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The winner of the Toronto Sun's Readers' Choice Award for seven years running, Bartending School of Ontario has trained the next generations of expert mixologists since 1974. Within a classroom designed like a fully functional bar, the hands-on program's licensed instructors teach pupils the techniques behind crafting more than 150 cocktails. They continue refining student skills during lessons on martinis, shooters, and beer, which cover skills such as performance pouring and precise measuring.
In addition to the drink-making process, the school's teachers emphasize other fundamentals of the gig, including crafting garnishes and opening the cash register without a crowbar. Once students earn their internationally recognized accredited certification, the school assists them with job-placement resources, including a classifieds with 40–60 postings a week.