Top 4 Bartending Schools in Los Angeles

by Rob Doherty

Many aspiring entertainers come to Los Angeles, California with the hopes of getting discovered. As anyone who’s ever tried to make it in Hollywood would tell you, though, it can be tough living until then. In the meantime, many aspiring actors and filmmakers hold jobs such as a bartending to pay the bills. It’s a great gig for many people as it’s easy to get shifts covered and many jobs are at night, allowing bartenders to pursue their shot at fame during the day. The flipside is that with so many aspiring entertainers turning to bartending, the scene has become quite competitive. Luckily for you, there are four bartending schools in the LA area that promise to teach you everything you need to know to land a bartending job until you get your big break.

In this article, we’ll go over the Top 4 Bartending Schools in Los Angeles.

Pacific Bartending School
18010 Crenshaw Bl.
Torrance, CA 90504

35 hours

“When you’re a bartender, every day is payday.” That’s the Pacific Bartending School motto and that’s exactly what you’ll be trained to do upon enrollment. The school trains students in the art of bartending while offering a state licensed certificate to get an edge over the ever-growing competition. The instructors at Pacific Bartending School have trained management from Skyy Vodka, House of Blues, and the Hilton so students know that they’re in good hands. Students learn how to handle money, blend drinks, and obtain assistance on writing a killer resume. Students are also encouraged to come back every now and again for a refresher course if needed. Furthermore, classes are flexible and the school even offers an exclusive database of local jobs.

National Bartenders Bartending School – Los Angeles
3460 Wilshire Blvd. #1010
Los Angeles, CA 90010

Located in the heart of Tinseltown, the National Bartenders Bartending School is serious about training their students to be the best bartenders in Los Angeles. Students can pick from many course options, the most popular being the Bartending/Mixology Certification Course. The school recently revamped their program to provide more hands-on training that they then apply out in the real world.

Bartenders learn the art of the upsell, pour techniques, knowledge on the products, liquor laws, and sanitation. The school also offers additional courses for TIPS Certification and Bar Management. When it comes to landing a job, the school will work with you, even if you decide to move out of LA. National Bartenders works with numerous other bartending schools across the country to bring you the latest job opportunities.

Bartending School at Cypress College
9200 Valley View St.
Cypress, CA 90620

25 hours

Community colleges tend to offer courses in a variety of fields so students can pursue their passions, and at Cypress College, bartending is one of those courses. The instructors will teach you everything you need to know to be a great bartender. For only $150, they will take you through the steps of a typical day of bartending. He will also teach you about alcohol safety that will not only protect you but your customers as well. Unlike other schools in the area, however, they do not offer job placement.

Elemental Mixology

24 hours

Students who know a bit about bartending but want to know more about the creation of drinks should attend the Elemental Mixology course. The class takes place in a real bar where students learn how to pour, mix, and shake concoctions. The school offers many courses to fit every student’s needs. For $450, students can take a standard class that will teach them all about the different types of liquor. For $90, students can take an abbreviated four-hour long class about everything mixology. (There are plenty of additional course offerings available on their website.)

The goal of Elemental Mixology is to not teach students how to memorize certain recipes, but create recipes of their own, a science that sets great bartenders apart from average ones. Due to the fact that the bar holds numerous expensive liquors, they do not give away their location. Once signed up for the school, an email will be sent out with the correct address.

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