Success Stories of our Fine Art Bartending Graduates

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Success Stories of a few Fine Art Bartending Graduates

Some of our Fine Art Bartending Vancouver graduates of our Commercial Bartending Course have gone on to some amazing careers. Read even just a few of these awesome testimonials of past students. At one point, they didn’t know the difference between a lager and an ale either!

We list off a pile of reasons why Fine Art Bartending is Vancouver’s Best Bartending School, but it is only through asking past students that you really learn why. If just don’t know who to ask, reviews like those below are a start!

Luca Corradini attended Vancouver’s Fine Art Bartending School in 2008, and has gone on to incredible international success as a Bartender. After finishing up with the Fine Art Commercial Bartending Course, and the One Day Flair Seminar, Luca found himself an entry level bartending job on Granville street at Cafe Crepe, slinging pitchers of draft for students. From these humble beginnings, he went on to London, England, and became immersed in the local flair bartending scene, entering international competitions and working at a London Nightclub. From London, he travelled to Mexico, teaching flair bartending seminars of his own as he traveled across the country. Back in London, and working at another hotspot, Luca’s flair bartending skills were spotted by a recruiter for a huge hotel chain, and he was offered a job in Dubai. After a stint bartending at the massive Jumeriah Beach Resort in Dubai, Luca headed back to London once again, and became immersed in craft cocktail culture. Luca now works behind the bar at one of the most historic, top cocktail bars in the world. Luca regularly travels to train bartenders and do guest bartending appearances in cities all over the globe. We are incredibly proud of what he has achieved over the last 7 years, and we appreciate his public endorsement of the training he started with at Fine Art Vancouver.

Graduates that Travel

Myles Williams
“I’d been working at a banquet hall, for about a year and a half, maybe two years, before I went to Fine Art. There was this lounge attached to the hall that I really wanted to Bartend in, but my boss wouldn’t promote me because he didn’t feel I was qualified to make the cocktails there. At Fine Arts I learned a whole load of classic cocktails, and got a ton of time to practice making them on the bar they have there. When I graduated I felt really comfortable being behind the bar – I even got to bartend at a couple of events after graduating, because someone had contacted the school looking for Bartenders to work some weddings. My boss took me a lot more seriously after all that, and started giving me those shifts in the lounge. “It was great in the lounge, and I did that for a while, but what I really wanted to do was get downtown, like into the club scene. So I kept an ear to the Fine Art Facebook page, and this guy had posted on there that he was looking for Flair Bartenders to come work his bar down in the Dominican. I’d taken the Flair Bartending course too at Fine Arts, so that night I got a few bottles together and made him a demo tape of me making drinks, using the tricks I’d learned. I sent it off and he loved it! He was like ‘You’re hired! Get your shots and get your butt down here!’ So I went to the Dominican! “When I came back to Canada, I contacted the school again because I needed a job. They told me that this knew place – this was a couple of years ago – this new place on Granville Street, FANCLUB, was hiring Flair Bartenders and that I should go apply asap. Again, I got the job, loved it, and I’ve been here ever since.”

Camilla C
I took the course in Vancouver to prepare for a job I had already set up at a restaurant in the Caribbean. I was nervous that my manager & customers would be able to tell I was new, but coming out of the course I had lots of technique. Like how to pour properly, and an idea of quantity, some conversation starters with my customers, how to make different drinks, and a better education on different spirits, liqueurs, beers and wines. What I can really say about taking the course is it gave me a little more confidence and although I still had a lot to learn I felt like I wasn’t starting at zero, I had a base. My first job was working at a Tex-Mex bar and grill called Jimbo’s Rock n’ Blues Cafe. Famous for it’s Margaritas (thank God you taught me those!). Then a small beach shack which was really cool just working barefoot in the sand wearing a bathing suit. That was a cool experience I hope many bartenders get to experience at some point. The last place I worked at was a world renowned restraint called Sunset Bar and Grill (used to be Sunset Beach Bar but switched ownership) and it’s located at the bottom of the airport’s runway in Saint Maarten. Thanks Fine Art Bartending for giving me a kick start to my Caribbean bartending career!

