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Woody (center) is a graduate of our Tampa campus and is now bartending at Argentos!  
  • Latest Graduate News - ABS Graduate Alex Wallert told Cynthia she is loving her new job at Lansbrook Golf Club in Palm Harbor, FL!

  • Latest Graduate News - Another great job for a great ABS Grad Christian Torres can be found behind the bar at Cinebistro in Hyde Park.

  • Latest Graduate News - Chris Bardo is working at one of the GREAT Greek places - Acropolis!! Great company, great food, great environment!

  • Latest Graduate News - Angela Worlds is quite the go-getter!! She is working private parties and events and got hired at Tally-Ho in Temple Terrace and Howard Johnson's - Downtown Tampa - great job!

  • Latest Graduate News - And two more get hired at Howard Johnson's Downtown - Caramie Pomeroy and Chris Pedersen - ABS grads make the best new hires and bartenders!!

  • Latest Graduate News - Dazzling Bartending Beauty Lori Rucks got hired right after graduation at Thee Doll House.

  • Latest Graduate News - Miss Medina Anderson graduated and got hired right away at Club 1 South in St Pete - same ownership as Club Underground in Tampa

  • Latest Graduate News - Scott Mc Roberts has not even graduated and he already has a job!!! Scott got hired at Jack's Joint Bar & Grill in Clearwater!

  • Latest Graduate News - And guess who the newest bartender is at The Living Room in Dunedin -our very own Mr. Norbert Kozma - another awesome place who hires ABS Graduates!

  • Latest Graduate News - Another ABS Grad hired today!! Thomas "Matt" Brown is working at MacDinton's in South Tampa - totally awesome!

  • Latest Graduate News - James McGettrick got hired at World of Beers in St Pete - totally awesome!

  • Latest Graduate News - Recent grad Christine Hayes can be seen bartending in Crystal River at Havanna House! Congratulations Christine!

  • Latest Graduate News - The lovely Miss Ashley Grantham starts working tomorrow at Mojo's in Lakeland! Way to go girl!

  • Latest Graduate News - Christina Williams is thrilled to have accepted the position at Heritage Harbor Golf & Country Club!

  • Latest Graduate News - Tara Brown is working at The Sports Room & Baby Dolls in Clearwater!

  • Latest Graduate News - Kelly Rucker got hired at Margarita Mama's / Banana Joe's in St Pete - we are so excited for her!

  • Latest Graduate News - Yolanda Gonzales got hired at Costa Pacifica last week! Congrats super nice place to bartend!

  • Latest Graduate News - Haley Capwell graduated Friday and starts working today at Sharky's Seagrill in Bradenton - way to go girl!

  • Latest Graduate News - Even with all this terrible weather, ABS grads are getting hired! Chris Ludwin got hired at the lovely Grill 116!

  • Latest Graduate News - The fabulously friendly and handsome Stephen Jones just got hired at The Pub at the International Plaza - I cannot wait to go in for lunch and check out Steve in his Kilt!

  • Latest Graduate News - Christina Robinson graduated a week ago and is already working!! Yeah! You can find her at Duke's Bar & Grill - Treasure Island

  • Latest Graduate News - Check out our graduate Scott at the Peek-a-Boo Lounge in Bradenton!

  • Latest Graduate News - Nick Krapfl is the newest addition to the Darden Family - he is working at Olive Garden!

  • Latest Graduate News - Andres Andrade called to say he is starting to mix fabulous cocktails at Casanova Restaurant & Lounge in Clearwater!
  • Latest Graduate News - Bryan Housler is another one of our fabulous ABS grads that got hired at the job fair yesterday for the HARD ROCK HOTEL & CASINO - Tampa!!
  • Latest Graduate News - Hooray !! Hard Rock Casino hired Erica Hall today at the job fair!
  • Latest Graduate News - Gary May got hired at the Hilton Garden Inn - Ybor City!
  • Latest Graduate News - Arielle Atkins started working on Friday at Club Regency!
  • Latest Graduate News - Anthony Cantrell is working at Quaker Steak n Lube and he just got hired at Peninsula Inn
  • Latest Graduate News - Rachel Tygart landed not one job but two jobs in two days!! Go check out Rachel making fabulous drinks at Club Prana in Ybor and Club Underground near downtown!

Filming begins on ‘world’s first’ gin movie

9th August, 2016 by Annie Hayes - The Spirits Business

London-based initiative A World of Gin has commenced filming the “first ever” feature-length film on gin, titled Gin: The Movie.

Working closely with production company Boilerhouse Video Unit, the film will document a gin journey across the UK, uncovering a range of diverse brands. Gin: The Movie will be shot throughout August, and will be followed by a year-long screening tour, working with independent cinemas and venues across the country. Click Here To Read More!

Feb 12, 2013

Graduate Update

Hey Tracy,

Jerry Golden here. Just wanted to update you and let you know that I am still at Cocktails in New Port Richey. Going on eight months now and I love working here. They have given me the "back bar" as my own and I am the only one that works that bar. We have three bars and I fill in at the other two when needed. I work four to five nights a week and am making a living doing so. I will also be eternally greatful for all everyone did for me there and I refer you to anyone that wants to learn bartending.

On another note, on March 25th, we have the National Tour of the Las Vegas Chippendale Dancers coming to Cocktails. This is a full show and will be a lot of fun. My bar will be the VIP room and is by invitation only. I would appreciate it if you could pass the word around and would love to see all of you there.

