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Thomas Dupuy

Trained in France and bartender since 10 years in many differents places

(Hotels, pubs, discotheque and well-know craft-cocktails bars),

I want to share my knowledge and exepriences with future bartenders.

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Types of Bartending Jobs

Bartending is a wide spread field with many job options available. If you are interested in becoming a professional bartender but where not sure of your income possibilities or what type of bartending jobs are out there; read on….

 

Country Clubs

I have many friends in the industry and they all have different stories to tell. Some bartenders would prefer to work in a Country Club type atmosphere where they would dispense drinks all night or day to the waiting cocktail waitress or waiter. Fast paced drink making, fairly robotic and not too much interaction with customers. This type of bartender will earn the majority of his income from the establishment who employs him as an hourly wage and probably splits the tips with all the drink servers.

Neighborhood  Bars & Restaurants

Another bartender might work at the neighborhood bar or pub and serve to a regular local crowd, yeah, like in the sitcom, Cheers. This bartender is very social and makes his money by being the popular or funny and an entertaining guy/girl to a fun and oft times a rowdy crowd. Good tip money in this type of venue. He/she works somewhat hard but has lots of fun.

Night Clubs & Tourist Destinations

In the busy tourist or night club scene bartenders handle large amounts of volume and pour, pour, pour, all night long. These types of bartending jobs require you to move at a very fast pace for hours. There is potential to make great tip money but you must have the energy to keep up with the fast pace.

Hotels

A bartending career at a high end hotel, like The Omni Hotel, Ritz Carlton, Sofitel Montreal Golden Mile here in Montreal, etc. These bartenders are top of the line professionals. A clean crisp uniform, neat bar area, and excellent drink making skills are required. The rewards of these types of bartending jobs can be incredible. You can meet interesting high profile people who tip well and who generally have nice manners. These establishments usually have a nice employment package with insurance benefits and regular shifts. They usually pay on the higher end of the scale of hourly wages for hotel and restaurant venues and good tips that are usually shared and included in your paycheck. It is not unheard of to make $50,000+ per year in this career choice.

Cruise Ships

Bartending Jobs - Cruiseship BarsOne of my best friends works on a cruise ship as a bartender. He usually works the same station and has the waiters, servers, and cocktail people constantly visiting his bar area. He is a flexible type of bartender who can converse with new people who are on the ship for the first time and have questions about drinks and the different ports of call. He makes his money from the cruise line but also receives lots of cash in tips, plus he gets to travel to all the various ports. Cruise line also often offer good benefits as well. The downside is he is somewhat captive on the ship most of the time and usually gets burned out after 6 months and must go home for a monthly visit or get “cabin fever”.

Private Parties

Private party bartenders have a great time and a lot of opportunity for making cash on a part time basis. You can usually work for yourself and name your own jobs. Most parties are at night allowing you to work a day job if you choose. Some private party bartenders get invited to what is called “guest parties” where the main person at the party is a famous actress or actor and you meet many important people. The connections can be invaluable. You can get paid a flat rate from the host of the party and also get lots of cash tips. If you are lucky they might even offer you a drink!

Resorts & Beach Clubs

Bartending Jobs - Resort BarsResorts are interesting venues for your career as a bartender. At a resort you could live in a beautiful place with local color and become wildly popular with the locals which can lead to good regular tips. You may offer advice for vacationers, newlyweds, party animals and so forth. Since you live close by you know all the best spots for having a good time; popularity always pays well in tips. You also meet all types of lonely people looking for romance. In this venue it wouldn’t matter much how much the hourly wage is. You can always count on your charming personality and good advice to keep the tip jar overflowing.

The possibilities are endless as there are bars in all types of settings all over the world. Getting trained as a certified bartender opens up this world as you can apply for the bartending jobs of your choice in the location of your dreams.

In as little as 30 hours you can become fully trained to work in any of these bartending jobs. The sooner you get the experience you need the sooner you can get to work!

Check out the International Master Bartending Course Level I & II for details.

 

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Should We Tip Bartenders?

Written by: LaBlaq Creativ

The concept of tipping is very controversial. In fact, Shake Shack founder and restauranteur, Danny Meyer, made waves when he famously decided to end tipping in his restaurants.

 

“Tipping is actually one of the biggest hoaxes ever pulled on an entire culture, the American culture,” according to Danny Meyer.

 

“Tipping started in our country right after the Civil War. And the restaurant industry, as well as the Pullman train car industry, successfully petitioned the United States government to make a dispensation for our industries that we would not pay our servers. But it wasn’t considered slavery because we would ask our customers to pay tips and therefore no one could say that they were being enslaved.

 

“And no surprise, but most of the people who were working in service professional jobs and restaurants and in Pullman train cars were African American,” he added.

 

However, what Meyer doesn’t realize is that the institution of tipping is in fact global.

