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More confidence, transformed skill, perfect drinks… and the grace to do it all with ease.

We’ll give you the small and easy tweaks that take you from an average joe to a high-performance pro

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Hi, we’re Kyle and Nate, founders of the Nimble Bar Co. We used to think that bartending schools were scams and that the best way to learn was ‘on-the-job.’ Then we took our combined experience in modern, high-performance bars, turned it into a powerful system, and watched the results in our students. Now we know there’s a better way to learn and develop. It’s all right here in the Nimble Bar School.

A high-performing bartender is kinda like an Oscar-winning actor

There’s more to it than it seems

Why Nimble Bartending School?

Nimble Bartending School is the most well-rounded, comprehensive bartending program in Canada. Our training takes you through cocktail technique, point-of-sale systems, speed training, guest communication, palate development, menu design, and much, much more.
You’ll learn from industry-leading and award-winning professional bartenders, bar consultants, bar managers, and cocktail event caterers. Your instructors collectively represent every aspect of the art, craft, and business of bartending. You’ll learn to maximize profitability both for yourself and for the bars you work behind.

“The greatest accomplishment of a bartender lies in his ability to exactly suit his customer.” — Henry Gordon Johnson

During The 5 Weeks, You’ll Learn…

Pouring technique

There’s more to pouring than you might think. From free pouring to cutting a pour, mastering methods can make the difference between an amateur and a professional.

Building

Where exactly do you build the drink? Do you build it in the glass to be served? In a tin? In a julep cup? In a mixing glass? In which order should you build your drinks? Have no fear; we’ll cover this, too.

Stirring, shaking, throwing

Learn techniques like cocktail dilution, aeration, and emulsification. We’ll teach you to elegantly guide the ice around the glass with a stir, shake the bejeezus out of a drink that needs to be woken up, and aerate a viscous drink with a throw.

Classic cocktail knowledge and preparation

Master the recipes and preparations of the 50 most important and frequently ordered cocktails. You’ll leave our program knowing how to make these drinks deliciously and with panache.

Efficiency of movement and speed

A great bartender wastes few movements, works at lightening speed, and can make multiple drinks at once. We’ll teach you how through simulated speed trials.

On-the-fly cocktail creation

With the renaissance of cocktails now in full-swing, guests expect custom drinks. Our program teaches you how to easily create unique drinks that customers will love.

Garnish game

Gone are the simple days of lonely wedges and twists. Welcome to the world of swaths, flowers, birds, wheels, planes, and more. Our program will teach you to creatively garnish your drinks and impress your guests.

Wine knowledge

You’ll walk away with a fundamental understanding of important wine varietals and how to pair them with a variety of foods and dishes.

Spirit knowledge

We’ll turn you into a spirited pro. You’ll be able to school your friends on everything from whisk(e)y to mezcal.

Palate development

We’ll help you develop and refine your palate through blind tastings.

Beer knowledge

Learn which beers are top vs. bottom-fermented, why that’s important, and other key hoppy insights.

Effective guest communication and assertiveness

By knowing how to communicate proactively and effectively with guests, you can confidently manage any situation. We’ll teach you how.

Menu engineering

Learn how to put together wine, beer, and cocktail menus that stand out and drive more sales.

Functional flair

Dazzle your guests with flips and tricks that enhance experience without wasting time.

Responsible alcohol service

We’ll take you through the ins-and-outs of BC liquor laws. You’ll be able to complete BC’s serving-it-right certification.

Bitters and tinctures

Commonly known as cocktail seasoning, bitters and tinctures are an integral part of cocktails. We’ll show you how to use these effectively in your drinks and even how to make your own.

Maximizing profitability

We’ll get you thinking not just like a bartender, but also like an entrepreneur. You will learn how to add more value to the establishments you work at so that you will be a sought-after team member who can demand a higher wage.

“The time I spent with Nimble Bar Co, both as their customer and eventually as their coworker, was an invaluable asset to me as a young bartender. Their methodology regarding how to move and work quickly and efficiently in a high volume cocktail bar is unparalleled, as is their encyclopaedic knowledge of spirits and cocktail history. They were extraordinarily creative when it comes to cocktail creation, a trait that they pass on to anyone they work with, and most importantly they are patient teachers who will take the time to make sure that you actually learn the skills you need to be a great bartender.”

Avi Kunen, Professional Bartender

“These guys get it.”

Chris Thompson, Forty Creek Whisky

Here’s what’s included in the Nimble Certified Bartender program

Instructor-led Training

Our instructors are award-winning professional bartenders, bar consultants, and bar managers. We’ll guide you on your journey as you become a bar wizard.

Nimble Bartending Certification

Recognized by Vancouver Island’s best establishments as the premier bartending qualification, the Nimble Bartending Certification will help you stand out from the competition.

Nimble Bartending Manual

The Nimble Bartending Manual is a culmination of over 40 years of bartending experience and knowledge presented in a fun and easy-to-read way that will expedite your professional development.

