In addition to crafting cocktails, aspiring bartenders must prove their conversational mettle in their final exam by talking a sphinx into revealing why it speaks only in riddles. Take an easier route to becoming a professional pourer with this Groupon.
Choose Between Two Options
- $29 for a two-hour bartending boot-camp and mixology class (a $59 value)
- $99 for a 12-hour bartending-certification course (a $249 value)
Budding barkeeps learn about tending bar in a simulated environment complete with all the working equipment of a real bar. Click here for a comprehensive class schedule.
American Bartenders School
For decades, American Bartenders School has helped aspiring spirit spreaders to develop steady hands, sure eyes for measurement, and an encyclopedic drink-formula knowledge. All of the school's classes cover basic mixing, garnishing, layering, and glassware selection in a realistic bar setting, complete with animatronic bar regulars debating whether Woody Allen is currently the president of Azerbaijan. Students gain access to a book of recipes for shooters, including cosmos, lemon drops, and jelly beans; learn how to make frozen specialties and hot toddies; and discover how to cure hangovers and hiccups. For the 12-hour bartending-certification course, graduation sessions are held where the instructors offer helpful tips on how to get hired as a bartender, before returning home with a mixology certificate, professional resumé, and the ability to set up and stock their own home bars, all of which make a classy addition to living rooms, lounges, and butler traps.