Course Information


American Bartenders School 40-Hour Complete Bartender Course is designed to get you ready to bartend in NYC. This bartender course will give you the tools to get a job in an industry that is booming.

We offer a FULL DAY or PART DAY program, which will allow you to complete the training in either one or two weeks. We also offer a FLEX program to customize your own schedule according to your needs. Learn more about scheduling your bartender course.

We also offer two-hour starter courses? Click here to learn more about our starter courses!


40-Hour Complete Bartender Course

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Scheduling Information

FULL DAY CLASSES: (8 hours per day for 1 week) Monday through Friday

  • MORNING: 9am to 5:30pm
  • NIGHT: 1:30pm until 10pm


PART DAY CLASSES: (4 hours per day for 10 days) Monday through Friday.

  • MORNING: 9am to 1pm
  • AFTERNOON: 1:30pm to 5:30pm
  • NIGHT: 6pm to 10pm


 ‘FLEX’ PROGRAM: Arrange a custom schedule that suits your needs.



Bar Set-Up

Students of the bartender course are first introduced to the wet bar. A “wet bar” differs from a regular bar in that it is equipped with a sink with running water.

Next you are taught how to set up your bar. Every bartender needs to know the standard set up of a bar as many bars follow similar practices.

Since you are working with liquids in this bartender course, the clean up and break down of the bar is also discussed. Learning the correct break down and clean up will keep things sanitary at your bartending job. Taking care of wet materials to eliminate germs, prevent mold, and general upkeep of things like bar mats are also discussed.

Mixology: Drinks and Cocktails

As part of the bartender course, you will be taught to mix and serve the six major classifications of drinks most commonly offered today. The classes of drink are liquor and mixed drinks, such as the Manhattan. You will also learn juice drinks. These drinks include bar favorites like the Screwdriver, Madras, or the Seabreeze. Next you learn about martini-style cocktails. You may think that these are only useful at higher class establishments, but these days you will find these drinks being ordered everywhere from restaurants to clubs to small cocktail bars.

Another classification of drink in this bartender course is the two-liquor drink. These are important for your bartending career and very popular among customers. Next are shooters. Shooters include any drink that is taken in a shot glass. These are extremely popular for young people who are out to have some fun at a bar. Last are drinks known as sours. The most popular among these are the Sidecar or the Margarita.

Beer and Wine Basics

We also teach all about beer and wine in the bartender course. We discuss the regions and specific tastes that are characteristic of those regions. We go into the wine-making process so that you understand what makes wine unique. The more knowledgeable you are about such details of what you are serving, the more the customer will enjoy his/her experience. T

Craft beer is booming in the USA. There are over 20 craft breweries in NYC alone. We talk about the different types of beers and how to distinguish the flavor and color. Each brewery makes their beer slightly different, using different ingredients or techniques.

Customer Service and Increasing Tips

Aside from learning the intricacies of making cocktails in the bartender course, you will be learning about how to make something else that is just as important…money! Bartenders can make up to $250-300 per night in tips at a normal bar. We even have some scientific ways of increasing tips while bartending.

You will also learn about upselling a customer when bartending. This is the idea of offering food with a drink or suggesting a higher shelf brand of liquor. The idea is to increase the profit of the bar.

Regular customers are a bartender’s best friend. Our bartender course teaches you how to interact with customers in the right way. The more value you can bring to a bar, the more value you have as an employee.

Beer, Liquor and Wine History & Production

Students will learn the production processes of beer, liquors, and wines from across the globe. These facts make you a more knowledgeable bartender, thus a more valuable bartender for a bar manager to hire. Knowing the difference between a bourbon and a whiskey is something that may set you apart from someone else being considered for the job. All of these things go a long way towards enhancing your career in the industry.

The Laws

The Alcohol Beverage Control Laws are created by New York State. These are laws that every bartender has to know. After Prohibition was repealed in 1933, New York enacted the Alcoholic Beverage Control Law, which created the State Liquor Authority and the Division of Alcoholic Beverage Control .

You will also learn important NYC Sanitation laws that will help keep your bar up to code and out of legal trouble.

Interview and Resume Skills

Each graduate of American Bartenders School gets job placement assistance. This means that our job placement team works with you to perfect your resume and ready you for your upcoming job interviews. Having the right keywords on your resume can make all the difference to a potential employer. The job placement team helps you present your skills to an employer in the best way possible.

Job Board and Lifetime Refresher

Each graduate gets special access to our job board, updated with fresh jobs leads everyday. A special password-protected job board is opened on our website for graduates to peruse at anytime. With over 1000 bars and restaurants nationwide, American Bartenders School’s network is vast and provides graduates with excellent opportunities right out of school.

American Bartenders School graduates also get lifetime access to the facility for practicing bartending skills. If, for instance, a graduate comes back to bartending after a few years doing something else, he/she can come into the school and refresh their skills at anytime.

Getting the most out of your job

By the end of the course, you will know everything there is to get started in the industry. You will learn how to have fun at work, meet hundreds of thousands of people, and make long-lasting friendships with co-workers or customers. Bartending builds leadership and character, as well as these other 13 life skills that you will learn as a bartender.


Mixology Lectures: 8 hours

Liquor & Wine Lectures: 2 hours

Customer Service Lecture: 2 hours

ABC Laws & Sanitation Regulations: 1 hour

Lab (Mixology Practice): 27 hours

Total Hours: 40 hours



2-Hour Basics Courses

Our two hour courses are designed to get you started with some basic bartending techniques, a better knowledge of beer, and a deeper look into the wines of the world.

2-Hour Bartending Basics Course

Learn the basics of bartending and set up your own bar at home.

  • How to use bartending tools and equipment (shaker, strainer, etc)
  • How to set up and stock your home bar
  • Basics of Mixology (how to garnish, rim, and serve drinks)
  • Free Drink Recipe Book!


2-Hour Wine Basics Course

Add new dimensions to your wine experience. Understand wine concepts such as dryness, acidity, fruitiness, tannins, varietals and vintages.

  • Free Wine Education Book!
  • Tips on Buying and Storing
  • The Basics of Wine and Food Pairings


2-Hour Beer Basics Course

Learn how beer is made, as well as the key ingredients that make the flavor of beer so special.

  • Draught vs bottled beer
  • Micro-brewing trends
  • Proper method and temperatures to serve beer
  • Beer and food pairings and the etiquette involved in pouring and serving beer correctly




*Two hour deal site classes run by appointment on weekends only.