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Spencer W

Hope all is well with yourself and TSOB.  I thought I should write you a quick note telling you what's been going on.  In case you don't remember, my name is Spencer Wycoff and I graduated April 5th.  I did some traveling after and general goofing off.  But when I was ready to find a job, I gave you a ring.  You had me come by the school where you gave me a fresh job list.  THEN you sent several texts in the following days with hot leads.  Thank you SO much!

I am now bartending @ a bowling center and I love it.  You and TSOB gave me such a strong foundation that I was alone for the last hour or so on my 3rd day (last Friday night).  And get 4th day I worked 6 to 1am ALONE on a Saturday night.  I had to change two kegs on the fly and clean up after a blender fiasco, but no one had to wait long and my drinks were DEAD ON!  Naturally there are some slight recipe differences with big bowls, signature drinks, etc.  But with what I learned from you at TSOB (my pours are perfect everytime), I was able to hit the ground running and easily adapt to any changes.  Easily the best $600 I have ever spent.
I guess this was just a long winded way to say THANK YOU!  Sincerely, thank you.  Not only did you do a great job teaching me, you also spent some effort after I was gone.  And who knows?  I might need to call again someday.  I'm not throwing your info away.  That's for damn sure.  Thanks again bro.
Take care,
Spencer Wycoff

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While people may be losing their jobs in a declining economy, some people are taking unorthodox routes to work in an industry that may not see a decline during tough times.

Bartending schools have been seeing an increasing number of people taking classes for certification, and one bartending instructor said the declining economy has people looking for additional ways to make money.

"Not so many people losing their jobs, but more people that have jobs who are maybe in fear of losing their jobs and need just a little something for backup," said Justin Soloman, the director of the Texas School of Bartenders.

One student said she's prepared to make the $600 investment for classes. Gina Costilla, a student who also works for a mutual fund company, said business has slowed so much she's looking for something new.

"I came here just to make extra money," she said. "I don't want to live with my parents anymore."

While everybody learning said it's hard work, the school boasts a 90 percent job placement rate making between $15 and $30 per hour. "You know, that's the good thing about this industry," Solomon said. "People are always going to drink, no matter what.

Donna Perri

Great presentation and what a good looking teacher!!!!! In all seriousness, I think learning to bartend in this day and age is a job that you can always use, either to totally support yourself or to supplement your income while raising your children. You can have the balance of both worlds, work hard, enjoy what you do and to be proud. Keep up the good work, we are proud of you!


I attended TSOB-San Antonio. The bar I was working for as a server decided to send me to (this) school for bartender training to help out in the bar. I thought it was a bunch of BS, but I ended up learning so much from (the instructor)! He's an awesome instructor. He's fun, cute, and knows what he's talking about. I'm a college student and he was even better at teaching than some of my college professors! Bartending is the only way I supplement my income, so when I graduated from TSOB and after 2 months behind the bar they made me bar manager, I was stoked! If you need extra cash, you've got to go to TSOB!

Dallas Parks

This is Dallas Parks ... I went to the Texas school of Bartenders in San Antonio ... the instructor is Great as well as the school . I am bartending at the Marriott Downtown .. What can I say... I would have never ever been considered without the training from Texas School of Bartenders..... If you are looking to make a change go see 'em... they flat out get it...


Bartending school is always a good option. I went to bartending school back when I was living in a big city and ended up working in a restaurant making about $500 a night in tips alone. Having been down that road, I can honestly tell you that the key to a good bartending school is a knowledgeable instructor who's been around and knows the industry and also someone who's down with what's hot and what's not. For example there are some bartending schools that will teach drinks that were popular in the 1960's. In other words...stuff that nobody orders. While it's always good to know the classics, you've also got to stay on top of what people are really drinking at your local bars. A good school will stay on top of the latest trends. Plus always look for an instructor that makes things fun. Remember, even though it's bartending, you still have to pay attention if you want to learn anything. Why not have fun while doing it?

Duane Logue

I went to Bartending school 13 years ago and got a good gig right out the box, it was a job referral, not a job lead. The school was awesome and I was sent right to a place that called them for a bartender and I have been bartending since. I have taken my career to another level doing a lot of private consuting and managing, making $65,000.00 a year at this time. My experience working with other graduates over the years has been very positive, but the ones that struggle to find a job basically suck at interviewing and don't have very good interpersonal skills and are not aggressive in their interviewing. I have a Masters Degree and never made over $42,000.00 in a 20-year career and spent $60,000.00 getting it. For $600.00 I became a bartender and expect to make at least $70,000.00 this year. Thank God for Bartending School.


It's 2 days before Halloween and I am very excited. It's my first Halloween behind the BAR!!! I am the shot girl at Logan's on 6th street. I started here about a week after graduating from TSOB in Austin. I am a student at U.T (Hook'em) and did not know if this was for me. I met with Jim Shearer and Malibu. They tried to persuade me to look at the upper end hotels because I am a student. THANKFULLY I did not listen to them. I must say I LOVED every second of my time there. If you want to have some fun with some great people then this is the school for you. I feel like I have made some very good friends with them and I encourage anyone with aspirations to bartend to go see them. Come see me Friday night.

Larry D.

Hi Guys, Jim, Kevin and Malibu. Thanks for the HOOK up at Logan's on 6th street. I cannot wait until Friday night. It will be my first Halloween behind the bar. I am hearing 400.00 Friday night... I cannot thank you all enough. You guys are fantastic and I loved every second of my time with you all. To anyone out there wanting to learn how to get behind the bar and make money. These guys can show you the way. I KNEW NOTHING about bartending when I started. The school exceeded all my expectations. Come see me @ Logan’s....


I never do this kind of thing but I have to say "Joe Bartender" does not know what he is talking about. The Boyz at TSOB know what they are doing forward and backwards. I went to the Austin location 2 years ago and trained under Jim Shearer. I am the General Manager at The Steven F. Austin Hotel and would have NEVER been in the position without the guidance of Mr. Shearer. I will always be thankful to Texas School of Bartenders. If you want a great experience go see these guys. You will not be sorry. Come see me sometime.

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