45 W 34th St, New York, NY | Directions 1000140.749506 -73.987096
Neighborhoods: Midtown, Koreatown
This school is lousy.I think I would have done far better off attending another school,at half the price.I thought about attending this school almost a year ago.When I first made an appointment to go there,I was told that I was going to be interviewed to see if I would be accepted for their job placement program.Then I was tricked into believing that the class schedule that I was interested in had only one seat available,and that I needed to leave a deposit for that seat.I gave them around $40.bucks.I paid the rest of the down-payment another day,and started my classes.Why was it that there were about a dozen empty seats for this class when it was so called booked? Also,because I fell ill a few days later,I didn't go for the rest of the week.IMMEDIATELY,I start getting harassing phone calls,and messages telling me that I better come in and pay off my balance.Balance? I only took a few crummy classes! I was sent to a collections department,and forced to continue making payments even though,I did not finish at the time attending the classes.I eventually completed their crappy course.(I say this because at least half of the time in the classroom the students were left alone to fend for themselves)Here's the ultimate kick in the pants,to this day I have never gotten a job as a bartender! The so-called job placement does NOT exist! The school looks horrible,and the teachers are a mess,at best.When I tried to complain to a manager in their main office at the school about one of the instructors in particular taking 4 breaks in a four hour class,I was told,"what do you expect,these guys only get paid $10-$11.dollars an hour?" Only people straight out of rehab would agree to work for that! LOL Overall,you will waste your money,and your time! I will never suggest that anyone attend this ghetto-fabulous program!
My brother went to this school, and he says, that is awful. The teachers waste your time, classes really end up taking two hours. And the job placement is a joke. Placing a job per month, on their website, and nobody is going to hire you without any experience. So if you don't have somebody who would let you bar-tend on their establishment, don't go to this school.
Not bad.Not great,but not bad.... – Where should I begin? Well for starters,I think that all of the bartending schools in this city do two things: #1-teach you bartending skills to help you become a bartender.#2- tell you anything that you want to hear to make their school attractive enough for you to invest your money,and attend their classes.In all fairness,after several weeks of shopping for a good school,I will say that I was not dissatisfied about attending Authentic.The teachers are pretty cool.Like most schools,some teachers are better than others.I can honestly say that when I completed my classes,I felt well equipped to go out and find a job.I did find a job as a bartender,but must say that I did so on my own.As all bartending schools promise you job placement help until your ears bleed from hearing them profess this,as I learned you will pretty much be on your own finding work.Also,don't think that you will find work right away.This will not happen.It took me almost four months to find work.As far as the atmosphere in the school,I must admit,I had a nice time,and it was overall,fun.The two things that I found to be down sides,#1- it seemed like there was not a whole lot of teacher student interaction.It was not an uncommon thing to find the instructors spending lots of time hanging out in the offices with the admissions people.(again,when the teachers did teach,it was enjoyable) #2-the classroom itself was a bit dingy.I think part of the problem is the so called,"clean-up time".Some students obviously took this more serious than others,but many were busy goofing off.A couple of instructors would try and discipline those responsible,but others seemed to care less.I guess as far as recommending this school to others on a scale of 1-10,I would say that I would probably give them a 6.Not saying because the school totally deserves this average for being so good.I just think that the other schools that teach these claases in NY,and just that bad.Out of all the questionable sales pitches,and lack of totally honest answers that I had gotten from numerous schools when I was searching where I should go,Authentic seemed to have the fewest of the obvious liars! LOL Would I do it all over again by attending their school? probably,but for no more than $400 bucks.Nothing personal,but none of the bartending schools is worth a penny more.
