10935 Winds Crossing Drive Suite 100
Charlotte, NC 28273
Have you always wanted to learn b Have you always wanted to learn bartending? Well now is a great time! There is always a need for well-trained, professional bartenders! Check us out!
The PARAGON Bartending School is dedicated to providing you with the skills, confidence and knowledge necessary to become a professional in the industry. You will learn all aspects of bartending from mixology to customer service in a training facility using the same equipment and techniques that the professionals use. Your educational experience will be almost like
"On The Job Training". You will be well versed in customer relations, product knowledge and bartending etiquette, as well as, responsible alcoholic beverage service.
All classes, which are kept to a reasonable size in order to maximize individual training and instruction.
We will help you build the skills and confidence for your new future. Our goal is to provide you every opportunity to become a skilled professional bartender. Upon receiving your Certification, you will be well trained, confident and ready to work full or part time employment in this flexible and profitable field.
Learning the Basics
One Liquor Cocktails
Two Liquor Cocktails
Sour/Lemon Juice Cocktails
Martinis & Manhattans
Shooters / Liqueur Drinks
Dessert Drinks: Hot & Cold
Beer & Wine
Responsible Liquor Service
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Bar Set Up and Equipment
You will learn how to set up the bar and work station for the working day. You learn how to use and maintain all the tools of bartending.
This is the art of mixing drinks. You learn over 100 basic and fancy drinks. This part of the training teaches you the principles of Mixology.
Learn how to prepare multiple drinks orders quickly and accurately.
Fruit Cutting and Garnishes
You will learn how to cut fruit and decorate tropical and specialty cocktails.
Learn suggestive selling techniques that will increase bar sales and tips.
Students learn about the liquors they work with
You receive a basic understanding of wine service, tasting, and the differences between wines.
You how to pour draft beer and tap a keg.
You learn how to give efficient courteous service. Knowing how to give good service equals good tips that mean money in your pocket. Knowing how to give the good service means more money in your pocket.
You learn to serve alcohol with care and awareness. Many states now require bartenders to have this training before licensing.
Interviewing Techniques and Resumes
You will learn successful interviewing for a bartending position. You learn how to fill out an application, resume preparation, how to dress and answer interview questions.
Bartending could be one of the greatest jobs around because it is so much fun and comes with an exciting environment. No matter if you are working in a restaurant, night club, or a small bar down the street, you can enjoy your job just the same. Being a new bartender, you will likely get several tips and strategies from many others and you'll learn new things every day! Obviously, learning from another bartender is the best way to go because they already have the "hands on" experience. However, before you step into your new job, you can be a step ahead of the game with the knowledge of ten simple guidelines.
1. The Bartenders Station
This is the area on top of the bar where you will keep all of your utensils you need for mixing drinks. These items may include your shaker, strainer, and jigger. Underneath there, usually you will have a sink and your speed rack.
2. The Speed Rack
Basically, your speed rack will be all of the well (less expensive) liquors. The order of the rack goes from left to right and has an easy saying to help remember. "Vikki Gets Really Trashed Tuesdays and Wednesdays." Each letter will stand for a liquor, Vodka, Gin, Rum, Tequila, Triple Sec, and Whiskey. Remember, never use the word "cheap" when you are describing well liquors.
3. The Back Bar
The back bar, usually shelves on the wall behind the bar, consists of your premium liquors. You will find that some drinks always call for a premium brand. Keep your back bar shiny and clean, it is your customers first impression of the bar.
There are several items you will need to have at your bar at all times. You will need a shaker and cheater (the smaller version of the shaker), a cork screw (for opening wine bottles) and a jigger, which is used for measuring ounces of liquor. Many bartenders may not use a jigger, but it is a good idea for a new bartender. In addition to these items, you will also want to have a bar towel, bar spoon, strainer, and salt container, used to dip glasses in lime juice, salt and sugar.
Orange juice, grapefruit juice, tomato juice, grenadine, cranberry juice, lime juice, pineapple juice, bloody mary, strawberry and pina colada mixes are all needed for different types of drinks. When using sour mix, which is actually sweetened lemon juice, make sure to dilute it first. Make it half water and half mix and it should do the job!
Be sure to learn all of your glasses because in a professional environment, different drinks will call for different glasses. A few examples would be a shot glass, highball glass, margarita glass and an old-fashioned glass. There are quite a few glasses, so do your research and get familiar with them.
7. Liquors versus Liqueurs
Know the difference between the two. Liquors include Vodka, Scotch and whiskey, to name only a few. Liqueurs usually are sweeter and more colorful. These may include triple sec, sloe gin, kahlua and midori.
It is important to know what type of fruit to garnish your drinks with. Not all drinks call for a garnish, but many of them do. For instance, a martini will usually have an olive and a kamikaze will likely have a lime wedge. Study your drinks and know the garnishes for a much better presentation. The rule of thumb is, when a drink calls for lime juice, garnish it with a lime.
9. Beer and Wine
Alcohol contents vary with different beers and wines. Regular domestic beer, such as Coors or Budweiser usually contain between three and one half to four and one half percent alcohol. Light domestic beers, such as Miller Lite or Michelob Light may contain between two and one half to three and one half percent alcohol. Imported beers, such as Samuel Adams or Red Stripe contain four and one half percent and higher. Different wines can go anywhere from seven to fifteen percent alcohol. Draft beer has a shelf life of thirty days and it should always be kept at a cool temperature, otherwise is will foam badly. Be sure to always hold your glass at an angle when you are pouring draft beer to get the right amount of head at the top of the glass.
10. A.L.E. Laws
Being a bartender, it is vital that you know and understand the laws from the Alcohol Law Enforcement (A.L.E.). Making sure all of your customers have proper identification, knowing when a customer has had enough to drink, and understanding tax stamps on liquor bottles are only a few of several things you must know as a bartender. Study the A.L.E. laws very carefully.
Bartending is mainly about memorization and understanding laws. It is very easy to get the hang of it once you start. Spend a little extra time studying your drinks. All bars will be different in one way or another. Some bars may set up differently, only serve certain liquors, have daily drink specials and in house rules for you to follow. It is important for you to get familiar with your bar's do's and don'ts.
The one thing you really want to always keep in mind is that your charm and personality play a big role with your income at this job. Leave your problems at home and come in to work to have fun! Many people come in to a bar as a distraction from their problems and often turn to the bartender to talk, so have a positive attitude when you're working! Enjoy your new adventure in one of the greatest jobs known.