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  • Introduce Yourself!

     Andrew updated 1 year ago 11 Members · 12 Posts
  • Kyle

    June 28, 2020 at 4:30 pm

    Welcome to the Nimble Bar Co forum. Start by:

    – Introducing yourself

    – Let us know what brought you to the course

    – What you’re most excited to learn

    – What success looks like for you in 3 months

  • Kyle

    June 29, 2020 at 3:23 pm

    I’ll begin!

    My name’s Kyle Guilfoyle and I’m the co-founder of the Nimble Bar Co.

    – I was first interested in bartending when I started making more money in 2 nights as a busboy than I was full time at a cafe. When I discovered that the bartenders were making 2-3x what I was as a busser, that’s when I started getting really into it.

    When I discovered the ‘craft’ side of cocktails, I also started to fall in love with the culture. Lots of romance and history in the world of cocktails.

    It was really fun to look forward to work and make good money at the same time.

    – The thing I was most excited to learn was building a bullet-proof arsenal of timeless classic cocktails

    – For me, success looked like being able to work 3-4 nights a week, continue to enjoy work, while getting degrees, and eventually building a business on the side.

    Look forward to meeting everyone! 😃

  • Brian

    June 30, 2020 at 2:52 am

    Thanks Kyle! Look forward to meeting you and my fellow classmates this weekend.

    My name is Brian Chapman, I’m a bartender at the Kingfisher Resort in the Comox Valley. I started working as a barback/runner in a nightclub in 1993 when I was 17 years old (don’t do the math please). It was a lot of fun and decent money, I loved watching the charisma and the hustle the bartenders had. I kept one foot in the industry while I carried on with a military career that lasted two decades before retiring and jumping back into F&B. I specialized in craft beer over the past several years before falling in love with craft cocktails at Veneto while working next door at Vintage Spirits.

    Success to me will be to have a work/life balance so I can have time to research the potential of opening my own place.

    See you all Saturday!


  • Nate

    June 30, 2020 at 7:24 am

    Hello all! My name is Nate, and I am also a co-founder of this operation called Nimble Bar Co.

    In regards to many of my colleagues, I was quite a late bloomer. I found this industry at 22 after years of working at Rogers Video, Future Shop, Esso Gas etc. I went to Joe the Bartender school in 2007 and it was the match that lit the gasoline so to speak. It was Pagliacci’s downtown that forced me out of my jaded, introverted shell and transformed my working habits into passion and efficiency. From there, I was lucky to get an opportunity to mentor under Shawn Soole at Clive’s Classic Lounge and then help open Little Jumbo years later as bar manager.

    – I needed a change, retail and passionless jobs had drained my self esteem and had me in a rut so to speak.

    – I took my classes at bartending school hoping to nail down recipes and get comfortable behind a well giving me an edge towards getting a bartending job. Also watching the movie Cocktail (1986 Tom Cruise), a lot!

    – Success was working in downtown Victoria, engaging people and working in a more social environment and finding something I was good at (for someone who never did post-secondary).

  • Xavier

    July 4, 2020 at 12:01 am

    Hi everyone,

    My name is Xavier Day-Gross. I’m 19 and working towards a degree in general management at Camosun College. I have been working at Sunny Mayne bakery on and off for the last 4ish years. Part of the reason I’m taking this course is because my favourite thing to do at the bakery is make specialty coffees but I’m not much of a morning person. I’m hoping that bar tending can offer me a similar challenge (knowing recipes, efficiency, multitasking…) in an environment I’m better suited to. Success for me would be having an entry level job at proper bar.

    Excited to meet you all and start learning.

  • Steven

    November 7, 2020 at 1:44 am

    Hey all! I am in the course starting on Nov 7, 2020. I see these posts are from another course but thought I would post here instead of a new thread. My name is Steve. Just in the transition period of ending my last job (First Mate at Sail and Life Training Society) and starting a new career. I am just getting into some health care positions, just doing my on boarding with VIHA, and also taking a Basic Security Training course through JIBC online.

