The Harvard Bartending Course is not only a historic part of Harvard Student Agencies, the largest student-run corporation in the world, but a historic part of Harvard University as well.
The first course in 1964 was planned as a platform to help Harvard students find jobs as bartenders. Today, we'd consider this our Art of Mixology course. Decades ago, however, this course was open twice a month for 90 to 120 people and featured a "final exam" where students would form a circle and mix drinks for the person to their right—continuing until a student passed out. Alas, legislation has since tightened, and we can no longer feature this memorable exam!
In 1972, the Harvard Bartending Course opened its doors to all local Cambridge and Boston college students. Thus began a long history of our bartending course certifying local students and preparing them for jobs in the bartending industry. Later, Harvard Bartending developed an elaborate mixology course, where students would be proclaimed "Masters of Mixology." In 1985, the first edition of the Official Harvard Student Agencies Bartending Course Book was published. Due to popular demand, a second edition of the Official Harvard Student Agencies Bartending Course Book was published in 1997. In 2005, Harvard Bartending began a wine tasting course which taught its students both the flavors and the history of different types of wine.
Today, the Harvard Bartending Course continues the mission it was founded on by certifying Harvard students and helping them find jobs as bartenders. Additionally, however, we seek to help members of the Cambridge and Boston community become bartenders—now bringing this goal worldwide in the virtual format of the COVID-19 era.
The Harvard Bartending Course is perfect if you are interested in bartending, learning more about mixing drinks, having happy hour with friends, or just taking the historic Harvard Bartending Course!
"We got to do a lot of hands on experience in just one day! Instructor was very passionate and knowledgeable, he really made me feel comfortable in a bar scene. The instructor was fun, professional, and very knowledgeable. I learned to make drinks I never even imagined! This course gets an A+."
"The course definitely prepared me - especially the mixology course. That's what everyone gets really nervous about - 'How am I going to remember everything possible to make?' But the instructor, Ben, taught us that by using common sense, anyone can make great drinks!"
"I don't know how much more I could get out of a six week course - it would just be a bunch of memorization of drinks. I could do that on my own and not have to pay for someone babysitting me to do that. The Harvard Bar Course taught me everything I needed to know to get started and none of that fluff stuff."