Danielle J
I took the course because I was always interested in mixing drinks, in learning about wines etc. Here in Switzerland, bartending courses are extremely expensive and I think the atmosphere wouldn’t be the same as in Vancouver. 🙂 I took weekend classes and we were a class with 5 students, which was very cool because the teacher could focus more on each one of us, and we had a lot of fun there. Especially Suzanne was a very good teacher and I enjoyed every Saturday with her. I think that i still can use this certificate here in Switzerland because I’m going to study hospitality management and in the first 2 semester we have a lot of practical exercise and a long internship where we have to be in bars or serve in the restaurant, and maybe one day I’ll come back to Vancouver, who knows:-)

Shannon S
I took the evening classes and had a fantastic time! I had a great time learning how to bartend while making new friends and all around having a blast! Suzanne was a great teacher who was willing to put in extra time with the students who needed it. She was always helpful while challenging us to push ourselves. Ryan was a great source for information on wines; I think I learned more in that one night than I ever have on my own. Three months later I have moved to Alberta and have found a job bartending at a lounge in a hotel. Overall the course was well worth it to just learn all the techniques that would take you months to learn on the job. I would definitely recommend the course to anyone who is interested in bartending!

Bartending on a Boat

Phil H. – Richmond
I just wanted to let you know taking your class jump started my bartending career. Within the first month I got a job with Accent Cruises which eventually led me to start a business called “West Coast Bartenders”. Through WCB, I bartend or contract other bartenders out to events, parties, gigs, corporate outings, weddings, birthdays and anniversaries. I highly recommend anyone who is interested in bartending to take this course. I know without it I would not be where I am today. Thanks!

Yi Yi
I took my class at Fine Art last summer and a month later I was hired as a part time bartender at Vancouver Harbour Cruises. Its a cool job with great money. The class was fun and very practical. I learned all the essential skills during class. Thanks for helping me being very “Cool” in front of my friends and fellow classmates. Awesome experience. All the best to Fine Art.

Leah B
​Taking the Fine Art Bartending course in Vancouver was one of the best choices I ever made. The intense 2 week course opened up the doors to options, cash flow, and travel around the world. With my persistence and the assistance of Fine Art, I landed my first bartending gig at a restaurant in Richmond. From there I worked at a handful of pubs, nightclubs, and restaurants in Vancouver where I had the potential to make as much as $1000 in a single night! Not only did I get the confidence and knowledge to become a working bartender, I also took the flair bartending course and eventually participated in 2 exciting competitions at the Mirage Nightclub and The Plaza over the next couple years. This gave me exposure to the industry and an ability to market myself to potential venues. My experience as a bartender landed me a job with the bar staff on the most famous luxury cruise liners in the world: Cunard. I have traveled to all of the continents in the world, seen the pyramids, the Eiffel tower, Coliseum in Rome, Fjords in Norway, Berlin wall, penguins in Chile, crocodiles in Costa Rica, (you get the point!) and more! I am currently work at ‘The Cluricaune’ pub in Winnipeg while I finish off Broadcasting school. My passion has always been to create smiles. Knowledge, speed and efficiency are key, but having a passion for people and the ability to entertain will make you an exceptional bartender. Fine Art will definitely give you the tools and the rest is up to you!

Found A Job Right Away

Dawar H
I took the Fine Arts Bartending Class in Vancouver. The class was so much fun and the instructors were great. Two weeks after I graduated I had a job. I’m currently working at Pasta Polo in Coquitlam and I love it. Thank you so much Ryan and Suzanne.

Joleen Z
I took the day class at the Fine Art Bartending school in Vancouver back in summer 2008 and I have to say it was a real awesome experience. The instructor was friendly, and not to mention the course was creative and fun! You will learn the real stuff by practising every class, as the result, you will become a bartender just as you dreamed to be! I got two part-time jobs right after my graduation and I find what I learned from school helped me a great deal at work. Many thanks to the Fine Art Bartending!

Kevin Y​
​Taking this course was a great experience for me! I found a bartending job in Vancouver easily after I took this course. Although I didn’t continue to work as a bartender as my career with my boring engineering degree got too busy, I’ve gained entrance to a whole new knowledge through this course. Now I know my drinks to make at parties, what wine I prefer at a fine dining restaurant, or just the general knowledge of what all those bottles of liquid are when I hit the liquor store. I strongly recommend this course to whoever wants a jumpstart to a career in bartending, add more experience to your current bartending job, or even just there to learn more about alcohol, enjoy, and have fun!

Hayden E
​The Fine Art Bartending Course was not only an absolute blast but also very informative. I took the day time course in December. The course was practical and to the point. I feel that I have taken a lot away that would have taken much longer then if it had been through trial and error. I have found the job market is still fairly experience focused. However, with the bartending course under my belt, I have found myself a position serving at an upscale Mediterranean lounge in New Westminster. I plan to return in the future for the one day flair course.

