How to Become a Bartender in Indiana

by Michelle Hogan; Updated September 26, 2017
Knowing how to mix drinks is just a part of being a bartender.

Bartending is a lucrative profession for those who enjoy people and don't mind working long hours on their feet. Mixing drinks is just a small part of being a bartender. A bartender in indiana must also know the rules and laws that apply to drinking in the state of Indiana, as well as understand what to look for in an intoxicated person and know when to stop serving. Bartenders also work closely with servers and kitchen staff and should be well-organized team players.

Step 1

Turn at least 21 years old at the time you wish to apply to be a bartender. A person who is at least 19 years old and less than 21 years old who successfully completes an Indiana State Alcohol and Tobacco Commission (ATC) approved server training program can serve alcohol in a dining area of a restaurant, but they cannot be a bartender.

Step 2

Apply for an employee permit to serve as a licensed bartender. The application is available for download through the ATC website or by calling the ATC's employee permit section.

Step 3

Complete an approved server training course within 120 days of your employment.

Step 4

Submit the application with the appropriate fee to the Indiana Alcohol and Tobacco Commission.

About the Author

Michelle Hogan is a writer and the author of 13 books including the 2005 bestselling memoir, "Without a Net: Middle Class and Homeless (With Kids) in America." Hogan studied English at American University and has been writing professionally since 1998. Her work has appeared in "The New York Times," "Redbook," "Family Circle" and many other publications.

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