Learn to Bartend! - 20s & 30s Going Out Group

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Professional Bartending School

2440 Wilson Boulevard

Arlington, VA 22201

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UPDATE #1: There are fewer than 10 early bird spots left and the price will increase from $40 to $47 when the early bird spots are gone or by Sun. Nov. 26th (whichever comes first). To be fair to those who want to join in and are ready to make payment, I'll be removing those that haven't paid by Sun. Nov. 19th. Make payment to lock in the early bird price and your spot (see the "Payment" section of the event posting). If you've already made payment, the PayPal email you received is confirmation that we've received your payment (no need to message me asking for ticket confirmation). This UPDATE has been emailed to the yes RSVPs. I hope to see you there!


Some of you know I bartended at Ultrabar (1000+ person bar / club) every weekend for fun for the longest time

Wonder how I got started? Well, I took an intense 5 week course from Professional Bartending School in Arlington, and became a certified bartender. If you've ever thought it'd be fun to try bartending... well, here's your chance!

(Classroom Instruction)

I have made special arrangements with the Professional Bartending School (one of DC's most respected bartending schools) and recruited Brian Kepler, a certified bartender with 17 years direct bartending experience, to show us what it's like to be a bartender. Join us for this informative, interactive, and fun 2 - 3 hour introductory seminar and hands on (yes, HANDS ON!) training class as we:

(Getting Behind the Bar)

Learn how to make 30+ of the most popular and requested drinks, shooters, martinis, and specialty drinks such as Northern Lights cocktail just in time for the holidays, Blue Hawaiian, Kamikaze, Woo Woo, White Russian, Long Island, to name a few

Are provided with the highest quality instruction

Train under simulated barroom conditions using a full range of bar tools and equipment

Learn about glassware

Learn different methods of mixing

Learn various cocktail recipes

Learn bartending tricks

Learn how to handle a crowded bar

We'll each get $150 credit we can use towards their full certification course. Please make sure to mention you were referred by the 20s & 30s Going Out Group to get the course discount!

(Practicing the 4 Count)

As soon as we walk into the school, we'll find it hard to believe that we are not in a real bar. The school is designed as a real bar. Whether we are a beginner or an experienced bartender, this course will help us gain a basic introductory insight into the exciting world of bartending.

(Chilling the Drink)

We are privileged to have Brian Kepler, who has 17 years direct bartending experience in some of the top bars, restaurants, and clubs from coast to coast, as our instructor. From Shmitty McGee's in Ocean City, MD to Johnny Foley's Irish House in San Francisco, CA, Brian brings a wealth of bartending experience to the table. (The school reserves the right to substitute instructors if needed).

(Straining the Martini)

Our class consists of 1 - 2 hours of lessons, followed by 1 hour of hands on bar training where we'll step behind a bar to practice our new skills, tips on techniques, and most importantly, what it feels like on the other side of the bar.

Please note that we will be using colored water to simulate the different liquors, we will *not* be using real liquor. No bartending school I know of uses real liquor for both liability and cost purposes. We will each practice and get to make 20 - 30 drinks. Can you imagine the state of each person and waste if real liquor was used? We are there to learn, not get inebriated. We can do that at home after we learned everything we need to!

We've got an early bird special for this event of $40! The first 20 paid sign-ups, or those who pay by Sun. Nov. 26th (whichever comes first) get the early bird price! After that, the ticket price will go to $47. We have a LIMITED number of spots so make sure to RSVP early and make payment to get the early bird price! To make payment, please follow the steps in the Payment section of the event posting.

Come join us, tell a friend, and let's have a good time learning what it's like to be a bartender. I hope to see you there for this fun, informative, and interactive class!

- J.T.



The closest Metro is Courthouse (Orange, Silver lines), about a 5 minute walk. I suggest Metro / cabbing / Uber'ing if you can. I also recommend using wmata.com for travel planning. Don't forget to account for Metro, traffic, and parking delays. If you are driving, you will need to find street parking or a garage. I recommend using parkopedia.com for garage parking planning.


Please be on time. If you are late (arrive after the start time of 1pm, you risk the possibility of not being able to join us for the event. I will have a master list of all those that have paid. It’s not required, but I recommend printing out your payment confirmation email as a backup (if you are not on the list, you will be required to show it). When you check-in, your RSVP will be listed under the name of the PayPal or credit card account used to make payment. Typically, this is your LEGAL name as shown on your driver's license. Sometimes, it may be under a company name if you set up your PayPal or credit card account that way. If you are not sure what it is, please log into your PayPal account (it will say "Welcome, [your account name]" at the top) or your credit card account to find out. If you are RSVP'd under someone else's payment, please use that name for check-in.


Since this event is paid for in advance, all sales are final unless the event is canceled or rescheduled. If the event is canceled or rescheduled, an UPDATE will be posted at the top of the event posting, and the UPDATE will also be sent as an email to the yes RSVPs. A full refund will be submitted no later than Wednesday of the following week. For rescheduled events, you must let me know within 3 calendar days of the UPDATE email if you are unable to make the new date... no refunds will be given after that time. Thanks for understanding. =)


Similar to a concert ticket or a football game ticket, you are free to sell / transfer your ticket to someone else if you are unable to attend. Work out any payment between yourselves, and have the seller only send me (the organizer) a message letting me know the first AND last name, and Meetup profile URL (if a member) of the person taking your spot (please also copy them on the message). To obtain their Meetup profile URL, go to their profile from the mobile website or your computer (not the app), and copy & paste the URL from your browser. I host a lot of events and groups, so please let me know the event name and group name the ticket transfer is for. You must let me know by the RSVP close time of 10am on the day of the event.


Should inclement weather (e.g. snow storm, hurricane, etc.) affect our event, we'll need to reschedule or cancel. If any one of the following is not available for service due to inclement weather, we'll need to do so: Metrorail is not running to all stops; Uber (X, SUV, etc.) is not running or available at no more than 2x standard rates; venue(s) are not open. I'll post an UPDATE to the top of the event posting by 10:30am on the day of our event with the details.


If you have any special needs (e.g. wheelchair, dietary for events with food included, etc.), let me know in advance (a week or more before the event) and I will do my best to accommodate (message me through my Meetup profile, do NOT comment on the event posting). If you let me know the day of the event, I cannot guarantee that I will be able to help. Thank you for understanding and I appreciate the courtesy of a heads up!

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