Metropolitan Bartending School – Vancouver

Promising to turn you from zero to a drink-pouring-hero in just twenty-four hours of class time, the Metropolitan Bartending School is a one-stop shop for aspiring bartenders and people wishing to get ahead in the hospitality industry.

When restaurateur Matt Thompson saw a distinct lack of qualified staff available to work in his numerous establishments, he decided to do the job of training them himself – and so, in 1995, the Metropolitan Bartending School (MBS) was established.

With twenty years under its belt, the company has seen more than ten thousand students graduate from its training program, is credited with raising the standard of service in bars, clubs and restaurants in Calgary, Vancouver and across Canada, and describes itself as the quality benchmark which all other bartending schools aspire to reach.

Three short one day seminars are also available, all costing $125 (although the price drops to $75 if any of them are combined with the Bartender Certification). The first is a Wine Tasting Seminar where you can increase your confidence around the subject of wine via a three hour class which covers wine regions, flavour profiles, aroma and, of course, tasting, while the Flair Bartending Seminar will turn you into a true entertainer behind the bar, with tricks, bottle flips and garnish magic designed to impress your customers. Finally the Bar Chef Seminar will get you creating exciting cocktails and mixing drinks with style.

ProServe Certification, which is mandatory in Alberta for anyone working with or around alcohol, is also provided by the school, and full training and certification costs just $30 when added to the Bartender Certification. Meanwhile, an all-you-can-learn package is also available in the school’s Master’s Program, which includes all of the aforementioned training courses – including ProServe – bundled together for $577, and which will equip you with all the skills and abilities to ease straight into your first job behind the bar.

As well as training, the Metropolitan Bartending School provides ongoing support in the form of one on one job coaching, interview prep, and a free online ‘Job Center’ – strictly for graduates only – where the cream of Canada’s bartending and hospitality jobs are posted regularly on its database.