Top 3 Bartending Schools in Chicago

by Rob Doherty

Some call it the Windy City. Frank Sinatra called it, “My Kind of Town.” Whatever you wish to call it, there’s no denying Chicago’s vibrant personality and trendy appeal. Tourists come from all over the world to catch a glimpse of the Sears Tower, witness the beautiful architecture Chicago is renowned for while enjoy the scenery of the beautiful city. Chicago offers some of the country’s best restaurants and pubs where waiters serve delicious food and bartenders serve one-of-a-kind drinks. Although it’s not required, many of these bartenders opt to participate at one of three fantastic bartending schools in the city.

In this article, we’ll go over the Top 3 Bartending Schools in Chicago.

A List Startenders
4401 N Milwaukee
Chicago, IL 60630

40 hours

Just check the Yelp reviews and you’ll instantly know you’re looking at a top notch bartending school. Former students praise A List Startenders for not only teaching them how to set up a bar, how to multi-task, and how to mix drinks, but also for giving them the confidence needed to apply for and obtain a stable and high-paying bartending job. A List Startenders teaches a 40 hour course complete with customer interaction, cash handling, hands-on training, and even marketing and liquor sales. At the end of the class, teachers will help students beef-up their resumes to land their first job. Although they can’t guarantee a job upon graduation, former students can visit their website and browse through a list of bars in the Chicago area that are currently hiring or who have hired A List Startenders graduates in the past.

ABC Bartending School-Chicago
1034 W Belmont Ave
Chicago, IL 60657

40 hours

What do Applebees, Flatlanders, Dave and Busters, and the Cadillac Ranch all have in common? They each employ graduates of ABC Bartending in Chicago. From Tampa to San Francisco, ABC Bartending Schools is the largest privately owned bartending school in the country, which helps students leverage all the industry connections that ABC Bartending Schools has amassed over their time in business. In the Chicago area alone, there are three ABC Bartending Schools, all dedicated to successfully teaching students the right way to make drinks and the precautions and proper protocol they must follow as a bartender. ABC Bartending School realizes bartenders have to know more than being able to open a beer or pour a glass of wine. They have to be able to up-charge, make mixed drinks, and talk to customers. Most of the instructors have over 20-years of bartending experience, so credibility is completely ensured at ABC.

Elitte Bartending School and Wait Staffing Agency
4047 N Milwaukee Ave
Chicago, IL 60641

40 hours

Elitte Bartending Schools is a new bartending school that teaches students how to serve alcohol, different pouring skills, and speed. The students will have a fun time practicing speed drills, learning about the different types of spirits and how to pour a proper pint of beer. And priced at only $289, their 40-hour signature class is significantly less expensive than other bartending schools in the city. The bartending school has also gotten much acclaim for their internship program which allows graduates to work in a real bar thanks to the staffing agency that works directly with Elitte. Graduates have worked in restaurants, bar, hotels, catering, and casinos making tips, gaining experience, and building their resume. Classes start every Monday with as little as $150 down. Upon graduation, students receive their Bartenders Certification authorized by the Illinois State Board of Education. ¿Hablas Español? Ellite Bartending School offers classes in both English and Spanish!

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