Phoebe Montrie
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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??

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Rosa Hernandez
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I have training at work but it's so different when you're pursuing something you're curious and passionate about. Keep at it!

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Nur Yunlu

It is a good topic, Phoebe. Thank you for sharing your experience with us.

I started to work at the restaurant first as a hostess and service assistant. After a year, I became a server in a different restaurant. Besides my BASSET and ServSafe certifications, I didn't go to any school about it.

Restaurants and Bars businesses are known for working under high pressure and stress. I don't think bartending school can teach people how you handle the situation when the place is packed, but it can help to boost their confidence.

I'm not sure how much it costs to go to bartending school. People can find a job as a bartender after completing the bartending school, but I'm not sure.

The place I'm working now. They just promoted one of our barbacks as a bartender. My old roommate was a server, and he was promoted to a bartender too.

All I know is we all need to stop somewhere and learn.

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Joe DalyJobcase Contributor
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Hey I went to bartending school! I was 18 and working on the grounds crew at a high-end country club. I heard from other workers at the club that bartending was where the real money was at. So I took a week long class at a school right near Bunker Hill in Boston. At the end there was an exam and everything; who knew the art of bartending could be so complex. I eventually DID get to work the bar at that same country club, and do not regret either experience at all. It allowed me to meet very interesting people and I now have a lifetime skill because of it.

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Janice ReedCommunity Specialist
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My colleague also works as a bartender on the side. It was more on the job training that came from her other food service job. She really enjoyed it and kept this side hustle for years.

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Vivian Hires

Do they still give on-the-job training nowadays?

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Cydney Snyder

Bartending school is an absolute scam. Any restaurant/bar will train you for free.

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Deanna Ortiz

I have always thought about the same thing, having bartending experience from just being thrown behind the bar. But there is something nice about learning how to make fun drinks and about the actual art of creating them as opposed to just measuring and mixing the liquids! Worth it in my opinion.

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Joshua Richard

I have no training for working at all I'm a Hands-On person

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Michael Kamaka

I like to work as a busboy at anyplace

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Jenn Sisomphone

Me.i went and got certificate I'm not into Bartending nomore I work for a manufacturing company now..lol

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