"I was working within a week thanks to the skills and help GBS gave me. I still cant believe it, im bartending and having the time of my life and all thanks to GBS!"

-Michael L. recent graduate

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HOW OUR JOB PLACEMENT PROGRAM WORKS:

Owner Nino Nunziante has 17 years of hospitality experience in San Diego, our connections are deep. Whether its a Nightclub, Restaurant, Dive bar, Hotel, Bar & Grill, Cantina, Fine dinning or any other type of venue, the GBS Job Placement Program has more to offer the any other school guaranteed. Our students are working in 1 day to 2 weeks tops! Many times we can have job interviews ready for students immediately after completing the program, working in days! We have partnerships and connections at multiple styles of venues all over San Diego, these business are the reasons we can provide our students with job interviews. We also get tons of calls each week seeking our student bartenders, when employers want the best trained young bartenders, they call GBS.

JOB HUNTING WORKSHOP

Arguably the most important part about GBS is the Job Hunting Workshop. This is a 3 hour long workshop taught by Nino that breaks down the industry to a science teaches you how to get a job over people with experience, your biggest challenge. Only decades of industry experience in SD can provide such a valuable workshop.

A very detailed resume lecture is followed up by students sending their re-formatted resumes for critique and feedback. This workshop is meant to show you everything you need to know to land a job with no help. Some pay just for the workshop. Carefully crafted with decades of bartending and bar managing experience, you simply will not find anything more helpful to fully prepare you for the competitive field of bartending. From what students learn here they find themselves working in days without any GBS help. Most these stories on this page are the result of this workshop.

With Decades of experience in the San Diego Industry, and still current members of the bartending and managing communities, GBS has a ton of connections for opportunity's to work and land a job. Students that show the proper talents and dedication in class will have the opportunity to take advantage of these connection. GBS has students guest bartend in some of San Diego's top venues to help them; get recruited, gain exposure, gain job leads and get "experience". Employers know that GBS is the best and produces the most prepared students in town. You simply can not find a school that will get you more prepared and more opportunity's then GBS and we take great pride in that. 

Alumni Testimonials

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1. Are you currently working as a bartender and how long did it take to get your first job?
 Yes, I am currently working as a bartender in Coronado, at a Mexican restaurant called Candelas on the bay, VYBZ and El Chingon in Gaslamp. After finishing the GBS course I started looking for a job and I got my first interview in 2 weeks.


2. How did GBS help you land your first Job?
It gave me enough self-confidence to say I am a bartender and the interviewing skills  i learned in class where huge! The job workshop was essential to my rapid success.

3.  Did the skills you learn at GBS help you be successful as a Bartender?
I felt that after the training I can actually see the difference between what's right or wrong in a bar, and the fact of fixing all those details at my current workplace gave me a good advantage over my workmates. I became head bartender in just a couple of week, and I have the best shifts now.

4. Why did you choose GBS and how would you grade your overall experience?
I chose GBS because I searched in google for a bartending school and after reading the reviews it had i decided to give it a shot. Best decision i couldve made!

-Willy

" I'm currently working at 2 bars. After GBS I got my  first job 4 days  later. GBS helped me get a job by teaching me how to set up my resume **BIGGGGG bonus with taking the classes. My first bar was only a beer bar but GBS helped with how to dress/talk/set up my resume so I was prepared."  "Now working at a full bar I still keep my book from school on me. Having the hands on experience at GBS with a real bar helped alot. I choose GBS because it opens more doors and the classes worked well with my Schedule."  -Shauna

" I'm currently working at 2 bars. After GBS I got my first job 4 days later. GBS helped me get a job by teaching me how to set up my resume **BIGGGGG bonus with taking the classes. My first bar was only a beer bar but GBS helped with how to dress/talk/set up my resume so I was prepared."

"Now working at a full bar I still keep my book from school on me. Having the hands on experience at GBS with a real bar helped alot. I choose GBS because it opens more doors and the classes worked well with my Schedule."

-Shauna

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1.  Are you currently working as bartender and how long did it take to get your first job?

Yes!!  It took me 2 weeks (in a challenging time of year to find Bartending jobs, after the summer hires)

2. How did GBS help you land your first Job?

I knew exactly how to prepare for my interview thanks to Nino’s excellent day of class dedicated to resume-writing, job hunting and interviewing.  Plus, thanks to all the behind-the-bar practice and tips for remembering recipes, I aced my pour test!

