What are Bartender Schools & Why Do You Need One?
More and more students are enrolling on our specialised bartending & mixology courses than ever before so we’d like to explain the difference you’ll experience at Spirit Lab London and why we are so highly regarded as one of the best Bartender Schools. If you’re currently considering the differences between Bartender Schools please read on below where we outline a number of reasons that make Spirit Lab London stand out amongst Bartender Schools.Read More
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For students with none or just a few years of experience in cocktail making.
Improving Mixology Techniques for students with a minimum of 5 years experience in a cocktail bar.
Bartending: Have Fun & Meet New People
Many people seem to be asking themselves, “what job might I make a decent wage from that is fun, exciting and fits around my life?” Some of our students are studying other subjects and are looking to up-skill their bartending work while also working through university. Some of our students have too long been in tough dead-end jobs and are looking for an exciting alternative to how they earn their wages. We’ve seen a whole range of people on our Bartender Schools courses. Many of them have felt restrained for too long and want to be in an environment that allows their natural personality to flourish.
Become the Rock Star Bartender
Are you struggling with time or other commitments? Perhaps you’re looking for a spark of inspiration to let a new adventure unfold? Umpteen people haven’t thought about bartending as an exciting way to make their money yet are tired of cylindrically rolling along in an uninspiring job – scrubbing or typing, sealing or posting, and spending much of their time daydreaming of something more progressive. If you find that some of this sounds familiar perhaps it’s time to consider bartending as a fun alternate way to make the money you need while having the fun that you want.
Many of the best venues top bartenders show huge amounts of skill in their cocktail creations as well as exerting their – often – very charismatic personalities. They have huge amounts of fun while meeting a range of interesting people and also get to earn a decent wage plus will some generous tips if they know how to handle people well. How do these top bartenders get to the position they’re in? How can you get there? How can you be the Rockstar Bartender?
The Correct Bartender Schools
It’s important to pick the correct Bartender Schools. Not all bar courses are alike. While many courses may run you through a number of classic cocktails such as the Godfather or the Manhattan, at Spirit Lab London we teach the base concepts of mixology along with a number of classic & modern cocktails. Our Bartender Schools have been set up to help you start your journey towards being a flair bartender who can not only mix all the classics but will one day soon be creating their own. The Rock Star Bartender! Spirit Lab London courses stand out from many of the other courses by gaining you a WSET Worldwide Recognised Diploma & Professional UK Certification in Bartending. Your certificate will be recognised worldwide to prove that you’re a skilled cocktail maker & mixologist.
Top rated Bartender Schools
Bar courses are not all alike. While a lot of the courses out there will run you through the basics such as mixing a range of classic cocktails like a Martini or a Daiquiri at Spirit Lab London we teach the base concepts of mixology. So along with arming you with a number of special cocktail recipes we teach the special methods needed to perfect each one such as not crushing chlorophyll out of the leaves while making a Mojito which will make the drink bitter. Our courses have been created to help you start your journey towards being the charismatic flair bartender who can not only smoothly & stylishly put together all the classics but the sort of bartender who will one day be adding their own drinks to the list of classics. Our bartender schools courses are different from a lot of other bartending schools courses because you will gain a WSET Worldwide Recognised Diploma & Professional UK Certification in Bartending from Spirit Lab London. The certificate is well-known worldwide and will help you to show that you’re a mixologist & highly skilled cocktail maker.
Mixology is Fun
To be the bartender you’d always dreamed of requires a lot of hard work. Our mixology courses provide an intense & interesting learning experience within our course format which will make you work for the skills that you are gaining. However, our past students have stated what an entertaining & exciting time they had with us. Our students often find other students have similar interests and often make friends whom they stay in touch with following the courses. Often our past students update us with where they’re at now and we’re always pleased to see the wonderful success of people who started out behind our bartenders school educational bar facility. As our bar is based in central London a lot of students use it as the perfect launch point for their after class adventures. There are just as many friendships made outside of our bar as within it by our students.
