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Bartending School

If you saw the movie Cocktail with Tom Cruise, and were attracted by the flair and flamboyance with which this movie star served drinks, or if you admire your local bartender’s ability to pull in tips by pouring drinks, you might have considered bartending school.

Bartending suits those who have a friendly, outgoing personality, and some bars seek bartenders who have a taste for turning their drink-serving into original performance art. If you like hanging out at your local and are looking for a job that will allow you to spend more time there, bartending school is a good option.

The advantage of bartending school is that you can take the course in only a matter of weeks, and once you have obtained a license, you can start making money behind the counter.

Most bartending schools take a practical, hands-on approach to bartending, placing the student in an environment with a blender, a soda gun, a bar sink, glassware and other familiar bar fixtures.

Very little of the course is written or delivered in lecture form, and the students learn most of the material by watching an expert pour drinks and mix cocktails. Many classes are available at bartending school, including:

  • Speed
  • Equipment and bar set up
  • Mixology
  • Liquors
  • Garnishes and Fruit Slicing
  • Customer Service
  • Profit Pouring
  • Wine
  • Beer
  • Alcohol Awareness
  • Cash Register Operating
  • Resume writing and Interviewing

The best bartenders are valued (and tipped well) for their speed of service. At bartending school, you will learn how to pour several drinks at once for those busy Saturday nights and parties.

Students learn the day to day tasks involved in managing a bar through an equipment and bar set-up class. In Mixology, the bartending student is taught to mix over 100 types of cocktails, and many talented students can experiment with their own creations.

Bartending schools also teach classes on different types of liquors, what they are made of, how to store them, and how they should be served. Wine and beer also merit their own classes, and the prospective bartender is taught how to distinguish different types of wine and to assess their qualities, as well as how to pour draft beer an how to tap a keg.

A good drink should look as good as it tastes, and there are classes at bartending school that teach students how to create garnishes and to slice fruits correctly to produce an original work of art in a glass.

Profit pouring and customer service classes are designed to teach students how to increase their tips and return service by pouring drinks skillfully, quickly, and by connecting with a customer.

Alcohol awareness is an essential for every bartending student, and will help the bartender to recognize red flags that show that the customer might have a health problem due to drinking excessively or should not drive home.

Practical skills such as cash register operating are essential, and resume writing and interviewing classes are helpful on instructing the graduate on the best way to embark on a job search.

Bartending is an awarding career, and as new bars open up, more bartending schools are available to fill the need. However, a bartending graduate should be aware that not all bars, pubs and clubs are successful, and there tends to be a high turnover of these establishments, especially in major cities where competition for customers can be fierce.

Then again, a good bartender can be a permanent fixture in an establishment, influencing the atmosphere even more than the music or the interior design. It may take a few jobs for a bartending graduate to find a situation that suits his or her personality.

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