Access to Private Group Google Drive

You’ll become part of an inner-circle of Vancouver Island’s leading professional bartenders. Our private Google Drive includes resources like menu templates, custom cocktail recipes, training manuals, and more.

Nimble Signature Barkit (Optional Add-On)

We’ve spent years testing hundreds of combinations of different bar tools, and we’ve gathered the best in the Nimble Signature Barkit

You Might Be Wondering…

Will you help me find a job?

While we can’t guarantee employment, our certification is recognized by Victoria’s establishments as the industry-leading bartender training. We’ll teach you the best ways to land a role as a bartender in Victoria and beyond.

Isn’t it best to learn these skills ‘on-the-job’?

Before we founded the Nimble Bartending School, we’d say ‘Yes, you’ll learn best on the job.’ But our program offers students something no job can: a compilation of almost 40 years of professional experience packed into comprehensive training. Our program will catapult you past those who have 3 – 5 years of experience ‘on the job.’

What is the schedule and when does it start?

The next session is coming up!

Saturdays & Sundays | 11:00 am – 12:30 pm | November 9th, 2019 – December 8th, 2019
Monday – Saturday | 11:00 am – 2:00 pm | February 3rd, 2020 – February 8th, 2020
Saturdays & Sundays | 11:00 am – 12:30 pm | April 4th, 2020 – May 3rd, 2020
How much does it cost?

The course costs $749.00 + tax.
Alternatively, you can pay in 4 monthly payments of $200.00 (aka one average bartending shift).
There are limited bursaries available to students and others with financial need.

Can bartenders actually make great money?

Yes! Full-time bartenders can reasonably expect to earn $60,000.00 – $80,000.00 per year.

Are there any additional fees for supplies?

All supplies are included. There may be some additional out-of-pocket expenses for palate development programs, but they will be minimal (and optional).

Which Nimble Bar School Option is Right For You?

OPTION 1:
NIMBLE BARTENDER ELITE

With Nimble Bartender Elite, you’ll get the full Nimble Bar School course — including the 50 Essential Cocktail Guide, rigorous hands-on training, unlimited access to course content and guides, curated Nimble endorsed Bar Kit, and more — including the strategic insight you need to achieve your bar and bartending goals.

One-on-two strategy session

  • Every student who comes to the Nimble Bar School has different goals. Some want to get their first bartending job, some want to become a bar owner, some want to work their way up to one of the world’s best bars, and some just want to open their own tiki hut on the beach. The one-on-two strategy session will give you the strategic insight to etch out custom a plan to reach your specific goals ($199.00 Value).

Private access to direct communication with instructors

  • While the Nimble Bar School curriculum is comprehensive, some students want even more access to instructors specialized knowledge. This feature will give you access to the Nimble Instructor’s direct communication channel where you can tap into the minds of our instructors whenever a question comes up for you ($59.00 per month Value).

Full Nimble Bar School Course

  • A complete and cutting edge curriculum that follows a proven process that will lead you to become a high-performance bartender ($1,299.00 Value).
  • Access top bar and bartending experts

Access to the Nimble Private Vault

  • An ever-expanding online resource that will be there for you from bartender, to bar manager, to bar owner, and beyond. Continuously updated with fresh material ($39.00 Per Month Value).

Ready-to-use scripts to skyrocket your job prospects and network

  • We’ve all heard it before — your network is your net worth. It’s important that you’re continuously building your relationships, and with our ready-to-use scripts, you can piggy-back off of the emails we’ve sent out to bars, industry experts, and even CEOs we’ve met across the bar ($99.00 Value).

Nimble Curated Professional Bar Kit

  • Any craftsperson will tell you that you’re only as good as your tools. Bartending is no different. After years of testing different sets of tools, we’ve curated the ones that work best in our professional bar kit. We’re regularly improving this kit so that you’ll be equipped with the best tools to use behind modern bars ($199.00 Value).

Nimble’s proprietary Cocktail Guide

  • There are 50 essential cocktails that you need to know to thrive behind modern bars. The Cocktail Guide gives you the bullet-proof recipes that work best for these drinks, and short punchy stories that you can share with your guests ($29.00 Value).

Nimble Professional Bartender Certification (optional and subject to successful completion of the certification process)

  • Get a certification that shows you’re part of a vanguard group of bartenders who’ve put in the work and are on-track to becoming high-performance bartenders. You’re committed to continuous, never-ending improvement, and adding value to this industry ($299.00 Value).

 

12 Monthly Payments of $129

(That’s $4.30 per day)

If you have any questions or concerns about the course, call, text, or email us.
We’re happy to help.
250-589-7222
school@nimblebar.co

OPTION 2:

NIMBLE BARTENDER MASTER

With Nimble Bartender Master, you’ll get the content and guides, curated Nimble endorsed Bar Kit, and more — including the strategic insight you need to achieve your bar and bartending goals.

One-on-two strategy session

  • Every student who comes to the Nimble Bar School has different goals. Some want to get their first bartending job, some want to become a bar owner, some want to work their way up to one of the world’s best bars, and some just want to open their own tiki hut on the beach. The one-on-two strategy session will give you the strategic insight to etch out custom a plan to reach your specific goals ($199.00 Value).

