By Doug Singer CEO of dailyfoodandwine.com
In order to better understand the world of spirits and the craft of bartending, I enrolled myself in The New York Bartending School. I figured I may as well learn from the best and New York Bartending School is well known as the top bartending school for those seeking to become a professional. With a great reputation for placing their students in some of the most successful bars and restaurants, I was diving into the deep end of the pool.
Arriving at New York Bartending School as a student was interesting as their headquarters is equipped with three bars. The room that I trained in over a two-week period had two bars facing each other with a highly ranked industry professional, Robert Yonskie, guiding his flock to a heightened understanding of the art of mixology. The only real difference between the classroom at New York Bartending School and a real bar is that the bottles were filled with colored liquid instead of the heady libations of which we are all so fond.
Owner Bryan Evans, a veteran with over 30 years of experience in the hospitality business, set out to ‘Raise the Bar’ and by what I experienced during the course of my training, he has done just that. With a comprehensive curriculum and a highly effective job placement program which includes a full-time job placement director, this is real life training and a very high level of career support. As if that’s not enough, New York Bartending School is affiliated with four working bars, so that after completion of the program, students can get additional ‘real life’ experience to give that extra bit of confidence.
New York Bartending School is the only Bartending School in New York that is an affiliated member of the Professional Bartending Schools of America. Now with three locations in Manhattan, Long Island and Fort Lauderdale, they are training the future bartenders to an extremely high standard. This, by no means is a fluff program. Students walking out the door have a very real education and are extremely well prepared for what can be a fun and lucrative profession.