Bar Academy 101

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5 South Willow St., Montclair, NJ 07042 5 South Willow St., Montclair Directions
+18624380385
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Report | 18 hours ago
I had a great time at Bar Academy 101 this weekend. I took the 2 Day National bartending school certification class with job placement assistance. Rob is an awesome teacher and I look forward to taking his Sangria making class in the near future.
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Report | 9 days ago
I had really high hopes for the wine and cheese class I read so many great reviews and my friend who came with me had been to the craft beer tasting 2 years ago and said it was amazing. Unfortunately, this event was such a let down and my friend and I were so disappointed. Robert, the owner, gave a pretty bravado 10 minute speech in the beginning about how he modeled the class off of NYC tastings he attended. He said he wanted to sway our opinions on certain types of wines, which I was eager to see him try to do. But we quickly realized he was just all talk that night. 1) the only information we received on the wine we were drinking and what kind of cheese to try it with was from a printed handout, rather than from the mouth of the expert who was standing right there. 2) We were given four pretty basic types of cheese all at once, and their quality was sup-par. 3) the splashes of wine we got every 20-25 minutes were just alright, but nothing that interesting or unique. 4)Robert was not in the room most of the night and seemed really distracted. After sensing our disappointment with the whole experience, he proceeded to make a few different excuses as to why it was an "off" night for him. I'm sorry, I understand life happens, but I work in customer service too, and if someone spent $50 of their hard earned money on me I would try to give them the quality and experience they deserved. The whole evening felt half-assed, and I think some of the other people felt it as well. I was expecting an interesting, fact filled 2 hours, where I would try new types of wine and cheese. What little we got was so far from that. I hope real NYC tastings are nothing like this. The next day I got an apology text from Robert which pretty much perfectly sums up the evening.
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Report | 10 days ago
Took the bartending 101 class. I highly recommend it. Rob was knowledgeable and helpful. Lots of hands on practice and the best part is you can go back and practice anytime FOR FREE! Great deal. Great class.
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Report | 16 days ago
I did the craft beer tasting. Rob was AWESOME. I learned a lot and tried new things. He's got a heavy pour, making it much more than a taste! He made me feel really comfortable giving us time to just hang out with a beer for a while before we got the next one. There were a few other groups doing different events, and it was nice to have our own table while he poured away. Definitely recommend !
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Report | a month ago
Great experience! Really info
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Report | a month ago
Went to the wine and cheese pairing course and it was an excellent time! The selection of wine and cheeses were great and Robert is really a great host. We had a blast and will definitely come back for the wine and chocolate pairing!
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Report | a month ago
We had a great time!!!
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Report | a month ago
Bar Academy 101 was an awesome night out with the girls. We learned how to make seven kinds of sangria for one low price. Robert is funny, patient and very experienced in teaching bartending.
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Report | a month ago
Great experience! Rob was great with his knowledge on wine. He paired the cheeses perfectly! Ambiance was great. Would definitely do again.
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Report | 2 months ago
Great, easy going atmosphere, with a fun and knowledgable instructor
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Bar Academy 101 emphasizes hands-on learning during courses at a 24/7 model bar, where students can spend unlimited hours practicing the two main skills of bartending: mixing drinks and pouring them into patrons’ outstretched hands. Robert shares the skills he has learned in the field at the school’s glossy wooden bar stations, which feature tools and bottles much like those found in typical watering holes. This hands-on learning ensures that pupils are prepared for job placement at the end of courses. Robert meets one-on-one with graduates, matching them with openings in local bars and restaurants.

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