Like drawing up skyscraper blueprints or narrating kung-fu movie voice-overs, pouring mixed drinks requires absolute exactitude. Pour proportionately with today’s Groupon to The Bartending Academy in Mill Creek or Tacoma. Choose from the following options:
- For $45, you get a bartending crash course (a $140 value).
- For $45, you get an Intro to Bartending course (a $140 value).
- For $175, you get a 40-hour mixology full certification course (a $495 value).<p>
The Bartending Academy instructs aspiring mixologists in the fine art of booze blending through myriad courses to suit a variety of interests. First-timers can enroll in a bartending crash course—a five-hour lesson in drink history and pour techniques—or sample the certification program with an intro course that lets amateur pourers test the grenadine-flavored mixology waters. The full-certification course boasts a variety of evening, weekday, and weekend class times, convenient both for office-job types and professional moon observers. In the certification course, small groups of libation-lovers can learn with a full bar minus the actual liquors. Each student goes home with more than 150 recipes, encompassing new cocktails, classic drinks, and the knowhow to throw martinis at no-good leading men.
Bartending School of Bothell
An extension of the Tacoma Bar Academy, the Bartending School of Bothell has educated students in the finer points of bartending and mixology for more than 35 years. Classes include a 40-hour bartending-certification program, which prepares aspiring tenders to take their place in the drink-slinging industry with lessons in bar etiquette, drink-making techniques, and more than 150 cocktail recipes. The professional classroom setup echoes that of an actual bar, allowing students to get a feel for each element’s proper place, from the sliced fruit and soda guns to the emergency manual that outlines exactly what to do should a horse, duck, and pirate walk in.