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This course runs from our bespoke 'Mixology School' in Brighton or can be bought to your venue to train teams of staff. 


This 5 day course has been designed to give the student a thorough understanding of the foundations of practical bartending. The course is the perfect start for those who wish to pursue anything from part-time work through to a full career in the bar industry. We cover the fundamental practical skills required to bartend effectively, efficiently, and professionally. We also cover knowledge of the essential ingredients, equipment and cocktails you will use as a bartender. Great bartending is about providing seamless service with personality, displaying knowledge and practical prowess. The course ultimately seeks to make you employable in an entry level position in the bar industry, anywhere in the world. This course also covers the WSET Level 1 course in spirits with an exam and certificate on completion.

Course Requirements

This course is suitable for anyone who wishes to become a bartender and as such no previous qualifications or experience are necessary, just a will to learn.

Course Content

During the 5 days you will cover the following

  • Free pouring – Daily

  • The tools of the trade & how to set your station

  • The art of good service

  • A guided spirit tasting to give you an insight into how spirits are made, what your preferences are and how to distinguish premium products.

  • Cocktail creation – using all of the various techniques you will learn how to create the classic, how to balance cocktails and how to twist them.

  • Practical and written examination – by the end of the week you will be confident enough to create your own cocktail and present it to the class.


Please note that we always use fresh ingredients and real spirits during our training, no spirit substitutes are used.


Learning Outcomes

Students attending this are expected to leave having gained the following skills, competencies, and knowledge:

  • Ability to free pour and competently use measures

  • Understand the basics of all the major products in the bar

  • Practical skills to work clean and smart, eliminating wasted motion

  • Understand the principles of good customer service

  • Appreciate the meaning and importance of a responsible attitude to alcohol

  • Able to produce cocktails to a high standard and understand their construction


Upcoming dates ​​


  • 10.30 am - 5.30 pm 25th - 29th September - Manchester

  • 10 am - 5 pm 9th Oct - 13th Oct - Brighton 

  • 10 am - 5 pm - 11th - 15th Dec - Brighton 

If you would like more info on upcoming dates please register your interest in the form below.

If you are and want to learn a little more about this course before you sign up we are offering FREE TASTER SESSIONS in Brighton and Manchester

  • 2pm - 4pm 25th July - Taster Session Manchester

  • 2pm - 4pm 2nd August - Taster Session Brighton

To sign up for a taster session via The Drinks Trust click here.

To sign up for a taster session directly with us click here.

We're thrilled to be in partnership with the Drinks Trust to offer fully funded places in Brighton and Manchester on this course to individuals facing hardship. This vocational initiative is directly trying to tackle the staff and skill shortage in the drinks hospitality sector, by providing the training required to confidently step into a successful career in the industry. To find out more about our funding opportunities with Develop please register below. 

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We have a variety of employment affiliates which successful graduates of this course will have access to, including;

The Ivy, The Ivy Asia, Gaucho Group, D&D, Revolutions, Night Jar & Butlers Wines

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