Archive for Vancouver BC Bartending

Would You Make a Good Bartender?

If you’re interested in taking bartending lessons from our school, learning the craft of bartending, and you like people, then you probably already have the ambition and positive attitude needed to succeed.

One Secret of Becoming a Bartender

There is a little secret that veteran bartenders all know: Being a great bartender isn’t as much about knowing drinks as it is being a good host. In other words, it’s a profession that requires you to like people and be a good listener. If you can manage that, then the rest is likely to come to you easily.

Good Bartenders are Good Professionals

Another trait that good bartenders have is that they remain professional at all times. To think of this another way, you should treat your employer with the same kind of courtesy and respect you would a guest that might tip you. Showing up on time for work, in clean clothes and with the right attitude, is something that sets you apart from other employees and makes managers want to keep you around.

Great Bartenders Enjoy Their Work

As with any job, bartending becomes easier if you make a point of enjoying what you do. There in no better way to make good money in a fun, fast-paced environment than a good bartending position. If you’re the kind of person who can put on a positive attitude and make everyone around you feel a bit brighter, you’re going to enjoy your day a lot more – and be a much more successful bartender as a result.

You could be working as a bartender, and earning daily cash tips, within two weeks or less. Click here to see our prices & upcoming schedule of bartending classes

3 Myths About Bartending Schools and Bartending Classes


Although we meet with hundreds of new students every year, we also find that a lot of people who would sign up for bartending classes don’t do so because they hold on to misconceptions about becoming a bartender. Here are three that we encounter frequently, and the actual truth behind them:

Myth #1: You Have to be a Young Person to Become a Bartender

At our bartending school, we teach students of all ages and backgrounds how to be successful professionals. Just as some types of establishments (like nightclubs) prefer younger bartenders, there are others where the atmosphere and clientele make it easier for an older person to fit in. As with any job or career, getting a job as a bartender is all about finding the right fit.

Myth #2: You Have to Remember Hundreds of Drinks to be a Bartender

Unless you start working in a specialty establishment that focuses on cocktails, the number of drinks you’ll have to prepare and remember on a day-to-day basis is typically pretty small. By the time you finish with our bartending school, you’ll know everything you need to make 99% of the drinks you’re ever asked for. The others you’ll learn on the job, or you can find in simple guidebooks you can keep behind the bar.

Myth #3: It’s Hard to Get a Bartending Job

When it comes to finding work as a bartender, all you need is the right training, the right attitude, and a little bit of luck to meet someone who’s hiring at the right moment. We can help you find all three. After completing our class, our students have the skills they need to find & get hired at a great bartending job. Our students have a very high success rate in finding work after the course.

If you’re looking for the country’s best bartending school to help you get started in an exciting new career, then call us today to register for an upcoming class. Or, you can click here to see our course schedule.


What Kinds of People Become Bartenders?

There is a common misconception that only young people who enjoy mixed drinks and cocktails should become bartenders. While we certainly do see students who fit that profile, the reality is that lots of different types of people choose to become bartenders on a full- or part-time basis.

And why not? It’s a career that offers daily cash pay, a flexible schedule, and the opportunity to take your career in a direction you choose. That mix of benefits draws a lot of different types of people to our bartending school, including:

Students. College students love bartending because it’s something they can do seasonally while working in a fun, entertaining atmosphere. Plus, the wages and tips they make can go a long way toward paying for tuition and books.

Part-time professionals and self-employed people. Not only does bartending help already-employed professionals and freelancers to even out their cash flow, but it also gives them a chance to socialize with customers and coworkers – something that’s missing from a lot of jobs these days.

Retirees. In the same way, retirees may decide to get out of the house, earn a bit of extra cash, and have some fun by mixing drinks at their local pub or golf course. It’s hard to think of a better way to stay active for a few days or nights a week.

Anyone looking for an in-demand career path. Bartending has been around for a long, long time, and won’t be going out of style anytime soon. If you can take a short amount of time to learn your craft at a bartending school like ours, you will likely find that restaurants, hotels, and other types of establishments are always hiring. In other words, you can keep bartending for as long as you’d like if you’re good at it.

Want to learn at the country’s premier bartending school? Call us today to register for an upcoming course, or click here to see the schedule and description of classes.


3 Reasons Now is a Great Time for Bartending Classes

After helping thousands of people to learn about bartending and get jobs in the industry right away, we are convinced that there is never a bad time for bartending classes. But, there are a few things that make it an especially great idea right now:

1. Bartending helps you earn cash in a tough economy. One thing our graduates love about bartending is that they have the opportunity to make cash tips nightly – and often, more than they would make in a regular 9-to-5 office job. Combine that with a flexible schedule, and it can be a great way to catch up on bills, even in this tough economy.

2. Bartending is a skill that can lead to bigger things. While a lot of our graduates are happy to simply take work as a bartender and enjoy the cash and lifestyle benefits that come with it, some move on to restaurant and hotel management, to become club managers, or even to open their own establishments. Bartending makes a great introduction to all of these careers because it introduces you to a number of different concepts and gets you comfortable working with people.

3. Bartending is something you can always come back to. Learning to mix drinks and keep guests happy is a skill that you can come back to again and again in life, no matter what part of the country or the world you happen to be living in. That means it’s perfect for part-timers, those in between careers, and anyone else looking for an inexpensive way to open up some new opportunities.

