So, after years of getting yourself drunk you want to go pro and get other people wasted for a change? Then a career in professional bartending may be for you. Hi, I’m Sally Struthers, and for as little as….oops sorry about that. Bartending is a great career for people that want to make good money, meet interesting people, and pick up intoxicated women.
Essential Cocktails & Supplies
Want to keep the party going all night? Anyone can throw together a Jack and Coke, but what about a martini or an old fashioned? Learn how to make a cocktail Don Draper would be proud of.
It takes more than a couple bottles of booze to properly stock your bar for that next big party. Do you have a cocktail shaker? Some swizzle sticks? A muddler? Wait...a muddler?
Becoming a Bartender
Online Bartending School
Learn how to be a bartender without ever leaving your home! This site promises delivers a complete training program with DVDs, CD-ROMs, printed manuals and more. They even teach a separate certification course for people who live in states that require bartenders to have an alcohol server certificate.
Authentic Bartending School
If you want a more hands-on approach and live in New York, Jersey, Philly or DC, this bartending school promises to teach you everything you need to know about tending bar and help you find a job anywhere in the world. Probably a better choice if you can afford it and are more serious about a career in bartending.
The all-encompassing Bartending site featuring a little bit of everything, including drink mixes, supply and book suggestions and even more links to sites where you can get certified.
The Guide to Bartending Guides
There’s dozens more bartending courses and guides out there, and this about.com page is a great article that will help you decide which one is right for you.
Honing Your Skills
American Bartending Association
You passed the class, got the certificate and are now a professional bartender, so act like a professional and join the official organization for bartenders, the ABA. Learn drink mixes, share tips and tricks of the trade with other bartenders and much more. You have to register and pay for complete access to the site, but when you do you also get a nifty DVD all about being a bartender.
You can also learn how to tend bar with flair! And by flair I don’t mean those stupid little buttons that waitresses have at Applebee’s. I mean, learn how to spin the bottle in the air, slide glasses across the bar and other cool stuff…basically learn how to be Tom Cruise in Cocktail – expect much cooler, taller and less crazy.
Flair Bartenders Association
After you successfully learn how to balance a bottle of Smirnoff on your toe without spilling a drop, join the FBA and compete against other flair bartenders for cash prizes that might just cover the costs of all the bottles you’ve shattered on your floor.
More than just a list of drink cocktails, this fully searchable database allows you to look for drinks not only by name but ingredient as well. Great for finding the name to a drink that you or your customer got so hammered off of all that can be remembered about it is that it had rum in it.
Another great drink mix site, idrink also features great articles about themed drinks (the Star Wars article is a blast) and drinking games. They also have a very good rating system that lists the top and bottom 10 drinks at the site.
The Virtual Bartenders
Okay, so it’s not really about bartending. But it is an interactive video with two criminally hot barely-dressed girls that will make drinks (and do a lot of other stuff) at your command, so stop complaining.
Modern Drunkard Magazine
The official webpage of Modern Drunkard, the publication that believes too much is never enough. Published by self-proclaimed ‘functional alcoholics’ both their site and magazine have great articles on drinks, drinking culture and combating the anti-drinking culture (they currently list MADD as Public Enemy #1.) They may be a little out there, but this is definitely a magazine you should have at your bar if you keep losing your best customers to AA.