A professional ecosystem of hospitality that offers great experiences and quality of life for everyone.
We believe that we will achieve this by creating educational products, services and institutions motivated by our vision and values.
Our founding values and corporate ethics are described by our six values.
First and foremost for us is the value of dignity. We believe that through respect, kindness, decency and impartiality, honesty and mutual understanding we can make our world a better place.
With consistency, responsibility, integrity and transparency we create high quality educational products and services.
Experience, knowledge, preparation, adaptability and ownership characterise our work. We are motivated by increasing the efficiency of products and services, with innovation and technology making the lives of all of us easier.
We have know-how and a positive attitude in what we do and we partner with others that act likewise. We want to "move" at high speed when we can and it is possible. We highlight and support all efforts and actions, independent origin, that help realise our vision. We collaborate and play as a team with those we share the same values with.
We want to be naive, because we believe that nothing is for granted. Someone may know something we do not know. We have an unquenchable thirst for knowledge and learning, we do our research and try to substantiate our positions, we tell the truth even if it is not in our favour.
We believe that sustainability can be achieved through empathy, ecological awareness and the balance of private, social and professional life. For us it is the only eligible path to wellness and well-being that will help us realise our vision. We try to promote resource saving, reuse and recycling of packaging and products and anything else makes sense in this direction.
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The Education System of Bar Academy
The educational system is divided into levels depending on the work and educational background of the student. The training programs are restructured, renewed or upgraded whenever necessary, following the modern trends of the professional ecosystem of hospitality and hospitality.
Level 1: are programs that lay the groundwork for the job. We believe that everyone should start at these programs. They are addressed to those with little (up to 3 years) or no work-experience in the hospitality industry and without having attended a complete training program for their chosen profession. For this level, our academy has programs aimed at Bartenders, Baristi, business-owners, Bar Managers, and junior or senior assistants.
Level 2: is aimed at those with at least 3 years of experience and have attended a comprehensive training program for the respective profession, or those that have completed our academy’s Level 1 training. Candidates for this level of training will go through an evaluation prior to joining. For this level, our academy has programs aimed at Bartenders, Baristi, business-owners, Bar Managers, and junior or senior assistants.
Level 3: is aimed at those with at least 5 years of experience in the position and having done Level 2 of our academy. Those interested will go through an evaluation to join this level if they want to participate. Candidates for this level of training will go through an evaluation prior to joining. For this level, our academy has programs aimed at Bartenders, Baristi, business-owners, Bar Managers, and junior or senior assistants.
Level 4: is aimed at those with at least 5 years of experience in the position or who have completed Level 3 of our academy. Those interested will go through an evaluation to join this level if they want to participate. Candidates for this level of training will go through an evaluation prior to joining. For this level, our academy has programs aimed at Bartenders, Baristi, business-owners, Bar Managers, and junior or senior assistants.
The Bar Academy was established in October 2007 at 14 Evpatorias street in the area near the Ampelokipoi metro station in Athens. Below are a few important moments of our history.
The first programs of the academy were the Bartending, Barista, Flair Bartending & Bar Management Seminar. The facilities consisted of a room for all the above programs. Structured training for hospitality professionals was, at that time, considered a luxury and in some cases unnecessary.
In October 2008, the Winter Whiskey Cocktail Workshop was organised on the subject of whiskey cocktails with the aim of promoting whiskey cocktails. Respective programs with rum, tequila, gin and vodka followed.
In 2009 Bar Academy organised its first International Masterclass titled "The Rum Experience" by Ian Burrell. At the end of the year, the academy moved to new facilities at 28 Velestinou Street in Ampelokipi and inaugurated them with an International Masterclass on Japanese Bartending culture by Stanislav Vadrna and launched the Advanced Bartender Seminar, the Homemade Seminar, the Molecular Mixology Seminar (these will evolve into the Intermediate Bartending Seminar and Bartending Seminar 2, the Bartending Seminar Level 3 and Zero Waste Creative Techniques). The Latte Art Seminar is also launched this year.
In 2010 the series of International Masterclass continued with guests Angus Winchester, Philip Duff, Salvatore Calabrese. The academy is tasked with undertaking the first Angostura Global Cocktail Challenge and Disaronno's competition, The Mixing Star. At the same time, preparations were made for The Bar Academy Show with the motto "Greece in the golden age of cocktail" - this event took place in November of that year during the Xenia exhibition.
2011 was a very difficult year for Greece but also for the academy as it adapted to the new reality but did not stop inviting international experts such as Tomas Aske, Tristan Stephenson, Anistatia Miller, Jared Brown, Leonardo Leuci & Tomas Estes. It organised the 2nd “The Bar Academy Show” towards the end of November.
