Midwest Bartenders School in Indianapolis has been providing the highest quality bartender training and job placement assistance for nearly a quarter of a century. Below you'll find just a small fraction of the testimonials we have received from very satisfied graduates, employers of our graduates, and others. Our bartending school get called upon to bartend for huge events such as the Indy 500 & the Kentucky Derby - claims other schools simply can't make! See below for raving reviews of Indianapolis' premier bartending school!
This Is Your Place!!
I came to this school without any background in mixology whatsoever. I am leaving this school with the foundation and confidence to build on behind any bar and in any environment. The staff were all friendly and provided great, knowledgeable instruction in a way that makes learning easy and fun! If you are looking for a career change or even just an added step for financial gain and fun... this is your place!!
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Amazing course. Cliff is very helpful and will teach you backstories on multiple drinks. Everyone is very helpful and will navigate you through everything you need to learn. Be sure to sign up for the flair classes as well.
Surrounded By Supportive Classmates
This course was an overall great experience. It gives a broad overview of what goes into the bartending industry. There is a wide assortment of drinks to learn which can be overwhelming, but just like anything else in life it takes repetition and practice in order to perfect the skills. This is a great confidence-builder as well if anyone is considering the bartending industry. Cliff the instructor is very knowledgeable and experienced, and has a dry sense of humor which makes class more entertaining. I was fortunate enough to be surrounded by supportive classmates who were very helpful too. The only drawback was I thought the course was a bit overpriced, but it's a very valuable learning experience.
Learned lots! Very intimate educational experience
You Enjoy Being Here
I had a great time at Midwest Bartending School. I really enjoyed my evening classes. The instructor that I had was David. He is really knowledgeable and makes the class extremely fun. If you do not understand something he will explain it.
The schools staff is very friendly and make you enjoy being here. To be honest I am extremely sad that it is over. I will continue to stop by and visit. They also help you with job placement. It is something I had been debating doing for a long time. I am EXTREMELY happy that I decided to attend this school. I would recommend ANYONE to come here for schooling.
Amazing Education and Experience
Midwest Bartender School provides an amazing education and experience. Cliff is a great instructor and he knows how to make the classes fun. I felt prepared to go work in a bar after graduating.
Great Place to Start
Fun classes with knowledgeable, experienced, and fun teachers. Lessons are divided up into sections (Martinis, Shooters, Tall Drinks, etc.) so that information is compartmentalized and patterns can be seen easier, making memorization much more manageable. The sheer amount of information can feel overwhelming, but students are not expected to pick up everything right away; instead, students get behind the bar and drill through different recipes until they become muscle memory (and did I mention that its really fun?). All together, for anyone who has an interest in bartending and mixology, this is a great place to start.
I Am So Happy I Chose This Program!
I loved this class and had the greatest experience! I am so happy I chose this program! Richard was extremely helpful with a payment plan so I could get started right away! Cliff is a detailed and helpful instructor! Jay is a creative and helpful flair instructor. All the staff have been very friendly and helpful. A great program all the way around!
Great school! I am really glad the I took this class.
This School is Fantastic
This school is fantastic. If you want to learn how to be a mixologist, this is the place to attend. Our teacher, David Dean, was a fantastic teacher, he was very knowledgeable, humorous, and energetic.
Hands On Setting
Great experience! A great way to learn mixology in a hands on setting. I would definitely recommend this class!
Met A Lot of Wonderful People
I definitely recommend Midwest Bartending School to anyone who is wanting to learn mixology at the fullest. The hands on experience was awesome and very detail oriented. I had so much fun and met a lot of wonderful people!! The instructors were on it every step and catered to all my needs as a full time mother and having a full time job. Thanks again Richard and Dave!!
They Make You Feel Very Welcome
Great school they make you feel very welcome..everyone is very friendly and willing to help out. If you want to learn all the cool drinks and be two steps ahead of the next bartender this is the place to be.
I Learned So Much
I had a very, VERY great experience here. it was a very good learning experience and i learned so much. I came in knowing nothing about bartending and at the end of the course, i learned so much!!
