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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 Oro Valley bartenders
Carole T.
Excellent bartenders at a reasonable rate! We will use them again!
ThirstyPonys BartendersThirstyPonys Bartenders
Wyatt H.
Natalie and Preston were awesome! Couldn't have asked for more fun and professional bartenders!
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Allyson H.
ThirstyPonys bartended my wedding last weekend, and I was so impressed! Natalie was fantastic to work with, and was prompt in answering all my questions leading up to the wedding. She did a fantastic job on the day. I definitely would recommend hiring ThirstyPonys to bartend your event!
ThirstyPonys BartendersThirstyPonys Bartenders
Elizabeth G.
Everything about this bartender was amazing!!! They were here right on time super knowledgeable and helpful in every way!! We would definitely hire Erik again!!
All Mixed UpAll Mixed Up
Laura W.
Terrance was a fabulous bartender! I made his job boring by just serving wine but he was fast, fun and awesome! He was always ready to pour and had a bottle ready to go. He made our daughters wedding special.
Bar in a Boxx- Mobile Bartending & DJ ServiceBar in a Boxx- Mobile Bartending & DJ Service
Alice T.
The Tucson Mobile Bartending provided services for our holiday open house. They were outstanding to work with and accommodated our requests at every turn. They were a joy to work with and I recommend them to anyone seeking professionals to help keep their party beverages flowing safely.
Tucson Mobile BartendingTucson Mobile Bartending
Lauren M.
Terrence is the best! Period. This is the 2nd party he has bartended for us, and he really helps make them a hit. Terrence takes time to help me plan the drink menus—with special drinks made just for our party themes, created by him, and they’re DELICIOUS. Seriously, the drinks he makes are so good. He really cares about his work, and he’s a total team player. This party was our 3rd annual Halloween party (1st one with a bartender), and he came dressed up in costume! Terrence is super nice, cool, and professional, and our friends love him. Can’t say enough!
Bar in a Boxx- Mobile Bartending & DJ ServiceBar in a Boxx- Mobile Bartending & DJ Service
Susan B.
Will Brazil is the best bartender ever! I will only use him from now on! He was communicative, punctual, professional, creative, and so fun!!! He helped us party like rock stars at our wedding! Not only did he make good drinks, he also sent a shopping list in advance of things he needed-and it was so organized and helpful! Thank you will, you were truly amazing!
WJB Hospitality LLCWJB Hospitality LLC
Israel F.
Will and Hannah crushed it at our baby shower. The professionalism and skills from these 2 were unmatched and I couldn’t have been happier for choosing them to Bartend for us during our special day. They were the the life of the party throughout the day and surprised us with a multitude of speciality drinks that we chose and every single one of them were amazing! I Highly recommend WJB Hospitality and will most definitely use them on our next event.
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Sophie W.
WJB added SO MUCH value to our wedding!! I seriously could not imagine our wedding with any other bartending or catering service. They made the night so much easier on myself and family, made the BEST drinks, was so, so kind and easy going even when we dropped the ball on things. I could not say enough great things about this company. Trust me: book WJB. Our staff was dressed so nice, so personable and respectful to all guests (even when serving our little kids mocktails), and simply made the night so much more fun. Communicating with Will was seamless and they were absolutely no questions asked when we made changes to our service needs or last minute requests; WJB just made it happen. In fact, when we ran out of bartending ingredients, he quickly brainstormed and brought me and my husband an amazing cocktail, completely off the menu! If we ever have an event again- even a small dinner party- we will DEFINITELY be hiring this company!
WJB Hospitality LLCWJB Hospitality LLC
Lauren M.
Oh man, we just can’t say enough good things about Terrence and his bartending for my husband’s big 40th bday bash! He came to our home, and helped make the party go seemlessly. Totally knew what he was doing, and the mixed drinks he made were seriously some of the best I’ve ever had. He spent time with me on the phone to help me plan for the event, which I really appreciated. He came and helped prep everything for the bar, and he left the bar area super clean and tidy after the party. I would describe Terrence as a very gracious guest, a mellow and kind person, with a cool confidence, who is professional, and cares about his work and doing an excellent job. He helped make our party a huge hit, and we will definitely be asking him to come back for future ones! Thank you so much, Terrence!!
Bar in a Boxx- Mobile Bartending & DJ ServiceBar in a Boxx- Mobile Bartending & DJ Service
Erika C.
Let’s try this again.... having problems with this app and haven’t been able to submit my review.... First, I would like to say this was the best investment and the highlight to my husband’s surprise party! WJB hospitality was not only communicative with all aspects of the booking, they were very personable... it was like having a friend doing the bar tending and not just someone I hired! Will was courteous, attentive, fun and one amazing mixologist. My husband was awed by the fact that he didn’t have to get drinks for anyone at his party (because we know that that’s what always happens)! And the drinks... well if you see his Instagram, then you know I don’t have to say much! They taste as good as they look.. maybe even better. It has been about three weeks since the party and I’m still getting people asking me about the “bartender” and his incredible drinks! I can’t see me doing another party without Will! Will, thank you for accepting this gig that was far from Phoenix and smashing it! You are not only a kind person but one talented “mixer of drinks!” Your concoctions are to die for and your professionalism speaks volumes! You have a forever client with us! Cheers to you my friend!
WJB Hospitality LLCWJB Hospitality LLC
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