Best of all, learning to be a bartender is fast, easy, and affordable. Why not call us today 604 222 8363 to reserve your spot in one of our upcoming courses, or click to see our class schedules and descriptions

Micah Dew: Creating the Beergarita.

Watch Metropolitan’s Barchef Micah Dew crafting his latest creation for the Province newspaper drink of the week.

Happy Tending!!



Vounteer Bartending Position

Do you want to share your skills and make practical use of your bartending abilities?

The Dr. Sun Yat-Sen Classical Chinese Garden is looking for volunteer bartenders with Serving It Right certification for the following events at the Garden:

Main Street Magazine Tour (http://www.bcamp.bc.ca/mainst) on August 18th

– Screaming Silently, part of Vancouver International Fringe Festival on September 10th, 13th & 14th

– Siddhartha, part of Vancouver International Fringe Festival (http://buckmancoe.com/fr_gigs.cfm) on September 15th, 16th, 17th

They may recruit multiple bartenders if need be.

Volunteer Bartender


Dr. Sun Yat-Sen Classical Chinese Garden is a non-profit organization and cultural hub, passionate about connecting cultures and communities through festivals, live music, art exhibits, tours, education and wellness programs.

Your background

Possess Serving It Right certification

Strong customer service experience and friendly attitude

Punctual, responsible and professional


Be our designated Bartender, serving alcoholic and other drinks to guests

Work collaboratively with the events team including event organizers and other volunteers

Represent yourself and Dr. Sun Yat-Sen Classical Chinese Garden in a professional manner

Time commitment

Any or all of the following:

Thursday August 18th, 7:30pm to 10:30pm

Saturday September 10th, Tuesday September 13th & Wednesday September 14th, 6:30pm to 9:30pm

Thursday September 15th, Friday September 16th & Saturday September 17th, 6:30pm to 10:30pm


Bartenders will be able to reliably liaise with at least one designated member of staff.


This is a great way to give back to fun and local community organizations by sharing your time and skills. You’ll have the

opportunity to connect with people and events while enjoying an excellent part of Vancouver’s arts and culture scene.

We will also provide a letter of recommendation upon request and serve as a reference if appropriate.


Please contact Susan Ma to apply, or if you have any questions: volunteers@vancouverchinesegarden.com or 604-662-3207 ext. 208.


Fairchild TV at Metropolitan

Our new instructor Micah filming a segment with Fairchild TV

Eat Vancouver – Food & Cooking Festival

EAT! Vancouver is Canada’s largest consumer food, beverage and cooking festival taking place at the new Vancouver convention Centre, West Wing, Vancouver, BC on June 10-12, 2011. The food show features hundreds of food, beverage and kitchen goods exhibitors along with wineries, breweries, restaurants, cooking demonstrations, wine and cheese seminars, cookbook authors, and chef competitions.

Beer, wine and spirits will be well represented in the Tasting Pavilion where you can sip and taste hundreds of different beverages. Also, Mott’s Clamato Juice will be conducting their Mott’s Caesar School where you can participate in learning h0w to make the perfect caesar.

While visiting EAT! Vancouver, you will…

Discover new food + beverage products +cooking ingredients
Taste hundreds of  food and beverage from hundreds of exhibitors
Shop & buy hard to find food +cooking related products.
Learn new methods of cooking from the experts
Watch Food Network celebrity chefs showcase their talents on stage
Learn cuisines of foreign lands in the World Culinary Tourism Expo
Enjoy tasting the offerings of restaurants and wineries +breweries
Find new foods + treats for your pets in the Pets EAT! Too Pavilion
Make your own healthy choices in the Wellness Pavilion
Discover appreciation for cheese at Dairy Farmer’s Cheese Seminars
Talk with food producers, growers, vintners and brewers
Improve wine + beer appreciation in Grapes & Hops Seminar area.

For more information or to buy tickets visit the Eat! Vancouver Website…



Celebrating our boys in blue, the Canucks that is…

Its Friday afternoon here in Vancouver, and to show our patriotism for our home town boys, we are painting the town blue, green and white for Sunday’s Canuck game!

To celebrate our boys in blue, try our cocktail of the day the Johnny Canuck!


Johnny Canuck



1/3 oz Creme de cacao

1/3 oz Blue Curacao

1/3 oz Melon Liquor


Instructions Layer the following: Creme de cacao, followed by blue curacao into a shot glass, then melon. Serve.

Serve Johnny Canuck in a Shot Glass





Wine With Leagh, at Metropolitan.

Our last wine class was presented to us,by former Metro student Leagh Barkley.

Leagh’s passion for wine  stemmed from his time spent in france, that turned him from having a distaste for wine to a sommelier of fine wines.

These days, you’ll find Leagh working at a casual/ fine dining restaurant called Tap, located in South Surrey. He is the bar manager/wine sommelier,  who is always creating new and fresh martinis and cocktails for the menu, and offers his expertise to guests for the perfect pairing to accompany their meal.

He has completed the first level of the Sommelier program for the ISG,  and has been a part of many wine and food pairing events throughout Vancouver and the lower mainland.  Leagh also enjoys booking private wine tastings for small groups, and in his spare time shares his passion with friends and family.

Metro students are welcome to visit Leagh at Tap restaurant to enjoy his vast wine knowledge and fine cuisine.

Visit their website for more information www.taprestaurant.ca