Become a bartender – a bartending course in Dublin, Ireland that is designed to get your bartending career started

Bartenders are in huge demand worldwide – here’s why working behind a bar might be your dream job!

Why become a bartender?

Bartenders have never been in higher demand, with bars, restaurants and hotels around the world crying out for staff. But why is bartending such an attractive job, and what are the opportunities for career progression in the hospitality industry?

Bartending is a great career for so many reasons. Working in a bar is extremely social and often a lot of fun. The high-intensity nature of the job means you and your team will bond quickly, sometimes becoming friends for life! You’ll also be chatting to customers from all over the world, hearing their stories, having a laugh and gaining a deeper understanding of human nature. The longer you work as a bartender, the better a communicator you’ll become. 

Working behind a bar is like being on a stage – you’re the centre of attention, and you have to engage your audience! This might seem a little daunting at first, but there’s no better way to gain serious confidence and charisma. If you weren’t the life of the party before you started bartending, you definitely will be after a few months in the role. 

Bartending is also one of the few jobs where you can dive straight into the action after just a few days or weeks of training. Here at Drink In, we offer several excellent bartender courses in Dublin, Ireland that will help you to smash your first trial shift and land your dream job. 

Bartending offers a good salary, and if you take your role seriously you can move up the career ladder pretty quickly. Bar managers, supervisors, and even bartenders can be paid better than 

many jobs that require a college degree. And that’s before you even count all those tips! On completion of one of our bartender courses in Dublin, Ireland, you’ll also be armed with hands-on experience, recommendations and references from us, so you’ll be able to ask for a higher starting salary and have the skills to get promoted quickly. 

Working in a bar also teaches you so many transferable skills, from keeping calm in a fast-paced environment to attention to detail and teamwork. These skills are highly regarded by employers and an asset in any role. The opportunities for careers in the drinks industry outside of bartending are also huge, from becoming a sommelier to an international ambassador for a drinks brand, representing them all over the world. Many former bartenders also go on to open their own successful bars or wine shops. 

If you’re creative, bartending is a great choice of job. The flexible hours mean you’ll have time to pursue passion projects during the day, like writing your novel or rehearsing with your band. Meanwhile you’ll also be flexing your creative muscles at work, whether you’re experimenting with different flavours or coming up with new cocktail menus. 

As a trained bartender, you’ll be able to get hired almost anywhere. You could work in a beach bar in Hawaii for a year before hopping on a cruise ship to bartend your way around the Mediterranean, then coming home to a job in your favourite local cocktail bar!

Become a bartender – a bartending course in Dublin, Ireland that is designed to get your bartending career started

What is the situation for bartenders like now? 

During the pandemic, bars, restaurants and hotels around the world were forced to close, and their staff were made redundant. As a result, many bartenders left the hospitality industry, and when the businesses reopened they were left without staff. Even now, the hospitality industry is still short-staffed. This means that there are a lot of open positions in some really amazing bars around the world and you’ve got an even better chance of landing it if you have a qualification. 

However, despite there being a large supply of jobs in hospitality at the moment, there is still a lot of competition for roles in the best bars. Completing one of our bartender courses in Dublin, Ireland will help your CV stand out to employers and land you your dream job, whether it’s on a luxury superyacht or a famous cocktail bar!

What are the latest bartending and cocktail trends around the world? 

Bartending, cocktail making and mixology are always evolving. In the past, bartending was seen as almost a “dead-end” job, or a job that people only did for a while before moving on to work in other industries. More and more, bartenders and mixologists are seen as masters of their craft, and are getting the respect they deserve. Their salaries and working conditions are also reflective of their skills and talent. 

Work/life balance is also becoming more important in the hospitality industry, as management and staff have come to realise the dangers of burnout. With a shortage of good bartenders, managers are generally making an effort to look after and retain their staff. There’s never been a better time to get into bartending!

Sustainability is also becoming more important worldwide, with many bars thinking more about the environment and making conscious efforts to reduce waste. “Zero waste” bartending is a big trend in 2023. 

When it comes to cocktails, the classics are making a big comeback, but there’s still plenty of room for experimentation. Many new trends are building in popularity, from clarification to minimalism to molecular mixology. Whether it’s through a complementary food pairing, a blast of flavoured smoke or a unique textural element, mixologists are going above and beyond to create memorable experiences for their customers. 

At Drink In, we’re at the cutting edge of modern bartending. Our bartender courses in Dublin, Ireland are constantly being updated to reflect changes and trends in the industry, so you won’t be left behind! If it’s been a few years since you’ve been behind a bar, signing up for one of our courses is a great way to refresh your memory. Our experienced instructors will get you up to speed with what’s new in the drinks industry in no time.

Drink In’s bartender courses in Dublin, Ireland 

Introduction to Cocktails Level 1

This 2-day cocktail course in Dublin, Ireland is the perfect way to kickstart your career as a bartender, or to learn how to make cocktails at home to impress your friends and family. It’s also an excellent refresher course for those who haven’t worked behind a bar in a while, or those looking to incorporate cocktails into their bars and restaurants. 

