Course Details

We aim to instill the very best attitude in our graduates, to reinvigorate and inspire their enthusiasm for their craft by educating them on the legacy they have inherited from the cultures of days gone by.

Modern Professional Bartender

A three day course experience that delivers an in-depth exploration of exactly what defines the modern bartender, at the highest level, in today’s ever changing industry.

Duration:

3 Days

Cost: 

£295 per person

Available Dates: 

18th 19th 27th June
25th 26th 27th July
27th 28th 29th Aug
27th 28th 29th Sept
29th 30th 31st Oct
26th 27th 28th Nov

Course Tutor: 

Scott Gemmell

This two-day course experience delivers an in-depth exploration of exactly what defines the modern bartender, at the highest level, in today’s changing industry. The course provides historical context for individual product categories, their production methods, and their impact, as well as the historical and contextual background of the industry itself and its evolution from our ancient past to its modern incarnation.

Our aim is to instill the very best attitude in our graduates, to reinvigorate and inspire their enthusiasm for their craft by educating them on the legacy they have inherited from the cultures of days gone by.

To this end, we deliver a very hands-on, experiential, two-day session. From a firm grounding in where our products have come from, our students go on to master the highest level in drinks preparation technique and skill, from foundational pouring skills and bar setup preparation, right through to advanced cocktail preparation technique. We work through cocktail-by-committee drink creation and explore the principles of effective balance and theatre to ensure our graduates return to work with a renewed passion for their art and the skills to provide this both for their employers and their guests.

A broad range within our tasting options allows us to explore those aspects of focus which are most appropriate to the experience and current employment of our students. Tasting sessions wherein we explore wine, beer, whisky, and gin give our students the ability to have first hand contact with the different nuances within each, which when combined with our academic focus on production methods and historical context, allows our students to raise their own floor and become accomplished in recommendation, pairing and bespoke tailoring for their guests.

We ensure that our students complete their course with as much hands-on experience in a flowing and creative environment as possible, supported by trainers who work at the highest level within our industry. The additional flair, tips, and tricks of the trade which flow from the experience and confidence of our trainers guarantees to add flair and passion to each and every one of our students, ensuring that they are able to return to work with a wealth of new knowledge, skill, and experience to share with their colleagues and guests alike.

Concluding with inclusion at our Drinkubator, our students are given the chance to bring together everything they have learned so far and challenged their own creativity while meeting with representatives of the best in our industry. We network with the best bartenders, selected for invitation to our Drink Lab to enjoy the finale and sample their presentation drinks over a cocktail and some nice foods to finish and toast to their experience and certification.

"The Liquid Academy was the perfect place to fine tune your skills as a bartender, no matter what level you are at. From training on the most effective ways of movement to learning about the history of the profession. The guys at Liquid Academy had a huge impact on my team. On top of everything, they also provided us with theoretical social and practical disciplines which have lifted and changed the culture of hospitality within our squad. I would thoroughly recommend this course to bartenders of all levels & wish them every success in continuing to provide the leading bartender course in Scotland and the UK."
John Grigor
Cut Bothwell, Bar Manager

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Who we are

The LA Group is a drinks solutions business with three complimentary divisions working from a dedicated Drinks LAB and training space known as the Liquid Academy.  We provide leading operators, drinks brands and individuals with cutting edge training and menu design services, alongside a fully bespoke mobile event and logistics engine capable of catering any size of event or brand activation across the United Kingdom. Whether business, brand, individual, distributor or marketing agency, we have unique perspectives and a passion for the noblest and most ancient of crafts. BARTENDING!

Founded by lifelong professional bartender Scott Gemmell in 2005, The LA Group launched Scotland’s first and to this day, only professional bartending academy in the country.   Following many nationwide cocktail competition such as the Liquid War & Caledonian Bartenders Cup appearances on TV from the ‘Hairy Bikers’ to ‘Come Dine with me’ STV Shows and the sorely missed, BBC Radio Scotland’s ‘Macauley n Co’ show, you may have tasted one of Scott drinks or tasty cocktails already.  

Today alongside a seasoned team of key partners Donald Stephenson, Michael Carey & Aaron Skinner in each of their respected divisions, are much like a well-balanced cocktail, tapping into all the necessary specialized skill sets, to set your team, brand, venue, career or event ambitions on a path as close to pourfection as possible. 

It is you, our guests and the ebb of flow of life itself, we serve x

gum bi do làithean uile toilichte
(may all your days be happy ones)

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For more information you can email the team by clicking the button below or call 0141 628 6250