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Photo by Buda Mendes/Getty Images

Few jobs provide workers with an active social life, a creative outlet and a decent wage like bartending. In North Texas, where classy, chic, and unique are requirements to charm clientele, bartenders must not only know how to slosh a drink but how to serve it up with style as well. Fortunately for those living in the DFW metroplex, there are exceptional bartending schools to train future cocktail-concocters. Some even offer lessons on flair!

JC Bartending Academy
280 Legacy Dr, Ste. 300
Plano, TX 75023
(972) 527-9000

JC Bartending Academy’s bartending course includes 32 hours of hands-on training that make successful, independent bartenders that earn upwards of $50 an hour. JC Bartending Academy graduates not only will have mastered mixology skills, but receive job placement assistance, refresher classes, online access to other resources, a free website, and on-call jobs, but free flair bartending classes as well. All these reasons and more make JC Bartending Academy a 2011 and 2012 Best of Plano Award winner.

Dallas Bartending School
1305 S State Highway 121, Suite 420
Lewisville, TX 75067
(972) 221-6861

Fort Worth location
6080 S Hulen Street, Suite 340
Fort Worth, TX 76132
(817) 294-3300

Founder David Phillips brings 25 years of education and bartending experience to students at Dallas Bartending School. Classes are carried out in realistic bar settings and include interview skills to aid learners in their job search. After interviewing aspiring bartenders, restaurant and bar owners, Phillips made sure to include a unique Externship Program as a component of his curriculum.The Externship Program includes experience behind a real bar to provide a real-life bar adventures in creating and closing tabs and serving actual customers.This feature is unheard of in most bartending schools making Dallas Bartending School DFW’s Premier place for Bartender Training.

ABC Bartending Schools
4021 Belt Line Road Suite 212A
Addison, TX 75001
(972) 720-8282

A nationally-recognized school, ABC Bartending Schools brings over 25 years of expertise to its pedagogy. Tony Sylvester birthed the company back in 1977. Having created over 100,000 career-bartenders, ABC can easily take the title of most renowned bartending school. For three generations, the Sylvester family has combined the teaching of liquor, wine and beer skills with a touch of hospitality, making well-rounded and well-paid bartenders throughout the nation.

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