30% Off sale until 31 July 2024 on our Flagship Bartender Course taking place from January to July 2024

Thirst Academy

Bartender & Barista Courses in JHB, Cape Town and Durban.

Giving you the techniques and skills to give client service excellence.

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An intensive course designed to give bartenders the necessary skills to work a bar under a fair amount of pressure whilst making cocktails. The course includes theory and practical exams.



A 3 day express course designed to give students an overall understanding of bartending. Taking students through the history of bartending to standard cocktail methodology.


Flagship Bartending Course

Module 1 – The Role of a Bartender
Module 2 – Tools of the Trade and Glassware
Module 3 – Pouring techniques
Module 4 – Customer Service and Responsible service of alcohol
Module 5 – Managing time more effectively and efficiently behind the bar
Module 6 – Introduction cocktail making techniques and introduction to classic cocktails

Express Bartending Course

Sneak Preview:
History of bartending
The role of a bartender
Customer service & complaints
Licensing laws and regulations
Free pouring & accuracy
How to setup a bar
Preparation of basic garnishes
Personal bar tools
The process of beer and wine
History of spirits
Cocktail methodology


The ideal course to teach budding baristas everything they need to know about the world of coffee and the skills required to make an amazing coffee at home or in a cafe.

Course Duration: 5 Hours

Barista Course

Module 1 – History and origin of coffee
Module 2 – How to use a coffee machine
Module 3 – How to atomise milk
Module 4 – How to make various types of coffees
Module 5 – How to clean and maintain a coffee machine

Happy Students

Enjoyed the bartender course even though it was very intense. Learnt so much and now have a wonderful job in an award wining restaurant.

- Micheal Mdala