A Guide to Obtain Your Bartending License in Wisconsin

Obtaining your Wisconsin bartender’s license doesn’t have to be difficult; there are many resources, class venues, and courses available to get certified, and you can then tend bar legally anywhere in the state. Bartenders not only enjoy a vibrant night life and social culture in restaurants and bars, they can make a considerable income in just a few shifts. The work can be physically strenuous, but also very rewarding. If you enjoy socializing, customer service, and hospitality, get your bartending license and enjoy the privileges of this much-loved profession!

Wisconsin state bartending law states that the age requirements are 21 to consume 18 to pour, and 18 to serve alcohol. A bartending license is required by all employers to ensure that specific pouring guidelines are followed, and that the bartender knows about general guest relations and drink knowledge skills for the job.

Professional Bartending School of Wisconsin
704 W Wisconsin Avenue, Suite 203, Milwaukee, WI 53233
Phone: (414) 277-0770
You can attend a course here, and call for enrollment and class details.

Wisconsin Bartending Academy
There are two locations, one in Madison and one in Milwaukee. You can contact the phone numbers for enrollment and class information:

Bartending Academy
6713 Odana Road, Suite 7
Madison, Wisconsin 53719
1-608-277-TIPS (8477)

Bartending Academy
8626 W. National
Milwaukee, Wisconsin 53227-1738
1-414-351-TIPS (8477)

Online training via Bartender Magazine’s Virtual University


This is probably the easiest way to obtain your Wisonsin Alcohol Seller/Server certification through this online course. It is only four hours in length, and costs $25. The site states that the course is approved by the Wisconsin Department of Revenue and COMPLIES WITH WISCONSIN STATUTES 125.04 and 125.17 for certification requirements.

Online certification via the online Professional Bartending School


Check the site for details, enrollment, and other trainings available.

Good luck with your new career in the fun and exciting world of bartending; be sure to stay up to date on trends, mixed drinks, and pouring techniques and you will guarantee a very lucrative long or short-term career!

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