At Metropolitan Bartending School, you learn with the best instructors in the Industry:
Head Instructor – Micah Dew:
Micah Dew is a professional mixologist from Vancouver with over 15 years of experience in the hospitality industry. He has been showcased in film and on TV both nationally and internationally for his bartending skills. While Micah is recognized as an engaging and entertaining speaker, he has also been known to mix it up on the competition stage. Entering and winning cocktail, and flair bartending competitions locally and internationally.
In addition to working with Metropolitan, Micah continues to work at Vancouver’s #1 Nightclub, The Roxy. Also Micah continues to work with the 3rd largest liquor company in the world, Beam Global as corporate trainer.
You may also know Micah From:
- His weekly cocktail feature in The Province Newspaper
- 4 years behind the bar at The Roxy Nightclub Vancouver
- 9 years Performer/Lead Instructor with worlds largest Flair Bartending training company extremebartending.com
- Multiple TV appearances including: The Rachael Ray Show and Urban Rush
- Featured Flair Bartending Instructor in the best selling Working Flair & Customer service DVD series in the world
- Featured speaker at the annual Christmas in November in Jasper, AB, alongside other top restauranteurs, and Food Network Stars
- Winner of multiple flair bartending competitions locally and internationally
- Featured performer on Dragons Den Canada
When he’s not working with Metropolitan, Micah likes to travel and experiment with regional cuisines, and continues to pursue a passion for wine, hosting annual wine events.
It’s because of Bartenders like Luke that when people go out, they choose to sit at the bar. During his career he’s won cocktail competitions and been filmed for his flair from behind some of the best and busiest bars in the world.
The Australian drinks mixer began his career working his way up through the bars around Sydney and Melbourne. Luke was quickly promoted to Bar Manager at Melbourne’s TGIFriday’s, where right away, he took it upon himself to transform the lackluster beer station they’d previously had into a fully functional restaurant bar. He later moved over to Melbourne’s cocktail hotspot, Platform 3. In his new cocktail bar setting, Luke became a true student of the bar, teaching himself everything from the history behind drinks and their original recipes, to the best methods of mixing to bring out the best in every drink that he made. Shortly after joining the team, Luke was promoted to Head Bartender. After achieving so much in just four years down under, Luke decided to pack up his shaker and see just how much he could achieve abroad.
Landing in Norway, Luke immediately got to Bartending at the fine dining restaurant, Soho. The Bar staff at Soho were rigorously and repeatedly tested on their recipes, technique, and speed. Luke thrived in the harsh environment so well – you can even see him mixing drinks at Soho on YouTube – that the owners of Soho promoted him to be the General Manager of their nightclub, the busiest in Scandinavia, the appropriately named Metro. Once more, Luke proved his abilities in running smooth and successful bars, so yet again they promoted him, to Operational Manager of the entire chain. Just three years after coming to Norway Luke became known as one of the countries best mixologists, placing in the finals of several competitions, including the world famous Scandinavian Bar Wars, and winning the Bols’ Mixology contest.
Now that Luke has joined us in Canada, we can’t wait to see what he achieves here. Today you can find him mixing drinks down at Granville Street’s Cavo, when he’s not teaching here at Metro. So, whether you want to work in a cocktail bar or a club, a restaurant or a pub, Luke has more than enough experience to help get you there.
For years before John joined us at Metro he was hiring, training, and managing Bartenders in well known bars all over Vancouver.
His own hospitality career had a pretty classical beginning: after working his way up from Busser to Server and then Bar Back to Bartender, he worked his way through University, swapping his books for a shot glass at the end of the week, to mix drinks all through the weekend.
When he’d finished school out east, John moved to Vancouver and started work right away Bartending and Serving at an Earls Restaurant. He stayed with Earls for a couple of years before taking a job at Vancouver’s most famous – or infamous – Gentlemen’s club. To keep up with the constant orders of the patrons at the club, John picked up the speed with which he mixed and poured drinks, impressing his bosses, and earning a promotion to Head Bartender. Another two years down the line he moved on to work for the rapidly growing Glowbal Collection of bars and restaurants. John juggled two jobs with Glowbal: bartending at the Italian Kitchen just off of Burrard, and managing the bar at the forever packed Society Lounge in Yaletown. While John was expected to stick to the menu at the Italian Kitchen, he was given complete freedom behind the bar in Yaletown. He created martinis and milkshakes, shooters and highballs, for which he received the highest approvals from the critical Yaletown crowd (and an invitation to Bacardi’s Cocktail Contest in which he finished second).
His last stop before joining us at Metro was at Joey Coquitlam as their assistant Bar Manager. During his four years at Joey he hired and trained countless numbers of Bartenders, but witnessed a serious lack of experience and knowledge even in those that had bartended before. John joined us after Joey so that he could produce students that managers like him will want to hire, students that are prepared and ready to go.
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 Ian 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.