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Bartending Age - Varies by State & City

State, county and city laws govern how old a person must be to legally bartend. As with most laws, the strictest applicable law is the one that must be followed. We have listed the STATE mandated bartending age in the table below for each state.

Before making any decision about being a bartender, you should verify the correct age for your city if you are near the legal minimum. The state and/or city government website is a good place to start.

Minimum Age to Bartend

AL - 21
AK - 21
AZ - 19
AR - 18
CA - 21
CO - 18
CT - 18
DE - 21
DC - 21
FL - 18
GA - 18
HI - 18
ID - 19
IL - 18*
IN - 21
IA - 18
KS - 21
KY - 20
LA - 18
MA - 18
ME - 18
MD - 18*
MI - 18
MN - 18
MS - 18
MO - 21
MT - 21
NE - 19
NV - 21
NH - 18
NJ - 18
NY - 18
NM - 21
NC - 21
ND - 21
OH - 21
OK - 21
OR - 21
PA - 18
RI - 18
SC - 21
SD - 18
TN - 18
TX - 18
UT - 21
VT - 18
VA - 21
WA - 21
WV - 18
WI - 18
WY - 21
* Indicates Stricter Cities of 21

Our schools train people of all ages and backgrounds. Our students range from 18 to 75 years of age. Regardless of your age or background there will always be a bar for you.

Just like the customers that vary with each bar, the bartenders age usually follows that of the crowd they serve. If you are 40 and above, you probably don't want to work at 18 and up nightclub where the average age is 21.

However, an upscale hotel, martini bar and four star restaurant need a bartender with maturity who can hold a conversation with their upscale customers. If you are a sports fan, a sports bar is a great place to see the games and keep up with the scores.

In closing, there is a bar for everyone, regardless of your age or background. Let us help you get started in a fun and exciting bartending career by contacting us today!

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