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Bartending 101: Cosmos, Martinis and Tonics, Oh My!

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    Ever wish your school had a bar? Now it can.

    The

    Professional Bartending School

    (2440 Wilson Blvd., Arlington) is offering an afternoon-long introductory class to bartending. The interactive course includes hands-on training, a seminar and training from one of the area's most respected bartending schools.

    As soon as you walk into the school, you'll find it hard to believe that you are not in a real bar, because that's how the school is designed -- culminating in your getting behind the bar yourself. Dun dun DUN! (Oh come, on, like you never did that in college.)

    The course will help you gain a basic understanding of bartending techniques. You'll also use a full range of bar tools and equipment, learn about glassware, different methods of mixing, various cocktail recipes, and how to handle a crowded bar -- what it feels like to be on the other side of a bar.

    The suggested attire is casual. After all; you are learning about bartending -- dress the part! Let's not take this too seriously, and remember to have fun. It's like Richard Braunstein said: "The hard part about being a bartender is figuring out who is drunk and who is just stupid."

    Bartending 101 will be offered Sunday, Feb 26 from noon to 3 p.m. The class is is $40, but the price is subject to increase at 5 p.m. Feb. 17). You can

    order your ticket online

    , or call 703-841-9700 for more information.