In 2012 it undertook the restructuring, communication, execution of the Skinos Mediterranean Cocktail Challenge. Transferred its premises to a new location, at 36A Lambrou Katsoni Street in Athens -and remains to this day- and launched the Intermediate Bartender Seminar, that will later develop into the Bartending Seminar Level 2. "The Bar Academy Show" name was changed to "Athens Bar Show" which already was the name used by many visitors and international guests. The location of the event also changed - it was moved to the centre of Athens, at "The Hub Events" complex in the area of Petralona and the motto also changed from "Greece in the golden age of cocktails" to "Stirring the future of bars".
In 2013, “Bar Talks” was announced - a platform aimed to highlight ideas that are advancing the hospitality industry and more specifically bars. The Bar Talks took place during The Athens Bar Show and videos of the speeches were posted on the internet and the platform's website. In the following years the platform was absorbed by the Athens Bar Show and the Bar Academy TV was created in 2016.
In 2014 the Athens Bar Show was transferred to the Technopolis of the Municipality of Athens venue, and the academy trained more than 500 people in one year.
In 2015 it undertook the organisation and execution of Bartending seminars on behalf of InSETE (institute of the Association of Greek Tourism Enterprises) in Athens, Thessaloniki and Heraklion. Created facilities in Thessaloniki at 7-9 Ioanninon Street near the French Institute.
In 2016 it created #BarAcademyTV, an information and entertainment medium for the hospitality ecosystem. The first show is Bar Academy News, a news program with content aimed at our professional ecosystem. The shows are published through the platforms Facebook, YouTube and Instagram. It renewed the Bar Management Seminar and transformed it into a complete program aimed at entrepreneurs or future entrepreneurs and executives. In October, "The Coffee Show" organised an educational exhibition on coffee aimed at professionals. During the Athens Bar Show of that year, the Innovathens building (Building 8) offered space to new, pioneering and innovative companies of the industry.
In 2018 it opened its facilities in Nicosia, Cyprus and at the same time organised the 2nd The Coffee Show. Supported Difford's Guide Greece and co-organized the Aegean Cocktail and Spirits Festival at the 360 Cocktail Bar in Athens. Dedicated part of the Athens Bar Show training program to Bar Management and invited experts from around the world to talk about practices and case-studies.
In 2019 it undertook the creation, organisation and execution of seminars on financial management and new trends in the bars in Athens, Thessaloniki, Heraklion, Rhodes and Chania. It organised the 10th Athens Bar Show attracting more than 10000 visitors from Greece and from 51 countries from 4 different continents.
In 2020 the facilities in Nicosia-Cyprus are closed but the educational and consulting activity is maintained. The company structure and its services in Greece are reconstructed and restructured. It organised free distance seminars for the industry before the lockdown was lifted and invited Brand Ambassadors to share their knowledge through the academy platforms. Announced the Bar Management Webinar in July fully consistent with the in-person version, both in content and quality. The Thessaloniki branch moved to new, larger facilities at 74 Venizelou Street, a few metres from the Roman market. The 3rd level Bartending Seminar is discontinued during a radical upgrade of all 3 levels of Bartending, to keep them current to the trends and needs of the industry. Undertook the organisation and execution of the remote event "World Class Studios" of the global platform of World Class.
In 2021 launched the Juniper Expert seminars, remotely due to limitations, the Rhum Agricole Tasting Forum, the Budget for Hospitality Business, the Strategy for Hospitality Business, Leadership and Efficiency in Groups, which would transition to in-person form when the conditions would allow. Undertook the organisation, communication and execution of the World Class Greece Finals live-stream from its facilities.
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Ο Κώστας Λύτρας ξεκίνησε την σταδιοδρομία του στον χώρο της εστίασης το 2004 ως μπαρίστα σε μεγάλη αλυσίδα καφέ. Η αγάπη του για τον χώρο τον ώθησε να ασχοληθεί με το χώρο του αλκοόλ και μετά από ένα πέρασμα από Αμερικανικό εστιατόριο ξεκίνησε στο Φάλτσο Μπαρ στο Μαρούσι. Ακολούθησε για 4 χρόνια σαν συνιδιοκτήτης σε Cocktail Bar και πέρασμα από γνωστά Bar είτε ως bartender είτε ως Bar Manager( h.o.s.t. , 9Bita Home Bar, Paliatsos All Day, Juan Rodriguez) . Απόφοιτος της Bar Academy, έχει λάβει μέρος σε διαγωνισμούς ( Tahona Society, Diplomatico WT, Beefeater Lndn) και έχει παρακολουθήσει πλήθος σεμιναρίων.
