Like baking a cake, mixing a drink requires precise measurements and the restraint to not ingest so many ingredients that you ruin your own birthday party. Become a power-mixer with today's Groupon.
Choose Between Two Options
- $149 for a 40-hour bartending course for one (a $419 value)
- $279 for a 40-hour bartending course for two (an $838 value)
During each 40-hour course, instructors take students through mixing basics, time-management and speed skills, and the history behind each drink. Pupils gather behind a fully functional bar, where professional bartenders guide them as they practice bar setup, pouring and blending, handling multiple cocktails at once, and tasting newborn libations to make sure they have the right amount of wheat germ. Teachers supplement extensive hands-on experience with a handbook and video demonstration on 50-inch flat-screen TVs and a 100-inch projector.
Classes are kept small, allowing bar protégés to hone skills with individual attention. Upon finishing the class, students receive a certificate of completion; bartending coaches also offer free job placement, helping to connect students with various bars and lounges affiliated with the school's founders. Classes are held either 9 a.m.–5 p.m. Monday–Friday for one week or 6 p.m.–9 p.m. Monday–Friday for two weeks.
After years of developing their own drink-slinging skills as professional bartenders and club owners, 123 Bartending's founders, led by Bryan Caracioli, decided to pass on their knowledge through intensive bartending courses and a proprietary student handbook. The school stands adjacent to a fully functional brewpub, where professional barkeeps coach students to juggle their tools, glassware, and requests for Billy Joel songs behind a granite bar, lowly lit from miniature chandeliers and surrounded by rustic, red-toned interiors. Curriculum involves both hands-on practice and theory, spanning the history behind drinks' monikers, as well as the chemistry of traditional cocktails and modern party shots. 50-inch flat-screen TVs and a 100-inch projector dominate walls with video demonstrations and scotch distillers' home movies. A roster of bars, lounges, and clubs—all owned by or partnered with 123 Bartending's adept captains—provide job placement for the school's alumni.