Gavin has been working and teaching behind the bar for almost 20 years, making drinks in 14 countries across 5 continents. His experiences inspired him to design and teach programs for home enthusiasts to create cocktails at their own parties, and to train students to secure professionally and financially rewarding positions in the hospitality industry almost immediately after graduation.
As BartenderOne’s CEO, Gavin and his team of professional mixologists and bar chefs helped design a curriculum based on interviews of bar, lounge, club, and banquet-facility owners. The certification courses still teach students to make a number of trendy and classic cocktails, but they emphasize the kinds of customer-service, cash-handling, and break-dancing skills that employers value. Instructors also train their small groups of students outside of a typical classroom environment, giving attendees experience behind an actual bar as opposed to a staged set. Additionally, BartenderOne gives its graduates a leg up by sending weekly emails with new job opportunities.
At O'Connor's Irish Pub, DJs and events for big games keep eaters occupied as they nosh on traditional Irish favourites such as ground-beef shepherd’s pie and fish ‘n’ chips with fried haddock fillet. The menu even ventures into non-Irish cuisine such as fajitas, jambalaya, and pan-seared fish. Inside, patrons can meander to the pool tables for a round of billiards, or relax in the coziness of leather-backed booths and semicircle hollows. Outside, covered and open-air patios facilitate alfresco dining. Rather than walking out with a doggie bag filled with baked confetti, diners can take the good times with them by choosing O’Connor’s signature dinner-and-a-movie special, which includes a movie voucher.
Spring Action Trampoline Centre helps guests leave the floor behind with a quintet of trampolines. Organized classes teach students from 3 years of age to adults basic jumping and flipping techniques. Alternatively, guests can drop-in during open play and take flight on the five main trampoline and a double mini trampoline. The gym hosts birthday parties and summer camps for kids who have already bounced off all of the walls at home.
Inside The Kanata Q Billiards and Sports Bar, you'll find all the components of a classic pool hall: 18 pool tables, dart boards mounted on the walls, and an arcade of bleeping, blooping video games. Pool balls roll into pockets, and groups share snacks such as nachos and savory pies from Willy's Pizza.
As players sink numbered balls at 14 pool tables, competing in games of 8-ball or 9-ball, others choose to keep a classic sport alive. Though largely forgotten elsewhere, snooker thrives at The Orange Monkey, where six tables challenge newcomers with smaller pockets and deeper strategy. Within the 7,000-square-foot facility, marble pillars and vintage bar signs complement the old-fashioned decor, making the tables feel right at home in their green felt zoot suits. At the bar, pool sharks hunt down drafts of beer and snacks such as breakfast sandwiches, nachos, and hamburgers.
Dooly's Ottawa is a cavernous 18,000 square foot, two-storey entertainment venue, where sports games flicker on 1,500 inches of HD televisions, trendy artwork speckles the walls, and colourful billiard balls are sent soaring across the felt of the 41 pool tables. Bartenders bustle about behind the two bars, pouring pints of draft beer and mixing up cocktails. In between billiards games, friends recline on sleek leather couches, sharing pitchers and platters of juicy wings.