Richmond, Virginia Bartending School

Professional Bartending School of Richmond

Bartenders meet lots of interesting people and have flexibility in location and schedules. People who already have jobs can easily fit bartending into their schedules for added fun and profit. Students often find bartending fits well with school schedules.

The Professional Bartending Academy, founded in 1994, has staff and instructors with over 45 years of combined experience in bartending and bar management.

Our school is certified to operate in Virginia by the State Council of Higher Education for Virginia (SCHEV).

The Professional Bartending Academy of Richmond, Virginia

Contact Richmond Bartending School

4615 Broad Street, Suite 127
Richmond, Virginia 23230

About Us

Since 1994, The Professional Bartending Academy has provided excellent bartenders to facilities and individuals who need bartenders for regular employment and special events.

Students learn bartending skills at a 24-foot, custom-made bar with multiple work stations, each with a three-bay sink with hot and cold running water.

The bar is stocked with facsimile liquors, liqueurs, wine, beer, mixers, and garnishes. The Academy's bar is fully equipped with professional glassware and all utensils and equipment needed for a full-service bar operation.

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Bartending Training

Our 40-hour class is conducted over 2 and a half weeks. It is designed to make your experience as realistic as possible with industry standard equipment including soda guns, speed racks, and professional glassware! At The Professional Bartending Academy your interactive bartending class will cover the following topics:

  • Popular and Classic Drink Recipes
  • Proper Mixing Techniques
  • Liquor, Liqueur, Beer, and Wine Product Knowledge
  • Wine Presentation Techniques
  • How to Set Up and Close Down a Bar's Daily Operations
  • How to Cut and Use Garnishes
  • Customer Service Skills
  • Calling Order
  • Virginia Alcohol Laws
  • How to Identify a Fake ID
  • Resume assistance
  • Interview techniques

In addition, your bartending class will include:

  • Your Bartending Textbook!
  • Nationwide Job Placement Assistance!
  • Certificate (Valid in all 50 states!)
  • A Letter of Reference!
  • Unlimited use of our bar!

The staff at the Academy has over 20 years of behind-the-bar experience to help you better understand the industry and the newest trends in bartending. Our staff has experience in many different bar atmospheres including nightclubs, neighborhood bars, restaurants, sports bars, country clubs, and private parties! Throughout our 40-hour program, you will hear about different experiences our instructors have had while working behind the bar. This type of education provides you with a realistic understanding of what you may expect as a bartender.

Class Times
Day Classes
Monday - Friday
1:00pm to 5:00pm
Two weeks in length
Night Classes
Monday - Friday
6:00pm to 10:00pm
Two weeks in length

Job Placement

The Professional Bartending Academy has created an ongoing job placement registry that is used for finding job opportunities for current students and all graduates of our program.