Great bartenders blend the culinary sensibilities of a chef with the quick-smiling charisma of a beauty contestant that just shaved off her opponents' eyebrows. Investigate this delicate duality with today's Groupon: for $199, you get a 40-hour bartending-certification course at A List Startenders (a $595 value). Students have a choice from the following class times:
- Monday–Friday 11:30 a.m.–3:30 p.m. (runs for 2 consecutive weeks)
- Monday–Friday 5:30 p.m.–9:30 p.m. (runs for 2 consecutive weeks)
- Saturday and Sunday 2 p.m.–6 p.m. (runs for five consecutive weeks)
A List Startenders' instructors imbue greenhorn drink slingers with hands-on learning and pertinent bar-running know-how. During daily or weekend lessons in the recently remodeled facility, students belly up to a Smartboard, which combines a touch screen with a projector to help bartending tidbits take root. Up to 12 saucy scholars in each session learn a bevy of details, such as bar lingo, drink-making techniques, wine basics, bar opening and closing procedures, and how to create vodka using a 9-volt battery and a potato. Pupils get experience in a bona fide bar setting where they can practice beverage concocting and, upon graduation, enjoy job-placement services.
A List Startenders
In the high-tech classroom and professional-grade bartending training area, A List Startenders’ experienced cocktail slingers teach their students the fine art of drinksmanship and watering-hole etiquette. They pilot 40-hour Comprehensive Certification courses and shorter Essential Mixology tutorials, instilling pupils with the necessary knowledge and skills, such as quickly completing drink orders, bolstering cocktails with fresh fruit, and taking sage advice from the teleprompter beneath the bar, to operate in a bar environment. They often begin lessons in the well-equipped classroom—where an interactive Smart board aids in imparting trade lingo and drink recipes—before venturing to the full-bar training ground, replete with glassware, dozens of liquor bottles, and bar equipment, including soda guns, shakers, and garnishes. Upon completion of a course, certified students receive aggressive job-placement assistance to embark on their new career path.
A List Startenders
4401 N Milwaukee Ave.
Chicago, Illinois 60630