 

TIPPING AROUND THE WORLD
Africa: Ten to 15 per cent-the bill may include a service charge.
Australia: A small tip is a good way to show appreciation
China: Tipping is not required or expected, but it is common at hotels and restaurants frequented by Western tourists. Note: Tipping is very common in Hong Kong.
Egypt:  five to ten per cent on top of the five to ten per cent service charge.
France: Service charge is included on the bill
Spain: A tip of between seven and 13 per cent
Thailand: Tipping is not a requirement, but 20 baht is acceptable.

 

Tipping should not be the primary motivation for great service and the Master School of Bartending helps train in customer service skills.

 

If you are looking for a career change or simply need a part-time job attending the Master School of Bartending-MSB, bartenders.ca is the perfect investment in your new career to ensure you get a new job! Our classes are located in metro-accessible locations. We are currently accepting students! Feel free to look at our course schedules to get an understanding of what topics will be covered.

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How much does a bartender make?

Written by: LaBlaq Creativ

The yearly salary for a bartender is roughly $30,000 annually. However, a bartender takes in much more thanks to their tips, which are normally undocumented and frequently fluctuate.

 

This is because at a high-end restaurant or nightclub drinks are pricier, and the clientele is more willing to throw around some cash. At higher-end places like these a bartender might expect to bring home no less than $200 per night in tips alone!

 

That will skyrocket the estimated take home pay to $45,000 – $73,000.

 

Tips will vary depending if you work in a night club, posh hotel, restaurant and so on. For example, in a nightclub the bartender serves the client and it’s all about speed, there’s little chit chatting in a night club. The drink is served, you get your tip and that’s it “thank you very much”.

 

Compare this with a private club where your patron will certainly get in with you before and while you are preparing the cocktail, you can bet he/she will be chatting you up after is is served. Consequently, you will be serving way less recipes but will be receiving substantially hefty tips. In a restaurant, you’re mainly like a robot, taking orders from the waiters and cocktails get picked up by the waiters. Tips are paid to the waiters and cocktails get picked up by the waiters. Tips are paid to the waiters and then split hopefully evenly with the bar staff. Here you’ll be making less tip. Of course, many restaurants have bar stools and this is where you get the opportunity to pour on your charm to get the trophy tips.

 

Getting certified as a bartender is extremely important. It will set you apart from the competition and help you land a job faster. If you are looking to get certified as a bartender and get a job, contact us now for your new career.

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Read What Our Former Students Have To Say

Written by: LaBlaq Creativ

The Master School of Bartending-MSB, Bartenders.ca was founded in 1981, we are proud to be the Premiere Hospitality training school. We can get you certified in the following:

  • Bartender
  • Flairtender
  • Five-star Table Service

We have successfully placed our graduates in the finest restaurants, bars, hotels, nightclubs and cruise ships around the world.

Currently, we offer our courses in two different locations: Downtown Montreal and Quebec City. The bilingual courses offered by the Master School of Bartending (Bartenders.ca) are recognized by Employment Quebec.

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It’s easy for other schools to say they are the best, but we let our former students do the talking for us!

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“Hi my name Vlad, I just finished my class at bartend.ca right after I got myself a job at Le Milsa as a bartender, that’s pretty cool… ”

Vlad, Montreal

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“Hi, my name is Frédérique, its been a week and a half that I’ve finished my course and i landed a job as a bartender in a nightclub it took me less than 2days, i strongly recommend the school, it’s s really anazing, you learn a bunch, i made some friends, the teacher is extraordinary, i recommend the Master School of Bartending, Thank you… ”

Frédérique Lacombe, Montreal

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“Hi, my name is Esthel, bartend.ca really helped me, I got a job at the Omni Hotel as a bartender”

Esthel, Montreal

If you are looking for a career change or simply need a part-time job attending the Master School of Bartending-MSB, bartenders.ca is the perfect investment in your new career to ensure you get a new job! Our classes are located in metro-accessible locations. We are currently accepting students! Feel free to look at our course schedules to get an understanding of what topics will be covered.

 

Once you graduate our help doesn’t end. We will help you find that new job using our job hiring service at Bartend.com where we have partnered with some amazing employers.
So, if you are ready to line yourself a job in the industry that promises a bright and lifelong career coupled with a most interesting nightlife – call our course coordinators, that are ready to offer you all the best rebates to get you Master certified at the prestigious leading hospitality school in the nation. (800)561-1781.

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Ronnie Laliberté

Ronnie Laliberté has over 30 years of experience as a professional in the hospitality industry. He has worked as a Maître d, manager and barman in addition to holding executive positions in establishments such as the Restaurant Aux Mouettes, l’Évasion (Complexe Desjardins) and at Place Bonaventure. To keep up to speed, he is currently barman at the elegant Elmridge Country Club. We are proud to share with you at Bartend.ca – Master School of Bartending – MSB his remarkable expertise and flamboyant energy.

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Hélène Belley

Hélène Belley has been teaching the Table Service Course as well as our (daytime and evening) Bartending Course in Quebec City since March 2005. She has completed studies at the Canadian Wine Institute in Toronto, the Commission School in Saguenay and took Hotel Management Training in Quebec City (1976).

