About Shaker Bar & Barista School

Established in 2001, Shaker operates many training academies around the world, and runs three main divisions: the bar school, events hire, and bar consultancy.

Shaker BarSchools are the UK and South Africa’s leading bartending schools dedicated to providing bartending, cocktail, and coffee related training courses. Shaker professional bartending & barista courses offer you the opportunity to train in all disciplines with some of the most comprehensive bar and cocktail training programs available in the world.

Our events team run everything from small private cocktail bars to large corporate events with a teambuilding session for 300 people. Our mobile bar service can be tailored to meet your needs, from cocktail design to bartender hire.

Our expert bartenders are also consultants for many businesses from independent bars and restaurants to major brands and establishments. We provide menu development and implementation, staff training, and ongoing monitoring and support.


Internationally
Accredited Courses

Designed by Experienced
Bartenders and Baristas

2,000 Learners Trained
A Year

93% Learner
Satisfaction Score

What We're All About

Looking to get your start in bartending? Throwing a spectacular party? Need an expert bartender to advise on your brand image? We can help with all of this and more. Learn more about our different divisions below.

Bartending Training Courses

If you want to be a bartender then Shaker BarSchool is the place for you, Shaker has vocational bartender training solutions for everyone from beginners right through to professional cocktail bartenders, bar managers and F&B managers. Shaker offer a range of accredited and vocational bartending courses from a one day cocktail master class through to the international bartender course, advanced and WSET spirt courses.

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Interested in starting a journey in bartending or barista training?

Contact us and we will help you every step of the way. We run many different courses and packages and sometimes it can be hard to decide which is best. Give us a call and we can chat it through.

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Our Amazing Training Team

Our trainers have years of bartending experience from some of the world's best venues: and they want to pass their knowledge on 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 that you can keep and use all your life.

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Our Accreditations

Our courses are approved by leading authorities in the bartending, barista, and educational sectors.

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The Knowledge Centre

There is some fantastic information available on the internet nowadays that can really help a bartender's journey. But what do you start with? We have spent 20 years starting bartenders and baristas off on their professional journeys, it's important to learn enough but not get overwhelmed with information. Our Knowledge Centre is where our experts answer the internet's most asked bartending and barista questions.

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What Our Clients Have To Say

As the leading bar school in SA, Shaker was the obvious first choice for our son who will be joining us on our new (ad)venture as Publicans in the UK. I’m delighted to say they did not disappoint! From Day 1 our son thrived, thoroughly enjoying the entire experience! It must be noted that he has a learning disability so was very nervous about what to expect from the course. From the beginning, the instructors went out of their way to ease his anxiety and to ensure his success. The joy and excitement on his face when he returned home after the final exam, proudly waving his certificate is a memory that will last a long time! I cannot recommend Shaker highly enough.

– Alison Evans

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
Jayden Oosthuizen
Jayden Oosthuizen
2019-07-15

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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Bar & Beverage Consultancy

Shaker offer a bar training and consultancy solution to businesses in the hospitality industry from small independent restaurants and bars to groups, hotels and international brands. We are currently on a two year consultancy with a major hotel chain the Maldives.

Our consultancy team can develop bespoke training material for your team as well as a bespoke training program and drinks list. Often businesses find it more practical to run our training sessions onsite and indeed this can work out a cheaper option than sending everyone to our training schools. Sometimes we can help with just a menu tweek, and sometimes it's just the stock management that needs help.

Talk to us and we will do our best to find a solution to fit your time and budget.

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Our Industry Partners

Every time you mix a drink at Shaker BarSchool you will be pouring from a range of quality house & premium pours as well as using some of the best bar equipment currently available. Here are some of the great brands we use at the school.

Venue Hire

Both our Cape Town and Johannesburg spaces are available for hire for a range of events from seminars to film-shoots.

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Shaker Events

Shaker provide an exceptional bar service to suit your desired requirements, theme and budget. With over a decade of experience in mobile cocktail bars we continue to lead the way in hospitality services and pride ourselves on our long-lasting client relationships.

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Latest Blog Posts

We share all our bartending and barista knowledge, from recipes and skills to industry news and events.

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