    I am taking this course because I like alcohol and even if I never professionally get behind a bar, I think it would still be a cool hobby to have. I am working on building up a bar at home, but haven’t gotten much past the scotch (my drink of choice).

    I am excited to just learn all of it. To see what it is like, and to see if I have what it takes to possibly pursue this even casually.

    Success for me probably looks different for many people here. If I am not a porter or security at a hospital, then I would be completing my paramedic training three months from now. Now success when it comes to this course is having the experience and knowledge under my belt to craft cocktails for my friends (post COVID that is), and know whether I want to pursue this role professionally.

    Thanks for reading!

  • Jack

    November 7, 2020 at 6:29 am

    Hey, I’m Jack. I’m a university student studying have just moved to Victoria (from Comox, not Florida, don’t worry). Been tired of living in a small town so made the decision to move down here and am looking forward to meeting everyone!

    I’ve been wanting to take this course since I was..definitely not legal drinking age..and have always had a deep interest in the art of bartending and the excitement of the bar scene. With moving away for university no longer an option, I was very excited to finally have the chance to attend the course and am looking forward to all the knowledge and experience that comes with it.

    I’m most excited to learn the ins and outs of being a bartender. How to work in a bar, how to manage the demands of customers, and how to make top notch drinks. I’ve always loved the whole bar scene and being able to be a part of it is a dream for me.

    Ideally, in three months I’d like to be in one of the bars in the city, serving up drinks and good times to customers. I’ve only ever been on the receiving side of the bar and can not wait to experience what things are like on the other end of it. I’d like to hone my craft and be a professional, serving an experience that people will remember.

    Looking forward to meeting everyone in the morning and can’t wait for the good times to come!



  • Shayna

    November 7, 2020 at 6:37 am

    Hi everyone I am Shayna

    I am starting the new course tomorrow. I have been serving for the last few years but have never worked with liquor.

    I have been thinking about bartending for awhile and am very excited about this learning opportunity.

    My goal is to grasp the knowledge I need to become as memorable of bartender as I can be.


  • Tim

    January 9, 2021 at 6:45 am

    Hello everyone, my Name is Tim and ill be starting in the January 2021 session.

    I have been a patron at many of Victoria‘s cocktail bars for a few years now and even started a local cocktail society with a group of friends (#saanicheaastcocktailsociety). My enrolment in this course was a gift but it has definitely been on my to-do list for a while.

    Looking most forward to learning more about cocktail structure and how to expand my ability to create my own recipes

  • Christopher

    February 27, 2021 at 4:18 pm

    Hi, I’m Chris!

    I got burnt out of my current job and wanted to change. I wanted to find a career I enjoy and can have fun with.

    I’m so excited to learn to make interesting drinks and be in the bar/restaurant environment.

    In 3 months I picture myself working 3 nights a week while pursuing personal development in my free time.

  • Jonathon

    June 4, 2021 at 7:27 pm

    Hey guys, my Name is Jonathon West, I’m a parks worker for Saanich. I’m basically doing the course out of interest and hobby more than anything and I’ve been spending the last 6 months honing my skills in a few different hobbies including making cocktails. I’ve established a decent little bar with my girlfriend at home and have been having fun trying to refine my favorite versions of classic cocktails. I think Ene Sake bar spurred more of an interest in the industry and Mike Norbury from Bart’s really inspired me to want to make some amazing drinks!

    I’ve never worked in the industry but I’ve always had an interest. I’m not necessarily looking at this course for a career, mainly hobby, but I do work seasonally so I may try to get some part time as a bar back over the winter.

  • Andrew

    June 5, 2021 at 3:09 pm


    My name is Andrew

    I have always liked to prepare drinks for social functions and have had an interest in learning more over the years. I would like to have the skills to get work in the bar tending industry.

    My goal would be to know the core drinks by heart without having to look at the recipe, and make good quality drinks that people like.

    In three months I would like to be working part-time as a bartender, I am looking for a little something different than sitting in front of a computer all day.

    Lets see where we go …

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