We have a Real Cocktail Bar
The best way to gain experience behind a cocktail bar is to be behind the bar at a cocktail bar. It sounds simple but many of the other courses out there miss this simple fact. You can only learn so much in a class setting. We have a fully functional cocktail bar in central London where you will get to test the new skills you’ve learned on our bartender schools courses in a real live setting with genuine customers. Obviously Spirit Lab London staff are their to support you all the way but giving our students real bar experience will help you quickly gain much more confidence in your ability to make a cocktail to perfection but also to wow, excite and build up the right level of communication with people in the bar. We want you to leave our course feeling that this is your new home. You belong behind the bar. While we will guide you as to how best to conduct yourself, we want your natural personality to shine through in your bar management and in how you mix your drinks. We want to help you grow as a bartender so you’ll know how to go out and stand out from the rest when it comes to getting into the top gigs and venues that you want to work in.
Gain a Real Bartending Qualification
While many Bartender Schools & courses may present you with a fancy printout at the end of the course with your name on, the big difference with Spirit Lab London is that both the International Mixology and the Advanced Mixology courses we offer gain you a WSET Worldwide Recognised Diploma & Professional UK Certification in Bartending that is well known throughout the industry. We want to help elevate you as a bartender & mixologist and gain you the premium bar roles everyone is after.
WSET Worldwide Recognised Diploma & Professional UK Certification in Bartending
You may be promised a fancy printout with your name on from some of the Bartender Schools you’ve seen advertised online but the massive difference that you will find at Spirit Lab London is that you will leave us with a WSET Worldwide Recognised Diploma & Professional UK Certification from both of our courses, International Mixology and the Advanced Mixology. It is a well known certification used throughout bars & venues across the globe. We want to help you get to being the mixologist & bartender that you want to be and help you gain the top bartending jobs everyone is after.
Here’s a Free Tip for You
You’ll not learn everything there is to learn about bartending from one of our courses. The subject is far too huge to be covered in any course. There probably isn’t a top bartender in any top venue who isn’t still learning every day. That’s what makes for the Rock Star Bartender. The person who is not only alert to new trends but who might create them. The bartender who isn’t afraid to try new things and is always willing to learn something new. The keen observer who is perfecting their subject. But here are six little pointers to help you to get more tips.
Greeting and building rapport with your guest is important. That is their first impression.
Assess what is going on.
Bartenders are often expected to be chatty – but not always. Read the situation. If two regulars are sat alone at the bar maybe introduce them. If someone craves privacy try to respect that.
Be ahead of the game.
Anticipate that when a drink is low that perhaps they’ll need another.
Improve the environment.
Cleaning, not allowing clutter will all improve the feel of the venue and improve everyone’s chances of good tips.
Work as a team.
As a team you can amaze any guest and make them happy to pay a little extra for the privilege.
Focus on the service, not the tip.
It’s service that brings in the tips, not obsessing about tips.
Venues Hire on a Mix of Personality & Skill
The bartenders that you see in the world’s top venues who are earning great salaries and getting generous tips are not just those with exceptional skills but those who know how to best present their personality. It’s important to try to get some of your personality across in all that you do, how you mix your drinks, how you work at the bar and how you present yourself. Obviously within the hospitality sector there are limits but the hugely successful bartenders you’ll see out there have the balance perfectly nailed. On the Spirit Lab Bartender Schools courses our instructors will aim to bring the best of your out personally. It is one of the things, alongside the skills you will learn, to really stand out as a top bartender, mixologist and cocktail maker. The experience you will gain in our real, fully functional, cocktail bar will help you to feel what being behind a real cocktail bar is like and also what will be required of you, besides mixing drinks. Being the best bartender you can will take you far beyond merely memorising cocktail recipes to wow and amaze people with into a place where the mixing of the drink is entertaining to the guest and they’re fascinated with you.
This is Where Your Bartending Career Starts
Just imagine for a moment, reading this article on bartender schools could be the first step towards finding yourself working in a top hotel or glamorous bar. One day soon when a famous footballer or musician strolls into your bar and demands a Devils Margarita or a Broadway Joe and that you’re the only person who can make one without even having to think about it. Have a look around our website at our London Bartender Schools staff and facilities and enrol yourself today on one of our courses to start your journey.
One of the Best Bartender Schools
Our students often become our friends. We work closely with the students coming to our school. If you feel you need to find out more about us please do contact us to have a talk. We are more than happy to help you understand what our course offers. The achievements of our past students often amaze us so we are very proud not only of them but the facilities at our Bartender Schools.
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I'm a Beginner
None or few years of experience
in cocktail making
I want to Advance
Improving mixology techniques.
Min 5 years experience in a cocktail bar
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” In only one week, I learned a lot of information regarding mixology and spirits.
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