Marketing, Food & Beverage, and Technology. Bar & Restaurant provides the information operators need to open or re-brand a venue, expand to new markets, or look to dominate across the nation and internationally.

The Council of State Restaurant Associations

CSRA’s Mission is to foster goodwill and promote the success of state restaurant associations and their members. The purpose of CSRA is to foster and promote the best interests of the state restaurant associations.

The National Restaurant Association

Founded in 1919, the National Restaurant Association is the leading business association for the restaurant industry, which comprises 1 million restaurant and foodservice outlets and a workforce of 15.6 million employees. We represent the industry in Washington, D.C., and advocate on its behalf. We also sponsor the industry’s largest trade show; leading food safety training and certification program (ServSafe); and unique career-building high school program (the NRAEF’s ProStart).

Tales of the Cocktail Foundation

Tales of the Cocktail Foundation is a non-profit organization designed to educate, advance and support the hospitality industry while creating a lasting impact in communities that host its events. Tales of the Cocktail Foundation is the global leader in spirits education and a platform to tackle issues facing the global spirits community. Tales of the Cocktail will be hosted digitally from September 20 – 23, 2021. For more information on Tales of the Cocktail®, please visit


TIPS (Training for Intervention ProcedureS) is a dynamic, skills-based training program designed to prevent intoxication, drunk driving and underage drinking by enhancing the fundamental “people skills” of servers, sellers and consumers of alcohol. TIPS gives individuals the knowledge and confidence they need to recognize potential alcohol-related problems and intervene to prevent alcohol-related tragedies.

United States Bartenders Guild

USBG’s mission is uniting the hospitality community to advance professional bartending. We believe tending & owning bars is an honorable career choice. Our goal is to empower bartenders to take charge of their careers. We accomplish this through working with our committed partners to enrich the career advancement of our members through peer-to-peer learning, expert instruction, service projects and competition. Since knowledge is power, our chapters hold cocktail competitions, sponsor intimate seminars with internationally recognized brand representatives, and forge relationships between top bar talent in 50 cities and counting. We offer all our members opportunities to compete, travel around the world, and spread knowledge in the pursuit of elevating our craft.