Good bartenders always have advice for their customers' problems, which is why it's best not to bartend in a particle-physics lab or a prison. Hone your listening ear with today's Groupon: for $194, you get 40 hours of hands-on training with bartender certification at National Bartenders Bartending School (a $495 value). Choose from six locations:
- Canyon Country
- Santa Monica Boulevard, LA
- Wilshire Boulevard, LA
Monday–Friday classes are available in any of the following sessions:
- One week from 10 a.m.–6 p.m. or 2 p.m.–10 p.m.
- Two weeks from 10 a.m.–2 p.m., 2 p.m.–6 p.m., or 6 p.m.–10 p.m.
Learn how to mix, stir, and shake inside their facility under the tutelage of experienced instructors in a fully operational bar setting. Burgeoning drink slingers learn the basics of alcoholic alchemy, blending liquors and mixers into sippable sensations in more than 200 recipes. Serious bartenders-to-be will partake in 40 knowledge-soaked hours of extensive training and hands-on practice that covers all aspects of tending bar, from setup and maintenance to cutting off customers and taking the jukebox off shuffle. Speed techniques and cash-handling procedures help newbies meet the demands of a fast-paced job, and profit pouring also allows them to rake in tips quicker. Additionally, the in-depth course covers wine-distinctability, draft pouring, and keg tapping, all culminating in the bestowal of a bartending certification, which can help land a job at a real-life bar occupied by Cliff Clavin impersonators.
National Bartender School
From garnishing a perfectly poured martini to doling out rounds of drinks quickly and efficiently, the experienced instructors at National Bartender School possess all the tips, tricks, and tools to succeed in the bartending trade. With years of industry experience under their belts, these knowledgeable spirits sages guide pupils through certification courses that cover every aspect of the job. Under their supervision, students learn to craft more than 200 cocktails, handle transactions, and practice the art of the upsell without breaking a sweat or bottle of 50-year-old scotch. Free refresher courses and job-placement assistance keep students on track even after school is through. For more focused pursuits, National Bartender School also hosts classes in specialty fields such as flair bartending and bar management.