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A Bartender’s Calendar: November 2021

A Bartender’s Calendar: November 2021

It’s that time of year… to gather, eat, and drink with good friends and frazzled families. And here’s to hoping that this year might feel like a slightly normal holiday season at your bar.

Our team at Local Bartending School has whipped up a festive calendar just for bartenders and bar owners looking to bring a bit of holiday spirit to their guests. 

Even though it won’t be quite as tasty as your mom’s stuffing, we’re hoping these random holidays and national celebrations are reason enough to have everyone gathered around your bar.

21 Celebrities Who Bartend

21 Celebrities Who Bartend

Bartending started as far back as ancient Greek, Egyptian, and Roman times.

That means a lot of humans have been making a lot of delicious cocktail elixirs for thousands of years. Both for fun as a hobby or as a way to make ends meet.

Even famed celebrities have dabbled in the craft of bartending. Mostly to pay the water bill before their big break, but other celebs come up with cocktails just for fun. Why? They think it’s a fun way to pass the time and a great way to entertain their friends and families.

So let’s see these 21 celebrities who were bartenders before they started winning Oscars. Later, we’ll meet a few more celebs who bartend just for fun.

5 Best Types of Bars to Work

5 Best Types of Bars to Work

If you’re looking for a bar with free wifi to work on your laptop, you’ll want to keep searching! ‘Cause this post is all for bartenders. Do I have only bartenders here now? Good.

Now we can get started! 

When I was first starting out as a bartender, I had so many questions. I constantly wondered what type of bar would be the best to work at. But I asked myself these questions over and over again:

Where can I make the most money?What bars have the best customers?

If you’re a beginning bartender and you’re wondering the same questions, you’re in the right place for two reasons. 

That’s what this post is all about–the best types of bars to work at for new bartenders!Plus, Local Bartending School is here to help you every step of the way with their online course and job placement program! (More on this later, people!)

So, after working in the bar industry for nearly a decade and asking some of my fellow bartenders what’s up, I’ve created a list of the best bars to work at for beginning bartenders, based on money to be made and overall experience to be had.

Here are the types of bars we recommend for beginning bartenders!

1. Chain Restaurant Bar

Whenever you work at a chain restaurant, you’re typically involved in a robust training program. Chain establishments and franchises aim to have their food and service the same across all of their locations, from bartending to hosting. That’s why you go through so much training!

As a bartender who’s just starting out, this can be a great place to begin (other than bartending school!). You’ll learn how to make a multitude of drinks, ranging from basic call drinks, bloody mary’s, all the way to kiddy cocktails. You’ll also be serving food like BBQ wings and tacos and handing takeout orders, though!

The hours are typically flexible and the pay can be decent, but the people can be picky, demanding, and sometimes rude. Not to mention, depending on the state you live in, you might have to interact with a kiddo or two.

On the bright side, you’re typically tipped out by the service staff for making all their drinks!

A lot of bartenders have noted the best restaurants in the US to work at as a bartender are:

PF ChangsTGI Fridays

Texas Roadhouse

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Tips and Tricks for Your First Bartending Job

Tips and Tricks for Your First Bartending Job

So you have your first official shift as a bartender coming up soon and you have a million questions running through your head. We get it–been there, done that! Your very first shift can be nerve-wracking, overwhelming, and you’ll probably walk out with sore feet.
Though we can’t be there to rub your footsies when you finally get home (take some aspirin, that’ll help!), we can give you some tips and tricks before you head in.
These are tricks I wish someone would have told me to have on my radar before I went in for my first shift.
But before we go any further, you might be wondering who the heck we are to be dishing out bartending advice. Well, I’m with Local Bartending School and between myself, the instructors, and a team of professional mixologists, we’ve used our years of experience behind the bar, in management, and university studies to collect the top 10 most essential things we think you need to know for your first day bartending.
So grab your notebook, something to write with, and allow us to tell you a few things that will help your first day behind the bar go as smooth as the Tennessee whiskey you’ll be pouring.

What You Really Need to Know About Bartending Certifications and Licenses

What You Really Need to Know About Bartending Certifications and Licenses

Whenever we talk to folks who are just starting out in their bartending job (both with experience and without!), we always hear the same questions.

Some of the questions we receive all the time revolve around bartending licenses, bartender certifications, and bartending courses.

“Do you really need a certificate or license?” or “How long does it take?”

