Being a Bar Star is Big City’s Business

Bartending is a Profession, not a job.  It takes focus and discipline to do it well and the best of the best know that making drinks is only a part of what a true bartender does.  Big City Bartenders teaches you what will set you up for success and make people take notice. 

We have carefully crafted the recipe for your success to emphasize principles and techniques that will increase your overall tips, create a loyal following, reduce fatigue, increase sales, and put you on a path towards a more rewarding and enjoyable career as a Professional Bartender in the Hospitality Industry.

We offer a comprehensive set of classes that emphasize the right basics while explaining the value so that you understand it’s not just about what you do, but how you do it that makes you a true Bar Star.

State regulated certification and inclusion in Big City Nites roster of event staff are the extras that will get you hired and steps ahead of the competition for available jobs that are not easy to get, even if you have taken classes, most employers won’t even consider someone without actual on the job working experience.  

Our two hour classes are offered 3 weeknights and Sunday afternoons every week for a total of 8 classes needed to complete the Big City Bartender Course.

Classes are offered individually after all courses have been completed once so you can always take a refresher course or want extra practice with the tools and bottles.

Complete set of Bar tending Courses $199.00 (includes 8 individual courses, workbook, diploma, and Event Crew Registration.)

Individual Classes $35 (available to take during normal class schedule on future dates, individual personal classes offered at negotiable additional fee)

50% Class course fee must be paid prior to beginning classes so $100 minimum is due upon start of first class. Individual classes do not apply for the two part payment.

If missing a class, you can make it up following week for no additional charge.

Certifications not included with total cost, but are recommended and provided in a group setting. Course Fees are extra and the responsibility of the student.  Inclusion in Big City Roster requires the completion of Serv Safe CA Food Handlers Certification and T.I.P.S Certification (about $40 each).

#1. Bar Basics – workbook,glass ware, tools, bar lingo, guest management, alcohol, good practices, laws, recipe basics, and measurements

#2.  Bare Beverages- wine, beer, distilled spirits, definitions, types and varieties, the roll of ice, pairings, beverage service etiquette,

#3 Bare Bars – different service scenarios, types of bars, set up of supplies, organization, positioning, merchandising, bar logic, efficiency, speed rail, bar business wisdom

#4  Life Behind Bars – Bar Etiquette, Bartender responsibilities, Challenges Bartenders regularly face, Tips, dealing with Barbacks, Cocktail Waitresses, Guests, and Tricks of the Trade

#5  Review and Quiz- Beer and Wine Quiz, Vodka and Gin history, facts, Proofs, and popular standard recipes. Practice

#6 Bar Basics Review – glassware, tools, rules, and responsibilities Quiz.  Whiskey and Rum history, facts, proofs, and popular recipes, Practice

#7 Craft & Classic Cocktails – differences, appropriate scenarios, Craft recipes, garnishes, guest service overview. Tequila and Liquors/Mixers/Apperttiffs Practice

#8 Certifications- *Speed Test, Recipe Quiz, Bar Setup, Garnishes Cutting, &  Guest Services Final Tests. Big City Bartenders Course Certification of Completion handed out and emailed once all finals are completed satisfactorily **Overview of CA Food Handlers and TIPS online courses, and scheduling of online group certification sessions.

*One retake will be allowed and scheduled for following week at no extra cost.

**Can be scheduled separately and individual of course scheduled time for extra fee or with different #8 class

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Celebrate 50 Fine Wine Years with Bogle Vineyards

The Bogle family have been wine industry pioneers since they took a chance and were the first to plant grapevines in the Sacramento River Delta town of Clarksburg in 1968. After producing grapes for the top names in the industry, the family started bottling their wine under the Bogle label in 1978. Today, Bogle Vineyards sells its wine in all 50 states and nearly 40 countries.

Warren, Jody, & Ryan Bogle

In addition to celebrating their 50th Anniversary as a Vintner in the Golden State, Bogle Vineyards is honored to be a recipient of the 2018 California State Fair Lifetime Achievement Award. The award recognizes a person, family, or institution who are pioneers in the wine industry based on their lifetime contributions to the California wine industry.

“We feel privileged to be awarded the Lifetime Achievement Award this year, especially as it is our 50th year in the wine business,” says Jody Bogle. “It’s pretty amazing to think it all started with just 20 acres of winegrapes in 1968.”

Bogle Vineyards has also been chosen as a California Green Medal: Sustainable Winegrowing Leadership Award winner. The Leader Award honors the vineyard that best demonstrates the “3 E’s” of sustainability by excelling in Environmentally sound, socially Equitable and Economically viable practices. The announcement was made March 29 by a coalition of wine associations across California.

“We believe it is our responsibility to ensure our estate vineyards and our partner growers are

implementing the latest sustainability techniques,” says Warren Bogle. “It is vital that we care for the land and resources to ensure future generations can continue to farm as we have.”

50th Anniversary Wine Glasses

To celebrate the 50th Anniversary of Bogle Vineyards, the winery is providing guests complimentary commemorative wine glasses when they purchase an eight-pour tasting flight at the tasting room in Clarksburg. The stemless glasses feature the 50th Anniversary logo that honors Warren V Bogle and his pioneering planting of the winery’s first grapevines in 1968. His signature, taken from a purchase agreement for some of the family’s first acreage, is represented on the logo, as seen above.

To celebrate the 50th Anniversary of Bogle Vineyards, the winery is providing guests complimentary commemorative wine glasses when they purchase an eight-pour tasting flight at the tasting room in Clarksburg. The stemless glasses feature the 50th Anniversary logo that honors Warren V Bogle and his pioneering planting of the winery’s first grapevines in 1968. His signature, taken from a purchase agreement for some of the family’s first acreage, is represented on the logo, as seen above.