Bob Louison of Spirit It! has announced the opening of his bartender academy in the Temple complex in Beijing. Louison, who first came to Beijing to work with China Doll (see: No Sex, Please, I’m Thirsty) and has been a mainstay on the scene pretty much since then, is also consulting for Fez bar atop Agua restaurant in Nali Studio.
Louison says classes will be held during the day and options will range from one-week courses for those seeking basic skills to courses of three to six months for those serious about the profession. Louison says he plans to include internships in restaurants and bars for students taking longer courses The courses will be taught in English, though Louison says he expects to add instruction in Mandarin shortly. [Update: The manual is in English and will be translated into Chinese soon. Louison says classes will be available in Mandarin, English, Spanish and French.]
“I’ve had the academy in my mind but it look a long time to find the right place and the right people to work” with, he said. For more info, email Louison at bobspirit.it (at) gmail.com.