Cocktails, like lipstick, are recession-proof, available in pretty colors, and infinitely more satisfying when made by a pro. Paint a smile on mouths with today's Groupon: for $149, you get a two-week state-certified bartending course (up to a $350 value; a $299 value if paid in cash or prepaid online) at Ace Bartending Academy.
Ace Bartending Academy pours out knowledge in a classroom that is a fully functioning and stocked bar, complete with soda guns and liquor bottles to acquaint alcohol apprentices with real bartending practices. The state-certified bartending course's experienced instructors school pupils over the course of 30 fluid hours, covering all bartending subjects with the goal of presenting graduates with official certificates that never expire nor spontaneously combust. Imbibe the history of alcohol while discussing health requirements, proper glassware, garnish techniques, and the best ways to mix hundreds of popular drink recipes. The course is designed to prepare students for employment within the industry, offering job-placement assistance to graduates at venues that include casinos, nightclubs, and book-club meetings. Full bartending courses run for two weeks, with classes taking place three hours a day Monday through Friday—with a choice between morning classes from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m., afternoon classes from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m., or evening classes from 6:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m.
At Ace Bartending's 40-foot bar, ice clinks against glasses and prospective mixologists chatter during hands-on courses. Instructors wax informational about the history and production of liquor before outlining state and municipal legal requirements for serving alcohol or distributing liquor to horses. As students progress, they migrate to eight functional bartending stations that feature working carbon dioxide lines, and lessons feed hungry brains tidbits of information on the use of glassware and garnishes to craft a beverage with fitting aesthetic appeal. The curriculum bounds across a bubbling, colorful rainbow of 200 different drinks and recipes.
In addition to hands-on demonstrations and role-playing exercises, courses hand down lessons on how to land a job as a bartender and give tips for job interviews. The classroom's walls, like those of a real bar, are crowded with colorful bottles, lit by crackling neon beer signs, and held together by flyers for bands seeking bassists.
4079 N Rancho Blvd.
Las Vegas, Nevada 89128