The Maryland Bartending Academy has been training, and placing, bartenders since 1980. As the oldest Maryland bartending school, we are proud to offer our students one of the” best” Bartending courses throughout the country.
The school was founded by Mark Russell, who continues to be Executive Director at the academy. He received the opportunity of a lifetime when he was hired and trained by a well-known bartender/mixologist (Billy Warren) when he lived in Santa Barbara, California. After being able to pay for school with what he learned and earned as a bartender, Mark returned to Maryland.
His goal was to open a bartending school and teach students the same way he was trained – he realized that it was not enough to be able to pour a drink. A good bartender should know why he or she mixes a drink in a certain way. There were plenty of other talents he wanted to pass on to rookie bartenders, and over the years, these skills became part of the academy’s curriculum. It took him well over a year to write his bar guide, create the academy’s curriculum, and complete the Maryland Higher Education Commission’s application process before he was granted approval to open his school.
At the beginning, enrollments were not pouring in as hoped for with this relatively new concept of a bartending school. So, to help ends meet, Mark was hired to teach bartending at several area community colleges. He only did this for a few semesters because the college courses couldn’t offer hands-on training, only lectures and demonstrations. Mark believes that “You really need a lot of hands-on practice making drinks over and over before you can begin to resemble a bartender.”
Approvals, Awards and Memberships
The Maryland Bartending Academy is not only the oldest in the state; we have been recognized by both government and professional organizations for the level of education and training we provide our students.
The Maryland Bartending Academy time line:
In 1981 we became an accredited member of the Better Business Bureau and we have always maintained an A+ rating
Since 1983, the Maryland Bartending Academy has been the only school chosen to train the bartenders who serve the President of the United States at Camp David for every administration since Ronald Regan.
In 2005, we were selected as the exclusive training facility for the entire Maryland/Washington, DC and northern Virginia area by Professional Bartending Schools of America. In 2006, we received an official citation from the Senate of Maryland.
Co-founder of the Professional Bartending Advisory Board.
Maryland Bartending Academy believes in the old saying, “Practice hard, play great.” That is why we train our students using a fully functional bar stocked with the latest equipment and tools used in the bartending industry. Check out the gallery to see actual videos and pictures of our training facility.
Our bar-like atmosphere will give you a “real sense” of on-the-job training. It allows you to experience exactly what it feels like to be behind a completely functional bar. You will be training with all the latest, high-tech equipment and tools used in the industry today.
The school also makes use of video cameras at each station to record you as you learn. When you review the tape, you instantly see what you can do to better yourself – and that means you learn faster. Click here for an example.
After you have completed your course, you will feel at home behind any bar – and provide excellent service to your patrons while enjoying your job. Of course, this type of service will also pay off immediately in gratuities and salary.
Our Bars Include:
10 or 7 button soda guns
draught beer towers
three compartment sinks with h/c water, ice bins
liquor bottle speed racks
overhead glass racks with various stem glassware
straw and napkin dispensers
and all necessary bar tools
fully stocked with the industry’s most popular bottles of liquors and liqueurs on a three-tiered shelf
rows of popular miscellaneous glassware
Other equipment includes:
500 lb. capacity ice machine
touch screen POS (point of sale) system
draught beer system
house wine dispensing system
flat screen televisions
video cameras for training
and much, much more.
In addition to the best training, students also receive
Manual/Bar Guide, which is continuously updated to include the latest drinks and industry trends.
Diploma that certifies graduate as a Professional Bartender
Wallet-size certification card
Immediate job placement assistance (local or nationwide)
Free refresher classes (local and nationwide)
Plenty of free parking on school property
Bartending career counseling
Additional behind-the-bar practice time
Access to our bartenders library
Continued support after you graduate
Ready To Learn – And Earn?
Sign up now for bartending training at Maryland’s oldest bartending academy.
Our admission office is open Monday through Friday from 9:30 am to 6 pm. Call us at 410-787-0020 or email.
The high quality training and education you receive at Maryland Bartending Academy begins with our experienced industry veterans. They teach everything from how to mix a drink to how to properly close a bar when the night is over. Hands on training is our specialty, and when you complete the course you will be comfortable behind any bar, mixing any type of drink. Our main goal has always been to provide the highest quality instruction in the best learning environment available.
The instructors at the Maryland Bartending Academy are industry professionals who have spent decades in the service and bartending field. They share their passion, knowledge, and experience with every student. Our instructors – including our founder Mark Russell – work individually with each student to ensure he or she understands the procedures, process, and fundamentals.
Each class begins with a lecture and demonstration from our instructors. Teaching in our state-of-art facility, in a controlled environment, instructors explain each step before they move forward. When you “learn by doing”, it is natural to retain more of the information.
After the lecture is complete, students get behind the bar and practice what they just learned. This combination of teaching and doing enables our students to fully understand the methods and actions that produce excellent bartenders. Working behind our bar also builds confidence – a trait that potential employers are always looking to see when they want to fill a position.
Best of all, the experienced teachers at our school make the learning fun! Check out the Testimonials and see what the graduates of our bartending school have to say about our instructors.