60% of new restaurants & bars fail, out of that 60%, 9 out of 10 fail due to inexperience in the industry. Making a world class cocktail menu is one piece to creating a great bar, but turning cocktails into a successful business is a whole other animal. At Cocktail Academy, we help you do both. Our work starts by collaborating with clients to build a hospitality environment centered around continuous education.
DESIGN & FUNCTION
Design and Function go hand and hand, do less, create more. The ultimate goal is efficiency and consistency.
COST ANALYSIS & PLANNING
Standardization and menu optimization we want your bartenders spending less time memorizing recipes and more time making memorable sales and solving problems.
A cocktail is a way of introducing a customer to spirits.We think of spirit companies as partners; our job is to listen to brand stories and identify which ones best relate to the concept at hand.
The best recipes are ones that customers like drinking and bartenders like making. The goal is not to confuse the customer, but to include them in the process.
If you don’t supply your team with the tools to be successful, they won’t be. When you don’t invest in your bar everyone notices.
HIRING EDUCATION & TRAINING
It’s all about building a environment of continuous learning. Then implementing sustainable hiring and training programs.
Cocktail Academy collaborates with clients to develop bar programs that insure quality, consistency and profitability.
"THE POP UP" AT EL CHAVO
A 6-month restaurant pop-up based at an Eastside LA landmark. A collaboration with talent that included Phillip Frankland Lee, Cocktail Academy paired classic and modern cocktails through an agave-focused program that put new twists on Mexican classics. With an ever-changing menu, buoyed by a curated selection of tequila and mezcal, guests could engage in interactive tastings on a nightly basis.
Los Angeles’ current regning “pasta champ” Evan Funke helms this Venice, CA staple, named “Best Restaurant in America” by Esquire in 2017. Cocktail Academy worked hand-in-hand to create cocktails that complemented the fare. Showcasing emerging distillers that shared a similar ethos, mission and passion, we intimately created spirit offerings that seamlessly connect the culinary experience all while managing a small, efficient bar space.
SUNDRY AND VICE
This Cincinnati-based restaurant and bar sought to disrupt the market with an apothecary themed bar, complete with house-made tinctures, tonics, elixirs and bitters. Cocktail Academy implemented four phases to their bar program, with the first three covering pre-opening and conceptualization, OS&E, menu development and staffing. The final phase consisted of on-site training, monitoring and a three-month follow up which ultimately resulted in the premier cocktail program in a newly resurgent market.
A Vietnamese Izakaya from Chef Sean Pham, Cocktail Academy focused on a classic cocktail program with Asian notes to complement the chef-driven food. Meticulously crafted cocktails that had to meet Michelin-starred team standards provided a rigorous structure in which the cocktail program flourished. With a delay during the licensing process we developed a successful low ABV spirit program that was on of the first in the LA market. Utilizing fortified wines and fresh asian produce we were able to make time fly until the full alcohol permit was in place.
WOLFGANG PUCK CATERING
As LA’s most prolific catering company, known for culinary excellence. Has set their sights on having their beverage program meet them at the top of the event industry. Cocktail Academy works side-by-side with them to develop new excellent and relevant bar programs for their high-profile clientele that often includes A-list celebrities, movie premieres and The Academy Awards.
LA’s hospitality juggernaut, SBE, opened this two-story concept that serves brunch, dinner and embellished by a busy nightlife presence. Cocktail Academy envisioned the bar as a tribute to Old Hollywood with a modern feminine flavor palate. A menu of upscale street food, the resulting cocktail program is approachable, eclectic and satiating, resoundly connecting back to the Golden Era of Tinseltown.
Here at Cocktail Academy, we have extensive collective experience in all things bar related: bar design, recipe development, education, hospitality operations, event production, branding and marketing. We offer clients a variety of consulting services with a belief that educating the cocktail community at large will create a better experience for both our clients and their customers. Working with businesses in all sectors of food and beverage big and small, our aim is to share a common language and commitment to excellence.