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When it comes to unforgettable experiences, we set the bar high. In this guide, you’ll learn all about our epic courses that allow you to gain invaluable skills, travel the world, form lasting friendships and build confidence – both sides of the bar. See what’s in store…
How does the course work?
Our four-week International Bartender Course is broken down into four core modules: Bar Practice, Masterclasses, Flair and Free Pour. By the end of the course, you’ll have the skills and the confidence to walk behind any bar, anywhere in the world and look like you’ve been doing it for years.
1. Bar Practice
Build your bar skills, get acquainted with equipment & learn 65+ cocktail recipes
Deepen your product knowledge & discover sophisticated flavour combos
Master complex tricks designed to impress & entertain customers
4. Free Pour
Finesse your free pour for speed, style and efficiency behind the bar
5. Test & certificate
Get your EBS certificate and become a qualified bartender
World-class training. Designed by the best in the business.
The International Bartender Course is the world’s most developed bartender programme. The course has been meticulously designed to produce confident, highly skilled bartenders in a short space of time.
For the past 20 years, we’ve been reviewing and updating our course, keeping it in-line with current practices and upholding the high standards we’re known for. Our course is designed by world-renowned bartending experts who make sure students receive training unmatched by any other bar school.
Winner of 50+ flair competitions, 2x Flair World Champion & founder of the World Flair Association
Owner of the 3rd best bar in the world, where he serves up his signature experimental cocktails.
Head of Education at EBS, with 10 years’ experience managing bars across the world
World-renowned tequila master and 2x winner of the ‘Best Bar In Sweden’
Gin specialist & Global Head of Ambassadors @ William Grant & Sons USA
Globally recognised whiskey expert with almost 20 years’ experience in the industry
Meet your instructors
We’re one of the few bartending schools in the world that trains their trainers. Each one attends our rigorous Instructor Academy, which gives them the tools they need to become outstanding instructors. So when you take our courses, you can be sure you're receiving comprehensive, industry-approved training – every time.
Each instructor’s journey was different, but they all have one thing in common – a drive to pass on their passion and expertise to our students.
Each school is complete with industry-standard equipment, top-tier facilities, and bespoke spaces. And while every school is unique, you can expect the same high standard in each one.
Build your skills in the practice areas. Craft (and taste) cocktails at the live bars. Master your tricks in the flair areas. And study in the masterclass areas. What’s more, all schools have a designated chill area where you can relax and socialise with your coursemates.
Take a look at some of our spaces...
EBS New York
Free pour area
EBS Cape Town
EBS Cape Town
Where will you go?
We've got schools in 25+ destinations all over the world. Here's a few of our favourites...
One of the world’s most iconic, international, and individual cities where bartending is king.
The stunning Greek island that offers you white sandy beaches, activities, and exceptional nightlife.
Europe’s most diverse and fascinating city that is fuelled by canals and cocktails 24/7.
Accommodation? We’ve got it covered
When it’s time to pick your home away from home, you’ll have plenty to choose from. To get the full EBS experience, you can live with your coursemates in one of our specially selected villas, apartments or hostels.
Check out our accommodation options...
EBS New York
What you'll get with the International Bartender Course
- A four-week experience in one of our 25+ destinations across the globe
- Six hours of school per day, Monday to Friday
- Specially trained EBS Academy instructors
- Weekly masterclasses with industry experts
- Bartending manual designed by world-leading bartenders
- Informative pre-course video pack
- Globally recognised certificate of completion
- Free lifelong access to our exclusive job platform, EBS MatchStaff
- The option to stay at our EBS accommodation
Find work easily with the EBS job platform
Once you graduate, you’ll get free lifelong access to EBS MatchStaff. With this, you’ll be first in line for the best jobs in the industry. This exclusive online platform will connect you with top bars, restaurants and clubs all over the world, putting hundreds of exciting job opportunities at your fingertips.
One less thing to worry about
We know life can be unpredictable. That’s why we give you the option to add an extra layer of security to your booking with our three handy add-ons.
When class ends, the fun continues
After class, we organise tons of exciting activities where you can get to know your coursemates and explore your chosen city. Each school arranges their own unique events, but you can expect activities like distillery visits, brewery tours, bar crawls and day trips – and everything in between.
What our students say...
