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The Leading bartender training in Connecticut

Increase your income

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In response to the Covid 19 (Coronavirus ) pandemic you will now be able to access all of our course training online and receive a state recognized Bartending Certification for Advanced Bartender Knowledge and for a significantly reduced price. For those seeking a hands-on experience, you will be able to upgrade very easily once the state recommends reopening, but there will be a waitlist for those who do not sign up now.

Now is the time to learn a new skill so that when things return to normal we are ready to take advantage of the many opportunities that will be available.

Sign up now and make the best out of our unique time in history by investing in yourself and in your knowledge. Don’t wait until it’s too late.  This is a special time in terms of pricing and in terms of possible extra time in your schedule. Get ahead of everyone else and don’t wait until the last minute.

As Connecticut and the rest of the country are dealing with a historic health crisis, we must remember that this will not last forever.  We will overcome the challenges before us and life will return back to normal.  Tough times don’t last but tough people do. We are tough and we will get through this together!

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Imagine going to a job you love, always having extra cash, and being rewarded for your hard work by people who are always happy to see (and tip) you.  This is the reason why bartenders love their job.

Many of our graduates have raised families, paid for their education, paid for their housing and living expenses by just bartending part time.

 Even our graduates who were already in the food and beverage industry have been able to earn more income because of their Bartenders Academy Training!


Within two weeks after finishing, I got a bartending job! Totally worth the entire course, and the Instructors are phenomenal and full of knowledge about the Industry

Graduate, Bartender

Local Job Leads

Get updates on local bars, restaurants, clubs, hotels, and other venues hiring in Connecticut.


Resume Development

We will teach you and help you update your resume for the bar industry or create a brand new resume.

National Assistance

Relocating soon or coming to Connecticut for a short time? We’ll even help you identify job opportunities out of state!


Job Search Strategies

Looking for work? Don’t know where to begin.  We are here to help you use effective strategies for finding bartending leads.


Interview Training

Be prepared for your first or your next bartending interview. Get insight on how to succeed during your interviewing process.

Coaching & Feedback

The most successful bartenders and even the most successful people have mentors and coaches to help them achieve results. We are here for you.

Bartenders Hired

Years in Business

Hours of Instruction



We’ve partnered with the world’s largest Liquor company, Diageo, at their Northeast Headquarters to provide employee training and more!

We’ve partnered with UCONN’s University Catering Department to provide annual training to their bartending staff that serves the entire campus

We are authorized by the Connecticut Office of Higher Education to provide officially recognized bartender training

Proud Supporters of the United States Bartenders’ Guild and the local Connecticut Chapters which support the development and growth of Connecticut’s Professional Bartenders

online training option

Training in New England

Be The Best. Earn the Most.

  • The Most New Bartenders getting hired in Connecticut in the past 10 Years
  • Working at Casinos(Foxwoods), Bars, Restaurants, Clubs & Hotels in every corner of the state and in New York & Massachussets
  • The Best Content From the Best Bartenders in the Country
  • Latest in training technology so you can learn faster, learn more, and learn better

Training Videos

Learn More. Earn More.

  • The most comprehensive training program in the United States
  • All the fundamental recipes you need to start successfully bartending 
  • Strategies & Techniques for earning extra income while bartending
  • Simple, Easy To Access Videos On Demand
  • Quizzes and exams to enhance your knowledge
  • Complete Job Finder course to help with resume building and job searching

Training Weeks

On Demand Training

  • Each Week Learn a New Lesson
  • Long Drinks, Classic Cocktails, Modern Martinis, Tropical Cocktails, Aperitifs & Digestifs, Shots & Shooters
  • Learn at your own pace
  • Take the time you need to master the material

3 LIVE course options

(temporarily on hold due to covid19)

Advanced Bartender: 80 Hours

Most Popular: 80 Hours

  • Best Preparation to start bartending
  • 7 Weeks of Hands on Training
  • Hands-On Bartending Certification
  • TiPs Certification For Alcohol Responsibility
  • Job Placement Assistance
  • Morning & Evening Classes
  • 10am to 2pm or 6pm to 10pm
  • Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday

Why choose the 80 Hour option?

