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Top Spots For Bartending Classes

If there is a city that will always need bartenders, it is Miami. Miami is filled with hospitality venues from hotels to nightclubs to pool bars. In the tourist-filled areas of a city like South Beach, there can be 20 or more venues with bars on any given block. The bartending schools of the city teach cocktail knowledge, speed, accuracy and insider tips needed for working specifically in south Florida. Some schools even teach bonus material such as utilizing POS systems and the fun and gratuity-attracting flair bartending.
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South Beach Bartending

1242 Washington Ave
Miami Beach, FL 33139
(305) 300-2277

South Beach Bartending is a fun, 10-day comprehensive bartending school with both South Beach and Hollywood locations. Students are given the most famous cocktails to study and practice as well as south Florida-specific drinks. The classes entail 40 hours of training plus students may practice as many additional hours as they like. The school's mock bar setups are perfect for experiencing the real environment to get a great handle on maneuverability, comfort and speed. South Beach Bartending offers classes in English, Spanish and Russian.

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Elite Bartending School

1045 5th St
Miami Beach, FL 33139
(305) 460-8070

Another great bartending school with event staffing is Elite Bartending School in Miami Beach. The classroom is in Club Play, a top South Beach nightclub equipped with the latest and greatest in POS technology so students also get to learn the technological process of working at a bar. Certain days a week, students are encouraged to visit the venue during club hours to see their bartending staff in action with a full house of nightclub guests and celebrities. Elite also has a bar store with a host of supplies like openers and shakers, a flair bartending class included with tuition, employment assistance and for those who request it, special Spanish-only courses. The school offers a unique lifetime membership with tuition allowing students to return at any time to practice or sit in on courses to ask questions, utilize the online forums and more.

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ABC Bartending

7329 W Flagler St
Miami, FL 33144
(305) 267-1446

The 34-year-old bartending school, ABC Bartending, has two additional locations in Miami Beach and Fort Lauderdale. Classes are offered in English or Spanish and cover all bases like cocktails, POS transactions, behavior/etiquette/personality behind the bar and flair bartending. The two-week courses finish with assistance in job placement and ABC has a history of many graduates from the school receiving employment at fine South Florida establishments including 94th Aero Squadron, The Rusty Pelican and Trump International Resort. The convenient class schedules are offered mornings, afternoons and evenings and accelerated one-week courses are also available.

Chanoa Chen is a well-published blogger and online journalist on topics ranging from luxury lifestyle living to fashion shows and trends. A self-proclaimed Miami Beach fashion expert, she is also working on launching her first jewelry line, Boki Love. Her work can be found at

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