7 courses to start earning your bartender stripes

Singapore has a bursting drinks scene with many bars and bartenders pushing the boundaries. From cocktails inspired by local and Southeast Asian flavours (Ah Sam Cold Drink Stall) to drinks made from locally foraged ingredients like ants (Native Bar), there are tons of new flavours to try for those who fancy a tipple or two.

Then there are those who are keen to cross the bar and make the drinks. If that’s you, you’d be happy to know that there are courses that you can take to learn the fine art of bartending! See our course list below.

*All course fees are in SGD. All fees are up to date as of August 2019. Participants of such programmes must be at least 18 years old (the legal drinking age in Singapore). This list is in no way an endorsement, so do enquire/do your research to find out if a course you like fits your needs.

Just Starting Out?

This 1-day course will introduce participants to mixing and preparing methods, how to prepare alcoholic and non alcoholic drinks, the categories of international cocktails and mocktails, as well as the importance of hygiene, safety and sanitation. Participants will be awarded a Certificate of Participation jointly awarded by TMC Academy and the Association of Bartenders & Sommeliers Singapore.

Duration: 1 day, 7 hours long (can be customised for corporate requests)

Fees: 208.65 (excluding 21.40 course fees) SkillsFuture and SSG Funding are available.

SIPbarconcierge is a (mobile) bar and food catering company that wants to help you make every party you hold a success. They offer an interesting range of workshops for the interested, where you can make anything from bubbly cocktails to those perfect for Christmas. Their basic bartending workshop promises to teach the 3 steps of stirring, shaking and muddling with as little jargon as possible, so that you can make your favourite martinis and mojitos.

Duration: 2 hours

Fees: Please enquire directly with the company.

In this Bar Mixology Workshop, participants will go through both the theory and the practical. You will learn about categories of cocktails and their components, the types of bar equipment and glassware, how to mix and about garnishes, as well as Bar terminology. You will also learn how to make both cocktails and mocktails like the Singapore Sling and Fruit Punch. Participants who complete the workshop will be awarded a certificate by SDH Institute.

Duration: 1 day, 7 hours

Fees: 158.36 (after GST), optional fee of 50 for bar equipment. The course is SkillsFuture Claimable.

Palate Sensations does more than just cooking classes! Their mixology and basic bartending skills course is taught by a mixologist. Topics covered include brief history lessons of cocktails, basic bartending skills, the basics of cocktails and spirits, as well as the tools required in a home bar. You’ll leave knowing how to make international cocktails such as Mojitos and an Old Fashioned depending on the ingredients available—if you request to learn special cocktails before the classes during enrolment, you might just get your wish!

Duration: 1 day, 2 hours

Fees: 100.00

EC Proof is an online retailer of fine wines and spirits, as well as bartending books and home bar goods. ‘He’ (the fictional founder of Proof & Company) runs the Private Couples Cocktail Class from his charming ‘flat’ (store) located somewhere at Hong Kong Street. All ingredients are included along with a bottle of prosecco, and classes are taught by world renowned award-winning bartenders. Content covered includes the fundamentals of cocktail making, as well as 2-3 cocktails of your choice.

Duration: 2 hours

Fees: 200 per person, 2 people minimum

Mixes from Mars is a mobile bar services provider with a team of bartenders for hire. They organise cocktail workshops for events ranging from office functions to bachelorette parties. All materials are provided and participants will be able to receive one-on-one attention from their experienced mixologists. The owners of Hopscotch bar, Mixes from Mars will come up with a menu dedicated to your event or based on your flavour profile (subject to the details of your chosen package).

Duration: Please enquire directly with the company.

Fees: Please enquire directly with the company.

For the Seasoned

For those in the profession, the Elite Bartenders Course is for Barmen with some knowledge of alcoholic beverages and a few years of working experience (with endorsement from the President of their Bartender’s Association). Course finishers will need to have full attendance, pass a written examination and participate in all activities to receive certificates of completion/achievement. They will automatically become JWC alumni.

The 9-day course covers topics like Bar Management, the Costing and Pricing of Beverages, and the Marketing of Bars.

Duration: 9 days

Fees: 1700-3700

We hope these courses will help you get off to a great start in your (home or professional) bartending journey, and wish you a happy time bartending!

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