- $149 for a 32-hour bartending course ($645 value)
In a 1,700-square-foot studio with 10 dedicated bar stations, instructors teach the methods of mixing to prospective cocktail shakers. Each one- or two-week course equips students with pouring and mixing techniques and drink recipes. The bar is stocked with a vast array of liquors and liqueurs, and the space faithfully simulates the atmosphere of a real bar. Each graduate receives a diploma and TABC certification. Click here for a schedule.
JC Bartending Academy
For more than 14 years, the drink alchemists of JC Bartending Academy have handled drink-slinging duties for private events, using skills that they pass on to amateurs during the school's hands-on classes. With more than 100 certified professional mixologists on staff, no drink recipe is out of bounds as each glassful and dazzles students or sippers during bartending classes. Beneath rows of colorful bottles at a working bar, trainers splash together the basic staples of typical watering holes as well as more complex cocktails. The fully functional bar prepares students fully to prep drinks, wield a soda gun, and pick bubbles out of soda for finicky billionaires. To augment the educational services, the school also provides job-placement services, bartending phone apps, and information on certifications.