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When it comes to unforgettable experiences, we set the bar high. In this guide, you’ll learn all about our epic courses that allow you to gain invaluable skills, form lasting friendships and build confidence – both sides of the bar. See what’s in store…

How does the course work?

Our four-week International Bartender Course is broken down into four core modules: Bar Practice, Masterclasses, Flair and Free Pour. By the end of the course, you’ll have the skills and the confidence to walk behind any bar, anywhere in the world and look like you’ve been doing it for years.

Bar Practice

As the saying goes, practice makes perfect. You’ll spend time behind our purpose-built bar stations every day, crafting up to 100 cocktails in a real bar environment. During your four weeks at EBS, you’ll make as many cocktails as a regular bartender does in six months. By the end, you’ll feel right at home behind any bar anywhere in the world.

Masterclasses

To be a world-class bartender, practical skills alone aren’t enough. You need in-depth knowledge of what goes into every glass, from beers and wines to staple spirits and mixers. In this module, you’ll gain expert-level product knowledge and learn about the history of bartending.

Flair

You don’t need flair to make a great cocktail. But for your customers, impressive tricks can be the cherry on top of the Manhattan cocktail (and for you, the extra note in the tip jar). Designed by multi-award winning Flair World Champion Tom Dyer, this world-class programme will teach you how to put on a show using bottles, bar equipment and a steady hand.

Free Pour

Ever wondered how some bartenders can free pour eight drinks in two minutes and make it look easy? Well, we’ll let you in on the little-known secret reserved only for the pros. On this module, we’ll show you how to pour efficiently with precision, speed and confidence – without using a jigger.

EBS MatchStaff job portal

Find work easily with the EBS job platform

Once you graduate, you’ll get free lifelong access to EBS MatchStaff. With this, you’ll be first in line for the best jobs in the industry. This exclusive online platform will connect you with top bars, restaurants and clubs all over Thailand and the rest of the world, putting hundreds of exciting job opportunities at your fingertips.

World-class training. Designed by the best in the business.

The International Bartender Course is the world’s most developed bartender programme. The course has been designed to produce confident, highly skilled bartenders in a short space of time.

For the past 20 years, we’ve been reviewing and updating our course, keeping it in-line with current practices and upholding the high standards we’re known for. Our course is designed by five world-renowned bartending experts who make sure students receive training unmatched by any other bar school.

Jane Keaw-Yod

Training approved by industry experts

As well as being a multi-award winning flair bartender, Jane Keaw-Yod is a proud member of the EBS Board of Education. 

He began his bartending career back in 2006. Since then, he’s worked almost every role the industry has to offer, from bartender to brand ambassador to a professional speaker at bartending events. He’s also won international competitions and has showcased his skills live on famous TV programmes, from Thailand’s Got Talent to Woody’s talk show. 

As a Board of Education member, he will help design the course curriculum, making sure they meet his exceptionally high standards.

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Your instructors

We’re one of the few bartending schools in the world that trains their trainers. Each one attends our rigorous Instructor Academy, which gives them the tools they need to become outstanding instructors. So when you take our courses, you can be sure you're receiving comprehensive, industry-approved training – every time.

Each instructor’s journey was different, but they all have one thing in common – a drive to pass on their passion and expertise to our students.

Purpose-built school 

Our Phuket school is complete with industry-standard equipment, top-tier facilities, and bespoke spaces. You can build your skills in the practice area. Craft (and taste) cocktails at the live bar. Master your tricks in the flair area. And study in the masterclass area. We’ve even got a designated chill area where you can hang out with your coursemates after class.

Take a look at some of our spaces...
 

86% of students arrive alone, 100% leave with friends

98% of students would recommend the course to a friend

80% practice + 20% masterclasses

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What you'll get with the International Bartender Course

  • A four-week experience in our world-class Phuket school
  • Six hours of school per day, Monday to Friday
  • Specially trained EBS Academy instructors
  • Weekly masterclasses with industry experts
  • Bartending manual designed by world-leading bartenders
  • Informative pre-course video pack
  • Globally recognised certificate of completion
  • Free lifelong access to our exclusive job platform, EBS MatchStaff
  • The option to stay at our EBS accommodation

One less thing to worry about

We know life can be unpredictable. That’s why we give you the option to add an extra layer of security to your booking with our three handy add-ons.

 

Flexible booking

Cancellation insurance

Educational guarantee

When class ends, the fun continues

After class, we organise tons of exciting activities where you can get to know your coursemates and explore Phuket. You can expect everything from island visits, pool parties, movie nights and more. 

EBS Phuket graduate

Life after EBS

Back in 2017, our student Nen took the International Bartender Course at EBS Phuket, hoping to upgrade her restaurant menu with an impressive selection of cocktails. The training she received exceeded all her expectations. Read her story...

Ways to pay

Pay with Mastercard, Maestro or Visa through Novalnet

Option to pay by bank transfer

Flexible payment available

You've probably got some questions...

Absolutely. Most of our students travel to EBS on their own. The course is crammed with opportunities to socialise, from group activities at school to after-hours events. You might arrive alone, but you're guaranteed to leave EBS with a network of friends for life.

Nope, we can take care of it. You’ll have the option to stay at our very own Phuket student accommodation while you’re here, which is in the same building as the school. Most of our students stay with us to get the full EBS experience. Plus, it's the best way to socialise and make friends during the course.

No, transport to and from your chosen destination is not included in the course price. You have to book these separately, but if you need any advice, we'd be happy to help you find the cheapest and easiest routes. So if you need anything, just get in touch.

Yes –  you can book the course now and pay later.

Use our flexible payment option to pay for your course in three installments. The first one is only 20% of the course price, and the second and third payments are 40% each.

Any questions? Just give us a call.

We take our activities pretty seriously at EBS Phuket. We’ll arrange tons of exciting stuff after class, from boat trips to Koh Phi Phi and Coral Island to pool parties and movie nights on our rooftop terrace.

Yes. Every day, you’ll be tested on the six cocktail recipes you learnt in class the day before. This will help prep you for the final exams at the end of the course – there’ll be a practical free pour exam, a flair routine, a cocktail recipe test and a practical bar exam. To pass the course, you have to score 75% overall. Once you pass, you’ll receive the globally recognised and widely respected EBS certificate.

Our other courses

Learn the art of bartending online – in your own time and at your own pace. You'll benefit from our two decades of bartending and teaching experience, that we've poured into this collection of courses. We've got programmes for beginners, working bartenders and even curious mixologists wanting to carve out a niche.

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This two-day course is designed for those who want to develop their existing bartender skills. It’s great as an add-on to our International Bartender Course, or as a standalone course. In just two days, you’ll receive intensive training in a real bar environment. You’ll also learn about the history of bartending, work with a range of products, pick up complex techniques and recipes and begin to develop your own style behind the bar. By the end of the course, you’ll be armed with impressive skills and extensive knowledge that will wow prospective employers.

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Shorter than the Advanced Course, the Working Flair Course is an intensive two days designed to build your skills quickly. You’ll learn around 10 impressive pours, and each one will give you that extra bit of style and showmanship behind the bar. While the tricks look flashy, they’re easy to pick up, so you can get behind the bar and show off your skills straight away.

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