Since 1978 American Bartending School has been successfully training and placing thousands of graduates in great bartending jobs throughout Tampa, St. Pete, Clearwater, Sarasota, Bradenton, Pasco and Lakeland! American Bartending School has been under the same administration since 1978, and is licensed by the Commission for Independent Education, and the Florida Department of Education in Tallahassee, Florida.


The American Bartending School of Tampa Bay staff has over 50 years of on-the-job work experience in bartending and management. We are dedicated to preparing our students to be the best. Our course is updated on a regular basis to stay current with new trends, drinks, and methods used in the industry. Our American Bartending School graduates are job-ready professional mixologists with both the skills and confidence to pursue a rewarding career in bartending.



We offer a comprehensive, hands-on training program in a 45- foot fully equipped bar setting. This will give you the confidence, knowledge and skills you need to become a professional bartender. Students spend over 75% of their time behind our bar during the program. It’s a lot of hands-on training. It’s simply the only and best way to learn bartending.


We limit the size of our classes to allow our instructors to provide students with plenty of personalized attention. This allows for students to have fun in a realistic bar setting, using actual working equipment.



Our job placement assistance and employer development program benefits graduates directly. We never charge a fee for placement services. Once you graduate from ABS, you are family. This means that as an ABS graduate you can get placement assistance at any time in the future.


Upon graduating students receive a diploma in Bartending/Mixology.


Our tuition is based on the part-time earning of a bartender. We have actually found that our graduates earn their tuition back in the first week of working from tips alone! American Bartending School unlike other schools does not charge a non-refundable registration fee. We work with motivated students so that money never gets in the way of their goals.