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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 Phoenix bartenders
Nikki J.
The best part of preferred bartending was the bartender he was great!! I was having a murder mystery party where everyone had to dress up in the old west costume. The bartender came dressed as a cowboy. All my guest had only great things to say about him. The drinks were excellent, the hospitality was fantastic. Because of the bartender it really made the party special.
Preferred BartendingPreferred Bartending
Amy G.
Brunke's Bartenders is top notch! Bartender arrived as scheduled and got right to work. My guests were all taken care of very well. I will definitely hire again!
Brunke's BartendersBrunke's Bartenders
Sydney B.
Preferred Bartending came through for us the day before our event when our original bartender cancelled. Taryn showed up right on time and was fabulous! She was helpful, friendly and did an excellent job serving our guests. We look forward to having the Preferred Bartending team at our next event.
Preferred BartendingPreferred Bartending
Ace S.
Thank you so much Clint for being the bartender at our wedding. Very professional and great work.
Brunke's BartendersBrunke's Bartenders
Anil n.
The best bartenders we have ever hired. Beautiful bar and very professional. Will only hire them in the future.
MAD mobile bartending serviceMAD mobile bartending service
Michele S.
The bartenders were welcoming and fun to have at my party. They were quick, yet thorough and attended to our guests' needs.
Preferred BartendingPreferred Bartending
China A.
We used Preferred Bartending for our Halloween Party this past weekend and the entire experience was top notch from start to finish! Our bartender was Bekah and she was absolutely amazing! We had a full bar set up but she took it upon herself to bring some extras and fun edible glitter for the drinks! The owner of the company checked in with me during our event to make sure everything was running smoothly which I really appreciated. I can recommend Preferred Bartending with full confidence! I can't wait to book them again for my next event!!
Preferred BartendingPreferred Bartending
Thumbtack Customer
James did an amazing job, he was on-time very professional, I would highly recommend him for anyone needing Bartender services!!!
Essential Bartending ServicesEssential Bartending Services
Oswin V.
Will and his team were a phenomenal bartending service for our wedding! He was super responsive for all of my questions leading up to the day of the wedding and really helped make sure the night ran smoothly in regards to serving us and our guests. It was a pleasure working with them and it was nice to have one less thing for my wife and I to worry about throughout the night. DEFINITELY recommend for anyone looking for bartending services.
WJB Hospitality LLCWJB Hospitality LLC
Jessica W.
Judith was amazing! She went above and beyond in service and all of my guests loved her. Will definitely be calling her from now on for any bartending/hostess needs!
The Ultimate Hostess & BartenderThe Ultimate Hostess & Bartender
James B.
Thank you so much! Terrific experience with Liz as our bartender. She was knowledge of mixology and was a fan favorite when it came to the way the drinks tasted. Thank you!
Bartending By Jamme at @ZenEventsAZBartending By Jamme at @ZenEventsAZ
Thumbtack Customer
We had a housewarming party and decided to hire a bartender. We were lucky enough to meet Jen through Thumbtack. She was fun, bubbly, and sociable. Highly recommend her!
Jen's Catering ProsJen's Catering Pros
Tracy M.
We would highly recommend this company. JD was an excellent bartender. He was very professional, interactive with the members of our party, kept things clean and organized and a joy to have at our party!
Preferred BartendingPreferred Bartending
Catherine F.
I would highly recommend these people. They are extremely professional. On time. And made my event so much easier . Very pleasant to thexguests who commented to me how great the bartender was.
Last Call Bartending & Diva Events and EntLast Call Bartending & Diva Events and Ent
Andre K.
Man This Dude Was Amazing !!! Welll Prepared. Served Guest Properly. Very Professional. Will Hire Him Again! I Will most likely fly him to my state to hire him as a bartender.
WJB Hospitality LLCWJB Hospitality LLC
Cherene E.
Judith went above and beyond. She's much more than just a bartender - she truly is the Ultimate Hostess. She went out of her way to look for ways to assist in making our event a success!
The Ultimate Hostess & BartenderThe Ultimate Hostess & Bartender
Phyllis D.
First time i’ve hired a bartender for a party and Rafa really made the event. He was party of the party, kept the drinks flowing, and was professional, funny, and kind. I will definitely ask him back to all my events
Rafa's BartendingRafa's Bartending
Thumbtack Customer
James is an amazing bartender! He was professional, but fun & friendly! His fee was extremely reasonable and he did an outstanding job. We will definitely be hiring him again for our next large party, as will many of our guests.
Essential Bartending ServicesEssential Bartending Services
Anna K.
I loved how quickly I received responses from Preferred Bartending when I had questions- Isaac was very thorough with me and everything at my wedding went super smoothly! I’d definitely recommend!!
Preferred BartendingPreferred Bartending
Scott B.
I hired Essential Bartending Services for a 50th Birthday Party on January 13 with 80+ people attending. Working with James and Heather was fantastic. From the beginning, James was very responsive to my questions and helped me prepare for the party. Heather was our bartender and my guests and I could not have been more pleased. Heather was fun, yet professional, and added quite a bit to the atmosphere of the event. I hired a number of service vendors for the party and they were quite simply the best. I will certainly use them again. Highly recommended.
Essential Bartending ServicesEssential Bartending Services
Brian N.
Will goes down as the best bartender I’ve ever had at an event. Leading up to the event he came with many ideas, specialty cocktail, and willingness to wow my guest. He also came prepared, and early to set up. I honestly couldn’t have asked for more!! Thanks man!
WJB Hospitality LLCWJB Hospitality LLC
Jen R.
We hired Clint a week before our event when our original bartender bailed. Clint was very helpful beforehand and showed up early to do his own set-up. He got absolutely ROCKED by the crowd - we had no idea everyone was that much of a lush - but he handled the huge line like a champ. Highly recommend!
Brunke's BartendersBrunke's Bartenders
Katrina H.
We are so thankful we hired WJN hospitality to bartend our wedding this past weekend! They not only served our guests when they came to the bar, but created drinks to pass around and refilled glasses during dinner. Our guests loved their enthusiasm, their great service, and all around it made it such a fun reception! Thank you to Will and his team, you guys are amazing!
WJB Hospitality LLCWJB Hospitality LLC
Erin H.
We had an amazing experience! We had them come serve us at our AirBnb for a bachelorette party. They came early to set up, were so much fun and the drinks were SO good. They went above and beyond to prepare the mixers for us beforehand. It was perfect! Could not say enough great things about them. Lisa was the best bartender. Thank you!!
Pour MePour Me
Brittany F.
Judith was a lifesaver! Another company backed out last minute and she really saved the day. Not only was she on top of things, professional, and confident....she we went above and beyond what a bartender does and treated our event like it was her own. She has an eye for detail and makes you feel confident to put your event in her hands! 10/10 recommend!
The Ultimate Hostess & BartenderThe Ultimate Hostess & Bartender
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