Pull up a stool and listen to a tale about today's side deal: for $49, you get a three-hour bartending seminar (a $150 value) at Elm Street Liquors, a bar in Old Town. Owner Jeff Nash, an industry professional who also owns Flounder's Bar and Grill, will be conducting the sessions. Multiple sessions will be offered Monday through Wednesday in the mornings, afternoons, and evenings and Saturdays from 2 p.m. to 5 p.m. Call or email to schedule in advance.
During the bartending seminar, you'll get to bartend behind an actual bar, making use of the plentiful bottles already in stock for Live-Action Bar Role-Playing. During the course of the session, learn how to mix 12 to 15 different drinks and practice pouring them with poise and panache. Discover advanced customer-service techniques, such as the ability to listen to the drone of life-lamenting narcissists without bursting a rage vein, or how to tell the large, angry drunk man that he's had enough. Also pick up on interview tactics and job-landing advice from proprietor Jeff Nash, who knows a thing or two about the bar industry.
Bartending skills can expand job opportunities, impress friends who think only kegs dispense alchohol, and add real flair to a children's birthday clown act. You won't be an expert bartender after this three-hour seminar, but you'll certainly leave equipped with basic knowledge and a skill set that you didn't have earlier in the morning.
Students who have attended Jeff Nash's bartending seminars enthuse over the classes, offering these enthusiastic testimonials:
- From what glass to use, ingredients are needed, how much to pour, how to properly garnish a drink and present it to a customer to the most basic drinks to make and how to create your own original drink using various ingredients, I learned it all! – Jen B.
- The seminar was the perfect amount of time and taught me the basic skills I needed to get behind the bar. I was able to ask questions, practice the drinks and also learn what a bar owner looks for when hiring a bartender. – Anna A.
- I would recommend the class to anyone who is looking for that "first step" into the world of bartending. – Joe Z.