Austin Gagnon started his bartending venture in Upstate New York in the spring of 2001. He was trained by a well-known bar owner in a local fast bar in Troy, New York. After completing two years of college and receiving an Associate Degree in Physical Education from HVCC, Austin decided to transfer and finish out his remaining years of college in beautiful Miami, Florida. While attending Barry University in Miami Shores, Austin put himself through college working in some of the most popular bars in South Florida including Bed, Club Deep, The Fifth, Revolution Live, The Social Lubricant in the Wynwood District in Miami, and the world famous Clevelander Hotel on Ocean Drive where he worked as a bartender for 7 years. Austin has also worked and is currently responsible for staffing many sporting events, concerts, and Venues such as bartender staffing for both the University of Miami and Miami Dolphins football teams, the Miami Marlins, the Miami Heat (2011, 2012,2013, 2014,2015) the world renowned Ultra Music Festival (2009, 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014,2015), South Beach Seafood Festival (2013,2014,2015) Miami Fine Chocolate and Food Show (2013,2014. 2015) Calle Ocho (2010,2011,2012), and NFL Tailgate parties for the Pro Bowl and Super Bowl. Austin graduated from Barry University in 2006, receiving a Bachelors of Science in Psychology. It was at this time that the idea of establishing an Elite Bartending School in a league of it’s own started to take shape. Austin wanted to share the knowledge, experiences, and skills that he learned in the bar business over the years with others. In 2009 Elite Bartending School’s first location opened in Miami Beach and fast became the #1 Bartending School in South Florida. Austin takes pride in providing his students with an exceptional education and learning experience to help them in their pursuit to become a successful bartender and excel in mixology and customer satisfaction.
Lucas Brito started his bartending path in early 2014. A native of São Paulo, Brasil, Lucas started getting his foot in the door slinging at various night clubs throughout the country, such as, Villa Mix São Paulo, Ultra Brasil, and many others. After settling permanently in South Florida in 2016, Lucas decided to stick with hospitality and joined Elite Bartending School to further fine tune his skills. Lucas graduated from Elite and quickly gained traction in the event scene, bartending events such as Ultra Miami, EDC, Coachella, SOBE Seafood and wine Festival, and many more local, and nationwide events. In 2018 Lucas joined our family of franchisees, opening Elite locations in Fort Lauderdale, and Delray Beach. Lucas takes pride and excitement in educating students not only in speed and Mixology, but in customer service and money making techniques that shape his students for success for years to come.
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310 Sw 2nd Street Fort Lauderdale Florida 33312
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