Wonderful and Upbeat
The absolute best! I loved working with the instructors and students. I actually got ot learn first hadn how to make and serve popular drinks...behind an actual bar! The instructor David is absolutely wonderful and upbeat. I would definitely recommend family and friends to give it a go.
My Teacher Was Great
Best two week of school Everyone is always here to help my teacher was great and i was worth the money. Cant wait to start finding a job.
Its Well Worth It
Ive always wanted to attend Bartenders School and i put it off for too long and I finally decided to do something for me. My first day, Cliff and Richard were very welcoming and i learned a lot in the 2 weeks. I would definitely recommend this course to family and friends its well worth it. Cliff was a great instructor, he made the classes fun and easy. Thank You MBS
Great course if you're looking to become a bartender!
Place was very helpful and cliff was awesome
All the Practice That You Need
Bartender School of Midwest is very fun, lots of hands on learning so that you can get all the practice that you need for the work that you want to do. The class is very fun...its not just going over papers or reading out of books. I love the fact that us as students get to get behind the bar and actually learn how to make the drinks. I would recommend the school to anyone that is looking to get bartending training.
Staff is Respectful
The whole entire staff is respectful, patient, and friendly! #AwsomePlace
The Instructors Are Very Hands On
This was one of the best experiences I've had. I learned the basics of bar tending and all brands of liquors. The instructors are very hands on in teaching and kind. They also help you to find work which is one of the best things about it. If someone is interested in working and learning about the bartender field I highly recommend this school.
Thank You Midwest
Midwest is a great school to learn and have fun doing it thank you Midwest.
Practice Whenever You'd Like
I had a blast working with Mrs. Charmaine and Mr. Jamison the first week. They definitely made the class more comfortable and relaxing to get the feel of things without being nervous. The last week we worked with David Dean and he knows how to keep the class interesting. I also took flair classes with Jay and she knows her work. She's great to work with as well as everyone here!!! And the best part you can come in and practice whenever you'd like and I surely will keep coming back!!
Instructors Were Helpful
MWBS was awesome, the instructors were helpful, and the fast pace environment was fun.
A great experience. Instructors were knowledgeable and personable. A lot of information but very well organized. I would recommend to anyone interested in getting into the bar tending profession part or full time.
I absolutely enjoyed this class! I have been wanting to take it for some time now, I am super excited about what is to come. The staff is super cool and laid back and very knowledgeable about their craft! I never knew it was so much to learn about making drinks, I definitely would suggest this class to anyone. I had some pretty awesome classmates as well, we had each others back!
Totally Recommend Attending
I am so pleased to have completed my coursework and I totally recommend attending the school!
Worth The Price
I had a wonderful experience. It was absolutely worth the price. It was hands on learning in a fun, positive environment. David was my instructor and he was extremely patient and funny. I would recommend this school to anyone interested in the business.
Flexibility and Professionalism
Worth the money! I work a full time job and the flexibility and professionalism of the instructor was important. They exceeded my expectations and feel prepared for any bar tending job that may come my way!
The Instructors Are Well Experienced
Midwest Bartending school is great! The instructors are well experienced and I would definitely recommend them to my friends and family.
I am very pleased with this school they taught me a lot of things I never would have known without them I highly recommend you go here if you wanna bartend.
The Staff Is Amazing
I loved it so much. The staff is amazing. I met a great group of poeple. Stacey is a great teacher, she teaches the evening classes and I must say I got more from this class than bartending. One of the best decisions I could have made.
I Had So Much Fun
I had so much fun in this class. The instructor kept the class intertained the entire time. All questions were answered and or demonstrated. All staff was very helpful and easy to get a long with. I would absolutely reccomend this class!
Check Them Out
Great school and people. Check them out!! Graduated today.
I Loved the Experience
I loved the experience i really wish it was longer than two weeks beause it was exremely fun the instructors are amazing and make you feel welcomed mrs charmaine is the bomb so tell them you want her as your instuctor
One of the Best Decisions I Made
One of the best decision I made was attending here!
