Team Building with a Shaker
We all know that team building activities promote harmony and create good working relationships that can be so vital to a company’s efficiency and productivity.
The problem here is that the typical office team building ideas tend to bring out more sighs that smiles among co-workers, and it can often feel like a child’s play rather than a grown-up’s activity. But, put a cocktail glass in almost any adult’s hand, and immediately, attitudes begin to shift (in a good way). This is when we realized we really might be onto something.
For years, wine tasting has been the go-to activity for teams to bond over and clink glasses. However, the fast-spreading mixology movement is sparking an interest in making craft cocktails and trying artisan spirits not only among professional bartenders but also among cocktail enthusiasts and self-proclaimed booze nerds. Not to mention that with the rise of mixology, knowing your booze and mastering the perfect cocktail has turned into something we expect from any sophisticated host.
So it comes as no surprise that over the past few years, we’ve seen a number of cocktail making classes pop up just about everywhere in the U.S. And these fun, interactive and engaging workshops might just be in a position to take the place of company trips to the vineyards.
From getting everyone involved to practicing, and maybe even perfecting modern bartending techniques, these hands-on workshops combine everything a good team building activity needs – education, action, entertainment, and, yes, sometimes even engaging competition. Plus, let’s be honest; laughs and bonding with your co-workers come more naturally when the cocktails are flowing.
At Flair Project, we have been offering mixology workshops since 2016, and I can honestly say that these classes are some of our favorite ventures as bartenders, as they give us the opportunity to simultaneously educate, entertain and indulge clients.
So whether you are an event professional or a hotel manager looking for a fun team building experience, or a company director seeking for the perfect way to connect with your team, these mixology workshops might just be the best way to treat employees to a genuine day of fun.
Here is a list of companies that hold mixology workshops in your area
This post is free of cost to both our readers and the businesses listed here. There’s no markup. As the owners of Flair Project, this is our way of spreading the word and thanking the visionaries who make bartending and mixology what it is today.
New York, NY
Apotheke | Class Capacity 15 | Website
San Diego, CA
You & Yours Distilling Co | Class Capacity 14 | Website
Los Angeles, CA
Flair Project | Class Capacity 10 | Website
Santa Barbara, CA
Flair Project | Class Capacity 20 | Website
Violet Hour | Class Capacity 14 | Website
Las Vegas, NV
Mixology Classes LV | Class Capacity 50 | Website
Liberate Your Palate | Class Capacity 25 | Website
Rosemont | Class Capacity 20 | Website
Bay Area, CA
Sidecar Cocktail Parties | Class Capacity 14 | Website
San Francisco, CA
SF Mixology | Class Capacity 100 | Website
San Francisco, CA
Elixir To Go | Class Capacity 100 | Website
Bully Boy Distillers | Class Capacity 14 | Website
Tammy's Tastings | Class Capacity 50 | Website
Dr. Drink's Traveling Apothecary Show | Class Capacity | Website
Sanctuary Resort | Class Capacity 20 | Website
Cocktail Culture Co | Class Capacity 20 | Website
The Bittery | Class Capacity 20 | Website
Thomas and Sons Distillery | Class Capacity 12 | Website
Mountain Shadow Hotel | Class Capacity | Website
Free Pour | Class Capacity 12 | Website
Wisdom | Class Capacity 30 | Website
The Grey Plume | Class Capacity 30 | Website
The Woods | Class Capacity 20 | Website
Jester Concepts | Class Capacity 16 | Website
If you want to see your business listed in this blog post, please emails us at firstname.lastname@example.org with a subject line “mixology classes”
Flair Project is a full-service bartending agency, and we are available for mixology workshops for company team buildings, bachelor/bachelorette parties and small “kitchen” gatherings in Santa Barbara and Los Angeles County.
Photo By Lauren Rae | Glassware By Otis and Pearl