Best Bartending Classes In The DC Area

September 27, 2012 6:00 AM

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It’s no secret: Adult beverages cost a pretty penny around the D.C. metro area. Whether you want to learn how to make your favorite drink at home (and save on parking fees, tips or Metro trips) or want to make some serious cash off of everyone who likes to have a good time, sign up for one of these bartending classes in the D.C. area.

The Columbia Room/The Passenger
1021 7th St. Northwest
Washington, DC 20001
(202) 393-0220

Price: $65

Bartending novices may get a taste (no pun intended) of serving and mixing drinks thanks to a variety of special, two-hour-long bartending classes offered at the Columbia Room, one of D.C.’s best once-secret bars. Learn about the styles of beer, bar basics or how to make drinks with not-so-typical ingredients such as honey. Each class includes hands-on instruction, recipes and cocktail samples. Cocktail classes are taught by well-known and renowned Columbia Room bartenders including Katie Nelson and Derek Brown.

Professional Bartending School
2240 Wilson Blvd.
Arlington, VA 22201
(703) 841-9700

Email for pricing info.

Located a mile outside of D.C., the Professional Bartending School is considered the place to go for those who wish to pursue a career in bartending. The school features four full-service bars with all of the tools you will use while on the job, 10 bartending stations and two commercial-grade ice machines. The Professional Bartending School also offers flexible scheduling, lifetime job placement assessment and free refresher classes.

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Thirsty Bartender
2420 Hillsdale Place Southeast
Washington, DC 20020
(202) 276-1932

Price: $50 per guest

If you prefer to take the CliffsNotes version of a bartending course, The Thirsty Bartender brings it to you with two-hour private cocktail classes. Choose from one of six lessons including Sweet and Sour, Shots and Shooters, Dessert Cocktails, Martinis and Manhattans, Highballs and Rocks. Each class is taught by a TAM-certified instructor. Party planners are asked to provide glassware, ice and nonalcoholic ingredients, the bartender will provide the rest. Cocktail classes are limited to 15 people.

Maryland Bartending Academy
209 New Jersey Ave. Northeast
Glen Burnie, MD 21060
(410) 787-0020

Price: $500 to $750

Learn how to mix popular drinks, pour the perfect stout or prepare the tastiest garnishes. For more than 30 years, the Maryland Bartending Academy has offered a state-of-the-art learning facility and top-quality training to students who wish to become professional bartenders. The school boasts both day and evening classes, simulated bar/club conditions and local and national job placement assistance. The Maryland Bartending Academy also offers alcohol awareness training and a flair class (think Tom Cruise in the movie “Cocktail”). Students receive a diploma upon completion of the course.

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Hospitality Training Institute
1432-A Duke St.
Alexandria, VA 22314
(703) 496-7292

Price: $399

If you’re tired of being a server or hostess, upgrade your skills with a bartending course from the Hospitality Training Institute. Learn how to mix drinks, use bar tools and how to set up a bar properly. The school also teaches precise free-pouring techniques for specialty drinks, opening and closing procedures and how to work efficiently under pressure. Students receive a mixology certification upon completion of the course. The Hospitality Training Institute also offers Bartending for Banquets training and TiPS Alcohol Safety Certification.

Susan Diranian is a freelance writer living in Ashburn, VA. She is covering Travel & Outdoors. Her work can be found at

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