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Best Bartending Classes In Pittsburgh

With hundreds of bars and nightclubs scattered throughout downtown, Pittsburgh has undoubtedly earned its reputation as a drinking town. Local bar and nightclub owners constantly seek fun, energetic individuals to meet the city's high demand for the most qualified, well-trained bartenders. Whether you're looking for an exciting career change or just hoping to earn a few hundred dollars in tips on the weekend, bartending classes can help you master the techniques and tricks to get you behind the bar and in front of some of Pittsburgh's most eclectic, friendly, beer-guzzling customers. If great tips, a flexible work schedule and a fast-paced atmosphere sound like something you'd enjoy, sign up for one of these three bartending classes.
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Elite Bartending School
2961 W. Liberty Ave., Suite 217
Pittsburgh, PA 15216
(412) 344-9100

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Elite Bartending School understands there's more to bartending than just mixing drinks and raking in tips; you've got to master everything from drink order preparations to customer service. That's why at Elite Bartending School, all training is done under the supervision of a qualified instructor behind the school's simulated, fully equipped bar that will prepare you in everything from speed techniques to bar fluency. The school is also the only bartending school in the city authorized to teach the Professional Bartending Schools of America bartending program during its 40-hour professional mixology course. Classes start weekly and are offered during the day and evening, Monday through Friday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. and 6 p.m. to 10 p.m., as well as Saturdays and Sundays from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.

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Art of Mixology
140 6th St.
Pittsburgh, PA 15222
(412) 255-0525

Price: $49 per class

If shaking, mixing and muddling is your style, sign up for Art of Mixology's three-hour cocktail course. Master mixologist Steven Kowalczuk will guide you through this entirely hands-on class so not only will you learn the tricks of the trade and a variety of preparation techniques, you'll be the one serving everything from classic cocktails like martinis to modern, mixed drinks like margaritas. Wrap up this interactive class with a graduation event in which you'll receive your mixology certificate and have the opportunity to participate in a cocktail competition. Art of Mixology classes are held from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. at downtown Pittsburgh's Olive or Twist.

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Pittsburgh Bartending School
2121 Noblestown Road
Pittsburgh, PA 15205
(412) 921-9227

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At the Pittsburgh Bartending School, you'll learn more than just the basics of the barroom. In this 40-hour, hands-on course, you'll learn a variety of techniques from free-hand pouring to how to make 150 drinks. You'll also uncover the top tricks for increasing the amount of your tips, career development and interview tips. The school prides itself on a flexible training schedule, which offers morning, afternoon and evening classes Monday to Friday from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m., 1:30 p.m. to 5:30 p.m. and 6 p.m. to 10 p.m. A five-week Saturday program is also available from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. and 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. Stop by the school for a free bartending class visit so you can see if bartending is the career for you and experience first hand this fast-paced, flexible course.

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Jessica Wasik lives in Pittsburgh where works as a full-time figure skating coach sharing her passion with todays generation of young skaters. A graduate of Robert Morris University with a degree in English Studies, Jessica is also a contributing writer for Allegheny West Magazine. Her work can be found at

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