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Toronto VS Montreal… The Challenge is ON

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Toronto and Montreal have a historic tivalry… from Politics to Hockey the two largest cities in Canada are sworn adversaries, Toronto considers itself the Canadian New York while Montreal proudly boasts as the most european city in North America. Now, a new chapter for this rivalry has started. Welcome to the B1 Beat The Move Challenge the quest to find the best flair bartenders in Canada.

BartenderOne Toronto Flair Gurus, which are in good part responsible for the growing awareness about flair bartender in this Country want to push flair culture further. Every two weeks a new B1 Flair instructor will be posting a new Flair Move, flair bartenders – like our friends as our friends at BartenderOne Montreal- ¬†have those two weeks to come up with a reply, the challenge: replying with an even better move. When one of the sides can’t come up with a decent reply and increase the difficulty it will automatically lose and the other side will get the glory of being crowned as B1BeatTheMove Champion

This Challenge is open to any Flair Bartender in the World willing to demonstrate that they can beat our Flair Instructors. It’s time for the world to know that flair bartending is back and that the best flair bartenders this planet has seen come from Canada. ¬†Follow our Instagram account @BARTENDERONETO and get into the challenge using the hashtag #B1BeatTheMove

Now you know it, grab those bottles and tins and start flipping

… the glory belongs to those who grab life by the horns and a bottle by the neck.

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Derrière BartenderOne Montreal: Luke Martin

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Qui se cache derrière BartenderOne Montréal?

Cette s√©rie d’article est destin√©e √† vous informer sur les membres de l’√©quipe de BartenderOne Montreal. Cette semaine, rencontrez votre instructeur Luke Martin.

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Luke est venu de loin pour atterrir chez BartenderOne. N√© √† Columbia en Caroline du Sud, il a grandi entre le Qu√©bec et l’Ontario pour enfin mettre les pieds √† Montr√©al en 2011. Malgr√© ses √©tudes en arts de la sc√®ne et en psychologie, il a compl√®tement chang√© de cap pour se lancer dans l’industrie du bar. Apr√®s son premier emploi au HB o√Ļ il a¬† touch√© √† la culture cocktail pour la premi√®re fois, il est entr√© au B1 et est vite devenu un grand bartender. C’est cette ann√©e qu’il a particip√© √† sa premi√®re comp√©tition de bartending, le Made With Love, et il pr√©voit r√©p√©ter l’exp√©rience dans le futur. Il est d√©sormais bartender chez Appartment 200 et Atame, et g√©rant et instructeur chez B1 Montr√©al. Il aime le c√īt√© anti routine du bar et continue √† en apprendre tous les jours sur cet art qu’est le bartending. Demandez lui un Whiskey Sour et vous ne serez pas d√©√ßus !

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Who’s hiding behind Montreal’s BartenderOne? Get to know our team through this series of articles. This week, meet your instructor Luke Martin.

Luke has come a long way to land at BartenderOne Montreal. Born in Columbia, South Carolina, he was raised between Ontario and Quebec to finally arrive in Montreal in 2011. Regardless of his background in acting and psychology, he entered the bar industry and became a bartender. After his first job at HB where he first learned about cocktail culture, he got hired at B1 and quickly became a great bartender. He participated in his first bartending competition, Made With Love, last month and plans to repeat the experience in the future. He is now a¬† bartender at Appartment 200 and Atame, and manager and instructor at B1. He likes the anti routine of the bar and continues to learn about the art of bartending everyday. Ask him for a Whiskey Sour and you won’t be disappointed!

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Qui se cache derrière BartenderOne Montréal?

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Cette s√©rie d’article est destin√©e √† vous informer sur les membres de l’√©quipe de BartenderOne Montr√©al. Cette semaine, rencontrez un de vos instructeurs, Antoine Galdes, mieux connu sous le nom de Tony.

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Si on avait √† trouver un mot pour d√©crire Tony, intensit√© serait le bon. Qu’on parle de sport, d’√©tude ou de jeux vid√©o, il se lance sans retenue dans tout ce qu’il entreprend. C’est donc avec sa passion habituelle qu’il a p√©n√©tr√© le monde du bar pour la premi√®re fois en 2009. Il a depuis travaill√© comme barback, barman et g√©rant dans 5 bars √† cocktail et 2 compagnies de bartending √©v√©nementiel. Il a aussi particip√© √† plus d’une dizaine de comp√©titions de bartending √† travers le Canada, o√Ļ plus d’une fois il a su prendre place sur le podium.

