The Bartenders Workshop

The Bartenders Workshop was established in 1998 as a training facility for the hospitality industry.

The Bartenders Workshop is driven by passion, commitment, and a determination to uplift bartenders, waiters and managers in South Africa, in order to increase service levels. This drive has made us a highly successful business, recognised as an industry leader.

Etienne and Kurt Schlechter recognised the need for training of frontline service staff to develop the hospitality industry in South Africa.

Marius Basson joined The Bartenders Workshop team as Events Director due to the increased demand for professional events services. Marius’ international hotel background meant that he could add valuable insight into our training and service delivery.

The hospitality industry in South Africa has been known for their lack of professional service skills.

The Bartenders Workshop has managed to convince venue owners, hoteliers and restaurateurs of the value of training and outsourcing professional bartending staff. The market was initially very small, but has grown considerably due to our ground level work.

By establishing bartending as a recognised trade and encouraging sales through product knowledge and expertise, we have shown these owners the value of investing in their staff.

We initially trained between 500 and 1000 persons annually and this figure has now risen to over 2500 per year, which includes various tertiary education facilities.

Our events and functions business has grown due to the fact that people have recognised the need for professional, hassle free bartending and eventing services. As this portion of the business develops, we constantly strive to provide increased service levels. For this reason our events and functions have increased steadily. Our competitive pricing structure ensures that we are awarded most contracts that we submit quotations for.

  • Contact person: Etienne
  • Office number: 021 981 3551
  • Physical address:

    Cape Town

  • Service Area: Eastern Cape, Gauteng, Western Cape
  • Operating hours Mon to Thu: 0800 - 1700
  • Operating hours Fridays: 0800 - 1700
  • Operating hours Saturdays: Closed
  • Operating hours Sundays: Closed