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.
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!
11am – 3pm
Tuesday to Friday for TWO weeks
6pm – 10pm
Tuesday to Thursday for Week #1 & 2
Tuesday & Wednesday for Week #3
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.
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