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399 Lafayette St
New York, NY 10003 (Map)
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- Class Level: Advanced
- Age Requirements: 21 and older
- Average Class Size: 12
What you'll learn in this bartending class:This class is designed for enthusiasts who want to move beyond cocktail basics and delve into serious technique with an eye toward hospitality, multitasking, speed, and service.
So you’ve taken a bunch of cocktail classes and are ready to step up your bartending game. Want to know what it’s like to really work behind a bar, or just want to learn how improve your home bartending game? We’ll cover the qualities that make a great host and bartender, how to set up your space for success, and how to design cocktails for efficiency and taste. We’ll hop behind the bar, practice shaking and stirring multiple cocktails simultaneously, and will make drinks for ‘bar guests’ and for the ‘service bar.’
We will discuss technique, speed and efficiency as we lead you on your way to shaking and stirring like a pro (all while sampling a multitude of delicious cocktails, of course).
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Cancellation PolicyPurchases can be exchanged for full credit up to 72 hours prior to a class or event. Under no circumstances will a credit be issued fewer than 72 hours prior to an event. There are no exceptions. However, you are free to transfer your space in the class or event to a friend, family member or colleague. Simply let him or her know to use your name at the door and provide him or her with your email confirmation as proof of your transfer.
Teacher: April WachtelSee Classes Taught by This Teacher »
April is a recent transplant from Boston where she bartended for the past decade. She worked in a range of venues, from fine dining restaurants to cocktail bars, and was featured as a Bartending Iconoclast on The Sundance Channel in 2010. During her time in Boston, April simultaneously cultivated a passion for education. She merged her two passions and founded a peer-to-peer learning group called the Boston Bartenders Collaborative. April moved to New York in 2011, and spent her first year in New York bartending at Lani Kai, a modern tropical cocktail bar in Soho, and Lot 2, a farm-to-table restaurant in Brooklyn. April is now honored to represent Bacardi Rum as Brand Master Apprentice for New York. You can find her drinking and talking about rum in bars throughout the city.
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