Even if you’re a seasoned bartender, you might consider enrolling to earn your license or certificate and still have a burning list of questions.

No matter what brings you here, in this post you’ll learn the difference between a bartending license and bartender certification, find out where you can obtain either one and even we’ll even cover the most frequently asked questions asked by readers just like you.

So grab a drink in that fancy glassware you never get to use, and let’s get started!

What is a Bartender License?

Simply put, a bartender license is either what you receive after course completion or what’s required of you by law to bartend.

What is a Bartender Certification?

Usually, local ordinances are in effect that will ask you to obtain the correct documents to bartend. This term is sometimes used to describe the document (or certificate) you earn when you enroll and eventually graduate from bartending school.

Even if you’ve been behind the bar for a while and can do all sorts of impressive, cool tricks, you’ll still need to get the basic documentation that’s required of you by law.

What’s the difference between a bartending license and a certificate?

I’m going to give you a little hint: there’s no difference! These two terms are used interchangeably. Why? Essentially, at a national level, there isn’t a standard document or training program required to be a bartender. It’s up to local laws and ordinances, which can make the terminology a little hard to pin down.

Just ask yourself what you need to legally bartend and you’ll be set!

Your future employer might ensure you have your ducks in a row (and sometimes cover the cost of training), but don’t rely on them! If you’re in the process of job hunting and already have the skills necessary, you can start earning cash more quickly by having all the legal things already taken care of so you can start tending the bar right away.

Answering Your Bartending School Frequently Asked Questions

How do you get certified in bartending?

Quite easily, actually! Enroll in a bartending school, do the coursework, and viola–you’re certified. Another route is to identify exactly what your county or local laws are and follow those guidelines. Typically, it’s a responsible alcohol server permit but can be highly variable from place to place.

How long does it take to get a bartending certificate?

Anywhere from two to 40 hours! Just following local laws? You’re probably more toward the two-hour mark. For those of you going in-depth and taking the wise way of school, you’ll be looking at that 40 hours.

What do you need to get certified as a bartender?

You’ll usually need a government-issued ID, but make sure to triple-check local laws!

Can you get your bartending license only?

Now that we know that a bartender certificate is the same thing as a license, we know that we can get away with either one to serve alcoholic beverages! Just be sure to follow all local laws and that’s what’s required at a minimum.

How much does certification training cost?

Obtaining the documentation from a certification course that you need to serve alcohol can run you a bill that is highly variable and depends on where you’re located, where you’ll be attending, and how much experience you have.

We’ve ranked training courses from inexpensive to expensive.

InexpensiveObtaining minimum local requirementsSomewhat ExpensiveOnline bartending schoolIntermediate SkillsExpensive In-personBartending 101

Where You Can Get Your Alcohol Server Certification

The minimum age to become a bartender in New York is 18. However, state law requires drinkers to be 21.

The best part about being a bartender in NYC is the leniency in its alcoholic laws. Alcohol cannot be consumed only from 4:00 am to 8:00 am, but the rest of the day is all yours to visit any pub or bar you want.

All you have to do is get the required training with the help of Local Bartending School and pass the exam to get your certificate. The exam usually only takes about 30 minutes!

Online New York Bartending Course Costs up to $8.99 – $399

Held once a month, the cost of this course is $149.00. Courses may be taken online. However, an in-person final exam will be followed by a proctor.

But with LBS, things are a little different! This top-ranked certification is valid throughout California. California accepts our online certification. The control board does not require a proctored exam, which means you don’t have to sit in front of a person to take the test. The test will take about half an hour. Additional proctoring fees apply. These fees are not included in the cost of the course.

Within California, the legal age to consume alcoholic beverages is 21. California state law requires all bars to close by 2:00 AM. (Some municipalities require an earlier closing.)

The cost for a course in Nevada ranges from $8.99 to $399.99. Even if you earn your certification with Local Bartending School, you’ll still need to take a proctored exam.

The test takes almost 30 minutes and there is a fee for this exam. The training is so extensive that the students actually get to sit at the bars where the qualified instructors show how to prepare all kinds of drinks and beverages so that they practically learn it.

To become a licensed bartender, you’ll need to be at least 18 years of age.

All you have to do is register for your course, take the required training and pass the examination to get a certificate. LBS offers training online, in a class, and in-person according to what suits you the most. There is no restriction or rules except for the age criteria in Florida, plus LBS is the most authentic and state-accredited institution to get a license in the United States.

