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On Line Bartending Classes

Monday, May 8th, 2017

On Line Bartending Classes

Will an on line bartending school, classes, or a video help you get work in the DC, MD, or VA region?   Not that we’ve seen in the last 12 or so years since on line bartending schools got popular.  How do we know?   Because the people who took those courses came to our school and told us.  Then they took our hands on bartending course that has helped tens of thousands of grads land bartending jobs.

We started seeing these people in the early 2000’s and we still see them.  They tell us they took an online bartending program.  They show us their on line bartending certificates.   But they don’t land bartending jobs like our grads.  For all we know many more of our students took these crazy inexpensive programs before they took our very affordable hands on program. These people don’t want to admit they wasted money on an online course that didn’t work or help them land a real bartending job.

Think of it.  Would you allow a person who took an online driving course to drive your car in busy traffic?   We wouldn’t.  Neither do bar managers trust bartenders with no practice or experience to handle their busy bars and demanding customers.  But these same employers hire our grads.  Many employers throughout the DMV contact us directly and hire our graduates.  They like the training program and the results.  You can see the evidence.  Visit our Facebook Page Photos Page.

You can find hundreds of pictures of our grads at their bars. Real People/Real Grads/Real Bars.

Our hands on bar is realistic

Managers and owners have visited our school.  They are impressed by our bar set up.  Its entirely realistic.  Its large.  Its set up like a busy bar with a large double speed rack, an extensive back bar with numerous call brands, and it includes all the equipment a real bar uses.  Some managers have used our bar to train their new staff.  They know it works.  It enables new bartenders to learn how to become efficient and handle busy crowds.

You can also visit.  Set up a free class visit.  Call us at (703) 841 9700.  We’ll probably get you behind the bar and have you start practicing something that bars have had bartenders do for decades to get in the proper rhythm.  Mastering that first drill and developing consistency is one of the keys to not only landing a bartending job but keeping it.  Visit and ask us about it.

PBS Graduates Land Bartending Jobs

You can see how many of our graduates land bartending jobs.  Its enormous.  Scroll through the posts on our facebook page. Check this week, this year and previous years.  Day after day, week after week, month after month, and consistently for years our posts feature updates about grads that landed bartending jobs.  Its real.  In hundreds of cases you will see photos of grads behind their bars.  Hundreds throughout the DMV.  Its every kind of bartending gig, from clubs, to bars, to   restaurants, hotels, and parties.  See for yourself.

Is that a guarantee?   No.  We don’t guarantee jobs.  You do the interviewing and you land the job.  We provide help and direct leads from employers who contact us.  Good training, fun, and bartending job placement assistance are the foundations of our program.

People with Bartending Experience Take our Program

Over the decades many people with actual bartending experience take our program.  They are typically the servers that were moved up to become a bartender.  Maybe they started at a restaurant chain with weak bartender training.  They usually have a very limited repetoire and understanding of the job.   They take our program and they love it.  You can see their comments in reviews.

If people with experience value our training shouldn’t you?   They have a huge head start over you and now they have gotten dramatically better.

Our hands on bartending program is VERY AFFORDABLE

The cost of our program is LESS than the costs of a typical set of required text books for a college year.  Possibly less than for a semester.  Its about the best cost/payback you can find anywhere for any kind of training for any kind of job.  On top of that we do have payment plans.  Ask about them.  Arrange a visit to our school and discuss payment plan options with our staff while you view the hands on training.  Call (703) 841 9700.

Of course our program is more expensive than the crazy inexpensive on line bartending courses.  We have a large effective facility.  We pay rent.  We have experienced instructors that have bartended for years.  They give you insights and advice you will never find in a book, video or online.  They have bartended in this area and elsewhere.  They will give you the real dirt on how to work, do well, and earn good money as a bartender.

Bartender Training DC Virginia Maryland

Friday, May 29th, 2015

Our school provides hands on bartending classes, in a large, club like fully built out bar for the Washington DC region, including DC, Maryland, and Virginia.

The hands on training cannot be matched anywhere: Its realistic, and its fun. Here a noted Washington DC radio personality picks up some tricks from one of our experienced instructors;

Shaqwana Learns How to Bartend from J-Video Productions on Vimeo.

Coping with the furlough: And lessons from the recession

Tuesday, October 15th, 2013

When people lose work training programs of all sorts add new students.   The Professional Bartending School is no different.  During the recessions of 2000 and the latest recession of 2008/2009  this school like other training programs and bartending schools across the country saw a significant increase in potential students and actual students.

