Boston’s Best Bartending Classes

September 27, 2012 4:00 AM

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Although there has never been a real shortage of bartenders over the years, the career choice has risen red hot in recent years, with an ever increasing number of ladies and gents eager to learn all about mixology, as well as the age-old, respected trade of pouring a proper pint. Just as there are almost a countless number of bars opening their doors for the first time across the city, there are also an equal number of fresh-faced bartender school graduates seeking their first on-the-job experience, anxious for a bar they can call their own. Here are some of the best places in the city to get your drink on, on the other side of the bar.

DrinkMaster Bartending School
41 Winter St.
Boston, MA 02108
(617) 482-1999

Price: $445

DrinkMaster Bartending School isn’t for those who don’t want to put their nose to the grindstone. Twenty hours of hard work squeezed into a Monday through Friday schedule means that, with five four-hour classes total, this bartending school’s intense program is designed for those with a real interest in acquiring their proper license to pour. This program isn’t exactly cheap, but DrinkMaster’s respected and appreciated staff more than make up for this with their infectious friendliness and approachable demeanor. This means students should have no problem adjusting quite nicely into the DrinkMaster curriculum, which separates bartending hopefuls into revolving groups in order to maximize a hands-on approach to learning, both in front of and behind the bar.

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New England Bartending School
142 Berkley St. 4th Floor
Boston, MA 02216
(888) 437-4657

Price: $295 with a friend/$345 online/$445 applying alone

For Back Bay residents seeking a close-to-home spot to indulge in their bartending dreams, New England Bartending School is one of the premier places to check out in the city. New England Bartending School is not one to be taken lightly, or without some extra, on-hand savings. The staff here is of a similarly friendly nature as DrinkMaster, with personal bar stations designed to assist students in their mixing ‘n matching endeavors. Another similarity between NEBS and DrinkMaster is that both schools offer use of their facilities for life to former students-turned-bartenders needing to brush up on skills. New England Bartending School also proudly boasts a 90-percent job placement rate for ServSafe qualified student graduates.

Harvard Bartending Course
67 Mount Auburn St.
Cambridge, MA 02138
(617) 495-9657

Price: $245

It goes without saying that Harvard is known as one of the country’s highest accredited institutes of higher learning. However, most out-of-towners or tourists might be surprised to uncover the fact that Harvard actually possesses a unique bartending course of its own amidst all of high-profile curriculum offered during the daylight hours. The latest development within the Harvard Bartending Course is the introduction of private mixology courses, primarily geared toward parties as a sort of treat. For those who harbor a more serious desire to learn proper bartending skills, however, Harvard Bartending School teaches responsible serving and mixing of alcohol, with the goal of launching graduates quickly and easily into the wide, weird world of bartending. Harvard Bartending Course is a bit more affordable than New England Bartending School, yet doesn’t possess the intensity of curriculum offered by Drink Master. For those who are simply seeking out a Training in Intervention Procedures by Servers of Alcohol certification, however, thought should definitely be given to Harvard Bartending Course as a perfectly viable option.

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George Pacheco has been writing professionally about arts and entertainment for over a decade. A graduate of the University of Massachusetts Dartmouth, George currently resides in a humble New England home with his wife, cat and massive music and film collection. His work can be found at