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What is the best way to learn to become a bartender ?

I would like to learn how to become a bartender but I am not sure of the best way to go about it . Is going to a bartending school the way to go ? Can someone out there with experience give me some insight on what it takes and what bar managers out there are looking for ?

Asked By: Black Jack - 8/8/2007
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check out www.totallyfreebartending.com. bartending schools are a waste of time & money! the industry snickers at "graduates", and total novices get the job over bartending school applicants. hire on as a barback, or cocktail server, and work your way up. bar managers are more impressed with a good work ethic, than... More
Answered By: Gabi ? - 8/10/2007
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You could go to school. It will be nice in your resume. But I started learning when I worked as waitress. First small restaurant, I had to learn about drinks. Then in a bigger restaurant I worked 2x a week in the bar. Today I am not doing it anymore, but that was how I did. Good lick!
Answered By: Cister - 8/8/2007
 
i was a bartender for awhile you just need to know what drinks there are and how to make them... Schooling isnt really nessesary...Just learn how to make the drinks... find someone who can show you..
Answered By: Tegan - 8/8/2007
 
The schools are crap. Most places will just laugh at you for paying that much for 1. something that is generally taught for free and 2. paying that amount of money for absolutely no real life experience. I would suggest finding a hole in the wall bar. Tell them that you're looking to become a bartender. They will start... More
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Answered By: Cydni P - 8/8/2007
 
Don't waste your money on a bartending school unless you want to learn flair (tossing bottles, juggling, etc... More
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Answered By: Abob - 8/8/2007
 
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