You want to work or currently work in the industry and want to have a great foundation that will increase your competency and your income.

Great for Part-Time or Full-Time bartending

Elite Bartender: 120 Hours

Most Value: 120 Hours

  • Elevate your ability to earn income with the most comprehensive bartender training in the United States.
  • 3 Months of Training
  • Everything included in the 80 Hour Course
  • International Wine Certification, 2 days: Saturday & Sunday, 9am to 2:30pm
  • International Beer Certification, 2 weekends: Saturday & Sunday, 9am to 2:30pm

Why choose the 120 Hour option?

You want the best, nationally. You’re interested in learning more about beer, wine or both. You want 360 degrees of understanding the different aspects of bartending that will help you provide better service and increase your earning potential.

Quick Bartender: 12 Hours

Most Convenient 12 Hours

  • Quick & Fun
  • 3 Days of Hands On Training
  • Online Bartending Certification
  • Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, 10AM-4PM
  • Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, 6pM-10PM

Why choose the 12 Hour option?

You just want a quick introduction to bartending. Great for an introduction to bar backing (bartender’s assistant), home bartending or seeing if bartending is something you’d like.



1) Bartending Knowledge Certification

2) Bartending Hands-on Certification

2 Certifications To Help You Get Work, Have More Fun, and Increase Your Income

  • Authorized by the Connecticut Office of Higher Education
  • The longest, most comprehensive, and effective hands on training in the Northeastern United States
  • Prepare to truly understand the fundamentals of bartending
  • Increase your earning potential and sharpen your skills


The WSET Award in Wine is a globally recognized Wine Certification that goes beyond the basics and provides you a deep understanding of the history, composition, creation, and service of wine. Discover new types of wine, offer more wine selections for your guests, and become a true value add for your organization and your guests by become a recognized leader in your wine knowledge. For more info visit:


Our Beer Fundamentals course will prepare you to take the Cicerone Certified Beer Server Exam, which is the most respected beer training program internationally. This training delves into the fundamentals, the history and manufacturing, the different types and styles of beer. Start engaging your guests who love beer and help guide your guests who are looking to you recommend a great selection. For more info visit: *Please note that this course is not affiliated with or endorsed by
the Cicerone Certification Program.


The leading alcohol responsibility certification in the United States for understanding your role in promoting the safe and enjoyable consumption of alcohol. The TiPS certification helps professionals to reduce over-consumption of alcohol, prevent underage drinking, and to maintain a fun yet responsible drinking environment. Many establishments across the country require that their servers are trained in the TiPS certification program. For more info visit:

increase your income

It’s very common for bartenders to earn $20 to $50 per hour when averaging out their tips and wages combined.  When working several shifts per week, your hard work can start to generate an additional $1500 or more per month just working part-time.  Of course these estimates are affected by how hard you work, when you work, and where you work but our bartenders are motivated to earn extra income by going after opportunities in life and providing great service when they land behind the bar!

…you learn an impressive amount about not only bar tending, but how to look at work, how to fill down time and make your bosses happy, how to interact with customers and how to handle just about any situation. As a recent graduate of Bartenders Academy I have the confidence and skills I need to go out there and get a job at any bar I choose and that makes it so worth it! If you have the opportunity and time to take this course, take it, it is a small investment with a huge pay off!


Graduate, Bartender

Who Takes The Training?

  • Positive Hospiality Focused Professionals
  • People with no hospitality experience
  • Bartenders & Servers who want to increase their performance
  • Bar Managers and owners
  • College Students
  • CNAs, Nurses, and other healthcare professionals
  • Real Estate Professionals
  • Mid Career and retirees
  • People who are unhappy going to their jobs everyday
  • Single parents
  • Those wanting to save, get ahead of their bills, and/or get out of debt

Increase your income

Enhance your skills

Love Your Job!

Invest in your bartender training today!


Over 130+ Years of Combined Beverage Hospitality Experience 

Lanie Renfer

Bartending Instructor

Christine Papp

Bartending Instructor

John Kubicsko

Beer Instructor

Ross Edward Marks

Wine Instructor

Phil Santopietro

TiPS Instructor

Peter Clayton

Career Counselor

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