3. Did the skills you learn at GBS help you be successful as bartender?

Absolutely!  No way could I have picked up a Bartending job, with no prior experience, and in a highly competive Bartending market like San Diego, without the training I received from GBS.

4. Why did you choose GBS and how would you grade your overall experience?

I researched the Yelp and social media reviews for GBS, plus the curriculum on GBS website.  After reading all the success stories and feedback, and seeing it would be a very thorough week of training by well-respected and currently-successful industry professionals, I new GBS was the best choice for me.  I highly recommend GBS and give them a grade of A+ !!!

-Marianna

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JOLT N JOES

“I’m currently bartending at Jolt n Joes in La Mesa. It took me maybe a little bit over a week to land a job! At first I thought the job search would be hard but with the tools we learned in the workshop portion of class made a big difference. 

GBS gave me all the tools necessary to land my first job. Whether that was being confident in making drinks and knowing what goes into each drink or if it was creating the perfect resume that highlights all my strengths in order to sell myself as an asset as opposed to a liability.

All in All i give GBS 11/10 rating and would highly recommend it to everyone!!”

-Darrien

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TIL TWO CLUB/SPIN NIGHTCLUB

“Excellent invest as i was working and making fists full of cash 4 days after graduating!

I chose GBS for a lot of different reasons but the main reason was because of who would be teaching the class. When you go online to sign you immediately see that the class will be taught by one of the best bartenders in San Diego, so immediately I’m sold. There’s nothing else that needs to be said when you come across something like that, Nino is the best at what he does so why not learn from the best to become just like them. Another reason I chose GBS is because the class would be held in an actual nightclub (Bassmnt) so you get the feel of how it would actually be as if you had just started working.

Overall, GBS would get a 11/10 rating from me!  

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" I have been bartending for over a year now, and I’m still currently bartending at my first job Bassmnt nightclub, which i got within a week of graduating. Im also working at Volcano Rabit in Gaslamp. 
While I was taking GBS, I appreciated that the instructors alot. GBS always made the students aware of job opportunities thru GBS. I did the live service training which was huge and helped me land the job at Bassmnt (since the live service training is at Bassmnt). GBS teaches you the basics of bartending, pouring and the recipes for key cocktails. The program sets you up for success and if you utilize it, you’ll get a job!
The skills I learned at GBS helped me feel really comfortable behind the bar (mainly because the school is taught behind a real bar). Getting tested on the recipes really helps you memorize the ingredients and pour tests help you with accuracy so you can land the job at an interview. The mock service helps you get the real life feel of how to interact with guests as a bartender as you make the drinks and use the POS. The distractions of the atmosphere in a nightclub/bar make the experience authentic.  The opportunity to guest bartend through the school is also one of the best tools they provide for their students, i got to bartend at Sidebar Nightclub and made more money then i spent on the class!
 I chose GBS because after doing the research, it hit all of the points I was looking for in a bartending school. After the first day of class, it really exceeded my expectations. The price is worth it because not only are the tools they provide you necessary for your success, but even if you dont work their events you’ll make the money you paid for the program back within your first couple shifts as a bartender. Nino and Eric are amazing role models and they’re well established in the industry. They provide you with the feedback you need in order to excel in the industry, they’re a great reference, and they provide a fun and friendly environment to help you work towards your goals. Overall, I give this school 5/5 stars! 🌟🌟"

-Tara
 

The Rail Nightclub

" I currently work as a bartender at the Rail in Hillcrest, took me about 2 weeks to find a job. GBS gave me the knowledge and confidence to jump behind any bar and hold my own, also put bar experience on my resume with the guest bartending shifts at Bassmnt and Atomic (2x). I made all my money back bartending at GBS Events.

The break down and the practice everyday is great, The whole program structure translates perfectly to effectice bartending.

I went to GBS the owner was a the head bartender at at PB bar i was doing security at and saw his school was #1 in SD."

-Jon
 

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Off Base Bar

 I am currently working as a bartender, it took me less than 24 hours. I was hired on the spot from an interview GBS got me! GBS showed me everything i know! I had no idea what bartending was about before this class. I learned everything i needed to know to get me started on a career.
I would definitely recommend this class. I’m so confident now and a lot more knowledgeable.
I picked GBS because i heard their classes are very helpful and that they also teach you how to use the POS system which was a huge help, no other schools that.

Nino and Eric are both great instructors and have tons of tips and tricks to share. I honestly grade this overall experience a 10/10 it over exceeded my expectations for sure. I’m happy i took the class and would recommended it to anyone looking to start a bartending career!