Our professionals can come to you at home (whether you’re in Michigan, New Jersey, or New Mexico!), or show can easily you the swing of things at one of our locations on-premise. Just click here to ask about what’s available near you, and when!

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The Main Difference Between In-Person Bartending Schools and Online Bartending Schools

Bartending school that’s held in person is typically way more expensive! You can get certified online and it’s usually cheaper.

But be careful! There are some well-known risks to choosing the wrong bartending school.

First, you could miss out on a lot of hands-on experience. Plus, a cheap online bartending school typically means a cheap-looking certification. Don’t think your potential boss won’t notice! They will.

So if you want a good place to learn the ins and outs of bartending (and I mean all of them), check out Local Bartending School!

You’ll learn:

Over 200 drink recipes, ranging from basic to bougieHow to prepare and memorize several cocktails, quickly & easilyThe best ways to cut fruit, garnishes, & decorations for specialty, hand-crafted crafted cocktailsHow to set up and maintain a clean & efficient bar workstation

Not to mention, bar owners and hiring managers perceive Local Bartending School with high value! Once you’re done with your jam-packed course at LBS and have your certification in hand, you’ll be able to find your dream bar job in no time.

Did You Know? A Certification from Local Bartending School Works in All States!

Yup, you read that right. Local Bartending School is the only school that will certify you in all states. All through one, single hands-on course!

Planning a move to a new place that’s out of state? No problem. The team at LBS will officially register your certification to your new state. Welcome home!

We should note, however, that some states may require you to pay a fee and even take a live proctored exam (looking at you, Nevada, Colorado, Rhode Island, Alaska, Maryland, and Tennesee). But looking on the bright side, you won’t need to retake the course all over again.

A Local Alcohol Server Training Program For You!

Whether you’re on your way to becoming a professional bartender or just here for the responsible serving of alcohol, our team at Local Bartending School is ready to be your trusted training provider. For more information or to just get ahold of someone, click here. You can easily reach one of our instructors who are ready to get you certified and earning money!

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Top 10 Ways To Make More In Tips As A Bartender

Top 10 Ways To Make More In Tips As A Bartender

Why did you get into bartending? Maybe it was for the extra bucks, may be due to the fact that you are a beer person who has always imagined working at that brewery that you have been eying since you started to appreciate the fine art of beer.  Or maybe the reason was to get more girls. Or maybe you like being the life of the party.

For whatever reason, the reason evolves with time. If you liked it because you liked being the life of the party, that might get old but one thing that always remains and that will never lose its appeal is that every time you walk out of the bar every night, you have some money in your pocket at the end of the night no matter how broke you walked in.

How Much Money Is Too Much?

Based on where you work, a low-end restaurant/bar can bring in about 100 Dollars a night which is pretty cool but on busier hotel bars something between 200-250 dollars is pretty cool.

Do you want to bring in more? You can start to consider some really upscale cocktail bars and restaurants or even top tier casinos where on a normal night, 250 dollars is okay, but on a more grand night, more than 400 dollars can easily come in.

How can you bring in the green?

Dress The Part

No matter where you work, be it a resort, classy bar or some punk rock club, always dress the part.  Make sure that your clothes are clean. Make sure you are well put together and this will give you the confidence to give you that you need, the extra tip. No one wants to be served by a sweaty bartender.

Spark Some Conversation

Do not be scared to speak to your customers.  Make sure that they do not only talk to you but also to each other. Introduce them to each other. I mean you cannot talk to all people at the bar at the same time or can you?

Bring In The Charm

Bartending is all about the charm and charismatic personality. It is through this charisma that people keep on coming back. You will need to be fun, outgoing and a really good listener. You will need to have some great stories that will rock your people. Remember to always compliment.

Learn To Enjoy Your Job

The reason why bartending is one of the best jobs is because you get to meet and talk to new people all the time. One thing that is always unique about a bartender, everyone loves the booze supplier. Happiness is contagious, if you happy, your customers will be happy and the cheer spirit will definitely be felt in the bar.

Be Clean

Make sure that your bar surface and service is clean, so are your cocktail glasses and shakers.

Have Some Style

You will need to add some flair. You can start slow with some fancy looking paper napkins and straws. You can then up to some cool glassware, tins, and bottles.  If you are not already doing some flair, why don’t you give it a try?

