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Who knows more about the age to bartend in Maryland, DC, and Virginia than the bartending school that helps more graduates land bartending jobs in the DMV than all other sources combined. (Update, our grads landed over 1200 bartending jobs in 2014 and are on that path in 2015). During 2010 our grads landed about 1200 bartending jobs. From May 2011 through January 2012 grads consistently landed about or more than 100 bartending jobs per month. The process continues. We work with graduates from all age.

Here is some hard information.

Age to Bartend in Virginia and Washington DC

In Virginia and Washington DC the minimum age to bartend is 21. The rules are specific. There is no ambiguity.

Age to Bartend in Maryland

Maryland is one of the very few states in the country that has mixed rules by local jurisdiction. Through most of the state one can bartend at age 18, but in some local jurisdictions you have to be 21. Even within some counties the rules are different with regard to type of establishment.

For instance while in most of the state you can bartend at age 18, throughout Baltimore County one has to be 21 or older to bartend. Howard County also presents different rules. One can bartend in restaurants at age 18 and above. In Howard County in class D taverns though, a bartender needs to be 21 or older. In Southern Maryland in Charles and St. Mary’s counties bartenders need to be 21. Closer and adjacent to Washington DC in both Montgomery and Prince Georges County it is legal to bartend at 18 and above. Frederick and Washington Counties are similar: It is legal to bartend at 18 and above.

For instance you can bartend in Bethesda, Rockville or Silver Spring at 18 and above.  You can bartend at 18 and above in College Park, Laurel, Bowie, and throughout Prince Georges County.

Landing that bartending job

Our bartending school includes a full time job placement director. We direct contact thousands of bars, clubs, restaurants, hotels, country clubs, caterers and other bartender employers throughout the DMV and specifically within reach of the greater Washington DC metropolitan region. We have placed thousands of grads in bartending jobs and can provide leads and excellent advice and assistance in landing bartending jobs throughout the region and regardless of age. Contact us or visit the school to learn more how we can assist you.

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