Six months of world-class bartending experience in just four weeks!
We designed the International Bartender Course to arm you with the most well-rounded skill set in the shortest possible time frame—without cutting corners.
Your four action-packed weeks cover every bartending discipline - from bar practice and spirit masterclasses to flair training and cocktail creation. Unlike other shorter courses, the intensive IBC lasts long enough to give you the equivalent of six months’ bar experience. That means becoming a fully qualified bartender, ready to work high-paying jobs at premium venues.
Four weeks is what it takes to accomplish this - any less won’t do the job. By the end of the course, you’ll be able to jump behind any bar, anywhere in the world, and look like you’ve been doing it for years.
The world’s most popular bartending course
We offer a 360° training program, unique experiences, cool accommodation, world-class instructors, and high-end job prospects after the course. It’s no surprise that 98% of our students said they would recommend the course to a friend.
With us, you get more than just bar training. You’ll get a full-on four-week experience that combines masterclasses, hands-on bar practice, spirits and drink knowledge, and exciting activities. This is the most comprehensive bartender course on the market with a quality and a weekly course price you won’t find anywhere else.
As an EBS graduate, you get free lifelong access to EBS MatchStaff, our exclusive career platform. This connects you with the finest venues and gives you first pick of any job vacancies, whether it’s at an upscale hotel bar or a swanky cocktail joint.
A bartending course with a unique training environment
The first rule of our bartending course is that you must have fun!
You’ll practise behind our state-of-the-art bar stations with world-class instructors. We incorporate fun and interpersonal activities into our training so you create bonds with your classmates (and future colleagues!)
In every class, there is a real-feel bar environment that includes loud music and rapid-fire orders to get you ready for the true bar experience.
Our unique hands-on training methods help you develop confidence in your abilities and make you stand out from other applicants.
The goal is to get you ready to make money and create amazing drinks anywhere in the world whilst having the best time!
Find high-end jobs with an EBS certificate
Upon graduating, you’ll receive a globally recognized certificate and free lifelong access to EBS MatchStaff which will open you the doors to the best jobs in the industry. This exclusive online platform connects you with top bars, restaurants, and clubs all over the world - putting hundreds of exciting job opportunities at your fingertips.
Embrace life with EBS!
Enjoy unforgettable new experiences
Make friends for life
Connect with people from all over the world & broaden your horizons
Travel to new places
Choose one of our 28 incredible school destinations
Have an adventure at home
View your city or country from a new angle
Live with coursemates
Stay in our fantastic accommodation facilities
The perfect combination of learning and fun
Get 6 months bar experience in 4 weeks
Real bar environment
Craft cocktails like a pro behind a busy bar
Learn in our state-of-the-art training centers
Our trainers have qualified at EBS Instructor Academy
The fun factor
From games to competitions, there’s never a dull moment
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Experience The City That Never Sleeps, snap the famous sights, and drink outstanding cocktails.
The beach city that has it all; famous sights, epic nightlife, shopping, and stunning scenery.
One of the world’s most iconic, international, and individual cities where bartending is king.
What you will learn
We give you the tools, techniques, and drills needed to become a great bartender. As they say, “Practice makes perfect.” So there you’ll be, behind our fully equipped bar stations, making drinks whilst music plays and orders flow in from instructors and classmates. Training includes:
- Drink mixing
- Tasting sessions
- Working, craft and exhibition flair
- Free pour
To make the perfect cocktail, you first need a solid understanding of the basics. So we’ll start with that. And you’ll drill them by preparing and memorizing over 65 cocktails, from Bloody Marys to Espresso Martinis. Then, you can try your hand at creating your own cocktails during our mixology workshops. And you better shake them well, as you’ll be entering into a lively cocktail competition.
There’s a lot more to bartending than pouring artfully. Ever heard of building, stirring, shaking, straining, rolling, layering, or muddling? You need to know which glasses pair with which drinks, as well as the different types of ice, shakers, and strainers used to prepare them.
Advise guests on the spirits that best suit their tastes by studying the history and flavoring techniques involved in the production of vodka, gin, rum, tequila, whisky and more. It’s all part of the process to make you a well-rounded bartender, and in turn, make you more money.
Mixing drinks is just one part of bartending. The profession requires a diverse skill set including social abilities, dexterity, showmanship, and not cracking under pressure! We’ll give you an overarching view of the career, what to expect on busy nights, and how you can stand out on a trial shift. You might just land the job then and there.
- Bartender responsibilities
- Service skills
- Personal presentation and teamwork
- Presentation and hygiene
- Opening and closing procedures
Learn the basics of alcohol law and the important details pertaining to your state. This unit covers the legal age for alcohol consumption in different states and countries, alcohol units, responsible consumption and service techniques. This is essential knowledge for your bartending career as you’re legally responsible for those you serve.
World-class training. Designed by the best in the business.
The International Bartender Course is the world’s most developed bartender programme. The comprehensive course was meticulously designed by internationally renowned bartending experts to train students fast and effectively and is continuously updated to stay at the forefront of current bar practices.
One of our Board of Education members is Charlotte Voisey. Charlotte has collected countless titles over the years and is currently Global Head of Ambassadors at William Grants & Sons USA. One of the brands Charlotte represents in this role is Hendrick’s Gin, and so, as a specialist in this area, there was simply no one better to structure our course curriculum dedicated to this versatile spirit.
Gin specialist & Global Head of Ambassadors @ William Grant & Sons USA
World-renowned tequila master & 2x winner of the 'Best Bar in Sweden'
Winner of 50+ flair competitions, 2x Flair World Champion & founder of the WFA
Head of Education at EBS with 10 years' experience managing bars across the world
Owner of the 3rd best bar in the world where he serves up his signature experimental cocktails.
Globally recognised whiskey expert with almost 20 years’ experience in the industry.
Relax, we’ve got you covered
Yes! You can choose to stay at EBS’ accommodation. Most of our students stay with us as it's the best way to meet and network with your classmates during the course.
Check out the school pages to find out more about accommodation.
No. Students from all over the world attend our bartending courses, so you need to make your own arrangements to reach your course destination. However, some schools do offer a pick-up service from the airport. You can find this information when you book the course.
Our advisers can help you find the cheapest way to your chosen destination.
Contact us if you have any questions.
Yes - you can book the course now and settle the payment before the course starts
Use our flexible payment option to pay for your course in 3 instalments. The first one is only 20% of the course price. The second and third payments are 40% each.
Our International Bartender Course takes place over four weeks. During this time, you’ll enjoy hands-on training with our experienced instructors, workshops, masterclasses and tons of social activities.
All of our schools plan amazing activities to create the best possible EBS experience. 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 are outside of the course, but we recommend that you take part as they make your time with EBS even more unforgettable.
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