How to learn bartending without spending
hundreds of dollars on bartending school.
“Is it worth it?”
You want to get into bartending but you aren’t sure how.
If you’re thinking about going to a school to learn bartending,
then you need to thoroughly research that school.
If the bartending school comes across as shady and seems to be pressuring you
to part with your money then maybe you should look at a different
Check the BBB.
If the place doesn’t have an A rating then don’t buy their services.
After all if a business that is supposed to teach customer service
can’t resolve issues with their customers, clearly they aren’t good.
Make sure you tour the school before making a decision.
Understand what their curriculum is and ask questions about
what is going to be taught.
You will also hear about bartending school being a rip off.
Well it can be if the school sucks. It can also be the best
way to get started as a bartender.
Just like any type of training or education the quality of
the school is going to matter, but so does what you put into it.
If you think that paying someone for a piece of paper that states
you are a bartender is going to get you a great job then you need
to do a lot more research about what being a good bartender is.
Now there are the bartenders that say the only real way to become
a bartender is to “pay your dues.”
You will need to become a barback or server, work at that for a
few years and then maybe you can be accepted by the community
for an audition as a bar tender.
If these arrogant jerks decide you’re cool enough, then they might
start to show you how to become a real bartender.
This type of nonsense stops good people from becoming great bartenders.
Being trainable is what you need to be. A good bartender can take a trainable
person with no experience and help them become a good bartender.
Many bartenders got their start by knowing a bar owner or manager
that gave them a job behind the bar and the rest is history.
This is how I got my start.
If you can find someone that will hire you without having any experience,
then go for it. Most people won’t get this lucky.
After having three years of bartending experience I moved back home
and looked all over the city for a bartending job and wasn’t getting hired.
I decided to go to bartending school, the school helped me get an
interview and I tended bar for years in some really good places.
I knew how to bartend but I learned a lot more stuff at bartending school
that I still use.
If you do have a barteding school near you and you want to attend it make
sure you check reviews and see if they have any kind of testimonials or
any graduates that can tell you about their experiences.
The duration of the program matters also. Obviously a longer program
will be able to give you more instruction.
That probably means that the price will be higher too.
What is the cost?
That depends on the school, sorry they’re all different.
I have seen $200.00 to over $3000.00.
The $3k course is one that is conducted in NYC by a group of expert
mixologists and the course is only run once a year.
Typically a 40 hour bartending course runs $600 – $1300 and that depends
on the city(cost of living) and how much competition is in town.
Bartending school can be great option or a very bad decision.
It all depends on the research you do.
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