Kyle Guilfoyle

Hi, I'm Kyle Guilfoyle.

I sing, host a podcast, and run a bartending school called Nimble Bar Co.

I’m on a mission to equip as many people as I can with the skills of entrepreneurship.

The Highlight Reel + What I've Learned

kyle and mom hospital

In 1998, I learned how to fight

  • If you want something bad enough, and have no choice, you learn how to fight.
  • Hit by an 18-wheeler while riding my bike, I picked up some fighting skills that I’m not conscious of to this day.
  • When you can’t go anywhere for 4 months, you get good at being by yourself and thinking.
  • I became dangerously good at N64… And flirting with nurses.
  • Shoutout to my mom, doctors, and Make A Wish for saving my life!

In 2010, I wore sweater vests and struggled to sing Bach

This might be someone’s dream. It was my nightmare. And I didn’t even know it.

Raised with the idea that post-secondary school was the ultimate ‘ticket’ in life, I obliged.

I got into a good school and enrolled in its BA program. After one year, I realized I wasn’t learning anything I could apply.

I grew up singing in choirs, so I auditioned at the school’s music program, and got in.

“Now I’ll be learning a SKILL!” I thought.

kyle guilfoyle bartending

In 2012, I learned how to make a good drink

While in music school, I started working in bars.

Enamored by the idea that the bar is a stage—one on which you could make great money—I became obsessed.

I would take the bus from Montreal to Toronto for auditions. I wasn’t thinking about my music. I was watching cocktail videos on YouTube.

In 2017, my education began...

I’ve done most things the hard way. Starting my business was no exception.

(I like to think this makes me a better teacher)

We made a nice logo, website, got a trailer, shoes… Basically everything except figure out what we were actually selling.

Takeaway: It does not matter how, just start making the switch from consumer to producer today.

nimble bar co beginning

What I'm doing now

Inspired by Derek Sivers, here's what I have going on right now:

Building the world’s most effective training programs for bars and bartenders.

A podcast that helps small local businesses—mostly bars and restaurants—grow. Also provides marketing services.

A local media company for discerning millenials in Victoria, BC. I was tired of fluffy content and wanted to actively engage with the community.

Reading / Writing

Not sure this will ever change, but I begin each day by reading and writing. I share my best findings in my fortnightly newsletter.