Do You Need to go to School to Become a Bartender?
Ha! The age old question - "Do you need to go to school to become a bartender"
This is a question that comes up pretty frequently in our domain - read this article to get the low-down.
The Short Answer
No, you don't have to.
There are plenty of bartenders that never attended a day of bartending school in their lives.
The way that most of these individuals find themselves behind the bar looks something like this...
1. Get a job at a bar or restaurant (in a non-bartender position - server, host, busser, etc.)
2. Work there for a long time
3. Eventually get a chance at bartending
This may sound like a good way to go, and it may be for you.
The only thing is that within a restaurant, the bartender job is usually the most sought-after. Bartenders usually make more money than anybody else and their job is relatively fun, so naturally, everybody wants a shot behind the bar.
That means that there's a lot of competition to get the job.
The Longer Answer
If you're like me, you don't want to have to wait in line. You'd like to be a step above the competition, to be the first person considered for a job.
So, do you need to go to school to become a bartender - technically, no.
But unless you want to spend years working at a restaurant HOPING to get the chance to be a bartender, you may want to consider some schooling.
Because as a professionally trained bartender, you can skip the line! You don't have to develop seniority at a particular restaurant, you can go in and start as a bartender - making the most money in the whole place, and having fun doing it.
Bartending school is quick - takes only a few months.
And it's fun - you'll be mixing drinks with other cool people.
And it's cheap - let's put it this way, you can earn back your tuition in just a few shifts.
With those 3 things in mind - why would you ever slave away for a year or more climbing the seniority chart in a restaurant? Take the fast-track and sign-up for bartending school today!
"I enrolled at the Maryland Bartending Academy in May of last year and by July I was working as a bartender in a popular Baltimore club earning upwards of $50/hour. The course was easy and fun. PLUS, they helped me land a bartending job once I had graduated! I highly recommend the Maryland Bartending Academy to anybody interested in becoming a bartender."
Julie McMullins Glen Burnie, MD
So what are you waiting for? If you live anywhere in Maryland - from Columbia, Ellicott City, Glen Burnie, Bethesda, Silver Spring, even out in Washington DC - check out the Maryland Bartending Academy today!