Travis N
It was only a matter of time after taking the Fine Art Bartending course, followed by a Flair Bartending Seminar that my first job opportunity came up. Now working at a busy bar, the courses have paid themselves off many times over. The flexibility from day to night classes makes it easy to attend for anyone! The very thorough course teaches its students a wide range of bar related knowledge, making Fine Art Bartending school your one stop solution for your bartending needs. Thanks for all the help over those two weeks!

Katrina R
​After really thinking about what specifically was the best thing that I got out of the school and I have finally pinpointed some of the many reasons that I am grateful to have taken your two week course. I guess the best way to start is to explain why I chose to take the course in the first place, the reason for this initial decision is based on confidence. I have been interested in bartending since I turned 18 (in Alberta that was considered legal) but I never knew where to start or even how to start. No one would hire me because I had no experience. This seriously played on my confidence in the service industry which I never really got over until now, four years later, after taking the Fine Art course in Vancouver. Though I now have experience serving from the past year and a half, I was still finding it hard to get a job behind the bar once again due to lack of experience on my resume. This is where Fine Art has really helped me along. Just by having the certification I have been hired on as a bartender for events and a production company’s theatre. This job would not have been obtainable without the certificate due to its fast pace environment and high class clientele with all their high expectations and need for the more exotic, delicate, and plainly more difficult drinks. So as a conclusion I would like to say thank you Fine Art for helping me break in to the industry and teach me what it takes to be a successful bartender, I wouldn’t have been able to do it without you!

Vince L
Thanks to Fine Art Bartending School, you guys showed me and taught me what I needed to know to work my magic. The school even got me my very first job at a catering hall in Vancouver, and private gigs which i still do now. With their experiences and knowledge they can answer any question, and they’ll also teach you how to throw bottles in the air. I even referred 3 friends and they all loved the school and continue to send referrals. And the best part i can come back anytime for a quick refresher on new drink recipes, tricks and tips. cheers to the very best bartending school there is!

International Bartending Students

Kim H
My English wasn’t really good when I took the class but you found the way to explain it to me properly, so I could become a good bartender! I was already working as a bartender in a restaurant in Vancouver before I took your course, and a month after taking the course I became the bar manager! During the time that I was a bar manager I developed and created an entire drink menu – taking your course was a essential step to get to this point ! Thanks a lot for bringing me there!

Ulrika S
​Even though I don’t speak English fluently since I’m from Sweden, I think Fine Art Bartending School was really great! I stayed in Vancouver for a couple of months and just before I left I decided to take the course and I don’t regret it for a second. The teachers are great! They don’t just teach you some drinks; they really prepare you for the actual work. I would really recommend Fine Art Bartending School to anyone! Cheers!

Wanted to Improve

Kristy W
I took the Fine Art Bartending course a while back, but as a SECOND bartending course. I would have to say that I learned so much more in this course. Anyone can pour an ounce into a shot glass but this course teaches you the KNOWLEDGE you need as a bartender. I have ended up bartending in a number of environments from busy Granville street nightclubs, to high end restaurants, to country clubs. This course teaches you how to be a “diverse” bartender which lead to my success in the industry.

Craig P
I just wanted to say thanks to the instructors for the course at the Vancouver Fine Art Bartending School. I found the course to be well paced, very informative and appreciated all the attention and consistent feedback. The course was very hands on and was filled with tips and tricks of the trade. Even as somebody who has been in the industry before there wasn’t a day that I didn’t take home something very beneficial that I could use and apply. Not only did I learn over 70 cocktails and martinis, the drills to become fast and efficient at them are excellent. The course is challenging but with a clear progression and sequence that makes learning the drinks easy. If anyone was ever wondering about the course I highly recommend it as it surpassed my expectations. The instructors are some of the best bartenders in the city to learn from and the course will definitely help you get your foot in the door while looking for a job. I was just hired at a Pub today not even 2 weeks after the course was over. Thanks again

Shawn G
I am the owner of a fine dining Italian restaurant. After developing 2 restaurants, I wasn’t sure if a taking bartending course would be very helpful to me. Anyway, I took the course on Aug 2009 at Fine Art Bartending and I can say in one line: “This was one of the best decisions that I have made for my business”. Here are the area’s that course helped me the most:

  1. Before taking the course, I would always have to have a bartender, working even on slow nights. Now, I can run the show with no help (Less employee cost).
  2. I always scheduled one extra server in case we get busy. But now if we get rush I go to the bar, make the drinks for the server, and everything runs smoothly.
  3. Learned how to setup the bar properly and efficiently.
  4. During the course I became familiar with all of the popular drink names & terminology. Now at least I do not look confused when I get the orders, as we have guests from many different countries.
  5. After the course (and some self study), I made my own recipe for a new martini, we sell that more than our 9 other martinis.
  6. The course did a help in a few other areas such as Inventory etc.

