How to Become a Bartender
Wondering how to become a bartender? From those who want to develop their cocktail mixing knowledge to bar enthusiasts and university students, there are some great ways to up your skills. Even if you have a few years of experience in the bag, there are some exciting ways for you to forge a great career in the bar industry. Read More
Follow our steps to bartending success.
STEP 1: Assess Your CV – Are You Qualified?
Professional bartending takes time to master, but it’s more than worth it. It’s a skill which could help you advance your career anywhere from international bar jobs to working in a luxury hotel. You’ll need to consider your experience in this area, as well as whether you hold additional qualifications, such as completing mixology classes with a reputable course provider. These are the skills on your CV which are going to help you stand out from the crowd. It doesn’t matter if you’re a complete beginner or want to delve more into the secrets of first-class cocktail making, there are some awesome ways to take your skills to the next level.
STEP 2: Join a Bartending School – 1 Week Courses
If you’re a junior bartender or just starting out, joining a bartenders school is one of the best and quickest ways to gain the practical skills you need to feel comfortable behind the bar. This doesn’t mean giving up months of your life to get knee-deep in study. There are 1-week intensive mixology courses available to help you acquire exciting new skills while building up your confidence. If you’re looking into several bartender schools, identify how they meet your needs.
The best courses will include hands-on experience, small class sizes and one to one support. You should be able to gain a real qualification upon course completion with a provider who is accredited and well-recognised in the industry. The ideal course will cover all the fundamentals of bartending, including cocktail mixing and pouring techniques, product knowledge, setting up a bar and sequence of service, as well as ways to build your self-confidence.
STEP 3: Mixology Courses to Advance Your Skills
Schools for bartending aren’t just for those with limited cocktail awareness. Experienced bartenders or those who have already completed a beginner’s course can take advanced lessons to gain a higher qualification in the art of mixology. This type of training can produce bar staff which go onto work in exceptionally high-end venues. A good bartending school will teach you the latest mixology techniques, which can include aspects such as ice manipulation, the hottest trends and how to present spectacular cocktails that impress.
Work with The Spirit Lab
The Spirit Lab provides exclusive in-house training programs in London, offering everything you need to start your journey into bartending, drive your career forward or train your staff as part of bar consultancy services. Our courses include practical cocktail making sessions in our real working bar, expert theory and certifications recognised in over 60 countries worldwide. We have a maximum of 8 students per class to give you a personal experience throughout. We even won the Lux Life Leaders in Luxury Award for UK Most Outstanding Bar School 2019.
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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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