By Nick Houser
Sacramento School of Bartending
9529 Folsom Blvd., Ste. E
Sacramento’s oldest bartending schools, Sacramento Bartending School, has provided classes since 1959. The school claims the highest job placement rates and has assisted bartenders obtain jobs at nearly 40 locations in Sacramento including Faces and Bartley Cavanaugh Golf Course. Students of the program receive lifetime job placement assistance. Sacramento School of Bartending limits class sizes to preserve focused, intimate training. For $299 students get basic training as well as training in “flair” and a live-bar internship opportunity (basic training only costs $199). In addition to over 200 drink recipes, Sacramento School of Bartending provides lessons on brand specifics, set up and take down of bars, beer and wine matching, and tips on how to land jobs. This program takes approximately 40 hours to complete and offers day, night, and weekend classes.
ABC Bartending School
11366 Amalgam Way, Suite D
Rancho Cordova, CA
(916) 852-0459 or 1-888-COCKTAIL
Another popular option amongst current Sacramento area bartenders is the ABC Bartending School. One of the most convenient aspects of the schools is its multitude of class time offerings. Participants can take a two-week course either in the morning, afternoon, or night. There is also a two and a half week evening option, and two, 1-week accelerated all day programs. The company has been in existence since 1977, and also contributes job placement services. The curriculum is extensive; participants will master everything from shift changes to customer service, equipment to money handling, receiving tips to catering private parties. ABC Bartending School even teaches its students the correct glass to use for each drink as well as pouring and mixing techniques for added flair, variety, and flavor. Students of ABC Bartending School have landed opportunities with over 50 businesses including Caesar’s Palace, Chevy’s, Disney Resorts, and Hilton hotels.
Aabsolute Bartending School
1447 Fulton Avenue
A member of USA Bartending School, Aabsolute offers prospective students the chance to sit in classes before enrolling or at least tour the facility. As oppose to other bartending schools where students learn on one or two large bars, each student at Aabsolute receives their own individualized space to work and practice. Space provides all of the practical tools a bartender needs such as speed racks, ice bins, and glassware. Instructed by an award-winning United States Bartenders Guild member, Aabsolute offers a two-week midday class, a similar night class, and a two weekend intensive. Like all others, the program takes 40 hours to complete. Unlike the others however, Aabsolute extends a 5-hour Cocktail class and an additional 20- hour management course for the serious student looking to perhaps someday run their own restaurant, club, or bar.