Learn How to Bartend in TWO weeks! Limited Spaces Available!

432 W Pender St, Vancouver, BC V6B 1T5

Vancouver's Best 32-Hour Bartending Course

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BC’s Best Bartender Course Now Only $675

Training Bartenders in Richmond and Greater Vancouver since 1981.

Fine Art Bartending is Canada’s best bartending school. We have the most widely known bartender certification program, mainly because we have trained so many students just like you for more than 40 years now. Learn how to bartend at Greater Vancouver’s best bartending course and we will teach you everything you need to get started as a bartender.

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In the heart of Vancouver, we have an intimate and authentic classroom, which can also function as a pop up bar! Jump on the Skytrain, like so many others coming from Richmond and Steveston, and head downtown. We train a new group of aspiring bartenders every couple weeks. New bartending graduates from Fine Art are always ready to start a career in the hospitality industry. We give you the knowledge, skills, and the confidence to get hired quickly. Our training manual is updated regularly with feedback from bartenders around Vancouver to ensure the cocktails we teach are exactly what you find in this part of the world.

We insist that practice, practice, and more practice is necessary to perfecting any bartending skills. The bartending course at Fine Art is interactive and hands-on. Memory and repetition are necessary, as well as good work habits to keep your work are clean organized. Take the 30 minute Skytrain ride from Brighouse to Waterfront. We are only two blocks away from Gastown and Vancouver’s best bartenders. Join us for class, then find the best whiskey sour. We have you behind the bar for about two-thirds the time. You will be working on your pouring skills, learning new cocktails and even interacting with customers. Note that we aren’t open to the public to serve drinks, we have your fellow students or a fun instructor play the role of the annoying and temperamental customer.

What Happens in Each Class

Bookwork, Background and Bartending

Hands on practice is great, but each student needs to put in some time with the books. We spend about a third of your class time on teaching you some of the history of each spirit, beer and wine. We also share stories of what we have seen while working behind the bar, as well as what you should watch for as a customer. There are lots of bad bartenders out there, we want to ensure that when you come out of the course, you aren’t one of them.

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The 32-hour Bartending Course is designed to get you well trained as a bartender in only 8 days of learning and hands on cocktail making. For the Day and Evening Classes, we teach you to bartend behind real bars over two weeks. The Weekend classes are taught over 4 weeks, to make sure you aren’t rushed through the course. We want to make sure you have a great time learning how to bartend and know what you need to.

On completion of the bartender certificate program you will have:

  • Canada’s favourite Fine Art Commercial Bartender Certificate
  • The foundation for making 100 different cocktails, and many more
  • Knowledge of spirits, liquors and mixes to understand each cocktail.
  • Upselling techniques to boost bar sales, which ultimately means more tips for you!
  • Basics on how to train your support staff, and what your fellow bartenders should be doing
  • Confidence that only comes from getting behind the bar
  • New contacts in the industry, and a few friends

Before serving cocktails in British Columbia, Serving It Right certification is required. This even includes selling booze in a cold beer and wine, or liquor store. Take a few hours and get your Serving It Right Certificate. We do discuss responsible serving in BC, but the Serving it Right certificate is something you can do on your own. While at the bartending school, we focus on training you to become a bartender. We want you to have a solid working knowledge of cocktail making, while learning how to maximize tips with a smile on your face.

Bartender Training Course Day & Time Options

DAY Classes 11am – 3pm,
MON to THU for TWO weeks
EVENING Classes6pm – 10pm,
TUE to THU for Week #1 & 2
TUE & WED for Week #3
12pm – 4pm, for FOUR weeks

*Note that on Statutory Holidays, we may shift classes to start on Tuesday instead of Monday

Richmond Skytrain from Vancouver to YVR

If you want to learn to bartend ASAP, we have DAY and EVENING classes regularly. New training sessions start every few weeks. Weekend bartending classes are once per month. Have a look below at all our upcoming class dates to check when all our next classes start and pick a date and time that what works for you!

If you don’t see dates far enough out, then send us an email. We generally have a rough idea of when the next batch of classes will start. Just ask.

Register Today For Only $675. Regularly $849.

We are Vancouver's Best Bartending School!

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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

We are Vancouver's Favourite Bartending School!