Life after EBS
Our graduates go on to do great things. After Sarah took our International Bartender Course back in 2008, her life changed completely. An EBS certificate took her from her sleepy Swedish hometown to buzzing Amsterdam, where she now works as a Brand Ambassador for Patrón. Read her story here.
You've probably got some questions...
Absolutely. Most of our students travel to EBS on their own. The course is crammed with opportunities to socialise, from group activities at school to after-hours events. You might arrive alone, but you're guaranteed to leave EBS with a network of friends for life.
Nope, we can take care of it. You can stay at any of our carefully chosen accommodation options while you’re here. Depending on where you study, we offer tons of places to choose from – think villas, apartments and lively hostels. Most of our students stay with us to get the full EBS experience. Plus, it's the best way to socialise and make friends during the course.
Check out the school pages to find out more about destination-specific accommodation.
No, transport to and from your chosen destination is not included in the course price. You have to book these separately, but if you need any advice, we'd be happy to help you find the cheapest and easiest routes. So if you need anything, just get in touch.
Yes – you can book the course now and pay later.
Use our flexible payment option to pay for your course in three installments. The first one is only 20% of the course price, and the second and third payments are 40% each.
Any questions? Just give us a call.
Social activities are a big part of the whole EBS experience, and most schools organise lots of exciting activities. You could tour a distillery, go scuba diving, go to a theme park, or visit world-famous attractions. All the activities are optional as they’re outside the course hours, but we encourage you to take part in as many as you can.
Yes. Every day, you’ll be tested on the six cocktail recipes you learnt in class the day before. This will help prep you for the final exams at the end of the course – there’ll be a practical free pour exam, a flair routine, a cocktail recipe test and a practical bar exam. To pass the course, you have to score 75% overall. Once you pass, you’ll receive the globally recognised and widely respected EBS certificate.
Our other courses
Whether you're an absolute beginner, aspiring barista or looking to take your bartending skills to the next level, we have a course to suit you.
No experience behind the bar? No problem. If you want to fast-track your way into the world of bartending, this one's for you. With this course, you’ll receive one week of practical bar training from experienced instructors. By the end of the course, you’ll have the skills and knowledge needed for an entry-level position behind the bar, where you can work your way up.
This two-day course is designed for those who want to develop their existing bartender skills. It’s great as an add-on to our International Bartender Course, or as a standalone course. In just two days, you’ll receive intensive training in a real bar environment. You’ll also learn about the history of bartending, work with a range of products, pick up complex techniques and recipes and begin to develop your own style behind the bar. By the end of the course, you’ll be armed with impressive skills and extensive knowledge that will wow prospective employers.
If you already have some bartending experience and want to take your skills to the next level, The Advanced Bartending Course is for you. This globally-recognised programme includes 10 days of intensive training with expert instructors, who will help take your skills from good to outstanding.
This course is ideal if you've taken our International Bartender Course and want to give your flair skills a boost. You must have some flair knowledge to do this course - a bartender with no experience will struggle. The course consists of four exciting flair rounds. The first two rounds, free pour and speed, will challenge your precision and pace. Rounds three and four, working and exhibition flair, are designed to make your tricks even more impressive.
Shorter than the Advanced Course, the Working Flair Course is an intensive two days designed to build your skills quickly. You’ll learn around 10 impressive pours, and each one will give you that extra bit of style and showmanship behind the bar. While the tricks look flashy, they’re easy to pick up, so you can get behind the bar and show off your skills straight away.
Interested in getting into the coffee industry? Our five-day Barista Course is an intensive programme that will arm you with all the theoretical knowledge and practical skills you need. By the end of the course, you’ll know your way around coffee-making equipment, you’ll have sound industry knowledge and of course, you’ll be making killer coffees. This course was created by some of the coffee industry’s most influential figures.
Whether you’re an aspiring barista or coffee connoisseur, this one-day course is a great introduction to the industry. You’ll be trained in essential barista techniques and methods through practical training. By the end of the day, you’ll be making all kinds of espresso-based coffees with barista-level skill and flair.
Tiki Course (5 days)
This one-of-a-kind course is suitable for all levels, offering the perfect balance of theory and practical sessions. For 5 days, you will be immersed in tiki culture, specialising in Polynesian-style cocktail preparation and decoration techniques. You'll quickly discover how bartending can be a highly creative art.