OUR Team

At Metropolitan Bartending School, you learn with the best instructors in the Industry:

Ryan Boyd:

All courses and instructors at Metropolitan Bartending School Vancouver, are directly managed & overseen by Ryan Boyd. Highlights of Ryan’s qualifications include:

  • Graduated from a local Vancouver Bartending School in 1994
  • 18 years of experience in the best establishments in the Vancouver Bar & Restaurant scene, including: Bar None, Pop Opera, Luce, La Terrazza, The Roxy, Richards on Richards, Voda Nightclub & Lounge, The Keg, Mars Nightclub
  • 10 years Instructor/Performer/Lead Instructor with the largest Flair Bartending training company in the world: extremebartending.com
  • Organized, judged, competed-in & won various Flair Bartending & Cocktail competitions locally & internationally
  • Featured Flair Bartending & Customer Service Trainer in the worlds #1 best selling Working Flair & Customer service DVD series, sold in over 100 countries
  • Exhibited, performed, and spoke at various international trade shows
  • Featured in Bar & Beverage and Night Club & Bar Magazine
  • Appeared on various TV programs showcasing & promoting Flair Bartending
  • Winner of National Martini, Cocktail, and Flair Competitions
  • Traveled extensively internationally training hundreds of Nightclub, Casino and Restaurant Bartenders in Working Flair Bartending, and advanced customer service
  • Consulted for various Bars & Restaurants in the area’s of; Customer Service, Efficiency, Cocktail Menu Creation, Wine List Creation, and Suggestive Selling Techniques
  • Continues to pursue a passion for wine, touring vineyards locally & internationally

Ian Arcega:

  • Ian was born in Washington DC and began his hospitality career in the DC bar scene
  • Ian moved to Calgary in 2002 to attend Alberta College of Art & Design and immediately got a job bartending downtown
  • Over the next few years Ian bartended at some of Calgary’s best hot spots, such as Seanachie Irish Pub, The Ship & Anchor, and The Drum & Monkey
  • Ian Moved to Vancouver in 2008 where he continued his hospitality career. Starting as a bartender at Earls, he eventually moved into bar manager, and has since moved on to work on Granville street and in Yaletown

Instructor Feedback – Vancouver:

My experience was great. The instructor was just filled with so much information. I always got answers for my questions. He was very professional and inspired me to be a bartender as good as he is. Overall it was worth every penny and I am happy I went to bartending school. – Dave M.

I thought it was very well done. Our teacher had lots of energy and kept the class going. The hands on time was more than enough to get us comfortable around the bar. All and all, I had a great time and I am ready to get my first bartending job! – Jaime Donaldson; June 9, 2011

I really loved it. I came here in May and couldn’t take the exam, so the fact that the school let me come back is really amazing. I had a blast here, made great friends and Jeremy as an instructor was a perfect role model for me. He is chill and serious at the right times. The facility is great thank you all so much! – Revé R.