$50 for a Four-Hour B.A.S.S.E.T. Course ($100 Value) or $75 for a Five-Hour Bartending Class ($150 Value) from American Professional Bartending Schools of Illinois

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In a Nutshell

  • Hands on training behind a real bar
  • Learn exotic drink recipes
  • Learn bartending techniques
  • Illinois Board of Education approved

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Promotional value expires Mar 1, 2012. Amount paid never expires. Limit 1/person, may buy 2 add'l. as gifts. Valid only for option purchased. Reservation req'd., subject to availability. 24hr cancellation notice req'd. Must be 18 or older. 5hr class offered only at Villa Park and S Wabash locations. No cash back. Not valid w/other offers. Merchant is solely responsible to purchasers for the care and quality of the advertised goods and services.

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:to American Professional Bartending Schools of Illinois. Choose from the following options:

  • For $50, you get a four-hour B.A.S.S.E.T. course (a $100 value).
  • For $75, you get a five-hour bartending class (a $150 value).

For over 50 years, the state licensed and board of education approved American Professional Bartending Schools of Illinois have fulfilled the dreams of over 100,000 dram weavers. With engrossing, top-shelf courses and flexible schedules, they put the fun in “mandatory certification” with their enlightening lessons that keep the planet flowing with good bartenders. The four-hour “Beverage Alcohol Sellers and Servers Education and Training” course ($100) (acronymically known as “B.A.S.S.E.T.”) trains and educates sellers and servers in responsible alcohol service. Future hooch merchants will learn how to spot subtle signs of intoxication, along with intervention techniques to prevent drunken uncles from making a scene. B.A.S.S.E.T. methods serve mankind by preventing underage drinking, DUIs, and alcohol related fatalities in lessons that are enlightening and obligatory. B.A.S.S.E.T. courses are available at all five locations in Chicago, Schaumburg, Calumet City, Villa Park, and Riverside

The five-hour bartending class ($150) gives future Sam Malone’s reason to cheer with hands on training behind a real bar. Be the life of the party by learning the tricks of the trade with treasured recipes that’ll please freeloading friends and fuel grandparents’ karaoke. Every mystery of successful speakeasy slinging is revealed in courses that center on pouring agility, the alchemy of exotic, tropical drinks, and how to permanently remove the song “Kokomo” from the jukebox. Bartending classes take place only at the Chicago school on Sundays from noon until 5 p.m., and at the Villa Park school on Saturdays from noon until 5 pm.

American Professional Bartending Schools of Illinois

Red Lobster, Wicker Park’s Mirai Sushi, and Lincoln Park punk bar Delilah’s are three seemingly disparate venues. However, they have something in common—all three have hired graduates of American Professional Bartending Schools of Illinois to mix their drinks and man their bars. The schools have been landing graduates at notable Chicago establishments for more than 60 years, but their connection with alums doesn’t end with their first gig. Graduates receive lifetime, personalized job-placement assistance and can call the school’s career hotline 24 hours a day to find out about job openings or trade meatloaf recipes.

The schools' focus on employment also shows in their bartending classes, which are modeled after on-the-job training and led by teachers with an average of more than 20 years of industry experience. Taught at bars complete with realistic faux liquor, the sessions cover topics from mixology to presentation and etiquette.

Customer Reviews

14 Ratings

Excellent class! Liz was lots of fun and really knows how to get everyone involved. Lots of great tips on how to very recipes and become an amateur mixalogist. Highly recommended for a fun night out as a couple or group.
John P. · December 9, 2013
The instructor Liz was amazing!!!
Kimberly C. · September 1, 2013
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    Villa Park

    631 W North Ave.

    Villa Park, Illinois 60181

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    Calumet City

    445 Burnham Ave.

    Calumet City, Illinois 60409

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    315 W Golf Rd.

    Schaumburg, Illinois 60195

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