I had a wonderful experience at this school. I throughly enjoyed the class and upbeat atmosphere. I enrolled in a 2 week evening course and was impressed with knowledge and experience of Stacy, the instructor I had. She was professional, yet very personable and really took the time to demonstrate and answer in questions we had about technique, appropriate serving and garnishing methods, customer service, being responsible bartenders and many other topics we covered during class time. I am actually really excited to get out and start and try this new career. I feel like this school has given me the confidence to go out and excel in this profession. I would highly recommend Bartender School of the Midwest.
Loved Coming Here
I loved coming here for the two weeks. Everyone was so nice and helpful. A little pricey for me but I had fun and would recommend everyone try the class. COMING TO A BAR NEAR YOU!!!!!!!!
Class is a Blast
Class is a blast, teachers are awesome. If you actually oay attention and apply yourself the lessons and speed are a breeze. Well worth the money.
Fun & Exciting
Glad I took the class. It was fun & exciting to learn all the different drinks. The people are very nice & fun to work with. So if you want to make extra money. This is the class to take.
Great school if you're interested in bartending! Even if you are already a bartender you will learn a lot coming here. Great opportunities for work after you go through the course. Highly recommended. Five stars
I Loved It
It's a lot more to bartering then I expected! Kept my attention through the entire course which made the learning processes a "sea breeze"! I loved it I'm sure you will too!!!
I had an awesome experience, I loved the class! The instructors are really nice, they like to have fun and joke around sometimes, but all in all an overall fun class!!! I would definitely recommend my friends come here!
Going this was school was a great experience. The teachers were great and class was never boring. I have been able to meet some very interesting people while at the school and created a few friendships with some of my classmates while we learn this new skill of mixology. If you have the chance take the class with Jamison. He is a good dude and a great teacher. Would deferentially tell my friends to take the classes.
Such an awesome school! The instructors were amazing. Loved every minute of it!!!
Great Job! Loved Everything about this school!!!!!!!
Both Fun and Challenging
I knew I wanted to be a bartender for a long time. When I was told about this school I couldn't have been more thrilled! The instructors have some amazing background experience and fun stories to share while also teaching everything you need to know. Learning the drinks was both fun and challenging as you were pushed to excel from day one. The students in my class specifically seemed to mesh well and bond throughout our time together. I genuinely loved every second of my time at Midwest Bartenders School and would highly recommend it to anyone looking to become a successful, well educated bartender.
I Learned So Much
I learned so much more than I thought was involved in being a bartender.
I Loved It
It was a very good experience I loved it.
Awesome Career as a Bartender
My experience at Midwest Bartender School was amazing!!! My instructor Stacey was extremely knowledgeable, she went above and beyond to make sure we passed every exam! I highly suggest this school to anyone who wants an awesome career as a bartender!!!!
The Teachers Are Great
The teachers are great and will give you a lot of personal attention if you ask for it. They also will help you catch up and do it in a little less than two weeks if you work hard. As long as you pay attention and study , they make it a learning experience no matter what you level of experience is coming in.
Much More Than Mixing Drinks
I joined the Bartenders School of Midwest looking to learn some new skills to help me find more opportunities to work at the events that I enjoy. They taught me much more than mixing drinks. I gained so much more knowledge about serving, mixing, how to show flair to entertain, and how the bar industry works as a whole. I feel much more secure and prepared now to enter into the world of bartenders. Now I'm ready to perform, earn extra income, excel in my skills, and make friends.
Gained So Much Knowledge
Gained so much knowledge from attending classes. I would highly recommend!
Learned A Lot
Learned alot from entire staff. Would highly recommend to anyone looking to get into the business.
Actually Enjoyed Being in School
Absolutely recommended to anyone interested in becoming a bartender. I advise one to actually take the time and go through school, rather than just obtaining a license. All of the teachers are very nice and are always willing to help. They work with you hands on, and work with you to your style. I actually enjoyed being in school for once.
Everything You Need
Wonderful experience! Great teachers and a great learning environment. Job placement afterwards with everything you need to become a successful mixologist.
These Guys Are Great
These guys are great! They genuinely care for students and they love what they do! I consider Keith Lawrence and the other instructors to be one of the best and most knowledgeable bartenders in the Indianapolis area. We train with passion and you'll leave with the knowledge and confidence it takes to be a strong, professional bartender just as I did. I strongly recommend investing in yourself and going with Midwest Bartending School. After working the track, I made my enrollment fees back in one week.
