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Learn to Bartend!

*** It's a great day to learn to bartend! See you there! ***

UPDATE #5: There are still spots left, so you may claim a spot by arriving with exact cash. See you there!

UPDATE #4: As mentioned in the event posting in bold, please note that we will be using colored water to simulate the different liquors, we will *not* be using real liquor. No bartending school I know of uses real liquor for both liability and cost purposes. We will each practice and get to make 20 - 30 drinks. Can you imagine the state of each person and waste if real liquor was used? We are there to learn, not get inebriated. We can do that at home after we learned everything we need to!

UPDATE #3: Due to the freezing rain forecasted, I'm rescheduling to next Sun. Dec. 15th, same time, same place. If you are unable to make the new date, please email me NO LATER THAN end of day Tues. Dec. 10th for a full refund. No refunds will be given after that date. See you there!

UPDATE #2: The early-bird price has ended and the ticket price is now $50. Looking forward to seeing you there!

UPDATE #1: There are less than 10 early bird spots left and the price will increase from $40 to $50 when the early bird spots are gone or before Sun. Dec. 1st (whichever comes first). To be fair to those who want to join in and are ready to make payment, I'll be removing those that haven't paid by Sun. Nov. 24th. So make payment to *truly* lock in your spot.

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Some of you know I bartended at Ultrabar (1000+ person bar / club) every weekend for fun for the longest time.

Wonder how I got started? Well, I took an intense 5 week course from Professional Bartending School in Arlington, and became a certified bartender. If you've ever thought it'd be fun to bartend, and / or thought about actually trying it... well, here's your chance!

I have made special arrangements with the Professional Bartending School (one of DC's most respected bartending schools) and recruited Brian Kepler, a certified bartender with 14 years direct bartending experience, to show us what it's like to be a bartender. Join us for this informative, interactive, and fun 3 hour introductory seminar and hands on (yes, HANDS ON!) training class as we:

• Learn how to make 30+ of the most popular and requested drinks, shooters, martinis, and specialty drinks such as Northern Lights cocktail just in time for the holidays, Blue Hawaiian, Kamikaze, Woo Woo, White Russian, Long Island, to name a few.

• Are provided with the highest quality instruction

• Train under simulated barroom conditions using a full range of bar tools and equipment.

• Learn about glassware

• Learn different methods of mixing

• Learn various cocktail recipes

• Learn bartending tricks

• Learn how to handle a crowded bar

• We'll each get $150 credit we can use towards their full certification course

As soon as we walk into the school, we'll find it hard to believe that we are not in a real bar. The school is designed as a real bar. Whether we are a beginner or an experienced bartender, this course will help us gain a basic introductory insight into the exciting world of bartending.

We are privileged to have Brian, who has 14 years direct bartending experience in some of the top bars, restaurants, and clubs coast to coast (from Ocean City to San Francisco), as our instructor. He is certified by the Maryland State Board of Education, and some of his favorite venues he's worked at include Irish pubs, high end martini lounges, and dueling piano clubs.

Our class consists of 2 hours of lessons, followed by 1 hour of hands on bar training where we'll step behind a bar to practice our new skills, tips on techniques, and most importantly, what it feels like on the other side of the bar.

Please note that we will be using colored water to simulate the different liquors, we will *not* be using real liquor.  No bartending school I know of uses real liquor for both liability and cost purposes.  We will each practice and get to make 20 - 30 drinks.  Can you imagine the state of each person and waste if real liquor was used?  We are there to learn, not get inebriated.  We can do that at home after we learned everything we need to!

We've got an early bird special for this event of $40! The first 25 paid sign-ups, or those who pay before Sun. Dec. 1st (whichever comes first) get the early bird price! After that, the ticket price will go to $50. We have a LIMITED number of spots so make sure to RSVP early and make payment to get the early bird price!

Also please know that your RSVP is not guaranteed unless we receive payment. When you pay, your online receipt is confirmation that we have received your payment.

Come join us, tell a friend, and let's have a good time learning what it's like to be a bartender. Hope to see you there for this fun, informative, and interactive class!

- J.T.

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Metro and Parking

A few blocks from the Courthouse Metro stop (Blue, Orange lines). We suggest Metro / cabbing if you can. We also recommend using wmata.com for travel planning. Don't forget to account for Metro and traffic delays. If you are driving, you will need to find street parking or a garage.

Payment Instructions (Paypal account not required):

Please follow the instructions below for making payment (if payment by smartphone doesn't work, please try your computer).  Payment at the door will be permitted only should the event not sell out.  Most of our events do sell out, so we recommend you secure your spot online early.  If you make payment for less than the current ticketed price without prior correspondence, your RSVP will be removed.

1. Select "Yes" under "Will you attend?"

2. Enter the number of guests coming and click "Finish RSVP"

3. Click "Pay Now" at the top of the event posting near the ticket price per person

4. Verify correct dollar amount for number of people you're paying for, click "Pay Now" button

5. If you don't have a Paypal account, click "Pay with a Debit or Credit Card"

6. If you have a Paypal account, simply log in, and pay as you normally would via Paypal

Event Check-in

We will have a master list of all those that have paid. It’s not required, but I recommend printing out your payment confirmation as a backup. When you check-in, your RSVP will be listed under the name of the Paypal or credit card account used to make payment.  Typically, this is your LEGAL name as shown on your driver's license.  Sometimes, it may be under a company name if you set up your Paypal or credit card account that way.  If you are not sure what it is, please take a moment to log into your Paypal account (it will say "Welcome, [your account name]" at the top) or your credit card account to find out.  If you are RSVP'd under someone else's payment, please use that name for check-in.

Refund Policy & Ticket Resell

Since we paid in advance for this event, all sales are final unless the event is cancelled or rescheduled. Similar to a concert ticket or a football game ticket, you are free to sell your ticket to someone else if you are unable to attend. I suggest posting in the comment box for the event, that you have a ticket for sale. Work out payment between yourselves, and send us an email letting us know the full name and Meetup profile URL (if a member) of the person taking your spot. Thanks for understanding. =)

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  • Esin

    I am selling one ticket for $40. You can pay me via paypal. Let me know if you're interested!

    December 8, 2013

  • Courtney W.

    Is there a chance that this will be canceled because of the weather?

    December 7, 2013

    • Courtney W.

      Thanks! Question, though. Your update says same time but the time on the right under "RSVP" says 10am. Which is it? :-p

      December 8, 2013

    • J.T.

      The 10am time is when sign ups close, the time of the event is still 1pm (as listed next to the date shown). =)

      December 8, 2013

  • evelyn k.

    Plus the weather isn't exactly conducive for a long drive

    December 8, 2013

  • evelyn k.

    Something came up and I won't be able to make it

    1 · December 8, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    How and when do I make the 40 $ payment at the event?

    November 16, 2013

    • J.T. [20s & 30s Going Out G.

      Hi Ashana, to make a payment click on the rsvp and follow payment instructions. Please see "Payment Instructions Section" on the event post for full details. See you there!

      November 18, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Hi!

    November 16, 2013

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Your organizer's refund policy for Learn to Bartend!

Refunds offered if:

  • the Meetup is cancelled
  • the Meetup is rescheduled

Additional notes: Since we paid in advance for this event, all sales are final unless the event is cancelled or rescheduled. Similar to a concert ticket, you are free to sell your ticket to someone else if you cannot attend. Send us an email with who will take your spot.

Payments you make go to the organizer, not to Meetup. You must make refund requests to the organizer.

Regardless of the refund policy set by the organizer, Meetup may issue refunds on an organizer's behalf if we determine that Meetup's Payment Policies have been violated.

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