Almost everyone who saw Tom Cruise flip shakers and pour glasses in the 1988 classic, “Cocktail,” decided––at least for one moment––that being a bartender was the coolest profession ever. Luckily, there are schools dedicated to getting you into tip-top bar-tending shape. Check out this list for some of the better Orange County classes.
5036 Katella Ave.
Los Alamitos, CA 90720
With more than 30 years in the business of training people to get others tipsy, ABC Bartending School is a nationwide establishment with an excellent job placement record for its graduates. The free lifetime refresher courses should be enough incentive to give these guys a shot, but their flexible schedules (your choice of a one, two or three week course) will make it much easier. You’ll learn the technique of speed, how to set up the bar and how to up-sell so you can make more tips. You’ll also learn the art of mixology and all about different beers, wines and liquors.
1819 E Chapman
Orange, CA 92867
Don’t let the plain title fool you––it’s nothing but professionalism with the Orange County bartending School. Located on East Chapman in Orange, this modern school offers instructors with global experience beyond just how to mix a cocktail. Students rave about the positive environment and quality of instruction, including the ability to land a job soon after completion.
9200 Valley View St.
Cypress, CA 90630
Like most services performed at your local community college, this bartending course is the most affordable and the best kept secret. You get the instruction of someone who has been bartending professionally for more than four decades. Dan Salisbury, the instructor of the vocational bartending class, has been the program’s coordinator since the 1970s and has taught more than 20,000 students––some who’ve gone on to open up their own bars––the art of mixology. The fast paced, short term course will have learning about customer interaction, job searching and interviewing techniques along with everything you’ll need to know about pouring drinks.
326 E Holt Blvd.
Ontario, CA 91761
The royal treatment from the Royal Bartending School includes dozens of helpful skills that don’t involve alcohol, like how to be fast, efficient and worth employing. Owners love to hire a bartender who can maintain a professional look and feel, while also serving top-shelf quality customer service and how to keep on the right side of the law. The school’s 40 hour course takes a hands on approach that will have you professionally tending bar in no time.
18010 Crenshaw Blvd.
Torrance, CA 90510
The Pacific Bartending School looks to solve a few issues that haunt common classes, like oversizing. This place offers two-for-one tuitions (and other price breaks), and up-to-date facilities and equipment. You’ll receive resume writing assistance, free ongoing refresher courses and job placement assistance to ensure you’re out in the workforce when your courses are complete. Two decades of work have gone into making this a premiere modern school, with over 150 recipes and money handling skills you can’t get elsewhere.