I enjoyed the course a lot and I’d like to thank Fine Art for what I learned.

Sabrina S
Hi Ryan, I just wanted to say thanks to both you and Suzanne! You offer an amazing program and both of you were so personable; it was a pleasure learning from you. Suzanne’s knowledge was amazing…anything we asked her in class, she was able to answer. I am still working in the same pub as before, but I now do some bartending as well. Quite frankly, I’m not sure why I didn’t take this program before! I look forward to taking your flair course sometime in the near future and expanding my repertoire. I have recommended this school to anyone who is interested in learning to bartend. Thank you again! I had so much fun!!

Ioana D
Just wanted to thank you for the great time at the course and to inform you that it serves me well. It gives an enormous sense of assurance and safety throughout a busy night to know that no matter how many drink orders you get you can do it without even appearing in a haste. Yes people, it’s possible. And if, especially as a beginner, you’re tired of fellow bartenders too good to impart their precious knowledge with newcomers, consider the bartending course, where you can learn the “tricks” in just a few lessons, in an easy going, approachable and fun way. You’ll find out that mixology is an art that can be mastered. Cheers to all lovers of good drinks!

Nick F
Enrolling in the Fine Art program not only gave me solid fundamental bartending skills but engaged my interest in the industry. The school’s flexible hours allowed me to complete the 2 week course while working a 30-35 hr/week job. After finishing I found a better job with possibilities for promotion in a great organization in Yaletown. My success there (including top prize in the monthly martini competition) can almost certainly be attributed to the professional attitude and habits encouraged in the Fine Art program. On a more personal note, I have been in Halifax studying full time since the summer of 2007 when I took the course. When I return to B.C. after graduating this August I’m looking forward to most likely returning to the restaurant I started with at the end of that summer (Yaletown Brewing Company). I had a really good experience with their organization and in the 8 weeks I spent there I was already running food and would have either started serving or barbacking the pub-side had I not left Vancouver for school so soon. I miss the standard of service and quality in the Lower Mainland. Apart from a few exceptions Halifax entertainment is overwhelmingly ‘average’.

Happy They Chose Fine Art Bartending

Kyle V
I had a lot of fun in the course. Learning the drinks and pouring was fun but I think what made it was the people I was in class with. A class full of outgoing people just makes it that much better. And I did manage to get a few bartending gigs in the summer doing weddings and beer gardens through the schools contacts in North Vancouver, so overall, it was worth it

Rosa A
Fine Art Bartending school was the best decision I made. I took the night course and everyone that attended the class with me at the time, was so nice and helpful, and the teachers were great. Having a background of liquor and bartending was alot of help when it came time to look for employment. I have now found full-time work bartending at a busy bar in Burnaby, and having the Fine Art course under my belt REALLY made finding a job faster, and easier. It was awesome being at my first bartending job only 8 days after finishing the course and when I stepped into the bar for the first time it felt like second nature. I was confident making drinks, thanks to the great teachers at Fine Art.

James H
I really enjoyed the class, i went to the day and night courses in Vancouver and liked them both. It never got to be boring and I was always learning something new. You did a great job teaching and kept it interesting (never a dull moment). I am currently looking for a job bartending/serving but the course will help me get a start. Great job!

Varinder S
I definitely recommend Fine Art Bartending for preparation in the industry. The instructors don’t just teach you basic techniques but also skills that you would need to learn to prepare for not just in performing the job but surviving in the industry. Starting off in the industry, if it wasn’t for Fine Art, I wouldn’t of had the confidence in performing the work I do today I definately recommend this for students and for people wanting to make some extra cash

Kyle S.
The Fine Art Bartending classes were a great help. I took day classes and had just finished with my previous job, learning to bartend was a great experience. It opened up a lot of doors for me, especially when employers found out what course I took. The course is awesome you learn amazing drinks and the students and instructor made the class enjoyable. I’m presented with a new opportunity everyday and the instructors even help you placing a job, just get going and start earning the big tips. Thanks!

David F
Great class! I have already recommended it to some relatives that are looking to bartend.

