beautiful flavor ratios, beautiful garnishes, beautiful history, good personality, good drink, really good bartenders, beautiful origin
The perfect balance of professional training and preparation for the real world of bartending.
Upon calling literally every bartending school in LA- one stuck out. When I called National Bartenders School, an intelligent, enthusiastic woman named Patty articulated the benefits the school had to offer- and in a matter of a 5 minute conversation, I knew this place was serious about making really good bartenders.
My teacher was Mario- who offers a very realistic view into the world of bartending while still managing to get the laws, facts, and recipes engraved into your mind (partially due to actually having a good personality =)). I never felt intimidated or overwhelmed- but I also managed to feel like I was challenged.
Though Mario was my teacher, and I can absolutely recommend him- the other instructors all offered their own unique flavor, and seemed to truly be up to the same high standards in my brief moments viewing their lessons- it's like going to an amazing restaurant- all the dishes are good, but you're bound to have a favorite.
Then there's Patty- the director of the school. At risk of sounding cheesy- Patty embodies the bartender you want to be, and inspired me from the beginning. She genuinely cares about making a good drink, and what goes into that. She knows everything about a drink- making beautiful garnishes, the history of the alcohol, the origin of the mixers, the flavor ratios, the history of the drink altogether- but she also knows how to have fun too, and also has an extremely realistic slant on the social aspect of bartending too.
Though I haven't secured bartending work yet due to a lack of jobs (you know, "the economy"), I know that the reason I can apply to any place with confidence, is because I learned everything I need to know about liquor (and probably more than I'll ever need to know) at NBS.
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