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Bar Institute began as the core educational component of Portland Cocktail Week as that program pivoted to a more serious curriculum of business-focused training tailored to bartenders. In an industry that offers many educational opportunities focused on tasting and products, Bar Institute took a different approach and filled a vacuum in the unoccupied career training educational space by offering practical, tactical and hands-on training with a tight focus on the business of the bar.

While very little formal training exists in this space, Bar Institute is fortunate to work with the brightest minds and leaders in this community. Through their knowledge and support, along with our sponsors, Bar Institute provides access to the information and expertise necessary for developing sustainable career paths across all strata of the industry.

Econo is a series of one-day educational events in the same spirit, but designed for tours spanning weeks, plotted on the map to visit as many smaller markets as possible.

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