Frequently Asked Questions

How old do you have to be to bartend in New York?

In New York (and most states) you have to be 18 or older to serve alcohol?

Do I need a ‘Bartenders License’ to bartend in New York or any other state?

The industry has evolved. Bartending is no longer just a part-time job to make some extra cash or to get one through college. Bartending has become a career job for many. You cannot walk into an establishment and apply for a job without having learned the required knowledge & skills of modern day bartending and mixology, and although a certificate (there is no such thing as a bartender’s license) is not a requirement to work as a bartender, many establishments are requesting it for entry-level bartending. However, their requirement is not generally based on the certificate, but on the knowledge and skills that the school provided.

A reputable bartending school – a school that teaches all aspects of modern bartending-mixology – is the best and fastest way to land a bartending position.

The New York Bartending School has an excellent training program. A high percentage of New York Bartending School graduates are working – so we must be doing something right!

 

Is this certificate good in any state?

YES. National & world-wide.

Do Bartending Schools use Real Alcohol?

Imagine throwing away over 5,000 drinks that you prepared during the entirety of the course. That’s a lot of booze right? Also a lot of money! So, yes, all bartending schools use colored water. However, at the New York Bartending School we use both colored water (necessary for the repetition learning process) and real alcohol in our advanced seminars on spirits, liqueurs, wine, beer and classic & signature drinks.

What do I look for when choosing a bartending school?

The modern bartending school is focused on providing a working education in the art, knowledge and skills of bartending and mixology. However, bartending schools are far from equal – so before you register to any bartending training institution, thoroughly research your options.

  1. Visit the facilities and sit in on a class in progress. Take a free bartending class, if offered.
  2. Compare the facilities and curriculum of several bartending schools.
  3. You should be learning BEHIND a bar, not at a desk.
  4. There should never be more than two students per cocktail station. Count the number of soda guns to establish the number of cocktail stations; double that number and that’s the maximum number of students that should be in the class.
  5. The modern day bartending school should include mixology and wine classes.
  6. Colored water is necessary for the repetition learning process in memorizing drinks, but a modern bartending school should include real alcohol in their mixology program.
  7. The bartending school should provide a job placement assistance program that includes (a)-an on-line job site, (b)-resume assistance, (c)-a job placement seminar, (d)-affiliation with a real bars to guest bartend – to achieve the behind the bar confidence upon graduation.