Run by our experienced instructors, the course is a hands-on introduction to making great drinks, with a focus on practical bartending and understanding flavour. You’ll learn the building blocks of mixology and the tools and techniques you need to know, and gain valuable experience mixing drinks behind our practice bar. 

You’ll discover a whole new dimension to your favourite cocktails and spirits!

What you will learn: 

  • Intro to equipment, glassware and garnishing
  • The history, production and classification of spirits
  • The history of cocktails 
  • How to make classic cocktails 
  • How to design and create craft cocktails
  • Bartending movements and techniques
  • The principles of mixology 
  • Working flair tricks
  • 20+ classic cocktail tasting

Click here for more information or to start your cocktail journey with our cocktail course in Dublin, Ireland. 

Introduction to Mixology Level 2

Drink In’s 2-day mixology course in Dublin, Ireland is a fantastic introduction to the world of mixology, the culinary art that separates an everyday cocktail from the craft cocktail. 

You’ll learn everything from basic to advanced mixology techniques, find the flavours that inspire you and create all sorts of delicious drinks, from twists on the classics to your own craft cocktails. 

What you will learn: 

– Introduction to the mixology philosophy and principle
– Understanding flavour and flavour combinations
– Train and understand your palate
– Learn cutting-edge mixology techniques (clarification, infusion, sous-vide and more)
– How to make mixology products (syrups, shrubs, foams and more)
– How to design mixology products
– How to elevate classic cocktails
– How to design and create your own cocktails
– Cocktail tasting
– Cocktail competition

Click here for more information or to book your spot on our Introduction to Mixology course in Dublin, Ireland. 

Become a Bartender 

Our Become a Bartender course in Dublin, Ireland will give you all the skills you need to become a great bartender in just two weeks! From tools to tills, pouring pints to changing kegs, cocktails to spirits, our up-to-date course will get you ready to nail your first trial shift and hit the ground running when you start your first bartending job. 

During our intensive course, you’ll gain bartending knowledge that can take months or years to learn on the job. You’ll learn the principles of mixology, how to make the classics and elevate them with unique twists, and how to design and create your own craft cocktails. 

Thanks to our purpose-built practice bar, you’ll have the confidence and experience to integrate quickly and seamlessly into any bar’s team and flow. With our references and recommendations, we’ll also help you find a job easily after the course. 

What you will learn: 

  • The role and responsibilities of a bartender
  • Tools and equipment
  • Glassware and glass handling
  • Tills and cash/card handling
  • Tray handling skills
  • Principles of customer service
  • Responsible service of alcohol
  • Shift preparation
  • Stock handling
  • Introduction to beer
  • Draught beer and cellar management
  • Pouring the perfect pint 
  • Introduction to wine
  • Barista training
  • Classic cocktails
  • The art of craft cocktails
  • How to design your own cocktails
  • Light and aged spirits
  • The principles of mixology
  • Tastings

The course runs from 10am to 4pm Monday to Friday for two weeks. If you need accommodation, we’re happy to help. See below for more information. 

Click here to book your place on our Become a Bartender course in Dublin, Ireland.  

Why do your bartender course in Dublin, Ireland

Why do your bartender course in Dublin, Ireland

Drink In’s Dublin Academy is based in the heart of the city, in the lively neighbourhood of Smithfield. Dublin is famous for its nightlife, and with nearly 1000 pubs and bars across the Irish capital, it’s an ideal place to learn about cocktails and bartending! 

If you are interested in doing a bartender course in Dublin, Ireland, we will also help you find comfortable, affordable and conveniently located accommodation, where you can share with other students on the course in a fun, social atmosphere. Contact us at [email protected] for any queries. 

From cosy pubs with live trad bands to chic speakeasies and innovative cocktail bars, Dublin has everything you could want from a night out. Check out Bar 1661, a stylish cocktail bar centred around poitín, an Irish spirit which was banned from 1661 (hence the name) right up until 1997. Other favourites of ours include the award-winning Drury Buildings, and The Blind Pig, a speakeasy with excellent cocktails and live jazz music. 

The city is also packed with distilleries and breweries, from tiny craft beer operations to the big hitters like the Guinness Storehouse and the Jameson Distillery. Signing up for one of Drink In’s bartender courses in Dublin, Ireland is a great way to network, and you’ll have a huge choice of places to work if you decide you want to stay in the city for a while. 

Of course, Dublin’s not all about drinking – it’s also a city steeped in history and culture, with a multitude of important historical sites, museums and galleries. Some historical must-sees include Kilmainham Gaol Museum, the Book of Kells at Trinity College (one of the most famous artefacts in the world) and Glasnevin Cemetery. There are also direct bus and train routes to visit the rest of the country, so you can easily check famous tourist destinations like the Cliffs of Moher or the Ring of Kerry off your list. 

With over a decade of drinks education experience behind us, our Dublin Academy is a great place to learn the foundations of bartending and kickstart your new career. 

To find out more about our Dublin Academy or book your bartender course in Dublin, Ireland click here. If you would like to get in touch with us directly you can email us at [email protected]



In a city renowned for their bars,
we provide an education in drinks excellence.

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Dublin 7, Ireland

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