$199 for a Bartending-Certification Class ($495 Value)
The eight-session class can be completed in as little as three weeks and includes a training manual outlining subjects such as bar setup, recipes, types of glassware, and general customer service. Students learn how to work quickly, impress their friends, and maximize their tips. The class has no waiting list, and all visitors to Bartending World also enjoy free parking.
As a National Bartenders School, Bartending World also has access to a database of thousands of bars and night clubs around the country to help those with certification find a job. The school, which has placed thousands of bartending school students in jobs, works with a variety of employers such as night clubs, restaurants, major hotels, airports, sports bars, catering companies, and more.
A tiny splash of Campari can make a world of difference. The sunset-hued bitters are the main ingredient that differentiates a martini and a negroni, two unmistakably dissimilar beverages with a few shared components. Bartenders have to keep track of hundreds of tiny distinctions like this, and the instructors at Bartending World work to supply them with the knowledge necessary to do so.
There, the teachers are all experienced mixologists, but the school itself could pass for a typical cozy watering hole as well. Ranks of bottles line the shelves, their contents running the gamut from electric-blue curacao to caramel-hued whiskey. A strobe light and fog machine help to simulate the sensation of working in an actual bar or sharing a loft apartment with a magician. Behind the gleaming wooden counters, pupils chatter over an arsenal of muddlers and shakers as well as a full contingent of the sleek flutes, bell-shaped goblets, and highball glasses needed to correctly serve beverages.