Know Your Customers

Always acknowledge new customers as they walk into your bar. They will keep coming back again and again if they feel appreciated by you especially if you take the time to know their name and their usual drink.

The Power Of Suggestion

To get that extra zing, you will need to know your menu better than anyone else, other bartenders, the manager, waiters and everyone else. Know the ingredients in your drinks so that you can be able to easily suggest a drink for your guests based on what they ordered first.

Know When To Give A Freebie

A bar, of course, is not a place to give free booze, but any good bartender and manager know the need to give a free drink to a new guest or the longtime regulars. For the new guys, it will be giving a good reason as to come back as for the old customers, it is a sign of appreciation for their business.

Keep Your Service Excellent

This is a no-brainer for any person in the service industry. Do not complain about the tip you given because you ignored your customers, were rude or gave sloppily made drinks. Make sure you treat your customers like family, ensure anyone who has had a little bit too much for the road gets home safely.

Be friendly, make everyone happy be entertaining and do your job really well. This is secret to making great tips.

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Top 7 Reasons Why You Need Bartending School

Top 7 Reasons Why You Need Bartending School

You might want a change in career or maybe learning on how to mix cocktails so that you can impress your buddies at a cocktail that you have thrown or get a promotion at the current place of work, bartending can be something to consider.

Though it is more practical than book knowledge, lets us take a dive and see some of the reasons why you need to get into Bartending School

Learn something new, fun and acquire a new set of skill

Bartending might look like the easiest thing to do but it requires a wide set of skill that included but not limited to cocktail technique, knowledge of the spits and even hosting. If you can learn these skills then you will definitely enjoy career success at bartending but also in other parts of your life.

Being a bartender means you a friend, a business person, as well as a sales persons all, rolled in one. Your customers need to have a confidante, making friendships as well as get some money in your pocket.

Where else can you be able to practice these skill other than at a bartending school to your classmates?


This is the perfect place to meet up people who have same interests as you and also get to network. You never know where you will meet these people after Bartending School.

Learn with professionals

Bartending is one job that requires you to be all hands on. Yes, all the YouTube videos and books are good, but there is something about a teacher. A person who will point out a bad skill or spot a bad habit and ensure that you do not pick it up when you leave the class.

Understand the laws

If there is one thing that is majorly overlooked by self-teaching bartenders is the laws that govern alcoholic beverage handling and also handling to your customers as well. For example, in New York, there is the Alcoholic Beverage Control Law (ABC) which was made in 1993. Consequently, the State Liquor Authority and the Division of Alcoholic Beverage Control were formed as a result of the ABC Law. The aim of this law was to “give protection, health, welfare, and safety of the people of the state.”

These departments and laws are in charge of the liquor license, inspections and the general regulation process of the bar industry. You also get to learn about the Dram Shop Laws which differ from state to state. These laws are about serving alcohol to a person who is already drunk and gets behind the wheel. In some cases, the Dram Shop Law, the bar can be held liable if it serves alcohol to a person who is already drunk.

Where else can you learn more on this learn this than through a bartending school with tons of experience who has seen it all?

How to do the correct pour

Spillages and over pouring are considered serious problems in the bartending industry. Some companies have even gone to having robots to help reduce the cost associated with them.

The correct pour can mean the difference between getting 10 drinks from a bottle and 20 from the same bottle. With time, these costs start biting into the bar. The practice pours in the bar is something else compared to a bartending school where you can practice pouring without the term “cost” coming up.

Gives you bragging rights

When you are the bartender, you are the expert in all matters alcohol at your bar. So do not be shocked when a customer looks up at you and go like, what is the difference between a scotch whiskey and Irish whiskey? As the bartender, expect this questions.

One of the ways you can be able to impress your clients is by knowing your drink and know it really well. If you are not well informed you making a rather poor impression of yourself and the bar as well. This will also help create a good rapport with your clients.  Know what you working with, the difference in texture, palettes, barrel-aging processes just to mention a few.

The best place you can learn this and more is at a bartending school.

Get to know about the top drinks

The best thing about Bartending School is that you learn what the best in the drink industry is.  You will learn some history, the ingredients about the drinks and the best technique when making and serving them as well.

The best place to gain some hands-on skill on making killer cocktail is at the Bartending School.

Apart from these reasons, you will also get to build up your confidence behind the bar, give a backing to your bartending skill through certification, show dedication at what you do and also be part of a great and fun community.

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