Our Grads Get Hired!
This spring has been a great one for students coming through our commercial bartending course and getting jobs. There aren’t too many careers out there where just two weeks of schooling can land you a decent paying job in a very fun industry. Get creative with cocktails! Try problem solving the random issues that pop up behind the bar. Practice some customer psychology and monitor social interactions. Make some great industry contacts while earning tips.
Recent Bartending School Graduates
Adrian S. now bartending at Sammy J’s out in Surrey. Adrian is a keen student of life… and sciences. His path will probably lead him through engineering on his way to eventually becoming an astronaut, but while on that way he wanted to have some fun. Bartending is a craft he figured would be great to round out his skills. We couldn’t agree more. After starting his day classes in May 2019, Adrian also excelled and knew what he wanted. His target location to sling drinks was The Study, but after they turned him down he kept walking those resumes around. Excellent job Adrian and be sure to not forget about us little people when you are looking down on us from orbit!
In North Vancouver
Kim K. now working the Keg on the North Shore. Kim joined our weekend classes. As a Fine Arts student at UBC, she wanted something different to do other than play cello. She came in with zero knowledge of liquor and over the next 4 weekends she rocked the written and practical exam with 97% combined. Five days later Kim sent us a note saying she landed a job exactly where she wanted, and was starting Monday. Congratulations Kim!
Kim T. went from our bartending classes to managing at Pier 7 in North Vancouver. That’s quite the step up in just a couple weeks from finishing the classes. She had signed up for our Wine Tasting Seminar, but had to reschedule due to getting a job and having to work that night. Let’s hope she makes it to this next wine tasting, because we need to spend a little time catching up.
Anna I. was thinking she wanted to work downtown as a bartender. After a couple weeks in class, she did well at knowing her cocktails and spirits history. Our weekend instructor mentioned that they needed a part time bartender to help out at the place he works, and was looking for recommendations. Anna set aside her requirements to be downtown and checked out the fusion restaurant Ancora Ambleside, and they gave her a chance. Apparently the kitchen staff has really taken to her and now the head chef is wondering why the rest of the bartenders can’t be more like her. Way to impress Anna!
In Downtown Vancouver
Tichape M. didn’t even finish our classes. Each night after class, she and her classmates would ‘study’ a few cocktails while roaming around Vancouver. They ended up at the Granville strip a couple of those nights and the bartending manager essentially hired her on the spot… even with a couple drinks in her. She still showed up for that last night of testing just to give moral support to the other guys in class, but didn’t write the test because it was going to be her first shift on the back bar that night.
Oscar D. was in our night classes and tried his hardest to nail the material. His 2 years of bartending in Mexico may have helped with speed, but his cocktail knowledge really needed to level up. In a decently sized class Oscar trailed his peers, but held his own. When it came to test day, he passed. Not flying colours, but meeting the 80% threshold we need to see from anyone finishing our classes to grant them a certificate. Oscar was spending his days and nights in the kitchen at restaurants and really just wanted to get to the front of the house. He listened intently to each of our job hunting tips, and put together his resume. He persistently marched it around to places he felt he might want to bartend at. Thursday, Friday and Saturday you can now find Oscar popping the caps off Coronas at Patron on Robson! Keep being awesome Oscar.
Abee P. came through some holiday classes we had back in December, right around Christmas. She mentioned that she came to Vancouver from back east and out there she was a ‘decent college bartender’. When arriving on the west coast she was quick to land a job, but it didn’t stick. She figured it was a lack of cocktail knowledge, because as a ‘college bartender’ she only had to do highballs and basic beer. Before finishing the classes she found another job at Rogers Arena in the Sportsbar. We helped her perfect the drinks she needed for work, then added another 70 to her repertoire for those customers that just want something else.
Opening New Restaurants
Kai and Brianne recently opened Ampersand in Gastown. As part of their preparation, both of them went through our bartending course to understand the essential skills needed behind the bar. Through their two weeks in class, they made contacts with their fellow students and the instructor for tips on what to watch for when hiring new bartenders. They also brought up cocktail ideas for discussion in class. Kai and Brianne ended up hiring Skye as their head bartender, who too is another recent graduate of Fine Art Bartending. It’s great to see entrepreneurs opening some great new spaces in Vancouver.
Niwi (we know her name is spelled very differently) came through the day class a couple months ago. Renovations were underway for her Vietnamese fusion restaurant about to open on Fraser Street. She was in a small class which offered a lot of time for questions on building cocktails, hiring new staff and how she should lay out equipment in her new restaurant. We can’t help her with everything, but we can offer our two cents on where we liked having our ice machine.
New Classes Starting Regularly
These are the students we only most recently have heard from. Certainly there are more, and we will probably hear about them during one of our upcoming wine or flair seminars. It’s always great to hear success stories, and our graduates have them. We give you the skills and know how. Persistence from each of these students is what got them hired!