Best Bartending Classes In Seattle

September 27, 2012 6:00 AM

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Attending a bartending school is highly affordable and can provide a fast, easy way to earn a good living. This type of job is in high demand throughout the United States and in many countries worldwide. Bartenders, also known as mixologists, will not only find work in bars and pubs, but also on cruise ships, in luxury hotels or resorts, and casual to fine-dining restaurants. These Seattle-area bartending classes will provide you with the skills you need to succeed in the biz.

Seattle Bartending College

309 S Cloverdale St., Unit A-4
Seattle, WA 98108
(206) 767-5000

Open since 1980, the Seattle Bartending College offers a variety of scheduled courses to become a licensed and certified bartender in the state of Washington. Its Master Mixologist Certification course includes the required Washington state server permit, a textbook with instructions and drink recipes, lifetime job placement assistance, lifetime refresher courses, and the best instructors in the Seattle area.

The total cost for tuition is $320, which includes a registration fee of $50 to secure your spot in the bartending class. Students may attend a one week certification class that runs Monday through Friday, from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., or 2 p.m. to 10 p.m. Those attending the two week class may attend Monday through Friday from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., 2 p.m. to 6 p.m., or 6 p.m. to 10 p.m. For interested parties unable to attend weekday classes, there are weekend-only class schedules available, as well. These run every Saturday and Sunday, from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., for two consecutive weekends.

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ABC Bartending School of Seattle

1002 Industry Drive
Tukwila, WA 98188
(425) 656-0600

Started in 1977, the ABC Bartending School is the largest privately owned network of bartending schools, with about 40 locations in the United States. The curriculum involves customer service training, beer, wine and champagne courses, free pouring and mixing techniques, a “liquor encyclopedia,” and goes over the  basics of bar equipment and closing out the bar. Students may break their classes up into one, two, or three-week courses that cover all aspects of becoming a professional mixologist. The total cost of $399 includes tuition, a registration fee, books, job placement assistance, and the WA state alcohol server training certificate.

The one week accelerated certification program takes place Monday through Friday, from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., or 2 p.m. to 10 p.m. The two week program is available mornings from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., afternoons from 2 p.m. to 6 p.m., and evenings from 6 p.m. to 10 p.m. Saturday and Sunday weekend-only classes are available from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. for three consecutive weekends.

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Bartending Academy of Mill Creek

16030 Bothell-Everett Hwy, Suite 150
Mill Creek, WA 98012
(425) 354-7243

Accredited with the Better Business Bureau of Washington, the Bartending Academy of Mill Creek offers one or two-week bartending classes in the mornings and evenings. The academy offers alcohol server training classes, flair courses (specialty pouring techniques and cocktail recipes), an intro to bartending that covers the basics and crash courses, which can make great gifts for birthdays or serve as fun activities for bridal showers or special events. One week classes run Monday through Friday, from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., or 1 p.m. to 9 p.m. Two week courses are also available Monday through Friday, from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m., 1 p.m. to 5 p.m., or 5 p.m. to 9 p.m. Financing plans are available to students who cannot pay the up front, discounted cost of $399. This one-time cost includes the one or two-week course, registration fee, books, job placement and server certification for the state of WA. Students 18 years or older may participate in classes offered at the Bartending Academy. Any members of the military or local Native American tribal organizations will also receive tuition assistance.

Sue Gabel has been writing entertainment and travel-related articles in the greater Puget Sound/Seattle area since 1999. She writes about music, the Seattle scene and more. Her work can be found on

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