The Best 32-Hour Bartending Course

Learn How to Bartend in TWO weeks!

Our 32-hour Bartending Course Now Only $675 CAD, No Tax!

Certifying Bartenders from Vancouver and Washington State since 1981.

If you’re looking for a bartending course near Bellingham, you won’t find many options. Canada is a great place to learn, and with the exchange rate as it currently is… Americans must love coming north of the border. We have Vancouver’s favourite bartending school, and we make it a point to outline all the basics to get you started bartending. Fine Art Bartending School Vancouver has been teaching bartenders the longest of any bartending school in the area. For more than 40 years, we have put thousands of people from around Vancouver through our program… and even a few from Washington State.

In around Bellingham, there are a number of small restaurants, golf courses and hotels that all need bartenders to make decent drinks. These small establishments want well trained staff, but that usually takes a lot of time and energy from managers that are stretched too thin to properly educate new bartenders. We at Fine Art Bartending School know what it takes to perfect those basic bar skills. You gain both knowledge and the confidence to get hired over the 2 week course. We constantly update our drink recipes to reflect both the classic cocktails and some more current drinks every bartender should know.  Come on up north of the border and see what Vancouver has to offer while learning to bartend in an awesome downtown location.

We Do Hands-On Bartender Training

Our program is focused on hands-on learning. We know that lots of practice eventually makes perfect. Through repetition, and structured learning we have students knowing 90+ drinks by heart in only 8 classes. Each class is taught in downtown Vancouver. We are only 5 minutes from both Waterfront and Granville Skytrain stations. Come on up for our weekend classes on Saturday, and stay the night. We are also just a stone’s throw from some of Vancouver’s best bartenders. On Sunday, you can join us again for classes and head back down to Washington in the afternoon.

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Knowledge is Key in any Bartending Course

Great bartenders know a little about everything. We get you started each day with cocktail practice, then dive into the background and history of a new spirit. We have found a way to balance knowledge and hands on practice so that you can really succeed behind the bar. Yes, we do talk a little about beer and wine but our focus is on all those fundamentally great cocktails. Of course we have to add in a few of our own stories from behind the bar, to give you an idea of what to expect when on the job.

The classes for our 32-hour Commercial Bartending Course are spread out over is eight 4-hours days. We immediately get you up behind our 22 foot long training bar and have you pouring shots in no time. By Day #8, and a lot of practice, you will have:

  • the renowned Fine Art Commercial Bartending Certificate
  • knowledge and understanding of about 100 different cocktails
  • the confidence to craft your own tasty cocktails
  • ways of selling for the house, plus ultimately making more in the way of tips
  • ideas on how to train support staff, plus knowing what to expect from your bartenders
  • plus a few new friends

Get your Responsible Alcohol Sales Training Certification

In Washington State, anyone selling alcohol needs to go through Responsible Alcohol Sales Training Course. In British Columbia we have something similar called ​Serving It Right certification. The material in both of these courses is all online now. We don’t pour over every detail of these two responsible serving programs, but we do like to inject some of our experiences. Spend your class time on learning how to be a great bartender. Learn how to make some great money. We want you making cocktails, improving your customer service, and learning how to make more tips! Definitely look into these responsible serving programs though. To be a successful bartender in Bellingham… you need to know how to sell. Every upsell and tasty cocktail made is the perfect opportunity to make more in the way of tips!

Class Times

DAY Classes

$ 675
  • 11am – 3pm
  • Tuesday to Friday for TWO weeks

EVENING Classes

$ 675
  • 6pm – 10pm
  • Tuesday to Thursday for Week #1 & 2
    Tuesday & Wednesday for Week #3

WEEKEND Classes

$ 675
  • 12pm – 4pm
  • Saturdays & Sundays for FOUR weeks

*Canadian Statutory Holidays may result in a shift of classes. Check all our upcoming class start dates to see out what works for you!

The Weekend classes start roughly every four weeks. Since there isn’t a bartending course near Bellingham, we recently had a lady up from Oak Harbour each weekend. She spent each Saturday night in a new cocktail bar for 4 weeks in a row. Call it ‘research’ or ‘homework’. Cross the border on Saturday morning, come to class and stay the night at a place economical, clean and nearby, then join us again Sunday afternoon before heading home.

Send us an email if you don’t see dates far enough out! We generally have an idea of class starts for the upcoming year. Just send us a note.

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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 Instructors

Grant G.
Day Classes
Bartender

Grant G.

Zack C.
Evening Classes
Bartender

Zack C.

Tieg S.
Weekend Classes
Bartender

Tieg S.

Chris S.
Team Events & Special Classes Bartender

Chris S.

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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.

Zack C.

Zack C.

When not teaching evenings here at Fine Art Bartending, you can find Zack slinging drinks at 1181. On the weekends, Zack is the lead bartender, bar manager and the main guy training new bartenders there. With over 10 years in the service industry, he has a pile of stories to share about how much fun this industry is. Before creating all kinds of cocktails, he worked his way up from bar back to bar manager.

If you ask him what he likes to drink, he’ll tell you he’s a tequila guy. It’s those great margaritas that take him back to those days when we could easily travel to Mexico. Tequila is something that really needs to be sipped to be appreciated. He’s also spent some time as a barista so Zack knows his coffee.

Zack is also an actor and has spent many years teaching drama and improv. Bard on the Beach and the Canadian Improv Games are a few of the different things he has been up to ever since relocating out west from Ontario. You can also find him on IMDB!

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.

Chris S.

Chris S.

Chris also graduated from Vancouver Fine Art Bartending back in 1998. Bartending at university parties made him seek out a role behind the bar for both some extra cash while working on that engineering degree. Shortly after finishing the bartending classes, Chris started at a little Greek restaurant in Vancouver’s West Side, and after a couple years he moved on to the city’s best jazz club ‘The Cellar’. Doing a day job as an engineer, and night gig as a bartender soon caught up with him and he hung up his bar rag to focus more on what he went to school for.

Since those early days as a bartender, Chris has always dreamed of opening his own little beach bar somewhere in the world. Chris has been to Europe, Asia, South America, 48 of the 50 US states and has had a drink in each of these places. Not all those beverages were good, but each spot on the map does things a little differently and Chris is effectively a student of everything. He regularly travels in search of that perfect serene and sandy spot, but for now is content to enjoy Vancouver and all the great little happy hour spots around. He also has his WSET Educator Certification and is our in-house WSET Level 1 and 2 Spirits educator.