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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 Mesa bartenders
Paulina D.
Andrew was amazing 👏 I definitely know who to call whenever we need a bartender, thank you preferred bartending
Preferred BartendingPreferred Bartending
Patty S.
The bartender was great, very attentive
Pour MePour Me
Breanna s.
Our bartender was amazing! She helped set everything up, she made the drinks perfect, it was an easy experience getting booked with preferred bartending!
Preferred BartendingPreferred Bartending
Ashley B.
Everything was great and the guests loved the bartender Heather.
Essential Bartending ServicesEssential Bartending Services
Thumbtack Customer
We hired Party On Catering for bartending at our wedding. They were great! Professional and friendly!
AZ BartendersAZ Bartenders
Jeffrey D.
The bartender for my brother's wedding canceled same day and we were frantically looking for someone willing to step in last minute because the venue would not let us serve alcohol without providing a bartender. He really saved the day and did an excellent job!
Preferred BartendingPreferred Bartending
Tina L.
This was the first time I got to enjoy my own Christmas party! Having a bartender was definitely the way to go and it was such a hit with my guests! Will definitely do this again!
Last Call Bartending & Diva Events and EntLast Call Bartending & Diva Events and Ent
Thumbtack Customer
Great party thanks to the hard work of James the bartender and his server Candice. They did all they could to meet the needs of all our guests. They were outgoing but professional. I will not hesitate to call them again.
Essential Bartending ServicesEssential Bartending Services
Alma F.
Jennifer was very professional and friendly. She did outstanding job. We definitely will rehire her again when we need a good bartender. I highly recommend Jennifer. Thank you Jennifer for doing a wonderful job for our corporation. Very pleased.
Jen's Catering ProsJen's Catering Pros
Maggie F.
I cannot begin to say how pleased I am with the customer service Brunke's Bartenders provided. From the moment I considered to hire them, Clint was very professional and was very responsive. He even went out of his way to meet with my husband and I before our birthday event to help us plan-out our necessities and our bar menu. He constantly was checking if I needed help to plan and was very open and flexible according to our needs, budget and preferences. On the day of our event he arrived 1Hr 1/2 early to start prepping and start set-up. He was very responsible and brought his own necessities and made everything just flow together nicely. Clint has bartending skills! He can make anything taste amazing, you name it! He even accommodated virgin drinks that were to die for! He is very outgoing, nice, and knows how to keep a smile on his face even when it gets hectic. When he means business, he means business. He barely left his post because he wanted to serve his customers. I give him an A+++!!! 200% effort!!! Don't forget how affordable he is!!! No one can beat his price and service! You should definitely hire Brunke's Bartenders! :-)
Brunke's BartendersBrunke's Bartenders
Coni W.
My daughter got married at The Wright House in Mesa. We found out at the last minute we needed a licensed, insured bartender. So I put it out on thumbtack and received several responses. I chose Brunke's Bartenders because of the reviews. This was my daughters beautiful, very expensive once in a lifetime moment and I wanted to make sure I did my very best for her. I accepted Clint's contract, he was very good on communication and kept us up-to-date on what was needed. Then the Wedding Day came. Clint seemed a little rough around the edges, but I was so busy, I couldn't focus on every detail. When I walked up, Clint was swinging something around his finger, as though he was board. He never said Hi, what can I get you, I just told him and left, noticing noticing he either looked board or didn't want to be there. After the wedding, I received several, and I mean several complaints about Clint. He was rude, never smiled, never interacted with the customers, filled up the glasses very little, and acted as though he didn't want to be there. Really??? Isn't that what I hired you for??? My opinion is the bartender should interact with the guests, make it fun and enjoyable! If that's what you want, don't hire him, he was just beyond awful. I can't go back, but I have no idea how he got good reviews, when my experience was just beyond awful. So sad it was that way. You expect professionalism and kindness, and kindness isn't what I got!
Brunke's BartendersBrunke's Bartenders
Michelle S.
We hired Pour Me to provide bar tending services for our wedding reception on May 7th in Mesa. The first positive thing to mention was their responsiveness. From the first time we reached out to ask about their availability and services they could provide through our final interaction, Pour Me was very responsive with most questions being answered immediately. This may not sound like such a big deal, but throughout our wedding planning experience, Pour Me was by far the easiest vendor to get in touch with. Our event was alcohol free and Pour Me went above and beyond to provide delicious signature "mocktails" as well as a multitude of other non-alcoholic options. One of the partners scheduled a taste testing session where they delivered their samples to our house. The samples arrived exactly on time as promised. Nice. They were well preserved, presented and delicious. The venue for our wedding was one they had not services, so they made a point to meet us there a few weeks before the wedding to make sure they were prepared. Again, the partner showed up on time. She was friendly and professional. She did her diligence. The event day went great. One of the partners and a second bartender showed up early. I went to see if they needed help or had any questions. Nope. They had it all under control. They brought everything they needed. They created a very professional menu and had the bar set up and running in no time. The drinks were delicious; we got many compliments on the flavor. We also got compliments on the friendliness of the bartenders. They really out performed all our expectations. We could not be happier with our choice. Very highly recommended.
Pour MePour Me
Christina F.
There isn't enough space on here to fit all the wonderful words I want to say about Will ! He is the most amazing bartender you will ever find! He and Julian helped make my son's wedding an unforgettable event. Will is very easy to communicate with and will make sure everything is good to go and you are well taken care of. You will receive 100%!! exceptional service and the most delicious cocktails! I received so many rave reviews from family and friends about him , and they want me to throw another party and invite Will to serve us 🥰. Will even let us pay him to extend his service an extra 30 min.! Thank you Will and Julian for being so fantastic !!!!!! I hope to work with you again sometime in the future 😉
WJB Hospitality LLCWJB Hospitality LLC
Stella R.
Steve is FANTASTIC! He called before our event to work with us on bar suggestions to ensure we had a successful retirement party. I cannot say enough how our guests felt we went above and beyond to provide them the "special treatment" having Steve offer drink suggestions, provide great conversation and laughs with our guest. If you are on the fence about hiring a bartender for your next event, I highly recommend Steve as your go to professional. It takes the pressure of you the host/hostess to ensure your guests are being taken care of, allows you the time to mingle and enjoy your party without worrying the ice has run out. Steve will be there to make sure everything is smooth and relaxed for everyone. Thank you Steve, you will always be our first choice for upcoming events.
Hospitality ProsHospitality Pros
Shirley A.
OUTSTANDING!! What a night, we could not have asked for a better bartender service then All Mixed Up. Erik made our wedding so special. He is truly a mixologist who knows his stuff. Our guests were so pleased with all the different drink suggestions he had to offer. He even remembered guest names and what their liquor of choice was. From the initial call reviewing our needs to the bar set up and take down, truly very personable and professional. He made us feel so comfortable with the process, it was one last thing we had to be stressed about. We even had a few guests interested in future bookings. We can't thank you enough Erik and look forward to our next event with you! Shirley & Steve Geesling
All Mixed UpAll Mixed Up
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