The Columbia School of Mixology has been training bartenders since 1965, and in that time our graduates have gone on to find great success in every level of the business. From bars to clubs to private staffing and catering, you can be sure that a Columbia School of Mixology graduate has worked there.
Real alcohol. We are one of the few bartending schools in New York to teach with real alcohol. Great bartenders do not simply memorize ingredients, they know what flavors mix well together. We will teach you the most popular new and classic drinks and also give you a chance to develop your own palate, giving you an opportunity to mix and receive feedback from our amazing instructors. In the first few class sessions, you will learn how to count your pours and become comfortable handling bottles. Once you've mastered these skills and acquired a repertoire of drink recipes, you will mix with real alcohol.
Teachers. Our teachers are also all graduates of our own program and professional bartenders. They have gone through the test, done the drink mixing, and worked in bars and restaurants across New York City. They will provide feedback for your first attempts at mixology with insight and good humor and will share bartending tips based on their own expertise and experience.
Rates. Even though our classes are taught by practicing professional bartenders and you will get to use real alcohol, we still provide instruction for a comprehensive price as low as $250. Other schools charge upwards of $800 dollars to simply get you started bartending with colored water. We give you all the skills you need at a fraction of the price.
TIPS. All of our teachers are certified under a nationally recognized safety program, TIPS, giving them expertise on safely working with alcohol – knowledge that they will pass along to you!
Fun. Taught by Columbia University students, most importantly, our classes are incredibly fun. Whether you are serious about professional bartending field, are sick of throwing back Screwdrivers (aka ‘Vodka-Orange’s) at house parties, or are simply looking for something to do during the evenings, our classes are perfect. We teach you all the basics and make sure you have a good time doing it!
A quick note: Non-graduating Columbia and Barnard students who recieve a 95% or above on our final exam are eligible to interview to join the Columbia Bartending Agency and work gigs as a private contractor through our network. Admission to the Agency is highly selective.