-Maria

Alumni Testimonials

El Prez/ La Jolla Playhouse/ Barley Mash

El Prez/ La Jolla Playhouse/ Barley Mash

“I just got hired as a bartender at the La Jolla Playhouse with interview i got from GBS. It took me two weeks to get hired! GBS even got me a night to bartend at El Chingon (voted 2018 best bar) in Gaslamp. I had 2 other students with me, it was an amazing experience.

GBS helped me land my first bartending job by sending Job opportunities to me and interviews. It also helped me land my first job by giving me behind bar experience.
The skills I learned at GBS helped me be successful as a bartender by teaching me the perfect count and practicing until perfect with drink ratios and memorizing drink recipes
I chose GBS because a friend recommended them and I would grade my overall experience as a 10/10. Its taught inside in actual bar w/ aloha POS systems rather then a fake bar. the POS was key. Good class size, good hours spent practicing, a lot of physical behind the bar work rather than just reading recipes over and over. Amazing experience!!
-Maddy

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"I am currently bartending at Mavericks Beach Club in Pacific Beach, I was hired the week after I finished my course with GBS. GBS taught me everything I needed to know to get started. Recipes, how to pour drinks quickly and efficiently, and all the little details. I was confident going into my interview with the help I received creating my resume and learning about possible interview questions. The skills I learned at GBS have been monumental in my success. I wouldn’t be able to bartend at such a high volume venue without the fundamental skills and tricks I learned at GBS.  I chose GBS because they allow you to learn the Aloha POS system, and that was something that was particularly unique compared to other bartending schools. I also learn best when I can physically do the task at hand, so being able to use real bottles in a nightclub environment was very realistic and easy to transfer to my bartending job. My experience was a 10/10. I achieved everything I was told I would, and more. My new job has been a game changer for me financially. Thank you GBS!"  -Lauren

"I am currently bartending at Mavericks Beach Club in Pacific Beach, I was hired the week after I finished my course with GBS. GBS taught me everything I needed to know to get started. Recipes, how to pour drinks quickly and efficiently, and all the little details. I was confident going into my interview with the help I received creating my resume and learning about possible interview questions. The skills I learned at GBS have been monumental in my success. I wouldn’t be able to bartend at such a high volume venue without the fundamental skills and tricks I learned at GBS.
I chose GBS because they allow you to learn the Aloha POS system, and that was something that was particularly unique compared to other bartending schools. I also learn best when I can physically do the task at hand, so being able to use real bottles in a nightclub environment was very realistic and easy to transfer to my bartending job. My experience was a 10/10. I achieved everything I was told I would, and more. My new job has been a game changer for me financially. Thank you GBS!"

-Lauren

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4/18/19 GRADUATE GIVES HER GBS SUCCESS STORY.

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"Currently working. Got my first job a couple weeks after completing the training.
GBS helped me gain the skills and confidence to get my first job as a bartender. Knowledge of common cocktail recipes, POS knowledge, and understanding proper pouring and techniques is invaluable.
I chose GBS because it offers training in an actual nightclub, using a POS system and mock practice serving drinks. I found it to be very well-rounded training that covered all the basics and enabled me to go from practically zero knowledge and experience to starting my bartending career in literally a few weeks. Nino was amazing and I would recommend this bartending school to anyone"

-Brittany 

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1. Are you currently working as bartender and how long did it take to get your first job?
Yes! I am working at Raised Cantina with zero bartending experience besides GBS. It took me about 2 weeks after finishing the class to land the job.
2. How did GBS help you land your first Job?
GBS referred me to the manager for a job interview, I went in for the interview and got offered a job bartending on the spot. Several staff members where from the GBS program.
3. Did the skills you learn at GBS help you be successful as bartender?
Absolutely, GBS taught me everything from free pouring, recipes and POS training. Without these fundamental skills I would have not a shot during my interview.
4. Why did you choose GBS and how would you grade your overall experience?

I choose GBS because I was told Nino and Eric are awesome and genuine instructors that have a true passion for the profession. Now as a former student I can attest. Also there is no other school that does POS training and live service training.

