I’m Steve Calabro. I’m not comfortable with the term mixologist. I am a bartender. I mix cocktails to make people happy and please my clients. I want them walking away thinking how great the cocktail tasted, and not the price they paid. I started in the bar business in 1984 as a bouncer, became a bartender in 1987 at the Hard Rock Café, Hollywood – since then, I’ve worked in five countries, competed overseas, worked with some of the worlds most notable chefs, and I love cocktails.
My passion is teaching. One of the most intimidating places you can walk into is a bar. There are hundreds of bottles, strange names, different colored liquids, shapes, textures, and weird contraptions – all of which you’re trusting me to assemble into something delicious and memorable. I take the intimidation out of walking into a bar. Everyone is scared of a bartender – you’ve got someone behind a bar who you are trusting to be an expert. Far to many of them are not even remotely experts. My job is to demystify it all for you — so that when you walk into a bar, restaurant or club – you have the tools and confidence to order something delicious, and to spot when you’re not getting what you paid for.
I started BartendingBootcamp.com because I’m lazy. I want smarter customers. I love teaching people about the difference in tequilas, in whiskeys, and rums — I love sharing the history of some of the world’s most famous cocktails. My goal is to make you one of the smartest people in the bar.