Furloughed Workers Fill the Class

With the furlough driving hundreds of thousands of public and private workers into limbo our class sizes increased.  In this class, running in October there are nine students/bartenders currently on furlough:

Bartending Class With furloughed workers


They include furloughed government workers and contractors.   Some  had looked into our program earlier.  Now they have time to take our classes.      Others found themselves with nothing to do.  They want ways to make extra income and have fun at the job.  They want more skills to be more financially independent.

The class includes one furloughed worker who had taken our program earlier.  He is now taking our free refresher classes.  He used our placement program for part-time work  including the two day inaugural balls earlier this year, where he made bank.  He recently used our placement program again and has picked up a part time job.  He is using these classes to refresh and hone his skills for that new part time bartending gig.  He started his new part time gig during the second weekend of October and here he is:


Robert bartending at the Hampton Inn


Student Uses Furlough to add flexible skills and make himself more independent

Bartending training is a great way to add a marketable skill.  One of our furloughed students has additional credentials and varied commercial skills.  He refuses to let a job, or a company or even a government get in the way of his ability to earn a living.  We are happy to add bartending to his list of credentials and ability to function regardless of market conditions.

Of course it hasn’t been that long since the last time hordes of people lost work.  The heart of the recent recession hit the DC region during 2008, 2009 and extended into 2010.   Like many other training programs we did see an increase in interest and attendance at our school.   We recontacted some of our grads from that period to see how our program helped them if they are still bartending.

Beat the Recession and Job Loss:  Learn a new valuable skill

One of the more interesting bartending success stories from the recession was that of Paul Costanzo, an over 60 long term professional who was shut out of work due to the recession, took our bartending course in 2009.  He has been bartending virtually non stop since then.  And he loves it!!!!

Paul’s story was so interesting he was featured in a story in AARP magazine.  We also wrote about him and updated the story in 2011.  Here is a current update.

Paul has bartended at five different noted restaurants in the greater DC region.  First at was then the new Ford’s Fish Shack in Ashburn, (now tremendously popular), then Food Matters in Alexandria, later the noted high end national chain restaurant Seasons 52 in Tysons, at the popular Tavern@River Falls in Maryland, and at Ancora, the restaurant opened in the Watergate by noted Chef Bob Kincaid.   Paul, like many bartenders has experienced different environments, moved around, found environments that work or don’t work for him and mastered the craft.   And he did all this at an age most can’t imagine.   Over 60.  And he loves it.  Here is Paul when he bartended in Alexandria:

While Paul is the exception for bartenders his experience is useful for all people looking for bartender jobs regardless of age.  He used clever universal methods for job hunting applied to bartending and his age and circumstances.  It has worked.  Continuously.   We have distilled his experiences and used them to to guide other grads older than the norm.  When they apply it to their own circumstances it works.

We’ve distilled Paul’s experience, that of thousands of grads, our depth of knowledge, and synthesized all of it as part of our job placement program.  Its accompanied by a stream of new job leads that flow into our office every week.  They come from every kind of bartender employer in the region.  Its part of the reason we have been able to average about 100 new bartending jobs every month for our grads.



Part time jobs in Northern Virginia

Tuesday, June 25th, 2013

Our bartending school provides endless opportunities for part-time work for those looking to augment their income. Our school has been a huge source for part-time jobs for grads for years, in fact decades. Whether someone is working, in college or grad school, retired, or simply looking to earn some extra income we have aided thousands of graduates in landing additional part-time work and extra income.

Take Kendra and Brent for instance.

PBS grads Kendra and Brent bartending at an event in Clarendon

Kendra is a consultant with a full time job.  She wanted extra income.  She wanted flexible work, and as she told us she didn’t want a boring low paying retail job.  She took our course.  We have now given Kendra two gigs covering three days.  They came directly off our leads.   One was at a concert at National Stadium.  The above picture was taken in the middle of Clarendon during the annual two day Arts Festival thrown by the Clarendon Alliance.

Between hourly pay and tips Brenda has already paid for the classes.

Part time jobs for College Students

Brent is  a 21 year old student at George Mason University.  He also wanted flexible part time opportunities.  The Clarendon Alliance event was his first bartending gig–a two day event of about 4-6 hours each day.  It occurred during the first few weeks after he graduated.   Brent has opportunities to work parties, events, weddings, or might end up getting some shifts at many of the nearby bars in close proximity to George Mason that have hired our grads.

