Mike Mcclean

"Challenge everything"

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Mike Mcclean

About Mike

I have been in the hospitality industry for over 20 years now, with experience in all different types of restaurants and bars including high volume nightclubs, neighbourhood pubs, sports bars, national chain restaurants, casual fine dining restaurants and of course cocktail lounges.


I started bartending while in university, but decided to keep doing it well after graduation as opposed to trying to find a “real” job.  I’ve always enjoyed the challenge of trying to read my guests and give them the best experience possible, regardless of the setting.


Currently, I am the lead trainer for the Mixxit training program from Beam Suntory Canada, the national distributor for Bols Liqueurs in Canada.  I am responsible for all trainings, events and media opportunities in both Ontario and the Atlantic provinces.  I also help coordinate the Bols Around the World competition in Canada and travel to Amsterdam with our national winner.


Outside of Mixxit, I am the owner of Flairco Event Services and act as the Vice President of the Flair Bartenders’ Association (FBA).

career highlights


Life as a Bols Brand Ambassador has been incredibly interesting.  While we are limited in the availability of Bols products here in Canada, our Bols Masterclasses and events have always been very well received.  It’s fun to see the regional differences in themes, ingredients and techniques from bartenders across Canada.  Those differences are multiplied again once the regional winners from each country all travel to Amsterdam.

my favorite quote

"Challenge everything"