Private access to direct communication with instructors

  • While the Nimble Bar School curriculum is comprehensive, some students want even more access to instructors specialized knowledge. This feature will give you access to the Nimble Instructor’s direct communication channel where you can tap into the minds of our instructors whenever a question comes up for you ($59.00 per month Value).

Full Nimble Bar School Course

  • A complete and cutting edge curriculum that follows a proven process that will lead you to become a high-performance bartender ($1,299.00 Value).
  • Access top bar and bartending experts

Access to the Nimble Private Vault

  • An ever-expanding online resource that will be there for you from bartender, to bar manager, to bar owner, and beyond. Continuously updated with fresh material ($39.00 Per Month Value).

Ready-to-use scripts to skyrocket your job prospects and network

  • We’ve all heard it before — your network is your net worth. It’s important that you’re continuously building your relationships, and with our ready-to-use scripts, you can piggy-back off of the emails we’ve sent out to bars, industry experts, and even CEOs we’ve met across the bar ($99.00 Value).

Nimble Curated Professional Bar Kit

  • Any craftsperson will tell you that you’re only as good as your tools. Bartending is no different. After years of testing different sets of tools, we’ve curated the ones that work best in our professional bar kit. We’re regularly improving this kit so that you’ll be equipped with the best tools to use behind modern bars ($199.00 Value).

Nimble’s proprietary Cocktail Guide

  • There are 50 essential cocktails that you need to know to thrive behind modern bars. The Cocktail Guide gives you the bullet-proof recipes that work best for these drinks, and short punchy stories that you can share with your guests ($29.00 Value).

Nimble Professional Bartender Certification (optional and subject to successful completion of the certification process)

  • Get a certification that shows you’re part of a vanguard group of bartenders who’ve put in the work and are on-track to becoming high-performance bartenders. You’re committed to continuous, never-ending improvement, and adding value to this industry ($299.00 Value).

 

12 Monthly Payments of $99

(That’s $3.30 per day)

If you have any questions or concerns about the course, call, text, or email us.
We’re happy to help.
250-589-7222
school@nimblebar.co

OPTION 3:

NIMBLE BARTENDER PROFESSIONAL

With Nimble Bartender Professional, you’ll get the full Nimble Bar School course — including The Cocktail Guide, rigorous hands-on training, unlimited access to course content and guides, curated Nimble endorsed Bar Kit, and more — including the strategic insight you need to achieve your bar and bartending goals.

One-on-two strategy session

  • Every student who comes to the Nimble Bar School has different goals. Some want to get their first bartending job, some want to become a bar owner, some want to work their way up to one of the world’s best bars, and some just want to open their own tiki hut on the beach. The one-on-two strategy session will give you the strategic insight to etch out custom a plan to reach your specific goals ($199.00 Value).

Private access to direct communication with instructors

  • While the Nimble Bar School curriculum is comprehensive, some students want even more access to instructors specialized knowledge. This feature will give you access to the Nimble Instructor’s direct communication channel where you can tap into the minds of our instructors whenever a question comes up for you ($59.00 per month Value).

Full Nimble Bar School Course

  • A complete and cutting edge curriculum that follows a proven process that will lead you to become a high-performance bartender ($1,299.00 Value).
  • Access top bar and bartending experts

Access to the Nimble Private Vault

  • An ever-expanding online resource that will be there for you from bartender, to bar manager, to bar owner, and beyond. Continuously updated with fresh material ($39.00 Per Month Value).

Ready-to-use scripts to skyrocket your job prospects and network

  • We’ve all heard it before — your network is your net worth. It’s important that you’re continuously building your relationships, and with our ready-to-use scripts, you can piggy-back off of the emails we’ve sent out to bars, industry experts, and even CEOs we’ve met across the bar ($99.00 Value).

Nimble Curated Professional Bar Kit

  • Any craftsperson will tell you that you’re only as good as your tools. Bartending is no different. After years of testing different sets of tools, we’ve curated the ones that work best in our professional bar kit. We’re regularly improving this kit so that you’ll be equipped with the best tools to use behind modern bars ($199.00 Value).

Nimble’s proprietary Cocktail Guide

  • There are 50 essential cocktails that you need to know to thrive behind modern bars. The Cocktail Guide gives you the bullet-proof recipes that work best for these drinks, and short punchy stories that you can share with your guests ($29.00 Value).

Nimble Professional Bartender Certification (optional and subject to successful completion of the certification process)

  • Get a certification that shows you’re part of a vanguard group of bartenders who’ve put in the work and are on-track to becoming high-performance bartenders. You’re committed to continuous, never-ending improvement, and adding value to this industry ($299.00 Value).

 

12 Monthly Payments of $69

(That’s $2.30 per day)

If you have any questions or concerns about the course, call, text, or email us.
We’re happy to help.
250-589-7222
school@nimblebar.co

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