Like cauldrons and feelings for a high-school ex-car, martinis are meant to be stirred. Adhere to bartending basics with today's Groupon to 786-Bartend in Hollywood. Choose between the following options:
• For $49, you get a four-hour cocktail workshop (a $99 value).
• For $149, you get a 40-hour bartending course ($445 value).
786-Bartend infuses the brains of student drink-slingers with 80-proof knowledge through a slew of cocktail workshops and bartending courses. Instructors at the four-hour cocktail workshop, generally offered between 4 p.m. and 8 p.m. on Thursday–Sunday nights, teach pupils how to shake and stir more than a dozen classic cocktails and martinis. Complimentary light snacks, including vegetables, cheeses, and crackers, stave off cocktail-induced cases of the nibbles.
The two-week, 40-hour bartending course grooms prospective bartenders with instruction on drink preparation and presentation, job-interview etiquette, and résumé construction. Taught on-site in an actual nightclub, budding bartenders serve drinks to real customers who, like regular bar patrons, ignore last call and try to open tabs with library cards.
Technicolor liqueurs stream from bottles and shakers as 786-Bartend infuses the brains of students with 80-proof knowledge. Workshops for intro and advanced mixology —developed by founder and award winning bartender Isaac Ergas—begin with international history lessons on the origin and evolution of the modern cocktail. Then barkeeps expound on the spirited synergies of high-quality liquors and common drink ingredients and share veteran bar-backing tips, such as how to open drink umbrellas in a windstorm. Prospective bartenders can opt to complete the 40-hour bartending course, which provides in-depth instruction on drink preparation and presentation, job-interview etiquette, and resumé construction. Taught onsite in an actual nightclub, 786-Bartend’s courses let students serve drinks to real customers who, like regular bar patrons, ignore last call and try to open tabs with library cards.