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About Us

ABOUT Metropolitan Bartending School

Metropolitan Bartending School limits its class sizes to provide a more personalized, one-on-one training experience. Students learn to make multiple drinks at once, ring them in to an actual computer POS training system, and multitask behind the bar. Our Bartending program is a unique learning experience that will not be forgotten.

Metropolitan Bartending School offers a classroom setting like no other. Our fully functional facility is located in the heart of Kitsilano’s famous bar and restaurant district, which is easily accessible by transit and has lots of free parking. The bartending school is newly renovated and fully equipped, giving students the advantage of practicing behind real bars. Our Point of Sale (POS) computer system provides a training mode, allowing students to make cocktails while ringing them in and starting tabs. Metropolitan’s bars are set up today’s most commonly used liquor bottles to give students the most realistic look and feel possible.

Why we are the BEST in the bizz!!!:

  • We are the premier bartending school in the city, located in the heart of Kitsilano
  • Our curriculum is updated frequently to keep up with the current trends in the industry
  • Programs lead by some of Vancouver’s finest mixologists and bartenders
  • Top notch Job assistance for students (One on One resume coaching available)

Class Retake – Students are welcome to retake the Bar Certified program to brush up on bartending skills, anytime, for FREE

Metropolitan Bartending School History

Metropolitan opened its doors in 1995 when owner Matt Thompson with his experience as a restaurateur, saw a lack of skillfully trained employees in the hospitality industry. Matt felt other bartending schools focus too heavily on simply memorizing outdated drink recipies. Having owned several Restaurants in Vancouver, (Nirvana, Elwoods, Hell’s Kitchen, The Five Point, The Charlatan, Hannibal) and knowing what the industry demanded, Matt created a bartending training program that would provide the knowledge required by a quickly changing industry. Over the past 19 years, Metropolitan Bartending School opened a second location in Calgary, trained over 10,000 students, and has evolved into a leading resource for bartending and hospitality training