Matt, below, took our program during college break, used our suggestions and smarts from the placement office and landed a first job in Blacksburg before being promoted to this high profile position at the Continental Divide Bar for visitors to Virginia Tech and Blacksburg.

Matt from Virginia Tech bartending in Blacksburg

Part time jobs for the employed

Many of our students have a full time job but are looking for extra income.  It could be for a myriad of reasons.   Brenda took our course for just that reason.  Years before Brenda had worked in the hospitality industry and in a variety of restaurants.  Now she is an adult, a mother, and someone eager to earn extra income in a part time job that is better paying and more fun than retail or for a  call center.   She took our course.

After finishing the 40 hour program and going through our placement assistance session and accessing our leads Brenda still hadn’t landed a bartending gig.

That didn’t phase us.  We want to see grads earn back the cost of the program and make that extra income.   We went back over opportunities with Brenda and redirected her.

Brenda at Westwood Country Club in Vienna

She is now applying her recently acquired bartending skills with long developed skills from years of working at restaurants.  She loves it.  It augments her regular income and is infinitely better than sitting in an office or working a low paying retail job.

Part Time Jobs in DC and Maryland

Our placement office works with opportunities throughout the region.   In January up to 50 grads worked either one or two nights for the Inauguration parties.   This was an awesome event.  Some of our grads called it the most memorable day of work they ever had.  They were paid an hourly salary and tips.   And some earned “bank”.  Tremendous money.   Here are a few of their pictures.

Tasia bartending the inauguration events

Fikre bartending at the inauguration

Not only did these and so many other grads get to bartend at this exciting event, earn great money, but before the events started they got to experience a private concert as many of the stars practiced before the evenings’ grand ball.

Our school has been helping grads earn part time income for decades. If you are looking for part time jobs and income give us a call: (703) 841 9700

Successful Inventor and Entrepreneur| But Can he bartend

Wednesday, June 5th, 2013

We are very proud of our recent grad Robin Thomas. He invented the Noteboard, sold thousands of them, had it go viral, was written about in a wealth of popular web sources: HuffingtonPost, Techcrunch , Forbes and other major media sources. He has since sold this fledging business to afford him the ability to retire, (or rest, or think, or cogitate, or explore) for at least a little while.


It’s all been a whirlwind of activity. In the midst of this hugely successful and frenetic period he took the time to take our 40 hour bartending course. He loved it. He graduated. He mixed, shook, and stirred with a fervor and dedication. He graduated from our program even as he decided to leave another prestigious school of higher education, Stanford University.

And now he is another example of a unique inventive world of major inventors. Bill Gates and Steve Jobs both quit college and they developed fairly well known businesses, Microsoft and Apple. Is Robin Thomas next in line for such fame and fortune?

Congrats, Robin!!!! But can you bartend???? Since he finished our classes in early February, 2013 he has managed to dramatically increase sales of the Noteboard and sell his business to a larger enterprise. He is a success.

The staff at turns the company into a huge viral success

The staff at turns the company into a huge viral success

But he still hasn’t bartended in a real paying gig. Not a party, not a bar, not an event, not a restaurant nor a club, or a catered event. So many high paying, fast moving opportunities behind the rail…and Robin decided to forego all of them to develop a successful business, build it into a thriving enterprise, and then cash out with a big (or relatively big payout). Now he is living the life of Riley. What a man.

Robin has yet to cash in on his well honed bartending skills. Robin reports he makes killer drinks for his friends and they love them. (I bet he is hugely popular with this rare skill) But nobody has tipped him a buck for the rarified skills he developed at our school.

Would you hire Robin to bartend? You should. He is an inventive writer, a musician, at a young age he has a wealth of experiences, and he is already a successful entrepreneur….and because of that he has time on his hands to shake em and stir em and mix you a wide variety of tasty cocktails (at least his friends think they are tasty).

If you want this exclusive talent to bartend at your event call us. We provide bartenders to parties and for full and part-time employment.

Dionne bartending at a beach party

For all those enterprising Washingtonians you would get the treat of being served cocktails by the Gutenberg of modern communications, a rare treat indeed.

BTW: This week Robin announced in Reddit that he sold The Noteboard. He’s been busy responding to Redditers and contemplating his next move. We think bartending should be in his future!!!!