Mixing a perfect cocktail, like robbing a jewelry store, requires intense practice, precise motions, and thoroughly sifting through ice. Swipe the secrets of proper bartending with today's Groupon: for $30, you get a four-hour mixology course (a $70 value) at WNY School of Bartending in Williamsville.
With more than 35 years of bar experience, WNY Bartending School's founder, Paul A. Briandi, enlightens the masses in the art of precision beverage pouring. The one-night Learn How to Mix It Up Like a Pro lesson drops boozy pearls of wisdom into sober frontal lobes. Alcohol apprentices gulp down experience at stocked stations full of bottles, garnishes, and petite parasols large enough to shade any sweltering orange wedge. Impress imbibers with basic pouring techniques as you augment personal knowledge of spirited concoctions. Teacher's pets can master mixology classics such as the cosmopolitan or margarita, served straight up, on the rocks, or in a freshly dug moat. WNY Bartending School offers these classes Monday–Friday, from 6 p.m. to 10 p.m.
WNY School of Bartending
Seasoned restaurateur Paul Briandi had already spent decades in the hospitality industry when he started WNY School of Bartending in 1978. Now located in a 2,800-square-foot facility, the company entertains the drink-mixing ambitions of both amateurs and soon-to-be professionals seeking certification. Paul's band of New York State Education Department-certified instructors focuses on both drink-mixing skills and the professional demeanor that characterizes top-notch service and leads to tips in more monetary forms than emoticons written on a napkin. The full-scale facility offers plenty of hands-on learning in garnish preparation, measuring methods, and computerized sales systems common to the industry. The instructors draw upon long barkeeping careers to engage students in role-playing scenarios, along with other instructional tricks that instill the importance of customer interaction—the finer points of which the school boasts as its specialty.
8180 Main St.
Williamsville, New York 14221