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Answers to commonly asked questions from the experts on Thumbtack.

How do I find a good bartender?

Put some time on your calendar to research and compare top-rated bartenders near you online. Start by looking at their ratings and services. For example, some bartending services will provide a waitstaff, glassware, ice, coolers, food and more.

Next, look at their photos of past events and read the customer reviews. Find feedback on the bartenders’ services. Did they offer fair pricing? Did they show up on time to set up? Did they bring all of the appropriate drinks, cups, supplies and decorations? Did they interact politely with the party guests and provide a pleasant overall experience? And did they do the agreed-upon cleanup afterward?

Narrow down your top choices, and start contacting the bartenders. Ask for cost estimates for your event, and tell them how many people will be attending, what type of event it is and what services you require. You should also ask them questions about their experience.

Bartenders may need a license in your state, county or city to work at a private party. Make sure they’re properly certified before you hire anyone.

How much does it cost to hire a bartender for a private party?

Hiring a bartender for a private party typically costs between $270 and $390 in total. On an hourly basis, expect to pay at least $40 to $60 per hour, as well as a flat fee. How much you’ll pay, however, depends on the time of year or day, the size of the party and other factors. Get in touch with a few bartenders near you and request a free estimate — it’s the only way to get an accurate idea of how much private bartending services will cost you.

Check out “How much does it cost to hire a bartender?” to learn more about the cost factors.

Do bartenders need to be licensed?

Certain counties, cities and states may require licensing. Check your local government’s regulations before starting your search.

In many cases, you might want to choose a bartender who has a license and/or certification. If you’re considering hiring a bartender for an upcoming event or a special occasional, check their online profiles to find out what credentials they have. If you can’t find the information online, don’t hesitate to ask them directly when requesting to receive free estimates.

What do bartenders cost for a wedding?

It costs roughly between $270 and $390 to hire a bartender. However, if you need a wedding bartender, you should request cost estimates from bartenders near you. Depending on the drinks you plan to serve, the number of guests and other factors, your total cost will vary.

How much should you tip wedding bartenders?

Sometimes, a gratuity is included in your final bill. If not, consider tipping your wedding bartenders between 10% and 15%. However, this is not a set-in-stone rule. You can always tip more, perhaps 20%-25%, for great service.

Reviews for Glendale bartenders
Genevieve G.
Constance was on time, helpful and wonderful with our guests! Highly recommend preferred bartending
Preferred BartendingPreferred Bartending
Thumbtack Customer
Amanda did a FANTASTIC job as the bartender for my husband's birthday party. She was so helpful, extremely professional, friendly, and priced below value, (in my opinion). We plan on using her as our go-to bartender, for all future events.
Serving, Bartending, & Party Planning with AmandaServing, Bartending, & Party Planning with Amanda
Thumbtack Customer
James was a bartender at our party last weekend. He did an outstanding job. He was reasonably priced, listened to our needs, arrived early to set up, and stayed later than we initially asked without hesitation. He was polite, well-dressed, professional, and respectful. He made fantastic drinks and was very attentive to all of our guests. After the party people commented that James was a great bartender and they were pleased with the service that he had provided at our party. We will definitely be calling him again soon.
Essential Bartending ServicesEssential Bartending Services
Shannon D.
Our bartender, Joseph, was great. He showed up on time and did his job well. He made sure I, the host of the party, was taken care of. I gave 4 out of 5 stars because of the communication with the point of contact before the party. I emailed some questions, and when I didn't hear back after a couple of days, I had to email a 2nd time to get a response. Also, I emailed a list (and recipes) of 3 signature drinks, as requested. However when the bartender showed up, he was not informed of the signature drinks and did not have the recipes. A little inconvenient, but other wise okay. I would hire them again.
Preferred BartendingPreferred Bartending
Ben T.
James was amazing to work with. I needed a bartender very last minute for our wedding and within a week James was able to be booked for our wedding. He was great with our guests and made sure everyone was able to get a drink they wanted. His drink list was spot on with what to get. Thank you again James for making this happen!
Essential Bartending ServicesEssential Bartending Services
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