Like a box of fine china or a man covered in ants, cocktails just beg to be shaken. Learn to stir up nightlife with today's Groupon: for $25, you get a four-hour Learn How to Mix It Up Like a Pro cocktail-making course at WNY School of Bartending in Williamsville (a $70 value). Classes are held Monday–Friday from 6 p.m. to 10 p.m.
Seasoned restaurateur Paul Briandi assembles a team of nightlife professionals to instruct budding spirit slingers at WNY School of Bartending. The four-hour Learn How to Mix It Up Like a Pro course offers attendees a sampling of the school's two-week program, which preps pupils for evenings of shaking and stirring cocktails and protecting the identities of secret agents. Inexperienced patrons soak up knowledge about pouring and perfecting intoxicating elixirs on a modern 2,800-square-foot campus. Computerized cash-register units and other contemporary equipment sprawl across classrooms as apprentice servers practice polite bar-side chitchat and how to use teeth to chew open vodka bottles in emergency situations.
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.