Frequently Asked Questions

What is the Cincinnati Bartending School?

We are a professional trade school that is licensed by the Ohio State Board of Careers, Colleges and Schools. (Ohio #07-07-1831T). We teach professional bartending as a full or part-time career.

Do I really need to go to bartending school?

No, you don't have to go to bartending school, but it sure helps! Before bartending schools, bartenders started work as waiters, busboys, and hosts. After three months to a year of working a low-paying, tedious job they eventually moved up to being a barback.

The barback is the bartenders assistant that stocks and cleans the bartenders’ stations. The barback will eventually help serve beer and basic cocktails. After another three months to a year, the barback can begin bartending slower shifts at the slower bars. Becoming a bartender in this manner can be a long and frustrating process.

How is going to bartending school better?

When you enroll in classes at the Cincinnati Bartending School, we put you behind one of our fully-equipped bars, mixing drinks on your first day. You do not have to learn menial jobs that have no bearing on being a professional bartender. You concentrate on learning bartending from day one.

How long does your training last?

We jokingly refer to our classes as "bartending boot camp". Our Professional Mixology course takes forty hours of concentrated training over a one to five week period to complete. The course is taught in 10 four-hour lessons. By graduation you will be capable of mixing drinks at a level that will allow you to bartend at any bar in the tri-state area.

Who do I learn bartending from?

Our instructors are the best bartenders in Ohio. Their experience level ranges from 5 to 25 years in the industry. They routinely attend competitions and training seminars to improve their knowledge. All of our instructors currently tend bar on a part-time basis.

How does your job placement assistance work?

Upon graduation, each student receives personalized job placement assistance. The graduate meets with our Job Placement Director to review current job openings. The graduate does not have to interview for any job they are not interested in.

We are Cincinnati's only supplier of bartenders for liquor license holders. We have been doing this for many years and have established a great reputation for supplying well-trained bartenders. We have provided bartenders for most major events in the tri-state area including; Music Hall, Aronoff Center, Convention Center, Paul Brown Stadium, Great American Ballpark, Kentucky Speedway, ATP Tennis, LPGA Golf, Grand Victoria, Argosy and Beltara Casinos.

Our job openings come from bar owners and managers who call us when they need a bartender for their establishment. If we do not have enough job openings for the week, our staff calls bars throughout the city to get the necessary openings for our graduates. The State of Ohio has required proprietary school to report their job placement rates for the last eight years. We are very proud of our 91% job placement rate for students who have used our placement services.

How much can a bartender earn in Cincinnati?

A bartender in Cincinnati can expect to earn $100 to $300 per day between their wages and tips. A bartender usually earns $5 to $6 per hour plus tips. Tips are the greatest portion of a bartenders earnings and vary by bartender, establishment, and time.

A part-time bartender usually works 15 to 20 hours per week and can expect to make $200 to $400 per week. A full-time bartender usually works 30 to 40 hours per week and makes from $400 to $900 per week.

The high hourly average pay of a bartender ($15 to $25 per hour) makes bartending attractive to most all people. Professionals prefer it because it allows them to earn an hourly rate similar to what they earn at their professional job. Bartending is attractive to college students because it allows them to earn on weekends what they could earn at a 40 hour non-tipped job.

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