LEARN SOMETHING NEW
Learn to mix a mean cocktail at bartending classes in a nightclub setting
THE O LOUNGE has always been more than just a nightclub, and now it's becoming a school, too.
Owner Elizabeth Watanabe continues to expand the Kapiolani Boulevard nightspot's offerings, including a new introductory bartending class to begin next week.
"The O is so nonconventional," said Watanabe. "There's so much space, and we're (only) operational four out of seven days."
Under the direction of Taryn Ogawa, The O Lounge Bartending Academy will offer a four-week program geared toward those who are curious about the job, but don't know where to start.
"This is for the person who has never touched a shaker, or doesn't know the difference between gin and vodka," Watanabe said. "No experience is necessary."
The classes, which cost $300, are scheduled for Sunday afternoons and Monday and Tuesday evenings. Students must attend two out of three meetings each week, although private sessions are available by appointment for an extra fee.
After 40 hours of instruction and having passed a final exam, each student will receive a certificate of completion.
Watanabe also said she hopes to hire a number of graduates to fill permanent positions.
Besides bartending classes, The O Lounge plans to open a dance studio and DJ academy later this year. Call 944-8436, or visit www.theolounge.com.