Everybody at one time in their life has thought about becoming a bartender. Hanging out in a bar, meeting interesting people and whipping up the drinks we all enjoy has to be fun. Tom Cruise made tending a bar glamorous in the movie “Cocktail” and remembering back to “Cheers” where guys like Cliff and Norm were regulars always brings a smile. If you’re thinking about learning the skills of the trade to impress your dinner guests, neighbors or bar patrons, here are some Atlanta bartending classes to send you on your way.
3754 Buford Highway, Suite C1
Atlanta, GA 30329
For over 30 years, the Atlanta Bartending School has been giving students the opportunity to experience hands-on training while learning the art of tending bar. After the training, the school will help with job placement and getting your foot in the door. Classes start each week and there are morning, afternoon and night options. You can also take classes on Saturdays and Sundays and be finished in less than three weeks. Flexibility and a proven track record is what the Atlanta Bartending School has to offer.
6185 Buford Highway
Norcross, GA 30071
Action Bartending is the one bartending school in Atlanta that covers every aspect of working behind the bar. From tools to customer service and even alcohol safety, this is a comprehensive course. Taught by industry veterans, the courses run Monday through Friday and start at 10 a.m., 2 p.m. or 6 p.m. at the Buford Highway location. For those in Atlanta, Action runs a 10 a.m. class each day in Midtown at the Sutra Lounge. Action also offers mixology and wine introductory courses to see if this is something you are cut out for. This school has a reputation of placing graduates in five-star hotels and restaurants, making it a great option.
2359 Windy Hill Road, Suite 330
Marietta, GA 30067
Classes are offered seven days a weeks at ABC and the 40 hours of training will get you up to speed on everything bartending. Accredited by the Better Business Bureau and licensed by the State of Georgia, ABC of Atlanta is an arm of the National ABC Schools located from Miami to Honolulu. The training classes are offered as one- or two-week morning sessions or two-and-a-half-week night classes. Get hands-on traning with ice machines, soda guns, blenders and real bottle inventory. ABC offers nationwide job placement once you have graduated.
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2094 Cobb Parkway SE
Smyrna, GA 30080
Whether you are looking for a big-time bartending gig or you are just looking to improve your skills around your home bar, National Bartending School of Atlanta is your place. It offers one- and two-week courses but also a two-hour cocktail party lesson if you are looking to get familair with the basics. You’ll learn how to shake, mix and blend, familiarizing yourself with many different drinks. National Bartending will clue you in on money handling, inventory control and bar management so you know how it all works. This school will let you work at your own pace and will prep you for your big interview.
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