Though it's a good way to connect with others and a fundamental part of living near train tracks, pouring one’s heart out to strangers is an unsustainable career. Learn a more employable pour with today’s Groupon to one of American Professional Bartending Schools of Illinois’s five locations: Chicago, Schaumburg, Calumet City, Villa Park, and Riverside. Choose between the following options:
- For $50, you get a four-hour Beverage Alcohol Sellers and Servers Education and Training (B.A.S.S.E.T.) course (a $100 value).
- For $75, you get a five-hour bartending class (a $150 value).
For more than 50 years, the state-licensed and board-of-education- approved American Professional Bartending Schools of Illinois has fulfilled the dreams of thousands of dram weavers. With engrossing, top-shelf courses and a flexible schedule, the school puts the fun in “mandatory certification” with enlightening lessons that keep the planet buoyant with good bartenders. The four-hour B.A.S.S.E.T. course teaches responsible alcohol service, helping vendors pass a certification test often mandated by law. Hooch merchants will learn how to spot subtle signs of intoxication, along with intervention techniques to prevent drunken uncles from making a scene. B.A.S.S.E.T. methods serve mankind by preventing underage drinking, DUIs, and alcohol-related fatalities. B.A.S.S.E.T. courses are available at all five locations, and are held every week on Wednesday or Thursday.
The five-hour bartending class gives future Sam Malones reason to cheer with hands-on training behind a real bar from knowledgeable barkeeps that average 20 years of stirring and shaking experience. Learn the tricks of the trade with recipes to please freeloading friends and fuel grandparent cage matches. Mysteries of successful speakeasy slinging are revealed as mixologists acquire deft pouring agility and master the alchemy of exotic drinks. Bartending classes take place at the Chicago school on Sundays from noon–5 p.m., and at the Villa Park school on Saturdays from noon–5 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.