The online bartending course is a great resource for two types of bartenders, the home basement bartender hobbyist and the working bartender looking for additional recipes or tips. If you want to learn how to get a job behind the bar, the videos and online text book will not correct your drink pouring techniques. No one will be there to point out your errors or offer you personalized tips on how you can be a more effective bartender. When you finish the course, personalized career advice and suggestions on where to hand over your resume. Below we have a few other points.
1. Play with All the Bar Tools and Toys
Online bartending courses are numerous and cheap. The reason these programs are so inexpensive is the onus is put on you to get all the necessary tools, equipment and bottles.
Even if you fork out a few hundred bucks or more for a couple shaker tins, mixing glasses, speed spouts, spoons, strainers, and rimming stations you still haven’t touched a pop or soda gun.
Videos will show you how to tap a keg, but until you have that coupler in hand with a couple hoses coming off it you won’t be prepared for that ‘beer shower’ that initiates every new bartender. Most online bartending courses forget to include any details on hooking up a CO2 cylinder. How can you pour a few pints without an actual tap mounted to the top of the bar?
2. Taste Different Spirits and Cocktails
There are so many different liqueurs out there. Peach schnapps is understandably both peachy and sweet with a little alcohol. What about Goldschlager? How do you appreciate the nuances of flavour and aroma in Campari and how does it compare to Aperol for a spritz? Yes you can go out an buy each of these spirits for a taster, or you can hang out at a bar to taste a little of each but those tasters also come with a price tag and usually an impatient bartender. A class takes the time to discuss each spirit and liqueur. A class outlines what mixers go well with each and why many of the classic cocktails are classics.
Online you will find much more detail on each individual spirit. We point out the what you should be looking for in each spirit. Discussion of what mixes pair with gin and rye is something that only happens in a classroom. Learn about the basics of beer and wine. Wine is also touched on, along with more hands-on wine service tips. Information again you only get in a classroom.
3. Get Instant and Personalized Feedback
You are also expected to work through each video module on your own with no feedback on if you are making each drink correctly. To become an expert in anything, it is recommended you spend 10,000 hours doing it. With the many years of experience our instructors bring to the table, you can greatly reduce that time to becoming a black belt at bartending. We teach bartenders what to watch for when making drinks, while pointing out how to make more tips. No online bartending course is going to provide you the instant feedback you need to correct bad habits. There are a lot of bad bartending habits out there!
A Practical Bartending Course Outlines What You Need
British Columbia has a few very specific rules for bartenders that we outline in our program. A hands-on bartending course at Fine Art is the best option to learn to bartend when compared to any online bartending course in BC.
Our Bartender Training Course is is held downtown in Vancouver. We are only a 5 minute walk from both Waterfront and Granville Skytrain stations. The bartending school is also within spitting distance of Vancouver’s best bartenders. You can spend the time trying to learn to bartend at home, or come downtown to practice then park yourself at a bar to see successful bartenders in action.
The Commercial Bartending Course is a practical course we teach over two weeks. With 4 hours of class time each day, over eight days, we teach you exactly what you need to bartend. Get up behind the bar and make some cocktails!
Complete the course and you get:
- The well renowned Fine Art Commercial Bartender Certificate
- hands-on knowledge of 100 different cocktails
- the skills to start crafting your own cocktails
- upselling tips and tricks to make more money for the house, and yourself
- suggestions on how to train support staff
- the confidence to rock it behind the bar
- and some new classmates!
BC has a responsible serving program that must be done online. To serve or sell alcohol, you need to have your Serving It Right certificate. We touch on all the essential bits of information in BC’s responsible service program, but we focus class time on making cocktails. It doesn’t matter if you take some hands on classes or an online bartending course, you need to take the time and get your Serving It Right. We recommend coming to Vancouver, and learn from bartenders what you really need to know.
|DAY Classes||Monday to Thursday|
12pm – 4pm, for TWO weeks
|EVENING Classes||Monday to Thursday|
6pm – 10pm, for TWO weeks
|WEEKEND Classes||Saturdays & Sundays|
12pm – 4pm, for FOUR weeks
*Note that on Statutory Holidays, we may shift classes to start on Tuesday instead of Monday
To accommodate everyone, have have a small classroom to better teach our bartending students. DAY and EVENING courses start about every couple weeks, so there is no excuse to not be able to make classes. Once a month we start new WEEKEND classes too. Check our new class start dates to see what works for your schedule!
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We have been Greater Vancouver’s best bartender training school for more than 35 years! Over that time we have refined our bartending course to the most thorough and interactive program around. Our reviews tell it all. By the end of the classes, your pouring skills will be perfected and your cocktail knowledge will be impressive. Our course ensures you know where to find that first bartending job. We want you to have the confidence to get out there, get hired, and start making money right away.
⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐I took the evening classes and had a fantastic time! I had a great time learning how to bartend while making new friends and all around having a blast! Suzanne was a great teacher who was willing to put in extra time with the students who needed it. She was always helpful while challenging us to push ourselves. Ryan was a great source for information on wines. I think I learned more in that one night than I ever have on my own. Three months later I moved to Alberta and found a job bartending at a lounge in a hotel. Overall the course was well worth it to just learn all the techniques that would take you months to learn on the job. I would definitely recommend the course to anyone who is interested in bartending!
Shannon S. from Vancouver BC
⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐Just wanted to thank you for the great time at the course and to inform you that it serves me well. It gives an enormous sense of assurance and safety throughout a busy night to know that no matter how many drink orders you get you can do it without even appearing in a haste. Yes people, it’s possible. And if, especially as a beginner, you’re tired of fellow bartenders too good to impart their precious knowledge with newcomers, consider the bartending course, where you can learn the “tricks” in just a few lessons, in an easy going, approachable and fun way. You’ll find out that mixology is an art that can be mastered. Cheers to all lovers of good drinks!
Ioana D. from Burnaby BC
⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐I thought this class was great. The instructors possessed fantastic product knowledge and tips of the trade. I had a fantastic time and would actually recommend it to all my friends. It was nice to have the choice of going to the day class or night if you missed a class & both instructors were amazing. Cheers!
Deb L. from Richmond BC