Il en est aujourd’hui √† jongler entre la fin de ses √©tudes universitaires, la gestion de sa propre √©cole de bar et de son bar le B1. Ses talents pour le flair y sont peut-√™tre pour quelque chose!

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Who’s hiding behind Montreal’s BartenderOne? Get to know our team through this series of articles. This week, meet one of your instructors, Antoine Galdes, better known as Tony.

If we had to find one word to describe Antoine, intensity would be it. Whether we’re talking about sports, studies or video games, he jumps with both feet into everything he does without thinking twice. So in 2009, he entered the world of bars with his usual passion. He has worked since then as a barback, barman and manager in 5 different cocktail bars and 2 events bartending companies. He has also participated in numerous bartending competitions throughout Canada and climbed on the podium more than once.

He is now juggling between the end of his university degree, the management of his own bar school and his bar, the B1. Maybe his flair talents have something to do with it?!

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B1 Style Midterms / Mi-session, style B1

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And another class comes to an end at BartenderOne Montreal. While midterm madness takes up most of College students’ time, BartenderOne students were going through a whole different experience learning, making, and tasting cocktails.

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On Monday, the week started off strongly with 7 super energetic students. Their first day went well, and far from being discouraged from their first long day with us, they stayed at night to cheer for their instructor Luke at the qualifiers for the Made With Love bartending competition. The event was a great success. B1 Bar was completely packed with some of Montreal’s best bartenders. These guys created tens of crazy cocktails during a challenge that evaluated their speed, technique, originality, presentation and taste.

On Tuesday morning, despite a slight general hangover (but it’s part of the job, isn‚Äôt it?), our soon-to-be bartenders’ motivation was at its highest and they got to practice their layering techniques, as well as taste different kinds of wine.

By Wednesday, our students were already at their ease behind the bar while they learned all about martinis and got to land their first flair tricks.

Thursday came fast and we got to watch our students’ great determination during their speed rounds. They scored impressive times!

The week is now coming to and end. At this exact time, they are going through their final evaluation. The whole BartenderOne team would like to wish them the best of lucks. We all had a memorable week and we can’t wait to work again with each of them, whether it be at one of our events, or in a more advanced class. To all of you graduates and future students, we say Cheers!

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Et voil√† qu’une autre semaine de cours s’ach√®ve chez BartenderOne Montr√©al. Alors que la fr√©n√©sie des examens de mi session occupait beaucoup d’√©tudiants universitaires et coll√©giens, les √©tudiants BartenderOne vivaient une semaine hors du commun, intense en pr√©paration de cocktails, flair, et d√©gustations.

D√®s lundi, la semaine a commenc√© en force avec 7 √©tudiants √©nergiques au rendez-vous. Loin d’√™tre d√©courag√©s de leur premi√®re longue journ√©e de cours, les √©tudiants sont venus encourager leur instructeur Luke aux qualifications pour la comp√©tition de bartending Made With Love durant la soir√©e. L’√©v√©nement f√Ľt d’ailleurs un succ√®s. Le Bar B1 √©tait plein √† craquer des bartenders les plus reconnus de Montr√©al. Ces derniers ont su cr√©er des dizaines de cocktails les plus ing√©nieux les uns que les autres lors d’un challenge o√Ļ la vitesse, la technique, l’originalit√©, la pr√©sentation et le go√Ľt d√©terminaient les 15 meilleurs comp√©titeurs de la soir√©e.

Mardi matin, malgré un léger lendemain de veille général (métier oblige!), nos apprentis bartenders avaient tout pour entretenir leur motivation durant leur Masterclass. Ils ont alors pu pratiquer leurs techniques de layering et déguster différents types de vin.

D√®s mercredi, nos √©tudiants se sentaient d√©j√† plus √† l’aise derri√®re le bar, alors qu’ils apprenaient tout des martinis et effectuaient leurs premiers mouvements de flair.

Jeudi, nous avons clairement pu voir leur √©patante d√©termination √† devenir de bons bartenders, alors qu’ils pratiquaient leur speed round et marquaient des temps de services impressionnants.

La semaine tire maintenant √† sa fin. Et puisqu’√† cette heure pr√©cise, ils en sont √† leur √©valuation finale, toute l’√©quipe tient √† leur souhaiter la meilleure des chances. Gr√Ęce √† eux, nous avons pass√© une semaine m√©morable et nous avons d√©j√† h√Ęte de travailler √† nouveau avec chacun d’entre eux, que ce soit lors d’un de nos √©v√©nements ou bien dans une autre formation plus avanc√©e. √Ä eux tous et aux autres futurs apprentis bartenders, nous vous disons: Sant√©!

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