How Old Do You Have to be to Bartend?
In the United States, different states have their age requirement for how old you have to be to bartend, but the age range is from 18-21. Some states also require alcohol awareness training (this is different from getting a bartending license) that you can take when you start working.
Below is a table of the age requirements of the different states and Learn2Serve’s online liquor license training and certification courses per state to get you started right away in your bartending career.
Louisiana Responsible Vendor + ANAB-Accredited Food Handler Training
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UTAH ON-PREMISE ALCOHOL + FOOD HANDLER TRAINING
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TABC Certification & ANAB Food Handlers
TABC & Food Handlers - Texas & other states. Valid for 3 years. ANAB-Accredited.DETAILS
Illinois BASSET Certification + ANAB-Accredited Food Handler Training
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New York ATAP On-Premises + ANAB-Accredited Food Handler Training
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Arizona Title 4 Basic + ANAB-Accredited Food Handler Training
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Wisconsin Responsible Beverage Server + ANAB-Accredited Food Handler Training
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Arizona Title 4 Management + ANAB Accredited Food Handler Training
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Virginia Alcohol Seller/Server + ANAB Food Handler
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Washington Mandatory Alcohol Server Training (MAST)
Start your Washington alcohol seller training to earn your MAST certification online.DETAILS
Am I too Old to Start a Bartending Career?
Of course not. High-end hotels, bars, and four to five-star restaurants require bartenders capable of conversing with upmarket customers. If you think you can handle conversations about the economy, stocks, businesses, etc., these places will be an excellent start for your bartending career.
If you are a fan of going to clubs, find clubs with job openings for bartenders. It depends on what you want. Play with your strength.
However, an upscale hotel, martini bar, and four-star restaurant need a mature bartender who can converse with their posh customers. If you are a sports fan, a sports bar is a great place to see the games and keep up with the scores.
What Can I Expect from a Bartending Class?
Bartending does not only require you to memorize how to mix drinks. There are other aspects to bartending before you can get in, such as knowing the variety of wines, beers, spirits, liquors, human relations, up-selling, alcohol awareness, etc.
Can I be a Bartender at 18?
The age requirement for bartending varies from 18 to 21 by state. Find out how old you have to be to bartend in your form below: