Bartending Guide

bartending guide

Bartender’s Black Book –
An Online Bartending Guide

Since a bartending guide spans so many different areas, I’ve tried to break this section down into smaller, more digestible chunks. I’ve done so in a way that allows you to skim through this online guide to bartending and click only on the areas that are of interest to you.


In this ‘guide to bartending’ section, I’ll cover the following areas:

Bartending Basics: Online Bartending School Learn the basics that every successful bartender absolutely must know. In these bartending basics video tutorials, you’ll learn bartending basics…. all the way up to advanced bartending tips and tricks from a career barman.

Bar Terms & Bartender Terminology Learn the lingo and know that when someone says “Scotch. Neat.” they’re not commenting on how cool it is that your bar carries scotch.

Wine Terms you need to know Wine can be a confusing business if you don’t know the wine terms and wine words that everyone’s spitting out. From crisp to delicate to bouquet-talk, it can be difficult to figure out exactly what one of these ‘wine-O’s’ are saying to you when they’re talking shop.

Bar Glassware  Choosing the correct glassware for each of your drinks is the first step. Making sure its clean is a close second.

Bar Tools & Bartending Supplies Pictures and descriptions of the various types of tools available behind most bars and nightclubs (no, you’re not going to find a picture of that useless bartender from the pub down the street).

How to Become a Bartender There’s the right way and the wrong way to get your foot in the door. And there’s many people that shouldn’t even consider learning how to bartend. Find out if you’re one of them. Complete with what to wear to the interview, How to prepare for the interview, during the interview, and the follow-up after the interview.

Bartending Salaries  I’ve heard it time and time again; people saying that bartenders make ridiculous amounts of money. Well, they’re right, bartenders CAN make heaps of cash.

History of Alcohol It’s always good to have some idea of where certain alcohols came from and how they evolved and played a role in societies around the world and through the ages.

Bartending Tips  All the neat little tricks that us lifelong bartenders know.

Bar Tricks  They aren’t magic, but they’re still cool nonetheless. Learn some simple bar tricks to impress your friends (or the ladies 😉

Drink Recipes  Tried, tested and tasty drink recipes. Not 20,000 drink recipes, just the ones everyone know and loves.

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