Thank you again for everything.

Feb 08, 2013

A Kind Word of Thanks

Dear Cynthia and Tracey,

Thank you so much for referring Kendall Childress to me for help at my son’s backyard wedding on Saturday, Jan 19, 2013.  She was excellent, adorable, friendly and we all loved and appreciated her.  You and Kendall helped make the day.  By the time Kendall left, we felt like we were hugging family goodbye!  Thank you again for your assistance and Kendall’s professionalism.


 Marsha Bressack, mother of the groom

Tampa Graduate Bartending at Grill One!Thanks for the awesome training; I am thrilled that my son Chris Ludwin got such a terrific bartending job at one of the classiest places in town, Grill One Sixteen! He is having a blast and making great $$! I encourage all your graduates to be confident, set their sights high and NOT to be afraid to walk into an establishment.

Brandon bartending at a James Bond celebration! Hey guys , Here's a picture of me bartending for Sarasota's most sucessful graphic design company "Be Creative" ...it was a private party held by the owner to celebrate 50 years of James Bond...I made $400 in four hours and was assured I would be used for every event they hold...they where astonished by my drink knowledge and said their last barkeep didnt even compare.....thanks for everything guys!

Hi Tracy:
Well, it looks like I am one of the new bartenders with Spunky Spirits!  I met with the General Manager today and she did give me a little test - it was more verbal than anything re: martinis, mojitos, sours - signature drinks they've been doing lately for parties.  She told me she was impressed by my professionalism.  She had mentioned what you and Cynthia said - she's seen a lot of applicants lately who don't come prepared to take it seriously ie. not dressed properly, not asking any questions about their business.
BTW,  I didn't go in the casual wear that you've seen me in at school.   I did change my clothes before I went and got dolled up.
This is likely weekend work - likely 1 shift per weekend.  So I am still looking for other gigs or a daytime gig but this a terrific opportunity!   I really liked them.
Anyway, off to study....now if can only pass my bar exam...hmmmm!
Michele B.

Brian is a graduate of The American Bartending School of Tampa!

Cynthia,  We were fortunate enough to have your student, Bryan Housler, work for us for our 6 month live racing season here at Tampa Bay Downs. He was knowledgeable, willing to work in various departments, and never missed a shift. He has moved on to the Hard Rock Casino in Tampa, and we wish him the best, and would rehire anytime. Thanks for sending him!
Thank you,
Roger Inman
Assistant Food & Beverage Director
Tampa Bay Downs

PBSA.com Bartending Blog

Our Tampa School, The American Bartending School has been keeping quite busy in helping staff bars and restaurants in not only the local Tampa Bay area but in other great areas of Florida.

Assistant Director Tracy Zuluaga reports that the school's job placement database generally will have as many as 30 to 45 listings posted each week. Zuluaga says that they have students getting jobs, and as long as the grads listen to the school staff in how to go about getting a great bartending job, they will be successful.

Recent graduate Rachel Tygart knows this all very well. In a Facebook Recommendation for the school,
Rachel writes,

Tampa Bartending School Graduate Rachel"This school is more than what anyone thinks. The instructors are great and the classes are fun. And after successfully completing the course, the doors are always open and inviting for you to keep coming back and practicing whenever you need to. I would (and have) recommended going to this school to anyone even remotely interested in bartending now or in the future. And as for job placement, if you put in even just a little effort, it's not difficult in the slightest, with the schools help, to land a job. I had 2 interviews yesterday at 2 very established and popular clubs in Ybor City and with the things I learned from attending the school, I landed both jobs. Anyone can do this so go do it! What are you waiting for?"

Rachel is currently working at Club Prana, a very trendy posh nightclub that has become one of hottest two-story nightclubs in Tampa Bay.

She also is bartending at Club Underground a night club which features some of the biggest and hottest events that come to Tampa.

Tampa Bartending School Graduate JoshuaJoshua Poirier is also is a very happy graduate of the school as well. In a Facebook post for the school earlier this week Joshua writes,"Moving to the keys sunday! Got a bartending job at the cheeca lodge & resort!"

Zuluaga responded,

"We love Josh Poirier! His first job was at the Magnuson Hotel Marina Cove in St Pete - from there he starting working at the Black Palm in St Pete and he came by my office yesterday to tell me he landed a job on the fabulous Isla Morada in the Keys - not only will he be bartending but housing is included and he will be living on the stunning Cheeca Lodge & Resort Isla Morada"

Congratulations to both Rachel & Joshua as they continue making a great living behind bars!

Randy Bullen - PBSA Inc.

Got my first Bartending gig bout a month ago! Been doing great, all thanks to the training I received at the American Bartending School of Tampa!! Tracy in job placement helped to push and motivate me to go after the job i wanted! Thank you so much!

Sydney Andrade

Rob Turek from our sister school in ClevelandOur Cleveland Professional Bartending Schools of America Graduate and Instructor, Rob Turek, was featured on The Dr. Oz Show! There, he made three anti-aging cocktails with the help of anti-aging expert Dr. Tanya Edwards: the Memory-Boosting Bloody Mary, the Heart-Smart Cooler and the Anti-Wrinkle Chocolatini. He also showed off his outstanding flair skills!

Click Here to check out the video!

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