Even during the time I was going there years and years ago, it was an unusual choice to attend Bartending School. There seemed to be barely any reason to pay hard earned money on someone else teaching you, when you could simply get a job at the bottom rung of a restaurant and learn all those skills and more, over time (and while getting PAID instead of PAYING)!! 🍹 ✨ 🍺 ✨ 🍷 ✨ 🍸 ✨
However, I was too curious to resist, and since I had branched out into Bartending at 20 , before I was even of legal age to drink what I was serving, I thought it would be a good idea to get a structured education of some kind. It seemed worthwhile to do a little research and practice before applying to my first restaurant position. I can’t say whether it was worth it or not, but I can say I ended up learning a lot more on the job than I ever did in school. 💁♀️
It was fun to play with bottles of colored water quickly making fake drinks, I loved 💗 connecting with my classmates and it certainly built my confidence - but I’m the only person I’ve EVER met who has gone to professional Bartending School.
Has anyone else out there been to Bartending School? Anyone have any certifications or take any classes to help you get ahead at work?? Is hands on training better than simulated situations designed to prepare you?? Or is it better to jump right in to a job??