Πλέον έχει «κρεμάσει σεικερ» και από το 2018 εργάζεται σαν Key account manager στην εταιρεία Μέλι Αγγελικής.
Τα τελευταία χρόνια εργάζεται και ως Εισηγητής στην Bar Academy, προσπαθώντας να εκπαιδεύσει σωστά τους νέους επαγγελματίες.
Το ταξίδι στων χώρο της φιλοξενίας άρχισε το 2005 στην Άφυτο Χαλκιδικής από βοηθός σερβιτόρος έως Bar Manager. Σταθμοί ήταν το Fortuna Bar, Sani Resort, και Café Balkan Thessaloniki. Στην συνέχεια ακολούθησε o Scorpios στη Μύκονο για 6 χρονιά ξεκινώντας από Head Bartender έως Beverage & Floor Manager και Bar Operation στο Soho Roc House.
Πλέον Beach Club Manager στο Amanzoe Resort.
Η παρακίνηση και διαχείριση ομάδων αποτελούν το πάθος και τον πυλώνα στις συνεργασίες μου.
- 2019 – 2021 MSc International Hospitality Management.
- WSET Award in Wines Levels 1,2,3.
- WSET Award in Spirits 1,2.
- Bar Academy Bar Management.
- European Bartender School Barcelona, Advanced Bartending.
- Aristotle University of Thessaloniki, bachelor’s in physical education & Sports Science.
"I think I got excited with the hospitality industry and specifically bars sometime between the ages 14 and 15 when I spent a month with my grandfather in Munich where he owned a beer house.That atmosphere amazed me and I immediately asked him to jump behind the bar!!
Later and while I was already studying in the department of biology in the National University of Athens (since 2001) I worked in several positions in the hospitality business, and I acquired knowledge and experience that I still use in my work.
It soon became obvious that my destination would be the bar industry and once I started working in bars, the next step would be to evolve within my chosen profession, so I attended several seminars in Bar Academy!
There my excitement about the bar industry grew bigger, and I am still, always looking for every way that will help me get more knowledgeable and more skillful in my profession.
During the last seven years I`ve worked for two, in my opinion, great bars in the center of Athens; "A for Athens" and "CV Distiller" and I still hold the position of "head bartender" in the latter.
I love great spirits and while I always love and get excited for any information about spirits and constant personal evolution, as a human being I do have preferences and in my case my love for whisky is very big."
Thanasis Nikolis has been working in specialty coffee industry for 15 years as a Barista, head barista ,barista trainer ,roaster as well as personnel manager and coffee consultant.
For the last four years he is the Head Roaster and Barista Trainer Supervisor for Kudu Coffee Roasters.
He has taken courses in Management & Administration of Tourism Enterprises and over the years he has successfully competed in barista competitions and achieved the following rankings:
- 2nd in the National Barista Championship of 2012
- 1st in the National Barista Championship of 2013
- 11th in the World Barista Championship of 2013
- 2nd in the National Barista Championship of 2016
- 2nd in the National Roasting Championship of 2017
He has been awarded the Coffee Diploma system and is an active member of the SCA since 2011.
For the last two years he is also an active member of the SCA Hellas council, elected as Communication Coordinator.
Ο Γιώργος Τσαλικίδης άρχισε την ενασχόλησή του με τον χώρο της εστίασης στα 15 του. Πιο ενεργά όμως ασχολήθηκε από τα 18 και μετά, σπουδάζοντας παράλληλα στο τμήμα Οικονομικών Επιστημών του Αριστοτελείου Πανεπιστημίου Θεσσαλονίκης.
Σιγά σιγά, τον κέρδισε ο υπέροχος κόσμος του καφέ, παρακολούθησε ποικίλα εκπαιδευτικά σεμινάρια και έγινε μέλος της SCA.
Δουλεύοντας σε επιλεγμένα καταστήματα της Θεσσαλονίκης, άρχισε συγχρόνως να παίρνει μέρος σε project οργάνωσης και σχεδιασμού bar ξενοδοχείων, garden bar, κτλ. Φιλοσοφία που ασπάζεται είναι ότι καφές και αλκοόλ αποτελούν συγκοινωνούντα δοχεία για έναν χώρο εστίασης.
Ήταν μέρος της ομάδας " B&W Spirit Evolution" και άρχισε παράλληλα να διδάσκει την τέχνη του barista σε ΙΕΚ της πόλης.
Είναι barista trainer και quality control manager για την Βόρεια Ελλάδα στην εταιρία καφέ ‘’Vergnano’’ από το 2018 και συνεχίζει την διδασκαλία ως εισηγητής της Bar Academy.