Become Everyone’s Favourite Bartender
5 weeks of training on-location at local Victoria bars where you will learn world-class techniques to wow today’s guest
Space is limited. Apply today.
Nimble Bartending School is the most well-rounded, comprehensive bartending program in Canada. Our training takes you through cocktail technique, point-of-sale systems, speed training, guest communication, palate development, menu design, and much, much more.
You’ll learn from industry-leading and award-winning professional bartenders, bar consultants, bar managers, and cocktail event caterers. Your instructors collectively represent every aspect of the art, craft, and business of bartending. You’ll learn to maximize profitability both for yourself and for the bars you work behind.
“The greatest accomplishment of a bartender lies in his ability to exactly suit his customer.” — Henry Gordon Johnson
There’s more to pouring than you might think. From free pouring to cutting a pour, mastering methods can make the difference between an amateur and a professional.
Where exactly do you build the drink? Do you build it in the glass to be served? In a tin? In a julep cup? In a mixing glass? In which order should you build your drinks? Have no fear; we’ll cover this, too.
Learn techniques like cocktail dilution, aeration, and emulsification. We’ll teach you to elegantly guide the ice around the glass with a stir, shake the bejeezus out of a drink that needs to be woken up, and aerate a viscous drink with a throw.
Master the recipes and preparations of the 50 most important and frequently ordered cocktails. You’ll leave our program knowing how to make these drinks deliciously and with panache.
A great bartender wastes few movements, works at lightening speed, and can make multiple drinks at once. We’ll teach you how through simulated speed trials.
With the renaissance of cocktails now in full-swing, guests expect custom drinks. Our program teaches you how to easily create unique drinks that customers will love.
Gone are the simple days of lonely wedges and twists. Welcome to the world of swaths, flowers, birds, wheels, planes, and more. Our program will teach you to creatively garnish your drinks and impress your guests.
You’ll walk away with a fundamental understanding of important wine varietals and how to pair them with a variety of foods and dishes.
We’ll turn you into a spirited pro. You’ll be able to school your friends on everything from whisk(e)y to mezcal.
We’ll help you develop and refine your palate through blind tastings.
Learn which beers are top vs. bottom-fermented, why that’s important, and other key hoppy insights.
By knowing how to communicate proactively and effectively with guests, you can confidently manage any situation. We’ll teach you how.
Learn how to put together wine, beer, and cocktail menus that stand out and drive more sales.
Dazzle your guests with flips and tricks that enhance experience without wasting time.
We’ll take you through the ins-and-outs of BC liquor laws. You’ll be able to complete BC’s serving-it-right certification.
Commonly known as cocktail seasoning, bitters and tinctures are an integral part of cocktails. We’ll show you how to use these effectively in your drinks and even how to make your own.
We’ll get you thinking not just like a bartender, but also like an entrepreneur. You will learn how to add more value to the establishments you work at so that you will be a sought-after team member who can demand a higher wage.
“The time I spent with Nimble Bar Co, both as their customer and eventually as their coworker, was an invaluable asset to me as a young bartender. Their methodology regarding how to move and work quickly and efficiently in a high volume cocktail bar is unparalleled, as is their encyclopaedic knowledge of spirits and cocktail history. They were extraordinarily creative when it comes to cocktail creation, a trait that they pass on to anyone they work with, and most importantly they are patient teachers who will take the time to make sure that you actually learn the skills you need to be a great bartender.”
“These guys get it.”
Our instructors are award-winning professional bartenders, bar consultants, and bar managers. We’ll guide you on your journey as you become a bar wizard.
Nimble Bartending Certification
Recognized by Vancouver Island’s best establishments as the premier bartending qualification, the Nimble Bartending Certification will help you stand out from the competition.
Nimble Bartending Manual
The Nimble Bartending Manual is a culmination of over 40 years of bartending experience and knowledge presented in a fun and easy-to-read way that will expedite your professional development.
Access to Private Group Google Drive
You’ll become part of an inner-circle of Vancouver Island’s leading professional bartenders. Our private Google Drive includes resources like menu templates, custom cocktail recipes, training manuals, and more.
Nimble Signature Barkit (Optional Add-On)
We’ve spent years testing hundreds of combinations of different bar tools, and we’ve gathered the best in the Nimble Signature Barkit
While we can’t guarantee employment, our certification is recognized by Victoria’s establishments as the industry-leading bartender training. We’ll teach you the best ways to land a role as a bartender in Victoria and beyond.
Before we founded the Nimble Bartending School, we’d say ‘Yes, you’ll learn best on the job.’ But our program offers students something no job can: a compilation of almost 40 years of professional experience packed into comprehensive training. Our program will catapult you past those who have 3 – 5 years of experience ‘on the job.’
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The course costs $749.00 + tax.
Alternatively, you can pay in 4 monthly payments of $200.00 (aka one average bartending shift).
There are limited bursaries available to students and others with financial need.
Yes! Full-time bartenders can reasonably expect to earn $60,000.00 – $80,000.00 per year.
All supplies are included. There may be some additional out-of-pocket expenses for palate development programs, but they will be minimal (and optional).
Nimble Bartending School is the most comprehensive bartending program in Canada. We’ve trained bartenders all across the country teaching them to hone their skills and be more confident We’re excited to share all of this with YOU in the Nimble Certified Bartending School.