Professional Bartending and Barista Training

Our training academies in Cape Town, Johannesburg and Durban offer a definitive range of accredited and vocational hospitality courses from cocktail masterclasses to professional and advanced bartender courses, barista courses and wine courses, offering a turnkey training solution for hospitality businesses and individuals.

Internationally
Accredited Courses

Taught by Experienced
Bartenders and Baristas

2,000 Learners Trained
A Year

93% Learner
Satisfaction Score

Popular Bartending Courses

Our bestsellers, from fun afternoons out to professional qualifications.

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Afternoon Cocktail Masterclass

R 1 500,00 - R 1 650,00 Johannesburg

This is South Africa's most popular cocktail experince for a reason. It is a fresh take on what a Saturday afternoon should look like: a day with your partner or pals, learning how to make refreshing cocktails.

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5 day International Bartenders Course

R 9 850,00 Durban

The IBC is our flagship and most popular course and involves an intensive 5 days of training for both the beginner and the developing bartender. The topics covered within the course are universal, enabling bartenders to use the qualification in international bars and restaurants.

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WSET Spirits Level One

R 3 950,00 Johannesburg

A Beginner Level Introduction To Spirits For Those Starting A Career In The Industry Or Pursuing An Interest In Spirits.

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Become a Barista

Our barista courses, for at-home coffee enthusiasts and aspiring baristas.

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1 day Barista Introduction Course

R 1 500,00 - R 1 650,00 Johannesburg

An introduction to the art of the barista for anyone considering a career in coffee, who works in a restaurant and/or bar and wants to learn to pour the perfect cup.

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3 day Professional Barista Course

R 5 150,00 Johannesburg

This is a perfect course for the coffee rookie that wants to learn everything about the coffee industry or the intermediate barista that wants to take their skill and knowledge to the next level.

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Save And Get Fully Qualifed With Our Package Deals

We have put a number of our courses together for those that are looking to combine the courses into a longer one, whilst making a great saving on course prices. Our ultimate package is the Master Bartender Course, which teaches you everything you need to know to start your bartending and barista career with both knowledge and style.ย You can do the courses over whatever time period suits you; there is no problem with doing the Master Bartender Package in a month or you can spread it over 6 months if you like. You can see all the different course dates on the website or contact us to help you navigate this.

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Master Bartender Package

R 31 600,00 Johannesburg

The Master Bartender Package is the full house deal. Offering all our top courses currently available at Shaker. This package will take you to the top level of bartending.

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Superyacht Package

R 16 950,00 Johannesburg

The perfect package has been put together with the core beverage skills need for the worldโ€™s top superyachts. This package will get you confident with making cocktails, coffee and spirit knowledge. We also will give you some tips for dealing with demanding clients.

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What Our Clients Have To Say

I absolutely loved this course. Everyone was so friendly, it was fun and enlightening. There was help 24/7 when I found it difficult or struggled. The course leaders were incredible. They are very passionate and enthusiastic people that work around Shaker and they all wanted us to do our best and helped us achieve our full potential. I felt very educated after the course. I had an amazing time.

โ€“ Emma Koster

Jordan Botes
Jordan Botes
2021-05-14
This course was most informative, both theoretically and practically. Charmaine is an excellent educator. I had loads of fun!
Andrew Kiloh
Andrew Kiloh
2021-05-14
kevin van Schalkwyk
kevin van Schalkwyk
2020-02-10
Great foundation to have!
Siyabonga Ndlovu
Siyabonga Ndlovu
2019-07-20
Mxolisi Mayisa
Mxolisi Mayisa
2019-07-20
KVE Productions
KVE Productions
2019-07-18
Arthur Samende
Arthur Samende
2019-07-16
Taurai Blessing Saruchera
Taurai Blessing Saruchera
2019-07-16
blessing phiri
blessing phiri
2019-07-15

About Shaker Bar and Barista School

Shaker started its life in the UK and has been training bartenders and baristas in South Africa for the last 15 years at our schools in Bree Street, Cape Town and Parkhurst, Johannesburg. We have also run training for many of the top hotels and restaurants in South Africa, Zimbabwe, Namibia, Kenya, Nigeria and the Indian Ocean. We pride ourselves on designing training that suits the bar environment rather than knowledge for knowledge's sake, so all of our courses have a practical 'out of your seat' element to them.

Experienced Industry Experts

Our trainers have years of bartending experience, they are competition winners, they have worked at the world's top bars, and they have set up their own: let them pass on their experience to you! Our courses are fun and informative even if you have zero knowledge when you start. Once you have taken those first steps you will gain some skills you can keep and use all your life.

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A Career In Bartending

Starting your career as a bartender or barista is always a super-fast learning curve; there is no other industry where you can rise to the top so fast. Where else could a 21-year-old be put into a management position in charge of a R3million business and 25 staff...for a bartender it's not that unusual. Even if you are more interested in the art of bartending than management, you can travel the world meeting and serving some of the most interesting and influential people worldwide. It's best to get your first steps in the business guided by professionals who know their stuff; that way you do not form those bad habits that are hard to shake, and you get some immediate confidence that you can do the job effectively. There is no better start than Shaker BarSchool and Shaker Barista Courses.

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Interested in starting a career in bartending but not sure where to start?

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