Learning to mix drinks at a bartending school is so last century. Today, bars and lounges offer 101-type courses in crafting cocktails. Under the tutelage of a savvy mixologist in the comfort of his or her bar, you’ll soon be playing bartender on your home turf.Spoonbar, Healdsburg, Calif.
Scott Beattie (of H2hotel’s year-old Spoonbar and formerly of Cyrus) is legendary in cocktail circles — and he dishes out secrets that only an artisan would know during monthly classes at the hotel. An upcoming topic includes tequila cocktails (culled from Beattie’s recent trip to Mexico). $50 per class, 219 Healdsburg Ave., (707) 433-7222, www.h2hotel.com
Anvil Bar & Refuge, Houston
Shortly after opening in the spring of 2009, co-owner Bobby Heugel picked up on customers’ thirsts for cocktail knowledge. So, on the last Saturday of the month he instructs in the history of spirits and drinks, as well as gives pointers in crafting cocktails. Students taste six spirits and three drinks in the class. $55, 1424 Westheimer Road, (713) 523-1622, www.anvilhouston.com
The Peacock, London
This burlesque club hosts drop-in cocktail classes on Thursday nights. For a more intensive lesson, sign up for a one- or two-hour class (held daily) where tricks of the trade — such as juggling, à la Tom Cruise in Cocktail — are taught in a competition pitting two teams against each other. $30 to $50 for regular classes, $6 for drop-in classes; 148 Falcon Road, 011-44-20-7223-9633, www.the-peacock-bar.co.uk