About

Who We Are

Canada's Premier Bartending School

Metropolitan School of Bartending was founded in 1995 to help people with little or no experience, find great jobs in the hospitality industry.

At Metropolitan you'll find courses that deliver the knowledge and skills required for a constantly changing industry so you can land your first bartending job.

Even if you have no knowledge or experience with alcohol, or any restaurant experience, our first-class team of instructors (Calgary's finest mixologists and bartenders) will show you how to go from zero to pro bartender in 20 hours of class time.

We offer weekday, weeknight, or weekend classes that are all flexible, and will work with your busy schedule. Plus, we offer several additional one night seminars to dive deeper into related topics including:

  • Wine Tasting
  • Martinis
  • Mixology
  • Setting Up a Home Bar
  • ... and more courses coming soon

You'll make fast progress no matter what level of experience you're at right now. You can eliminate years of unnecessary effort spent climbing the ladder from busboy to server to bartender, and ultimately make more money faster.

We make it easy for you to take the steps to propel yourself into a bartending position by becoming a trained and CERTIFIED Bartender at Metropolitan School of Bartending.

Metropolitan has developed the most focused, modern bartending training offered in Canada.

You will leave Metropolitan confident and ready for the workforce.

Join over 10,000 Bartenders who started their careers at Metropolitan School of Bartending


– Get Trained –

– Get Certified –

– Get the Best Job You Will Ever Have –

Our Management Team

Dedicated Hospitality Industry Professionals

Rob & Kathy

"We strive to make our Bartending Class as close to the reality of pubs & restaurants as possible."

Rob Patenaude & Kathy Hearn — Owners
Kathy Hearn

Co-Owner / Operations Manager

Kathy Hearn

Co-Owner / Operations Manager

Kathy has vast experience in business and sales. She lives with a passion for life; she enjoys hosting friends and family gatherings.

She brings vast experience in sales strategies and interacting with people. She is also an avid observer of great service for many years.

Rob Patenaude

Co-Owner

Rob Patenaude

Co-Owner

Rob has spent a lifetime in customer service and hospitality. He started in restaurants in late 1985 and has continued ever since. His vast experience covers restaurants, nightclubs, pubs, banquets, catering, resorts and hotels.

His experience is an asset to Metropolitan School of Bartending, as he strives to make the school as close to the real world experience as possible.

Rob has also spent over a decade in Sales & Marketing, so he has insight into how to read your guests needs, and what personality type they are. This is invaluable when identifying when to Upsell items, and when to offer quick & discreet service.

Our Instructors

Experienced, Knowledgeable & Engaging

Ian Arcega

Instructor

Ian Arcega

Instructor

With 14 years experience bartending across Calgary and Vancouver, few know as much about Western Canada's bar scene as Ian.

After working his way up from busser to bartender in his hometown, Washington D.C., Ian moved to Calgary and began a professional pub‑crawl across the city. Starting at The Seanachie, Ian went on to pour pints at The Ship and Anchor, Eddie Bo Deans, The Drum and Monkey, and The Bear and Kilt. And then in the years leading up to, and surrounding, the 2010 Olympics, Ian headed out west to mix drinks behind some of the busiest bars in Vancouver.

During his travels, Ian has designed cocktail menus, crafted beer lists, won cocktail competitions, and even served as Regional Staff Trainer for the Earls restaurant chain. Combine all that with his years of teaching at Metro, and Ian has the perfect skill set to prepare you for a diverse career behind the bar.

Kent DeGama

Instructor

Kent DeGama

Instructor

After falling 5 stories off a building in the year 2000 due to collapsed scaffolding Kent decided there were better ways to make a living; bartending looked like easy money.

Over the course of the next 20 years Kent worked in some of the most dynamic restaurants, bar's, clubs and hotels both here and in Europe.

His teaching career began as work experience programs in cooperation for The Southern Alberta Institute of Technology, and went on to achieve a distinguished pass on the advanced level with the WSET (Wines and Spirits Education Trust) and study Oenology and Viticulture. As an independent consultant Kent has worked to design mixology programs and compose wine lists. He has a commitment to passing this knowledge and experience to others.

Mike Squire

Instructor

Mike Squire

Instructor

A local bartender for the last 10 years first focusing on bartending weddings, then craft cocktails and wine service, Mike Squire knows his way around the scene.

Starting as a busser in a local fine dining restaurant, Mike quickly found his calling behind the bar. Combining his passions for people, working with his hands, and history rising through the ranks in the craft bar scene Mike worked behind the bar at local restaurants such as, The Lake House, Cilantro, Foreign Concept and Melo. Looking to expand his knowledge Mike took WSET (Wine and Spirit Education Trust) an internationally recognized wine program, achieving the 3rd level.

These skills came in handy forming wine lists, cocktail programs and staff training during his career … all driving him towards his love of educating passionate people bringing him to Metro to teach.

Kestrel Yeo

Instructor

Kestrel Yeo

Instructor

Kestrel's bio info coming soon!

What Our Clients Say

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