Bartender resources

These are my favourite tools & resources for learning & mastering the craft of tending bar. Check back often for updates!

Before digging into these awesome resources, an important disclosure:

Some of these links are affiliate links, which means that if you choose to make a purchase, I’ll earn a small commission. These commissions come at no extra cost to you. It just means that I might have a little extra beer money at the end of the week ;-). So if you do choose to make a purchase using these links, I’d really appreciate it!

online courses

Bar Smarts Courses

BarSmarts Wired have both an introductory & a comprehensive spirits & wine training course. These are both industry leading programs, taught by some of the most renowned names in bartending. And they come highly recommended by anyone who's ever taken them. This is the perfect place for new & experienced bartender alike, to learn more about the craft of tending bar. 

The Mixology Certification Program

A Bar Above designed this advanced mixology program to pick up where BarSmarts left off. If you've been bartending for a while and you feel like you've mastered the basics, this should be your next challenge. It will literally teach you how to build/invent balanced cocktails from scratch. If you want to take this course, send me an email and I'll send you through the discount code ;-).

Learn how to Become a Bartender

From crafting your resume, searching for jobs, nailing your job interview, to smashing your trial shift. This FREE ebook will teach you everything you need to know to become a bartender & travel the world. Even if right now, you have no experience!

bar tools & equipment

Craft Cocktail kit

If you don't have your own bar tools yet, this craft bar cocktail set from 'A Bar Above' is the perfect place to start. It's high quality equipment & comes with everything you need to make delicious cocktails. 

The infamous bar-blade is a necessary tool bartenders like to carry at all times. They're fun to play with and if you get creative, you can find many uses for this invaluable tool.

Wine knife diagram

Every bartender, waiter and hospitality professional should carry a wine knife/waiter's friend on them at all times. It's a sign of professionalism and they can be used for just about anything.

books we love

My Top 3:

Book: The Joy of Mixology

'The Joy of Mixology' by Gary Regan is an 'almost' complete bartender's guide and the book I recommend most to new & aspiring bartenders.

Book: Setting the Table

At its core, Danny Meyer's book 'Setting the Table' is about people skills & how to be hospitable. At the end of the day, that's what bartending is all about.

Book: The Bar Book

The 2nd book I recommend to new bartenders, Morgenthaler's book 'The Bar Book' details the different cocktail techniques & principles you'll need to learn to professionally tend any bar. 

For a more comprehensive list, make sure you check out the article: 10 Books Every Bartender Should Read


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