The cocktail resurgence is in full swing. Interest in quality spirits and classic cocktails has been growing exponentially in the last few years. Yet it is very hard to learn more and be completely submerged in this trend. Much of the information online is misleading or just plain wrong. Many cocktail bars get too busy for questions, or–let’s be honest–be a little tight-lipped when it comes to passing down their knowledge. This is where Wisdom’s cocktail classes come into play.

A veteran industry expert focuses their time and energy on you and your questions during the hour and a half long class. As D.C.’s first dedicated cocktail bar and the first to offer educational class, we have taught thousands of customers of all backgrounds. We are confident our classes are the best!

Each private class is at the bar and can be catered to your preference. Most popular is the general class where an instructor walks the students through booze basics, starting with when and how liquor came into existence. Complicated processes like fermentation and distillation are presented in a fun and accessible manner. Learn the difference between making tequila and gin, among other basic facts. The instructor then moves onto the amazing secrets of vermouth, revealing how versatile the spirit is through generous samples. Next comes everything you wanted to know about whiskey through a deconstruction, the perfect segue to a classic Manhattan cocktail. Students learn about bitters, as well. To finish the general class, the instructor will break down the most iconic and least understood cocktail, the Martini.
Be prepared to change your drinking life forever!


Wisdom offers private Mixology Classes at the bar!  These classes are great for the novice and intermediate home Mixologist.   You’ll learn everything you need to know from how to use the proper, basic bar utensils to which staple liquors and liqueurs are necessary for home bar tending. Topics of study include : Home Bar Basics; Manhattans; Martinis; and Rickeys/Collins.

Classes may be up to six people per time slot.

See Mixology Class Request instructions below.


We also sell gift certificates for classes! Your lucky recipient(s) may schedule a class at their convenience and according to their schedule for a full year after purchase.

Terms and conditions:

Gift certificates expire after one year from date of purchase and may be extended for fee, depending on availability.  Gift certificates are non-refundable and do not have any cash value.

2-3 People
Per Person
4-5 persons
Per Person
6-9 persons
Per Person

(2 person minimum. Classes of ten and more are possible but require special logistics and planning)

**Price includes lessons, ingredients, gratuity and plenty of drinks!**

Class generally lasts an hour to an hour and a half.


Take a 2 hour mixology class with the Gintender covering the history of genever and how it evolved into gin, the spectrum of gin profiles, including aged gin. You’ll also get the opportunity to sample the world’s most expensive gin ever created–the Nolet’s Reserve which costs $100 per ounce!

See Mixology Class Request instructions below.

4-5 Person
Per Person
6-9 Persons
Per Person

Cocktail Tasting For Two

Drink your way to Wisdom with 8 different shared house-unique cocktails for you and a friend for $120! Or purchase as a unique gift for your favorite couple!


Eminent Domaine 12 : Bluecoat Gin + ginger cognac + amaro + pressed apple

It’s Always Sunny 10: Philadelphia’s Bluecoat Gin + lemoncello + Aperol

Rosemary’s G&T 8: House-infused rosemary gin + tonic



First We Take Manhattan 13: Rye + honey bourbon + Green Chartreuse


Capt. Jack’s Green Sparrow 13: Pernod + coconut + grapefruit + coffee


Divine Daiquiri 12: Aged rum + velvet falernum + Giffard banana liqueur


Mother of Dragons 12*: Habanero-infusion + cassis + grapefruit + salt


Drunken Style 11: Anise-infused Sake + Benedictine + lychee + bitters


PB&J 12: Vodka + Cassis + Frangelico + dehydrated peanut butter


Pears of Wisdom 11: Absolut Pear + Belle de Brillet cognac + St. Elder

*Ask for Hot or Very Hot

**Substitutions can be made for those with dietary restrictions**

Mixology Class Request Instructions


Please request a date/time and backup date/time the  following:

Available times at Wisdom:
 Monday 6:00, 7:00, 8:00, 9:00
Tuesday 6:00, 7:00, 8:00, 9:00
Wednesday 6:00
Thursday 6:00, 7:00, 8:00, 9:00
Friday 6:00
Saturday 6:00
Sunday 6:00, 7:00, 8:00, 9:00, 10:00


Send Requests to

1. In Subject Line write: Either (CLASS REQUEST or TASTING REQUEST)

2. Please include Date and Time requested as well as a backup date and time.

3.  If you pre-purchased the class, please include your ticket number.

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