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Grab a cocktail shaker and get ready to mix, shake and stir your way into a new career. A fun experience awaits as you gain the knowledge and experience necessary to tend a bar successfully. Learn techniques that will be beneficial both professionally and personally. Whether extensive training is what you need or if you are simply looking to fine tune your skills to perfect a killer cocktail, these courses are the best around. All classes cover the general aspects of tending bar. Take a look to choose which program is appropriate for you.


Detroit Bartending and Casino Academy
27490 Plymouth Road
Livonia, MI 48150
(734) 525-8477

Everything is conveniently at your fingertips in this bartending course. All the tools needed to learn are provided for you in a simulated nightclub environment. Class sizes are kept at a specific number of students in order to foster a comfortable environment with focus on individual attention. A flexible range of times are offered to fit into any schedule; day, night or weekend courses are available.

Detroit Bartending and Casino Academy focuses on a Professional Mixology course. Training in martinis, highballs, shooters and sours and margaritas is covered. Brand knowledge and a wine class are included as part of the curriculum. Throughout the duration of this 40-hour class, students will learn how to perfectly execute 125 popular drinks, plus become educated on current crowd favorites. In addition to this, a special emphasis is placed on mixing beverages specific to Detroit tastes.

After receiving training, students receive complimentary job placement. Take advantage of additional benefits which include unlimited practice time once enrolled. Use this unlimited program to perfect your skills, practice your technique or experiment with ingredients to create a signature cocktail of your own. The instructors will always be there as a helpful guide.

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ABC Bartending School
24355 Halsted Road
Farmington Hills, MI 48335
(248) 888-9105

Tony Sylvester made his foray into teaching when he opened his first bartending school in 1977. Tony’s endeavor grew into what is known as ABC Bartending. Now his students learn the ins and outs of professional bartending behind a real bar.

The classes offered at ABC Bartending are extensive. This bartending course provides an in-depth breakdown of everything from daily preparation to increasing speed and efficiency behind the bar. Instruction about decorating with garnishes to tips on providing exceptional customer service is discussed during the course. Gain practical knowledge as you increase your skill set significantly while practicing on the latest equipment.

Upon completion of the course, a number of benefits are offered to propel you into success within the industry. Take advantage of the job placement assistance and interview preparation to help land your dream job. Complimentary lifetime refresher courses are held in order to update the skills learned. Additionally, job placement assistance is available to graduates whenever it becomes necessary throughout your lifetime.

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Toledo Bartending School
1817 Adams St
Toledo, OH 43604
(800) 227-8363

Although in Ohio, this course is a hop, skip and a jump away from Metro Detroit, and in some cases, may be closer to some than the facilities which are in Michigan. The Toledo Bartending School offers a unique classroom setting — in a real bar. Classes are held Saturday mornings at The Ottawa Tavern, one of the bars situated on the main hub in downtown Toledo. Practice behind an actual working bar, fully-stocked and used every day to serve patrons.

Toledo Bartending School trains students to be mixologists. The prime focus is centered around extensive training sessions that teach the fine nuances of mixology. Mastering the art of crafting drinks provides students with a competitive edge within the industry. The mixologist gains an advantage over the competition, often culminating in the ability to command an increased salary. In addition to learning on-trend libations, find out how to prepare 75 traditional drinks during the course.

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