Taught Me Everything I Need to Know
Midwest taught me everything I need to know and more about liquor, pours, drink recipes, and bar etiquette. Stacey was a fantastical teacher, very willing to go the extra mile for any student who shows perseverance, and very down to earth. Other students and the other teachers were very helpful with anything as well. They even got me a gig the weekend I graduated. It is a small time commitment for a short stent but you will walk out the doors good to go. Ask any questions you need!
Happy I Enrolled
I am so happy that I enrolled in Midwest Bartenders School. I have wanted to do this for years and finally made it happen. Richard is fantastic to work with, and all of the instructors are knowledgeable, patient and positive. I encourage anyone to give this a "shot". Also plenty of work in the Indy Area.
Midwest is an awesome place to come if you're wanting to get your career in bartending started! Each instructor has his or her own way of teaching but you'll leave out with a lot of knowledge!
As you know, I recently completed the two-week bartenders training course at Midwest. I wanted to write you a note outlining my total satisfaction with this program. Not only did the school meet my expectations, but it exceeded them in virtually every category.
The system employed in transferring knowledge to the student is both efficient and comprehensive. A considerable amount of information was transferred, and once transferred, retained. The hands-on training through instructor Kyle H. was both informative and frankly a lot of fun, too. The learning retention methods used were very unique as well as effective. You are to be congratulated on establishing a learning/ training system that accomplishes so much in a relatively short time frame.
I may have mentioned that I have several years experience in teaching at Purdue as well as a number of years as a corporate trainer. The Midwest system is outstanding.
Needless to say, I am looking forward to a full-time position in my new profession in the near future. I'm sure with the training provided me and the placement service offered by Midwest, it will not take long to achieve this.
Fun Bartending Opportunities
Dear Richard and Midwest Students:
At the beginning of this year, I decided that I wanted to earn extra money as a bartender. However, my knowledge of alcohol and mixing drinks was limited, at best. I attended the Midwest Bartenders School to increase my knowledge and have a safe environment to practice my new skills.
Having graduated from Midwest in February, I have had many fun bartending opportunities. I have had the privilege to bartend at a variety of prestigious events, such as the Kentucky Derby, the Indianapolis 500 and Brickyard 400, the Governor's Dinner and the Marine's Black and White Ball and even represented the school at the Costco Warehouse Job Fair.
Midwest Bartenders School job placement program is fantastic! I was hired as a bartender at the Ritz Charles catering company in Carmel approximately one week after completing the bartending program. At the Ritz-Charles, I had the honor of being one of four bartenders chosen to bartend at the U.S. Open hosted in Chicago, Illinois. Currently, I am bartending at Buffalo Wild Wings in Castleton where I am able to work more steady hours and earn plenty of extra money while completing my Master's degree.
Though I have been bartending for less than one year, my knowledge of mixed drinks gained at MBS surpasses some of my coworkers who have been bartending for more than five years. The Midwest Bartenders School has been a great asset and provided me with a job that is anything but boring.
Heather M. R.
Dear Midwest Bartending School,
I wanted to take a moment to thank you for teaching me the art of bartending. I gained knowledge at your school that has enabled me to feel confident in my newly acquired skill of bartending. As your school knows I have the disability of blindness and therefore your staff had to take a little more time with me to make sure I received the same education my fellow were getting in class. Thanks to my instructor's patience and the rest of the staff's help in reading me my tests and other information, I was able to obtain my certification with no problems.
The job placement department has done an outstanding job for me! The day after I graduated I had a bartending job at a wedding reception. The first job was only going to be temporary, but the manager said he appreciated my professionalism and positive attitude so he hired me on as a permanent member of his team. I am making $10.00 per hour and the tips are FANTASTIC!
I would recommend Midwest Bartenders School to anyone who is thinking of becoming a bartender or to anyone who is already bartending and wants to polish his or her art to perfection. The time and money I invested in my bartending education has been a valuable asset to me. KEEP UP THE GOOD WORK!
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