-Ivan

1. "   Are you currently working as a bartender and how long did it take?     I was bartending at Bassmnt within 1 week,  i am currently bartending at Bassmnt nightclub and managing at the Hotel Del in Coronado  .   2.   How did GBS help you land your first job?    GBS put me directly in touch with Bassmnt nightclub that ended up hiring after my Live Service Training. I was also able to get paid bartending shifts at El Chingon and Atomic. very valuable experiences that got me ready for Bassmnt and bartending.    3. How did the skills you learned at GBS help you be successful as a bartender?    GBS gave me the confidence and skills needed for efficient and accurate Bartending in a high volume environment. The customer service and up-selling tips have been very helpful as well.   4.   Why did you choose GBS and how would you grade your overall experience?   I saw GBS on yelp and read the reviews. It was affordable and in a convenient location. I’m so glad I went to GBS. 10/10! I would recommend the school to anyone interested in learning how to bartend"  -Gabbi

1. " Are you currently working as a bartender and how long did it take?

I was bartending at Bassmnt within 1 week, i am currently bartending at Bassmnt nightclub and managing at the Hotel Del in Coronado .

2. How did GBS help you land your first job?

GBS put me directly in touch with Bassmnt nightclub that ended up hiring after my Live Service Training. I was also able to get paid bartending shifts at El Chingon and Atomic. very valuable experiences that got me ready for Bassmnt and bartending.

3. How did the skills you learned at GBS help you be successful as a bartender?

GBS gave me the confidence and skills needed for efficient and accurate Bartending in a high volume environment. The customer service and up-selling tips have been very helpful as well.


4. Why did you choose GBS and how would you grade your overall experience?
I saw GBS on yelp and read the reviews. It was affordable and in a convenient location. I’m so glad I went to GBS. 10/10! I would recommend the school to anyone interested in learning how to bartend"

-Gabbi

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1. Are you currently working as bartender and how long did it take to get your first job?

Yes, I’m currently a bartender/ bar manager at Saigon on Fifth and recently landed a bartender position at SOHO Gastropub near Kearny Mesa. I applied for 3 bartender positions (Saigon on Fifth in Hillcrest, Campland Raised Cantina (a job interview provided by GBS) in PB, and a Star Bar in downtown) right after I finished the bartending school and was hired within 3 days of graduating. All required at least a year experience but i still got all 3 jobs in less than a week. I had to quit 2 of them to go full time as a bartender/ bar manager at Saigon on Fifth.

2. How did GBS help you land your first Job?

GBS taught me the everything I needed to know to begin bartending and feel comfortable behind a bar. I loved the program because Nino and Eric taught me speed and efficiency and gave me the necessary feedback to become successful. But what you get out of the program is based on how hard you work and study. Overall, The program was very organized and really fun, I looked forward to going to class everyday. The last part of the program was a mock service and a resume building/ job hunting workshop which was great. I also did the live service training at Bassmnt  and that experience was really fun and helped tremendously because it allowed me to get a real feel for how it is to be a bartender for a high volume establishment.

3. Did the skills you learn at GBS help you be successful as bartender?

All the skills I learned at GBS made me successful as a bartender immediately because it gave me all the skills I needed to know to begin bartending and find my own style as a bartender. I was able to apply everything I learned from speed and efficiency to the recipes to my jobs as a bartender. 

4.  Why did you choose GBS and how would you grade your overall experience?  I chose GBS after extensive research online about ways I can be a bartender. I would rate my overall experience a 10/10 and would recommend this program to anyone who wants to become a bartender or wants to learn for fun.

-Rhoda

Off Base Bar

 

1.  Are you currently working as bartender and how long did it take to get your first job?
 " Yes I am working as a bartender. I’ve actually been a bartender for the past 6 months! I started bartending school a couple weeks before Christmas 2017 and got my bartending gig in Feb 2018 and I’m still currently working at the same bar!

2. How did GBS help you land your first Job?
 Nino can honestly take credit for all of the landing my job at the bar. He talk to my boss and she he recommend me to her and she wanted to meet me. So we met and I got hired on the spot because she said she liked my personality and smile! Thank you Nino!

3. Did the skills you learn at GBS help you be successful as bartender?
 Honestly yes the skills did help. You remember the stuff from the classes which makes you feel more at ease because it’s familiar . Like the pours and the how make a drink and use both hands it’s gets easier with time. And the POS TRAINING IS BIG HELP!

4. Why did you choose GBS and how would you grade your overall experience? 
I chose GBS because thy had great YELP review and it turned out to be true what people were commenting. They try their best to get you ready and teach you so much and help to get a job. I’m living proof that GBS is legit!! Thank god for GBS!! I wouldn’t be a bartender without it!"

-Bria

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