By Ben DuBose
Students and professionals under the age of 30 and attending
CORROSION 2018 were able to unwind and network during a special night out on
the town earlier this week.
The annual “30 Below” event is aimed to connect the
brightest new minds in the world of corrosion with an evening of music, drinks,
food, and dancing. In all, NACE organizers estimated a total attendance count
of ~200 for the four-hour event, which took place from 7:30 to 11:30 p.m. on
This year’s 30 Below was held at Valley Bar, located just a
few blocks away from the Phoenix Convention Center — where CORROSION 2018 is
taking place all week. Shuttle buses were used to transport attendees to and from
the conference site or select hotels.
With a back-alley entrance marked only by a small glowing
red sign, Valley Bar is located at the base of a downtown building constructed
in 1949. The “30 Below” celebration took place in the bar’s underground lounge,
with thrift store paintings on the walls and cocktails named after Arizona
politicians. The interior decor also consists of a color palette full of soft
yellows, cool greys, and bright whites, which serves to remind patrons that
this is sunlit Arizona.
The bar aims to celebrate what Phoenix life was and is by bringing a unique Arizona feel to the facility, and the young CORROSION 2018 delegates in attendance found it an ideal setting to network — and party! — deep into the desert night.