BEST BARTENDING SCHOOL IN NEW YORK – LOVED It!!!!!
i had so much fun attending this school. it was a bite price but well worth is....cant wait to go back for my refresher course. The teachers were great and i loved how if we needed any extra reviews on something, even if they didnt teach it, they would stay a little longer and help out. The people were down to earth and the class was energetic. And as a college student it was one of the best experiences i have ever had, and i dont regret going at all. if you are looking for a good school thats worth the money this is the school. enjoy=)
Could not be happier – I can not be any happier with how authentic bartending school has turned my life around. With the economy being in bad shape for quite some time now i had trouble finding work. I graduated 4 months ago and they were able to help me get a new job in 2 and a half weeks!! i have been working as a bartender ever since and i have to say the money is great. Even though i went to bartending school in new york they were able to get me my job in southern new jersey where i was moving. I recommend this bartending school for everyone of all ages. I had so much fun learning how to make just about any drink imaginable. The instructors were so nice and they were very good at making it easy to learn new things. i went into this school not knowing much at all about the business and graduated feeling as confident as can be with my abilities. i never thought it would be possible to enjoy working so much. I love everything about bartending and i certainly loved and enjoyed everything about the school!! just awesome
whoa.... – hey, slow down ppl, the first time i attended Bartending school what oct 2010. I still go back for my refresher course. I lik this school, hate the smell of the bottles, if they would put A LITTLE CLOROX IN THE WATER, just a cap full in all those refill containers it would stop the smell, i work in a restuarant so i know....anyway, i became Bar and Lounge Manager and needed bar tenders, called them, they sent an open call and the next day i had 2 girls ready to be interviewed.
it does suck you have to pay all that money, but in the long run its worth it. P.S. Im a real person, I work for a night club, promote a bar and lounge and was a manager of a bar/lounge before i quit (dont need the unnecessary drama)....
i love this school, in fact im up this early getting ready for my pour test A++
and i love being from NYC, because any state i visit on vacation, i work in any bar, they love Hot, New York City Girls!!!!
its not about the school. YOU WILL MAKE MONEY, tell em' Whitney Nova told you!!
Top Rate Bartending School! – With the economy in a mess I figured I'd better pick up some job skills that could develop into a job. A couple of my friends have been bartenders over the last few years and have done pretty well so I thought I'd look into bartending school. I signed up to Authentic Bartending School and things just took off from there. The instructors are great to work with and they do an awesome job of teaching you all the "how to's" of bartending. The bartending course is spot on because it's not old school stuff...it's based on what works well in today's bartending environment. They really set you up to succeed and what makes the package even better is that they provide lifetime personalized job placement. No joke. This school has connections nationwide. If you're looking for something that's going to give your income a push then I recommend signing up for Authentic Bartending School here in Manhattan.
worked for me! – I did the bartending school and found it to be very helpful. I learned how to make a lot of cool drinks, a little about how to come up with my own recipes, and thought the instructor was very knowledgeable. I did end up finding a job tending bar (with the help of the job-placement program!) so all in all it was a very positive experience.
I'll say too that it is much easier to learn how to make and pour specialty drinks if you can practice without wasting all your expensive liquor!
place is a joke – the school does suck it smells its a mess and I havent met one kid that has gotten a job from there. also they hound and hound you for your money and tell you theres a special goin on for 460 if you sign up before the new year I just met kids that signed up this week for that price. I was in class today and just walked out lost 180 dollars but thats life. Check out other bartending schools or just get a book and learn yourself you dont even need a bartending license in nyc.
Don't come here! – This school is nasty.
The office looks like a train wreck. They've had a "please pardon our look while we renovate" sign up there for lord knows how long even though no changes have even been made. Garnish materials and coasters that are used in class are old and soggy, absolutely disgusting. You would think that getting $600 from every student would allow them to replace these 10,000 year old materials. Half of the students in my class got sick due to the uncleanliness.
Some instructors are good, but a lot are unprofessional as well. The only reason this has a high rating on the website is because the directors try to regulate the board. They make up 5 star reviews and then try to have the negative ones deleted.
PS: Don't count on job placement, it doesn't exist!
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