Best Bartending Classes In Cleveland

September 27, 2012 2:00 PM

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People generally learn to bartend in one of two ways: Either they work at a small dive bar and perfect their skills, or they take a bartending course. Bartending can be a fun way to rake in the dough, with practice. Bartenders create memorable nightlife experiences, and the field is a great fit for social butterflies. Pick up a drink recipe book, waiter’s key and enroll in one of these classes to get started.

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Cleveland Bartending School

1481 Warrensville Center Road, Suite 1
Cleveland Heights, OH 44121
(216) 382-1450

Price: $395

This Professional Bartending School of America site touts its series of classes as a professional mixology course. Mixologists leave its doors with the ability to make more than 125 drinks, knowledge from the Anheuser-Busch “Beertender” program and Guinness’ “Perfect Pour” program qualification. Students come from Pittsburgh, Toledo and other cities to complete this program. New classes begin every week, and there is also a North Royalton location. The Cleveland Bartending School is the only one of its kind in the Greater Cleveland area.

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Lakeland Community College

7700 Clocktower Drive
Kirtland, OH 44094
(440) 525-7000

Price: $49

LCC offers a periodic bartending and restaurant seminar as part of its continuing education program. The three-hour course teaches basic drink recipes and mixing techniques to make you a better cocktail party host or get you started in your bartending career. This is the perfect course for caterers, waitresses or barbacks. It also includes guidelines for proper restaurant service. The course costs $49 plus a $38 materials fee, which is cash only. Create a user account with Lakeland Continuing Education, and search the course schedule for the next offering to participate.

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Toledo Bartending School

1817 Adams St.
Toledo, OH 43604
(419) 344-4495

Price: $395

This school emphasizes the social aspect of being a bartender. It builds its students’ confidence quickly, teaching them how to interact with bar patrons while building drinks and demonstrating how the bartender can control the mood of a bar. The course is 32 hours and teaches you how to make 75 traditional drinks, plus trendy cocktails, and sends you home with knowledge of beer and wine. Toledo Bartending School offers local and nationwide job placement for graduates and small class sizes at The Ottawa Tavern. Two-day bartending seminars are also offered at local hotels and equip students with the basic skills needed to work behind a bar. Visit its website or call the number above for more information.

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Columbus Bartending School

1505 Bethel Road
Columbus, OH 43220
(614) 442-9400

Price: $399

ABC Bartending Schools is one of the largest bartender training chains in the country, with dozens of locations. It offers classes days, nights and weekends at the students’ convenience, and new classes begin every week. Columbus Bartending School promises free lifetime refresher courses and job placement assistance to its graduates, and the school’s founder has been placing bartenders since 1977. Students learn mixology, legal responsibilities, cash handling and job interviewing. This location is the only ABC Bartending School in Ohio.

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