The history of PSA Bartending Services can be traced back to the early 1970's. During this decade, what was then known as the Bartending School began to prosper at the University of Pennsylvania, and Penn students began learning the tricks of the bartending trade. Over the past four decades, PSA Bartending Services has evolved into an entity that instructs over sixty students every year and offers bartending service to all sorts of events within the Philadelphia.
A staff of two undergraduate students comprise the PSA Bartending Services team, and we are housed by Penn Student Agencies (PSA), a non-profit, student-run amalgamation of various businesses. Through Penn, we coordinate and offer at least two instructional and certification courses per semester on Penn's campus. Students who successfully complete our courses will have the opportunity to join the PSA Bartending Services team as a staff bartender and put to use all the fascinating knowledge learned in the courses. However anyone is welcome to take any of our courses!
Our bartenders are trained in mixology, alcohol safety training, customer handling and business etiquette. Our bartenders have also offered their services for galas, weddings, university events and private parties within Philadelphia. Whether big or small, a Penn bartender will put their best foot forward and do everything they can to ensure your event is as enjoyable and memorable as the drinks they serve!
PSA Bartending has been entirely run by undergraduate students at the University of Pennsylvania since we began business in 1975. Our bartenders are passionate about what they do, both behind behind the bar and on campus! They are guaranteed to be personable and if needed, TiPS certified in alcohol safety training and management.
A Penn bartender is also sure to bring a professional and personal touch to your event whether it is large or small, public or private, or Penn affiliated or not. Our staff has bartended at weddings, public and private cocktail parties, educational lectures, barbecues, galas, and more within the Philadelphia area and on campus.
In addition, we offer mixology courses and TiPS certification classes several times a year between September and May. At this time, PSA Bartending exclusively hires Penn students who take our courses. However anyone is welcome to take our classes, and we can provide job recommendation letters on a case to case basis to students who take both our mixology and TiPS courses.