Tending a bar, like tending a baby or a 400-acre ranch, requires hard work, patience, and the ability to tolerate lots of wild screaming. Hone your hand at the bar with today's Groupon at Fine Art Bartending. Choose between the following options:
- For $65, you get an Introduction to Bartending class (a $165.99 value).
- For $250, you get a two-week full Bartending Certification course (a $599 value).
Fine Art Bartending offers hands-on training to professional barkeep aspirants and home-hobbyists alike in a fun and interactive environment. During the four-hour introductory class, an experienced pro will teach you all the bartending basics and sympathetic-listening techniques necessary to manning the boozy gates. You'll cover proper mixing, pouring, and braising methods as you create your own concoctions of classic cocktails, martinis, and shots. Your instructor will also go over all the essential elements to stocking and maintaining a home bar so that you’re prepared when a potential mate or the Blue Bombers stop by for a drink. Classes are usually scheduled on Saturday afternoons from noon to 4 p.m.
For those whose future vision includes drink slinging for tips or tipsy grins, the two-week certification course at Fine Art Bartending adds further skills to one's mixological indoctrination. Instructors lead a field trip to either the Pourhouse or Ambers Brewery to teach the liquid choreography of draft-beer pouring and to the Red Square Vodka House so aspirants can tackle a guest bartending shift. After graduation, swizzle-pivoting students will test their prowess and current-events-trivia retention with a live shift at Red Square, then tap into the school’s database of bartending jobs across Canada. Daytime classes take place Mondays through Thursdays from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. for two weeks; night classes take place Mondays through Thursdays from 6 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. for two weeks. Long-weekend classes will run Tuesdays to Fridays on those weeks. Tuition for both classes includes all taxes and course materials, which leaves extra resources for coveted continuing-education classes in bar-top acrobatics.
Fine Art Bartending School
Equipped with varied experience and an in-depth knowledge of alcohol and service regulations, the instructors at Fine Art Bartending School guide their students toward mixology mastery or job placement in the bartending industry during intensive five-day courses. While many schools focus solely on the craft, Fine Art's instructors also hone customer service skills through a guest bartending program at local bars and clubs—teaching students tip-enhancing approaches and how to graciously deflect customer's attempts at Bryan Adams sing-alongs. They also hold individual classes targeted at everyday drinkers, divulging industry-style instructions for blending specific drinks, performing difficult mixes, or pouring the perfect beer.