About Crafty Bartending

The ultimate resource for new & aspiring bartenders.

Welcome to Crafty Bartending

We’re a one-stop resource for new & aspiring bartenders, made by bartenders. We cover the life, the party, the booze, and the cocktails. But most importantly, we provide actionable advice that you can use to land your first job, become a better bartender faster, & fast-track your career. 

Whether you’re trying to get your foot in the door, get your bartending license, learn the theory of beer, wine or liquor, master the craft of the cocktail, or you’re interested in learning more about the life of a bartender, you’ve come to the right place. 

Our mission is to help you become the best bartender you can be so you can live the life you’ve always dreamed of. This profession is unique because it gives you the freedom to travel the world, socialise for a living, & make great money whilst doing so. For us, that’s what being a bartender is all about.  

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Meet Tom Blake

Tom Blake

Oh hey there…

Thanks for taking the time to read my about page. I’m Tom Blake, pro bartender, bar manager, avid traveller and creator of Crafty Bartending. I was lucking enough to stumble my way into bartending in my final year of uni. Back then, I didn’t know what I was doing with my life. Now that I think about it, I still don’t know what I’m doing!

But I do know this, the 6 years that I spent traveling the world and working as a professional bartender, were some of the most enjoyable & transformative years of my life. Looking back on it, I’ve done some pretty crazy things – cliff jumping in the South of France, partying in Ibizia, snowboarding in the alps, and getting into the ring for a pro Muay Thai fight in Thailand… AND getting paid for it :-). 

None of it would have been possible if I didn’t take the plunge all those years ago and become a professional bartender. 

If you’re interested, you can read more about my story here. 

That’s why I created Crafty Bartending.  My experiences have taught me a lot and I knew that they could, in some small way, help others live their own bartending dream – whatever that may be. Everything useful that I’ve learned about bartending, travel, and the hospitality industry, you’ll find within the pages of this website. 

So take a look around, subscribe to the newsletter, invest in ‘The Bartender’s Field Manual‘ (our official bartender’s guide), and work on becoming the best bartender you can be. Ultimately, that’s what going to make the difference.

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