In the United States, different states have their own age requirement before you are allowed to bartend, but the age range is from 18-21 years old. 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.
Am I too old to start a bartending career?
Of course not. High-end hotels, bars, and four-five star restaurants require bartenders who are capable of conversing with upmarket customers. If you think you can handle conversations about the economy, stocks, businesses, etc., these places will be a great start for your bartending career. If you are a fan of going to clubs, then find clubs looking that has a job opening for bartenders. It depends on what you want. Play with your strength.
However, an upscale hotel, martini bar, and four-star restaurant need a bartender with maturity who can hold a conversation 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 also other aspects to bartending before you can get in such as having knowledge in the variety of wines, beers, spirits, liquors, human relations, up-selling, alcohol awareness, etc.