Fear not, loyal readers, for this post is certainly not about Taylor Swift's "Shake it Off."
I know. I was worried for a second, too.
Instead, let me tell you about something awesome Hard Rock Cafe has unleashed. At their Hollywood and Universal City Walk locations, they are giving guests the opportunity to play bartender for the night, to be trained in the tricks of the trade and “SHAKE IT UP” (get it now?) with new group bartending classes conducted by Hard Rock’s own skilled mixologists.
I had an opportunity to take a class myself recently. I learned the following:
First, that fellow blogger Anne Hogan has unearthly knowledge about tequila and she is a really good friend. She had a martini ready for me when I arrived.
And per the instructors, who were awesome, some valuable bartending tips. You won't get this top secret bartender insider knowledge just anywhere!
- When in doubt, make it red
- Bartending is 1% making drinks and 99% talking to people
- Memorize and use "Really? Well, that's how we do it."
- The three Cs of bartending - Competence, Care, Cool (as in, BE cool)
It always amazes me that here in Los Angeles, one of the biggest, most diverse cities in the world, it's not that easy to find group activities, so this is perfect. I could totally see doing this for a birthday party, a bachelorette party, company team building (well, if you work for a cool boss), or even just as a fun day or night out with friends for no reason. (Because who needs a reason?)
The “Shake it Up” package includes hands-on instruction to craft 3-4 different drinks and guidance in various cocktail techniques like building, blending and shaking. Each class lasts 1-2 hours and can accommodate groups from seven to 40 people. Packages may be purchased stand-alone for $42 per person or as part of a lunch or dinner package that includes a three-course meal from Hard Rock Cafe’s newly revamped menu of appetizers, salads, entrees and desserts for $65 per person. (I mean, you spend how much on your own going out for a meal that nice with friends anyway, right?)
Book your reservation today by calling Hard Rock Universal at 818.622.7660 or the Hollywood Blvd. spot at 323.606.7150. Reservations are also taken via email (love that cause I am phone-lazy) email@example.com.
It's a blast! Book it! And invite me!
Disclosure: I was invited to attend the mixology class so that I could knowledgably report on it to my homies. It was a hosted event.