San Francisco School of Bartending


Why do people choose the San Francisco School of Bartending?

SFSOB is committed to providing the best beverage service training at the best price possible. We have over ten years of graduates working all over the world that will back us up on this claim.

America's Largest Bartending School Network

San Francisco School of Bartending is part of The Bartending College, America’s most recognized bartending school. We follow The Bartending College’s industry-acclaimed curriculum and benefit of its huge nationwide network of schools and bars. For more information about it visit The Bartending College website.

San Francisco School of Bartending provides the ultimate in real-world, professional bartender training. Hundreds of Bay Area bars, restaurants, hotels, and catering companies rely on SFSOB as a source of professionally trained bartenders.


If you are serious about landing a bartending job, you need hands-on classroom training and LIVE training behind a real bar with real alcohol. SFSOB is the only bartending school West of New York City that provides both.

National chains and online bartending classes can’t prepare you for the real-world demands of working behind a crowded bar like SFSOB can. Only by making the right choice in a bartender training program will you be rewarded with the timely employment you desire.

Frequently Asked Questions

We’ve answered 16 of the most commonly asked questions about bartending in general as well as specific questions about the San Francisco School of Bartending. Learn more.


We take great pride in what our alumni think about us. We’ve gathered a small sampling of Yelp reviews about the SF Bartending School for your review. Learn more.

Top 10 Reasons Why People Choose SFSOB?

1. More Local Bartender Job Leads:
The San Francisco School of Bartending maintains the largest private service industry database in the San Francisco Bay Area. We always list over 100 available bartending positions in the Bay Area alone.

2. Train Behind a Real Bar:
Our training program gets you behind a real bar, at a real nightclub, with real customers. No other school in the Bay Area can make this claim. We think this real world experience is invaluable to a new bartender’s training.

3. Modern Facilities:
All of our training equipment is up-to-date and fully functional. Our state-of-the-art classroom is structured to give you every advantage to develop the skills you need.

4. Experienced Instructors:
Our instructors average over 8 years of real-world experience in all areas of bartending.

5. VideoCocktailer:
Learn faster and with less effort using our proprietary audio-visual instructional aids. Come in and see why VideoCocktailer has completely revolutionized bartender school training.

6. Free Bartending Intro Classes:
Take the first class of our 35-hour Certificate Bartending Course without obligation. Satisfy your curiosity and have some fun while we answer all your questions at one of our FREE Intro classes. Intro Classes are held every Monday from 9:30am-1:00pm., 1:30pm-5:00pm and 6:00pm-9:30pm.

7. Convenient Location:
We are located right downtown, only 1/2 block from the Powell Street BART station and surrounded by garaged parking.

8. Convenient Class Times:
Classes are held three times daily at 9:30am-1:00pm, 1:30pm-5:00pm, and 6:00pm-9:30pm. We also hold weekend classes on Saturdays and Sundays 10:00am-5:00pm. Please see our registration page for exact class times and dates.

9. On-Site Bartender Job Placement Counselor:
We employ a full time on-site Job Placement Counselor to assist you with every aspect of your Bartending job search.

10. Affordability:
With our tuition at just $299, we are indisputably the best value in the beverage service training industry.

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