28-Hour Commercial Bartending Course

Become a Bartender Today!

Bartender Certification Course $749

Setting the industry standard for Bartender Training in Vancouver since 1981.

In the hospitality industry, our #1 rated bartending course outlines every essential bit of information to get you started as a bartender. Fine Art Bartending School has Canada’s oldest, largest and most respected bartender certification program. We have trained thousands of people just like you through our curriculum, and for more than 40 years. For a sampling of what happens in those classes… have a look at our Instagram! Recent reels can be seen on our IG page!

Every couple of weeks we churn out a new group of soon-to-be bartenders ready to make their mark in the hospitality industry. Fine Art Bartending Schools know what it takes to develop your skills behind the bar, and we give you both the knowledge and the confidence to get hired. We update our training manual regularly with industry feedback and aim to keep our drink recipes current and accurate. Come downtown and learn in an awesome bar-like environment.

Fine Art Bartending has a very interactive kind of bartending course. We know that practice, practice, and more practice makes perfect. The program has a very practical approach to learning how to make quality drinks, while keeping your work space clean and professional. We teach each class in our downtown location within spitting distance of Vancouver’s best bartenders. Learn with the best instructors, who also know how to make each class lots of fun. You will spend up to two-thirds of your time behind the bar, mixing drinks, honing your skills, learning how to multi task, and even interacting with customers. We don’t have actual customers come in, your fellow students assume this role. Check out our Class by Class breakdown of what happens in each of the 8 classes.

Commercial Bartending
a bartender making a drink

Theory is Important

History of liquor is also important in any decent bartender training program, plus a little theory. You will spend a third of class time on learning necessary basics of spirits, beer and wine in addition to background material that every bartender should know. We even toss in a few of our own experiences and stories, which then to gives you something to look forward to after graduation.

The 28-hour Commercial Bartending Course is 8 action packed days of hands on cocktail training. We teach you how to bartend behind a functioning bar, with the best instructors in the city. For our weekend classes, we teach you all the ins and outs over 4 weeks. We at Fine Art ensure that after you successfully complete the bartending course you will have:

  • The most widely known Fine Art Commercial Bartender Certificate
  • Knowledge of how to properly make more than 100 different cocktails
  • An understanding of how to pair liquors and mixes, to craft your own beverages
  • Tips on how to upsell and increase bar sales for the house (plus tips for you!)
  • Knowledge on how to train support staff on what to expect from your bartenders
  • A Boatload of Confidence
  • Plus… A Few New Friends

Serving It Right certification is required before being able to serve drinks in British Columbia. Get your Serving It Right Certificate on your own time. We spend a little time outlining how to get that done. While in our bartending school, we focus your class time on practicing being a bartender. In class you will be focused on cocktail making, and improving your customer service, while learning how to make more in the way of tips! Earn your Serving It Right certificate in a few hours anytime.

Bartending Course Time and Date Options

MORNING Classes

$ 749
  • 9:30 AM – 1:00PM
  • Mon to Thurs for TWO weeks

AFTERNOON Classes

$ 749
  • 1:30PM – 5:00PM
  • Mon to Thurs for TWO weeks

EVENING Classes

$ 749
  • 6PM – 9:30PM
  • Mon to Thurs for TWO weeks

WEEKEND Classes

$ 749
  • 12:30PM – 4:00PM
  • Sat & Sun for FOUR weeks

Training sessions start every few weeks. Our weekend classes start approximately every four weeks, depending on holiday schedules. Have a look below at all our upcoming class start dates to find out what works for you!

Don’t see dates far enough in the future for your advanced schedule? Send us an email. We have a good idea of when classes are even if you don’t see them noted on the website. Just ask.

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Choose Vancouver’s Best Bartender Training Program

Soon to be bartenders from all around Vancouver have been coming downtown to get their training. For more than 35 years now, we have been Greater Vancouver’s best bartender training school. Your students love us! We want you to know how to make a bunch of great cocktails, but also how to be a great bartender. If you are looking to work in Richmond or Steveston, there are plenty of great hotel bars and small restaurants that always need help. We will make sure you know which establishments you should be targeting to get work fast.

⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐  Taking this course was a great experience for me! I found a bartending job in Vancouver easily after I took this course. Although I didn’t continue to work as a bartender as my career with my boring engineering degree got too busy, I’ve gained entrance to a whole new knowledge through this course. Now I know my drinks to make at parties, what wine I prefer at a fine dining restaurant, or just the general knowledge of what all those bottles of liquid are when I hit the liquor store. I strongly recommend this course to whoever wants a jumpstart to a career in bartending, add more experience to your current bartending job, or even just there to learn more about alcohol, enjoy, and have fun!
Kevin Y​. from Richmond

⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐  I just wanted to say thanks to the instructors for the bartending course at Fine Art. I found the course to be well paced, very informative and appreciated all the attention and consistent feedback. The course was very hands on and was filled with tips and tricks of the trade… which are all necessary if I wanted to become a bartender. Not only did I learn over 70 cocktails and martinis, the drills to become fast and efficient at them are excellent. The course is challenging but with a clear progression and sequence that makes learning the drinks easy. If anyone was ever wondering about the course I highly recommend it as it surpassed my expectations. I was just hired at a Pub today not even 2 weeks after the course was over. Thanks again
Craig P. from Steveston

⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐  I really enjoyed the class, i went to the day and night courses in Vancouver and liked them both. It never got to be boring and I was always learning something new. You did a great job teaching and kept it interesting (never a dull moment). I am currently looking for a job bartending/serving but the course will help me get a start. Great job!
James H. from Richmond

Meet your Bartending Instructors

Headshot of Fine Art Bartending Instructor Paul Mitri
Mornings & Evening Class
Bartender

Paul M.

Grant G.
Afternoon Class
Bartender

Grant G.

Tieg S.
Weekend Class
& Seminars Bartender

Tieg S.

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Headshot of Fine Art Bartending Instructor Paul Mitri

Paul M.

Paul was born just outside Toronto but moved to the United States at fourteen. He’s spent pretty much his adult life working as a traveling bartender, and has worked across Florida, Chicago, New York, Seattle—and most recently, a hotel at the Grand Canyon. He began his career training under three-time James-beard nominated beverage director, Julian Cox, studying the art of mixology for two years. From there, he’s gone on to manage several successful beverage programs across the US.  He’s worked just about every style of bartending job, from craft cocktails, fine-dining, banquets, weddings, dive bars, or hotels. Having recently moved back to Canada, he’s excited to share what he’s learned with those looking to break into the industry in Vancouver.

Grant G.

Grant G.

Grant became interested in bartending back in his early days living in Alberta. After earning a Diploma in Bartender Training from N.A.I.T. he headed out here to Vancouver… and decided to make this city his home. We think he made the right call, especially on those warm sunny days when an Aperol Spritz is the patio cocktail of choice. His bartending instructors from back in the day would be proud of where he is now!

Grant has oodles of experience. He has many years as a banquet bartender at the Westin Bayshore, plus many more as a nightclub bartender. Both jobs are very different, but require both accuracy and speed. Weddings and conferences require volumes of cocktails in a very quick fashion to match the theme of the event. Nightclubs offer the opportunity for flair while still cranking out the cocktails.

Travelling is also a passion of his, and he has spent time travelling through much of Europe. He enjoys getting his hands dirty when not behind the bar with some gardening. If you too have a green thumb, Grant is more than happy to share some his knowledge, especially with his Master Gardener Certificate earned right here in Vancouver from VanDusen Botanical Garden.

Tieg S.

Tieg S.

Tieg was born and raised in Vancouver BC where he got his start in the hospitality industry nearly 20 years ago. He began working in the kitchen. After learning to cook, he decided to move into bartending for a new challenge and to make a bit more money. To make that transition, he found our bartending course.

Tieg learned how to bartend from Fine Art Bartending. Shortly after learning everything he could from his bartending instructors, Tieg became a bartender at Monk McQueens. Monk’s was a Vancouver landmark location in False Creek that is now home to Mahoney and Sons. Since then he has worked as a bartender and manager at bars and restaurants across the lower mainland including the Sandbar on Granville Island, the Shark Club and BarOne at the Sheraton Wall Centre.

When he’s not teaching, Tieg is writing, hiking, exercising and exploring the city. He also enjoys travelling and lived abroad in Japan where he studied Japanese and in Los Angeles where he earned a degree in journalism.