2-Week Bartender Course starting 15th April (Dublin Bar Academy)

Start Date: 15/04/2024

Duration: 2 Weeks, Monday - Friday 10am - 4pm

Location: Dublin Bar Academy, 141 North King Street, Dublin 7

Full Fee: €950

Network Members Fee: €475

Programme overview

During our intensive course, you’ll gain bartending knowledge that can take months or years to learn on the job. You’ll learn the principles of mixology, how to make the classics and elevate them with unique twists, and how to design and create your own craft cocktails. This 2-week introduction to bartending course is designed to give you all the skills you need to work successfully in a bar and integrate quickly and effectively into your bar’s team and flow. From tools to tills, pouring beer to changing kegs, cocktails to spirits. We have created the most relevant curriculum to help start your career in the hospitality industry.

Thanks to our purpose-built practice bar, you’ll have the confidence and experience to integrate quickly and seamlessly into any bar’s team and flow. With our references and recommendations, we’ll also help you find a job easily after the course.

Course dates

15th – 26th April 10am – 4pm

Additional dates available. Please contact us.

Who is this course for?

This course is suitable for those looking to get into bartending and build their career in hospitality industry!

Content Covered

The 2-Week course includes:

  • Tools and Equipment
  • Glassware & Glass Handling
  • Tills & Cash/Card handling
  • Tray Handling Skills
  • Customer Service Principles
  • Responsible Service of Alcohol
  • Shift Preparation
  • Stock Handling
  • Introduction to Beer
  • Draught Beer & Cellar Management
  • Introduction to Wine
  • Barista Training
  • Classic Cocktails
  • Light Spirits Overview
  • Aged Spirits Overview
  • Tastings


  • Introduction to the Mixology Philosophy
  • Understanding flavour and flavour combinations
  • Product creation
  • Product design
  • How to elevate the classics
  • How to design a cocktail
  • Cocktail tasting
  • Cocktail creation


Richard Linden

Owner // Head of Education

Richard Linden is a seasoned entrepreneur and hospitality industry professional originally from Sweden and currently based in Dublin, Ireland and with over 20 years of experience in some of the world’s most renowned venues across Europe and Asia.

Richard’s journey in the hospitality industry began in his native Sweden, where his passion for mixology and dedication to customer service quickly set him apart.

In 2012, Richard realised his long-held dream of owning his own establishment with the founding of the Dublin Bar Academy in Ireland’s capital city. Since then, under his leadership, the Dublin Bar Academy has become synonymous with excellence in cocktail education and training, attracting aspiring bartenders from around the world.

Richard’s innovative approach to mixology and his commitment to mentorship have earned him recognition and respect within the industry.
He is known for his creative cocktail creations, as well as his dedication to sharing his knowledge and expertise with others.

As he continues to lead the Dublin Bar Academy to new heights, Richard remains dedicated to his mission of raising the standards of bartending and inspiring the next generation of cocktail enthusiasts, both in Ireland and beyond.

Gary Kelly

Head Instructor

Gary Kelly is a dedicated professional with a passion for the hospitality industry, particularly in bartending and mixology. His journey began in his hometown of Naas, County Kildare, where he attended Scoil Mhuire Community School, earning his Leaving Certificate with distinction.

Driven by a desire to excel in his field, Gary pursued further education at the Technological University of Dublin, where he attained a First-Class Honours certification in Continued Professional Development. This academic achievement underscored his commitment to ongoing learning and professional growth.

Gary’s career in hospitality commenced as a bartender at St. Kevin’s GFC, where he honed his skills in serving beverages and providing exceptional customer service. His dedication

and expertise led to his progression to roles of increasing responsibility, including Head Bartender at the esteemed Hamlet Court Hotel in Co. Meath.

In 2023, Gary embarked on a new chapter in his career by joining the Dublin Bar Academy as Head Instructor. In this role, he shares his wealth of knowledge and experience with aspiring bartenders, imparting essential skills in mixology, bar management, and customer relations.

In addition to his professional pursuits, Gary is deeply engaged in his community and is known for his strong work ethic and positive attitude. He is committed to ongoing professional development and is always seeking new opportunities to expand his skill set and knowledge base.
Gary Kelly’s dedication to his craft, combined with his exemplary work ethic and commitment to excellence, make him a valuable asset to any organization in the hospitality industry.

Anke Hartmann

Wine Educator

Anke Carmen Hartmann is a highly skilled professional in the hospitality and wine industry, with a wealth of experience spanning over two decades. Originally from Sebnitz in Sachsen, Germany, Anke has cultivated a rich background in hotel management, sommelier expertise, and operations leadership.
Anke’s academic journey reflects her commitment to excellence in her field. She holds a WSET Diploma Level 4, equivalent to an undergraduate specialist of wines and spirits, from London, England. Additionally, she has pursued advanced sommelier certification from the Court of Master Sommelier and completed WSET educator training, showcasing her dedication to continuous learning and professional development.

Anke’s professional experience is marked by notable achievements and contributions to various esteemed establishments. She has served in key roles such as General Manager, Operations Manager, Restaurant Manager, and Head Sommelier in renowned venues across Europe and Ireland. Her tenure at establishments like The Lamplight Wine Bar & Merchants in Clifden, Drury Buildings in Dublin City, and the 2 Michelin starred Tigergourmet Restaurant & Gastronomie in Frankfurt.

Throughout her career, Anke has demonstrated proficiency in diverse areas of hotel management, including financial control, sales, marketing, HR operations, and staff training. She has successfully overseen the setup and opening of new establishments, managed high- end wine cellars, and led teams to achieve prestigious accolades such as Michelin Stars.