Though it's a good way to connect with others and a fundamental part of living near train tracks, pouring one’s heart out to strangers is an unsustainable career. Learn a more employable pour with today’s Groupon: for $165, you get a 20-hour state Bartending Essentials Certification at AAA International Bartending School in Cherry Hill (a $350 value).
The martini maestros at AAA International Bartending School take aspiring suds slingers under their wings and guide them through bartending basics. Budding bourbon mixers learn how to precision-pour more than 100 types of timeless and trendy cocktails in an authentic bar setting, sans surly Megatouch machines. In addition to bar skills, participants will learn interview techniques that help them gain admission to a recession-resistant industry. Draught disciples can complete the 20-hour bartending program in one weekend, from 8:30 a.m. to 6:30 p.m. on both Saturday and Sunday. The course is also offered Monday–Friday in four-hour blocks from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m., 1 p.m. to 5 p.m., or 6 p.m. to 10 p.m. The 20-hour course garners graduates a state Bartending Essentials Certification and a fistful of maraschino cherries.
AAA International Bartending School
Edward Younger drew from his master's degree in education and more than 35 years of experience in the bar industry to design AAA International Bartending School's state-approved program. Since 1988, the staff of professional bartenders has helped thousands of students pour with tip-earning panache and mix an exhaustive index of cocktails that Younger updates on a monthly basis.