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Bartender School & Bartending In NYC: By the Numbers

Bartender school has never been more important if you want to get bartending in NYC. Why? If you look at the numbers, New York City is becoming an amazing place for bars and restaurants. So, whether you work at a fancy restaurant, a hotel bar, dive bar or nightclub, the time to get work bartending is right now. The way to capitalize on these bartending job opportunities in NYC is by attending bartender school.

We have created an infographic that breaks down the benefits of bartender school and the numbers of work opportunities in New York City.

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Bartender School – Get in, Get Learning, Get Out.

Bartender school is designed to teach you what you need to know to get a job. A two-week, 40-hour class will help you learn four main areas about bartending.


The Law 

As we have talked about before, there is no certificate or certification needed to bartend in NYC. A bartending license doesn’t exist. But, what you will find is that some bars like their employees to study alcohol awareness to help protect themselves from legal action.

For example, did you ever hear of the Dram Shop Laws? This is a law that states that a bar can be held civilly liable if it serves alcohol to an obviously drunk person. However, according to Wikipedia, “NY will not allow a person who injures themselves to bring a lawsuit against the bar that served them, but if that person dies will allow such a person’s children to sue the drinking establishment for loss of parental consortium.”

So, getting trained in alcohol awareness can help protect against these sticky situations. According to National Hospitality Training, “The New York State Liquor Authority (NYSLA) will consider training a mitigating factor if, at the time of violation, the person who committed the violation held a valid certificate of completion or renewal from a certified alcohol training awareness program provider and the licensee diligently implemented and complied with the training program.”

Bartending Skills

As a bartender, you will not only need to know recipes for hundreds of drinks, but you will need to know how to make them. This is something that requires hands on experience that you can only learn at a bartender school.

Furthermore, the skill of a bartender is also in controlling the bar. This ties into the previous topic about law, but a great bartender always knows how much alcohol a customer has purchased. This allows the bartender to have control over the situation and protect him/herself and the bar.

In fact, there are many skills that you need to learn to actually get a job.

Making Money

Bartender School also helps you in your quest for the almighty dollar (more on this in a bit). Every person knows that bartenders make money, but to really make money, you need to know how to interact with customers (aside from the obvious – making good drinks).

We also know that there are scientifically proven ways to help increase tips as a bartender.

Resume & Interview Techniques

The importance of a good resume can not be underestimated. This gets you in the door. Then you need to know how to actually interview. Every job is different and every bar is different. Luckily, American Bartenders School has been around for so long that we have relationships with many bars and restaurants and we know how to help you prepare.

Bartender School = Work Opportunities



As you can see, there were over 550,000 jobs nationwide for bartenders in 2012. That number is expected to grow by 12% by 2022!

Digging deeper, you will see that New York State has the 2nd highest employment of bartenders (behind the huge state of California). Looking closer, New York City is the number one place to be for bartending with over 20,000 jobs. Now is the time to get bartending, so prepare yourself by going to bartender school first!

Bartending Jobs in Bars and Restaurants



Thousands of Work Opportunities

Did you know that there are over 2,600 bars in NYC? That is a lot of drinking! However, that number looks like nothing compared to the 16,000 full-service restaurants in the city.

Restaurant Boom

The number of permits for restaurants, bars, and cafes is at 23,705 at the start of 2015. This is up from 18,606 from 2006. Looking a bit closer, the number of eating establishments in Brooklyn has grown 10% since 2014 and the number in Manhattan 6%.

Bartender School and Making Money

As we said before, you can make some serious money as a bartender. How much are we talking? Well take a look below and you will see that a typical bartender can make $250-300 per night in tips. Working at a hotel, however, gets bartenders health benefits and a salary, but each person has their own idea of an ideal job.



All of this and all you need is a 40-hour class. It seems so simple. Well, it is! If you are willing to put in the work to learn how to be a bartender, you will be rewarded. The numbers don’t lie. Sign up today.