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Welcome to crafty bartending


Hey, Tom Blake here.

You may think I started Crafty Bartending simply because I love bartending. Well, that's true! I love getting paid to socialise, make great money, and work a job that gives me the freedom to travel whenever I want. But more importantly, I created Crafty Bartending because becoming a bartender literally changed my life.

Now, I want to help you change yours.

At Crafty Bartending, we believe that anyone can become a great bartender. Everything you need to know can be learned. And believe it or not, you don't have to spend thousands on bartending school, study the history of alcohol, or memorise a million cocktail recipes. The only way anyone ever became a great bartender was by actually working as a bartender. And that requires getting the job first...

The just one thing standing in your way, bartending can be a difficult industry to break into. And it's even more difficult to find reliable, effective, & practical advice/training.

That's where we come in.

Crafty Bartending will help you become the kind of bartender everyone wants to hire.

Our mission is to become the ultimate resource for new & aspiring bartenders. We're going to show you exactly what you need to do to land your first job and then guide you towards bartending greatness. We want you to become so good that businesses will be lining up to hire you, everywhere you go in the world!

Ultimately, becoming a 'Crafty Bartender' will give you the freedom to travel the world, socialise for a living, make great money, and live an extraordinary life. So if you've ever asked, "Should I go to bartending school?", "What's the difference between a Cabernet Sauvignon and a Sauvignon Blanc?", or simply "How do I land my first bartending gig?", you've come to the right place.

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Meet Tom Blake


Professional Bartender, Bar Manager and the man behind Crafty Bartending.

Back in 2012, my life sucked. Life was boring, I didn't have many friends, I was still living with my parents, and I wasn't happy. So I decided to move my life to Europe in search of some adventure and excitement.

It turned out to be one of the the best decision I've ever made! It inspired a series of events that led me to ditch a corporate career back home and embrace the world of bartending. I spent the next 5 years (and counting) working as a professional bartender/ bar manager, living life & traveling around the world. It's been an amazing journey and it wouldn't have been possible if I didn't take the plunge & become a bartender.

(If you want to learn more about my story - You can read about it here)

That’s why I created Crafty Bartending. I want to help people live more exciting lives by becoming great bartenders. Because if you love to travel, socialise, and party, bartending will be one of the most enjoyable jobs you ever have. 

So take a look around, subscribe to our newsletter, learn as much as you can, and work on becoming the best bartender you can be. Ultimately, that's what's going to give you the freedom to live the life of your dreams!