San Diego Bartending School

The only school in San Diego to guarantee jobs for our graduates!


Bartender Certification

In addition to working events every week, our local bartending school graduates in San receive a recommendation for getting permanent bartending jobs from our network of bars, clubs, events, restaurants and more.

Become a Bartender in San Diego

National Bartending School started in 1984 with our first campus established in Los Angeles, California. Ever since, we’ve grown tremendously and now feature affordable and high quality bartending schools across the country.


There are only a handful of schools in San Diego, but San Diego Bartending School definitely had the most comprehensive website and highest ratings on Yelp, so I opted to sign up through them.


With amazing instructors and sufficient hands-on practice, this place is the ideal school to get the most practical experience available. The people here hold you to a high standard to know and understand mixology at a level where other schools do not.


I highly recommend to anyone who’s interested on going to bartending school; definitely go here! They are straight forward with you when it comes down to the business and what to have to do to pass the class and receive the certificate.


Class Information

We offer classes Tuesday through Thursday, 12-2pm and 6-8pm. Practice time is available whenever the school is open and classes are not in session, mostly Monday & Friday 12-3, and Tuesday-Thursday 2-6. We offer a total of 8 Unique classes that each cover various aspects of mixology and bartending. Class is held Tuesday-Thursday at 12:00PM and 6:00PM. This means a student can potentially take every class once within four days, or a little over a week.

Graduation occurs when a student has conquered our written exam and practical exam. Time necessary to accomplish this task varies from student to student, some who have shown dedication and commitment have graduated in as little as under three weeks. Others can take up five months to a year. We understand and respect the schedules and time constraints of our students, so once enrollment has been processed each student has one full calendar year to graduate. In practice the average time to fully complete the certification is between three and four months. This, provided that the student comes to the school as often as they can to take classes and practice for the speed exam.

Our curriculum is specifically engineered to focus on employability and practical application. Our goal is to send fresh graduates to their first job or gig and hear “they are clearly experienced” from the client or manager. This is our most common feedback, and we aim to keep it that way.



This is just the course; no certification is offered.


Includes the course and the opportunity to graduate and receive our certification. At this level we offer recommendations to potential employers. Our school has a long history in San Diego and our graduates distinguish themselves across the state and beyond. This package also includes the opportunity to join our certified bartenders in our staffing program.


This includes all the above benefits as well as a full bar kit, California Responsible Beverage Service (RBS) training, and a Food Handler’s card to be issued upon graduation. In addition, free admission to any upper-level classes we may offer outside the normal curriculum.


Have any questions? Want to enroll?

Reach out to our staff to schedule an appointment, enroll over the phone, or just bring up any questions, comments, or concerns!

San Diego Bartending School
(323) 683-1171

Mon 12pm – 3pm
Tue – Thu 1pm – 6pm


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Alan Lopez
Assistant Director
(619) 635-7595

Barrett Smith
Instruction Director
(918) 510-7025

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