Like witches, bartenders craft potions that can cause their drinker to fall in love, speak in foreign tongues, or wake up a gorilla. Mix transformative elixirs with today's Groupon: for $295, you get a 48-hour premium bartending program at American Professional Bartending School of Illinois (a $895 value), valid at the Chicago, Schaumburg, Calumet City, Villa Park, or Riverside locations.
The American Professional Bartending School's hands-on bartending lessons & personalized job-placement services mold future mixologists who learn behind fully equipped bars at one of five locations. Classes cover a range of intoxicating topics including mixing the nine major classifications of drinks and presenting them appropriately to casual, upscale, or invisible clientele. Cash handling teaches tenders how to handle Andrew Jackson and Ben Franklin respectfully, and alcohol awareness instructs in the art of responsible serving. Students learn the ropes behind fully equipped bars with universal setups, preparing them well enough to avoid peeking at pocketed cheat sheets or frantically phoning wise grandfathers. Upon completion, graduates receive 48-hour certification and BASSET certification for alcohol awareness. Fifty complimentary business cards and all books and materials equip new bartenders, and the school's personalized job placement helps connect the newly skilled with pouring positions.
The Schaumburg, Calumet City, Villa Park, and Chicago schools host four-hour classes Monday–Thursday starting at 11:30 a.m., 1:30 p.m., and 6 p.m., and the Chicago location offers an additional Saturday class from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. The Riverside school trains future bartenders Saturdays and Sundays from 10 a.m. until 6 p.m.
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.