7 Things to Consider When Choosing a Bartending School

7 Things to Consider When Choosing a Bartending School

The #1 question I have been asked throughout my career by people who want to become a bartender and who are considering signing up for TheRealBarcourse is: "Should I go to bartending school?" Followed by the second most asked question: "How do I choose the right one?" Just to make things clear, I am not anti-bartending school as long as you can find one that does it right. Problem is, I have yet to find many that qualify. In fact, I have yet to find one that does it right from beginning to end, which is why I created TheRealBarCourse. If you want more details, CLICK HERE. However, each little squirrel must find his/her own way, so when you're out there researching, here are 7 things you should consider when choosing the right bartending school or course for you. 1. THE COST We all know this is the first question on everyone's mind, so let's get right to it. As with anything you purchase, you should consider if what you're buying is worth the...
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Bartending Schools: The Real Truth From TheRealBarman

Bartending Schools: The Real Truth From TheRealBarman

The following article is based on a survey I did four years ago in which I asked 47 bar owners and managers what they thought about bartending school and how relevant they are to finding a bartending job. And without my knowledge, the results of this post showed up in a Consumer Affairs article online, which I was a bit shocked by, as Consumer Affairs of course is one of the biggest online websites out there. Who would have thunk it? You can read the article here: Are Bartending Schools Really Necessary? by Daryl Nelson. If you want to watch an updated video on what I think of bartending schools today, check it out here. Should You Go to Bartending School?  As I take on this ever-increasing (and quite frankly, unexpected) role of helping people obtain a bartending job, I find that people can’t let go of the idea that going to bartending school is the answer to all of their prayers.     Despite my warnings and admonishments and downright...
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Why Bartending Schools Don’t Work

Why Bartending Schools Don’t Work

In case you’re as dim as a 10-watt bulb, you are quite alert to the fact that I am anti-bartending school. I’ve been bartending and bar managing for 15 years now and I can’t quite describe my level of agitation when I see all the articles on the Internet that advise people to sign up for them. I kid you not, it peeves me beyond belief. It’s like going to grocery clerk school so you can get a job at Safeway. Sounds ridiculous, but it’s not that far from the truth. They memorize a boatload of fruit and vegetable codes, work in a computer system, deal with customers and they have to be fast or the line backs up. So why aren’t there schools for them? (Hmmm…new idea alert…) The reason is because being a bartender is a coveted and sought after position and schools were created by those who saw a chance to earn a buck. Nothing wrong with that. These are...
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