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Learn How to Bartend

Updated on August 31, 2010

Free Online Bartending School

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Benefits of Learning How to Bartend

Personally, I've been a bartender myself, and after a series of jobs thereafter, I enjoyed bartending the most. The amount of money you can make, the attention you get, and the girls you can get are all the great benefits of this job. And if you're a girl, there's nothing sexier than a girl bartender. And women usually are able to get a job faster than most guys if you know what you're doing.

Learning bartending is great for a lot of reasons. For one you can make money being a bartender. What other job will pay you a dollar whenever you open a beer bottle for someone? Number two, if you like to have parties, you're guaranteed to make the party 10x better if you know how to bartend. When I was in school, we always had house parties, and because of my skills in bartending, we usually threw one of the best parties around. You can just get everybody piss drunk, which is a lot of fun. And lastly, if you know how to bartend, you can impress a girl or even your family when you make a killer glass of margarita for them. Bartenders are always loved for what they can provide to their patrons.

So, you've got a lot of benefits in learning about bartending here.

My mission is to come up with a full course for you to follow so that you can become a bartender in as quick as 1 week. That's usually the standard length of a bartending class.

So, here it is. I hope you enjoy the ride! And always feel free to contact me if you have any questions, or if I didn't explain things well enough.

Lesson 1: Glassware

Lesson 1 will teach you about the glassware that you will need to get yourself familiar with. Glassware is a one of the most fundamental knowledge you need to acquire as a bartender, because you will be pouring your drinks into them! Learning about glassware means you will need to memorize the shape of the glass and its name. Later, you will learn what drinks will go into each of the specific glassware.

There are about 15-20 different types of glassware that you'll need to get yourself familiar with. These 15-20 glassware are the fundamental, and there are many variations on the theme. Glassware designers do like to come up with their own little variations to add some flare into a piece of glass. But by understanding the fundamentals, you will have no problems in identifying the variety of glassware you'll be encountered with.

When you are bartending, it is critical that you pour your cocktails in the right glassware. Your customers will have expectations for a drink to come in a certain glass, and if they don't get it, they may feel ripped off. Can you imagine receiving a martini in beer mug? It just wouldn't feel right. When you're bartending in real life, you'll be encountered with more subtle and less obvious glassware decisions to make. An example will be pouring a strawberry margarita in a hurricane glass or a margarita glass. The decision will be yours, but you'll need some fundamental knowledge to make an intelligent decision at that point.

So, the glassware portion of the bartending lesson is a game of memorizing. It might suck, but you need to do it. Good luck pulling out some flashcards, and doing what it takes for you to memorize the glassware and its names. You'll later learn what drinks will be paired with a certain glassware. Good luck!

Below are some of the most basic glassware that you'll need to get yourself familiar with. Take a look at it and memorize its shape and the name. I used the Amazon links since they had great pictures that I can use for free. I think it works out really well.





Fluted Whiskey







Red Wine/Burgundy



Tall Dutch Cordial


So here they are. Be sure to get a good understanding of each of its shape, feel, and size to be able to make it second nature to know its name. Knowing your glassware is a critical part about becoming a great bartender so, please take a little time to get it under your belt.

Lesson 2 will be on the Basic Bar Tools.


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      Joe Monster 

      5 years ago from Anywhere

      This is very helpful, and I really appreciate you putting this out there. Awesome. I think it will be enough to get my foot in the door somewhere.

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      hazel abrio 

      6 years ago

      i like bartender

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      6 years ago

      veeeery helpful lesson, thank you

    • Madeline Madison profile image

      Madeline Madison 

      7 years ago from Anywhere and Everywhere. Home-base in CT

      Ah yes...I went to bartending school. It's currently my Plan B if I don't have a teaching job for the next school year. My friends are still waiting for me to host a party in which I show all my fancy tricks and drinks

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      7 years ago

      like this

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      8 years ago

      Thanks a lot for writing this. Dad keeps nagging me that he wants a bartender in the family and as I'm the one who enjoys drinking the most he volunteers that I be the one haha. This is very informative and makes it seem a lot less stressful than I thought it would be to learn about the basics. I'm looking forward to reading more.

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      8 years ago

      That's a really good article!

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      8 years ago

      That's a really good article!

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      Rapid Bartender 

      9 years ago

      Great hub, very informitive first lesson on bartending

    • how2start profile imageAUTHOR


      9 years ago from Orange County, CA

      Thank you Chiz! I've been so lazy as to posting the remaining Free Bartending Guide. I hope to get to it soon!

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      9 years ago

      very enjoyable and informative, thankyou

    • how2start profile imageAUTHOR


      10 years ago from Orange County, CA

      Thank you for your comment! I just posted Lesson 2 on Basic Bar Tools. Hope you'll enjoy it!

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      10 years ago

      Thanks for this...When is the second lesson?


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