Hélène Belley has had much experience working as a bartender and draws from her vast personal experiences as she instructs her students in the fine arts of bartending. She was employed professionally as a bartender at the Napolean Bar and the Emprise Bar in Chicoutimi from 1987 to 1993. She also worked as a bartender for Audace Bar in Jonquiere and was employed as a waitress at the La Piazza Restaurant in Quebec City from 1994 to 1995. In 1996 she was also employed as a bartender for the Prében resto-bar in Quebec City. From 1996 to 2001 she worked at the More Deli-Bar in Beauport as a bartender and waitress.

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Dimitri Konias

We are proud to have Mr. Dimitri Konias, a true passionate of the Hospitality industry as our leading senior Bar Chef.   A premiere professional with over 25 years experience in the Industry.  Today teaching bartending, etiquette,  mixology and table service.

Dimitri has held local and International positions spanning from bartender to Maître D in prestigious hotels such as the Fairmont and the Hilton.

His talent and desire to teach was spawned from the many years  at managerial levels at Scores restaurants. Dimitri went beyond his work details to assert that his employees were trained and crosstrained.  In turn improving the client experience and corporate revenue. As well, as providing substantial career advancement for his employees.

Mr. Konias’s stern interests for advancement has in turn led him to be second to none with current trends. For instance his Gluten free service knowledge was procured at his gainful employment at Ottavio restaurants, award winners in many trending advancements.

Most importantly,  our graduates will benefit from Mr Konias’s exhaustive knowledge in career paths and job search.  Providing graduates with superior guidance with the aim of attaining their dream job coupled with offering the opportunity for employers to obtain professional and premiere staffing.

To contact Dimitri,

email info@bartenders.ca or

call 1-800-561-1781 ext 103

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What do you need to find the best Bartending job?

Bartending is a unique job the requires skill and personality to be successful. This is a job you simply cannot “fake it, til you make it”. It is imperative that you know you drinks and you know bar etiquette. Bartending requires knowledge in serving and knowing exactly how each drink taste. This includes knowing the following:

Spirits
Basic cocktail recipes
Shooters
Wines
Champagnes
Aperitifs
Digestives
Coffees

As a Bartender, you will also need to know “bar theory”. There is nothing worse than a bartender that can’t recommend a cocktail, wine, or cordial. This aspect also includes being able to suggest basic wine and food pairings, cocktail and food pairings. In order to land the very best bartending jobs you must have these skills.

In fact, the interview will be all show and no talk.

An employer’s goal when making a hiring decision is very simple, their aim is to maintain current clientele and attract new clientele. This means being a bartender with both skillsets; skill and charisma, is critical to landing the job.

Many people already in the hospitality industry have the potential to be a bartender. This is why moving up from a bar back, hostess, or even waiter is more than ok to learn and observe proper bartending skills. The most important thing when landing the best bartending job is having a fantastic attitude combined with a strong skillset.

If you are looking for a career change or simply need a part-time job attending the Master School of Bartending-MSB, bartenders.ca is the perfect investment in your new career to ensure you get a new job! Our classes are located in metro-accessible locations. We are currently accepting students! Feel free to look at our course schedules to get an understanding of what topics will be covered.

Once you graduate our help doesn’t end. We will help you find that new job using our job hiring service at Bartend.com where we have partnered with some amazing employers.

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How should you dress to get the best Bartending job?

In the hospitality industry, there is a constant and ever evolving conversation around dress code. It is a common misconception that bar tending is a completely casual position. It is very important to an employer and the clientele that a bartender is dressed appropriately. Many bartending locations will have either an official or unofficial uniform. Bartenders should follow their locations rules as a bare minimum. It is vital that bartenders are not only well dressed, but are also well groomed. If you are just starting out a new bartending position here are some fashion tips to ensure you are dressed for success whether you are serving drinks at a high-end resort or a local night club:

Shoe wear- always wear comfortable shoes that are both stylish and practical. Your outfit should be put together, but do remember you will be on your feet during your shift.
Fit- whether you are in shape or out of shape be sure your clothes are not baggy nor too tight. They should fit properly.
Grooming- hair should always be clean and styled simply. No overwhelming colognes and perfumes, and keep makeup classy.
Personality- wear a cool pocket square, or a shiny scarf to show off your personality.
Black when all else fails wear black on black and you will look put together.

Proper grooming and dressing is essential for job success and well also boost those tips!

If you are looking for additional tips and guidance on being successful in a career in bartending consider attending the Master School of Bartending-MSB, bartenders.ca. It is the perfect investment in your career to ensure you are successful! Our classes are located in metro-accessible locations. We are currently accepting students! Feel free to look at our course schedules to get an understanding of what topics will be covered.

Once you graduate our help doesn’t end. We will help you find that new job using our job hiring service at Bartend.com where we have partnered with some amazing employers.

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