Started Bartending in Vancouver Clubs

Jessika D
I decided to take the fine art bartending course to freshen up my bartending skills. And learn to properly bartend. I took the course july 2008, and went to the morning classes. The skills you learn in this course are all the key skills you need to be a great bartender, from holding the bottle properly, types of glass wear, and even lining up your glasses. I had a great teacher who made my experience the best and this was funnest course I’ve taken. It is nice having the night classes, because if I missed a day class, I could easily go to the evening, and learn whatever i missed. I found that i had a real passion for bartending, and learned every drink that you can think of. It was really fun and rewarding being able to make the drinks, and see how quick I could make them. With the help of my amazing teacher, I was given the confidence and skills to work right away. Only a few weeks after completing the course, I started working at Pop Opera, one of the hottest and busiest clubs in Vancouver. Not to mention I was bartending at a bar, all by myself, and loved it. I’ve worked there from the grand opening, and still love my job. Without the confidence that the Fine Art course has given me, I would not have been give this great job, nor the confidence and knowledge to work in a busy club with such ease.

Did the Fine Art Bartending Course for Fun

Kyle F
I’ve always wanted to bartend, and for me, Fine Art Bartending School was a no-brainer. Not only do they have a great reputation but you get real bar training from real bartenders who are also great people. The training was thorough and comprehensive but also enjoyable and in an atmosphere that is conducive to bartending. They gave me all the skills and knowledge that I needed to not just become a quality bartender but also how to obtain a quality position. I’ve since been hired on full-time at The Baron Bar and Grill at the Abbotsford Airport. It’s been going great and I owe a lot of thanks to Ryan and Suzanne from Fine Art Bartending School. There’s simply no way I’d have had similar results if I didn’t take this course.

Michael P
I wanted to take the time to write you a thank you note for the great time I had learning at Fine Art Bartending School. I have never been one to do well in a class room environment but with your extensive knowledge and ability to connect with your students made it possible for me to understand and put to practice all that was being taught. The course was not just knowledgeable but was fun as well. The hands on exercises were pretty intense at times but gave you the feeling of working in a busy bar environment allowing you to focus under pressure and achieve consistency with the drinks you were making. Being someone that has worked in the bar industry for many years but on the other side of the bar as a doorman I can honestly say I have seen a lot of bartenders come and go and the ones that lasted the longest, made the most tips and seem the most knowledgeable were your graduates. Keep up all the great work you do!

Jasmina F​
​After researching many other bartending schools in Vancouver, I came across Fine Art and was amazed by its reputation and knowledgeable instructors. My instructor was exceptionally dedicated to teaching and made sure that each lesson was informative as well as enjoyable. The classes were very practical and extremely fun! I would recommend Fine Art to anyone, whether you are pursuing a career in the industry or just doing it for fun.

Tim W.
​I’m so glad that I took the bartending course at Fine Art Bartending School of Vancouver. Coming out of it, I felt very confident with my bartending skills. The learning material offered by the school was incredible and the range of drinks covered was so varied that I feel I could work in any situation. The class has allowed me to feel more confident and I gained a lot of fundamental knowledge. I would like to thank all the instructors for taking the patience, time and care for guiding us to become a professional bartender.

Molly M.
The course definitely helped me to get a job as a bartender. I have also gotten a lot more responsibility and respect at serving jobs because management knows that I can also work the bar if need be. Since I have a general understanding of the make up of cocktails, I have been able to assist customers better when they are choosing what to drink. The course was absolutely worthwhile in terms of getting jobs in the service industry. It is also given me the opportunity more than once to impress people with my knowledge of alcohol production or drink make-ups. I would recommend it to anyone looking to boost their resume and/or knowledge of drinks.

Deb L
I thought this class was great. The instructors possessed fantastic product knowledge and tips of the trade. I had a fantastic time and would actually recommend it to all my friends. It was nice to have the choice of going to the day class or night if you missed a class & both instructors were amazing. Cheers!

Kathryn S
Fine Art Bartending School Vancouver taught me skills and techniques to bartending that made me more confident in my work. I learnt how to make so many different drinks, more than i thought possible in the two week time frame of the course. I also learned some interesting history on the different liquors, liqueurs and wines etc. In addition, the classes were alot of fun and the teacher was quite entertaining.

Oana B
Fine Art Bartending in Vancouver was an awesome course!!!! It was fun and also learned so many things about beer, wine, spirits and make all those fun & yummy cocktails. and p.s. great instructors!!!:)

Kyle S.
​The Fine Art Bartending classes were a great help. I took day classes and had just finished with my previous job, learning to bartend was a great experience. It opened up a lot of doors for me, especially when employers found out what course I took. The course is awesome you learn amazing drinks and the students and instructor made the class enjoyable. I’m presented with a new opportunity everyday and the instructors even help you placing a job, just get going and start earning the big tips. Thanks!