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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 Scottsdale bartenders
Kim S.
Last Call Bartending & Diva Events provided me with a top notch bartender for a party I recently threw. Shawna was incredible!!!! Not only was she an excellent bartender but she helped with set-up, clean and all the other tasks in between. I would highly recommend this company and Shawna!!!
Last Call Bartending & Diva Events and EntLast Call Bartending & Diva Events and Ent
Courtney W.
Preferred Bartending was great for our event! Very responsive, easy and affordable. Our bartender Annie was amazing - so lucky. We will definitely use them again. Thank you!
Preferred BartendingPreferred Bartending
Josh K.
Awesome bartenders, Judith goes above and beyond for the group and event.
The Ultimate Hostess & BartenderThe Ultimate Hostess & Bartender
Sallie B.
The process to arrange a bartender was very simple, easy to arrange and the bartender we had at the event was great. She was very personable, knew her way around the bar and professional. Our attendees really enjoyed her!
Preferred BartendingPreferred Bartending
Paige R.
I found Preferred Bartending here on Thumbtack and they were the first to respond, answered all my questions, and had a fair rate. Annie was our bartender and she was very charismatic and prompt. I would definitely recommend them!
Preferred BartendingPreferred Bartending
Thumbtack Customer
Great experience. The bartenders were on time and did a great job. Would definitely hire them gain.
Essential Bartending ServicesEssential Bartending Services
Carrie B.
Our bartender Heather was wonderful. She was attentive to our guests, and extremely friendly and personable. Would definitely use her again.
Essential Bartending ServicesEssential Bartending Services
Kunal S.
Great service. My guests were raving about the bartender and we can’t wait to hire them again next year!
Bar in a Boxx- Mobile Bartending & DJ ServiceBar in a Boxx- Mobile Bartending & DJ Service
Scott B.
Could not ask for better. Judith is much more than a bartender/hostess she helped out in many ways and loves doing it.
The Ultimate Hostess & BartenderThe Ultimate Hostess & Bartender
Jess b.
By far the best Hostess/Bartender EVER!!! I cannot rave enough about Judith & her daughter! Our party was that much more amazing because these girls were there!
The Ultimate Hostess & BartenderThe Ultimate Hostess & Bartender
Marcus B.
Our bartender Rebecca was awesome. She arrived early and stayed past her end time. Very resourceful, professional and personable. Thanks JR for having a wonderful team.
Preferred BartendingPreferred Bartending
Vinay P.
Andrew was such a great bartender! He was able to make delicious drinks based on your recommended flavor palate! The company arrived on time and set up quickly. Highly recommend their services!
Preferred BartendingPreferred Bartending
Kim S.
Terri was nice to work with. I needed a bartender for a small dinner party. I quickly found out that she didn't know how to make an Old Fashioned. This is all that my guests drinks besides wine.
Sidewinder managementSidewinder management
Jamie B.
We had a wonderful experience with Preferred Bartending. They provided excellent service for a bachelorette party of 8. I have not one complaint. Definitely don't hesitate to hire this company! They will not disappoint! Thanks Bekah for being amazing!
Preferred BartendingPreferred Bartending
Sasha N.
Rafa bartended for a bachelorette party with a group of 14! He was so easy to work with from the planning to the event. Rafa was quick to respond to my questions on the app and was very punctual to the bachelorette. He provided the absolute best service, which included creating a customized event drink menu, making DELICIOUS drinks, and even offering to make runs to the store if we ran out of supplies. He was extremely professional while adding a ton of fun to the party. I would 100% hire him again and highly recommend his bartending service!
Rafa's BartendingRafa's Bartending
Cry H.
BottomsUp provided an excellent bartending experience for myself and 11 others ladies! They arrived with time to set up, make suggestions and ready to pour on time! Our glasses stayed full all night!!! I will absolutely use there service again!
BottomsUP BartendingBottomsUP Bartending
Maddison L.
Beyond amazing. I loved my 2 bartender Pros and they made my event come alive. They were very attentive, professional, genuine, and far exceeded my expectations. I will be booking them again for my next event!
WJB Hospitality LLCWJB Hospitality LLC
Stephanie H.
Hiring Brunke’s Bartenders for our girls weekend was the best decision!! During these crazy times it can be hard to plan small trips and events, but we decided to take a trip to Scottsdale, rent a house, and hire a bartender to come to us. Clint was on time, prepared, and helped us navigate how to stock our bar perfectly based on what kinds of drinks we wanted. He is a great conversationalist and we all really enjoyed his service that made our weekend getaway that much more special. Looking forward to hiring him again if we are ever there again!
Brunke's BartendersBrunke's Bartenders
Thumbtack Customer
James was very professional in appearance and demeanor. He arrived early to assist with the set up and to ensure that we were ready when the guests arrived. He stayed after to help tear down. Would highly recommend James for any of your bartending needs.
Essential Bartending ServicesEssential Bartending Services
Nate H.
We hired Pour Me for my wife’s 40th bday party. Pam and the Pour Me Team were excellent, Kristal was our excellent bartender for the evening, she was so kind and professional. Pam helped with all of the details and ensured it was a great time! Highly recommended!
Pour MePour Me
Aakash R.
Patricia bartended at my friends wedding and she was absolutely amazing. She is very good at what she does and on top of that helped us out with wedding preparations as well. Would 10/10 recommend her! On top of that, she is very polite and kind. It was a delight to have her at the wedding.
S&P GourmetS&P Gourmet
Debbie S.
Jamie was excellent! Jamie was not only an excellent bartender she was great with our guests. Everyone loved her and she felt like she was a part of our party. She did an amazing job. I highly recommend Jamie! You would be fortunate to have her available for your event.
Bartending By Jamme at @ZenEventsAZBartending By Jamme at @ZenEventsAZ
Thumbtack Customer
James was an awesome bartender and I will use him again. Arrived early, setup and prepared his own ingredients before he arrived. He kept the drinks flowing, poured great mixes and a few creative cocktails, and my guests really enjoyed his personality and service. Thanks James!!!
Essential Bartending ServicesEssential Bartending Services
Thumbtack Customer
James was punctual, new his responsibilities. He did a great job taking care of my guests. I was very happy with his performance and I would hire him again in a heartbeat. Great attitude, fantastic bartender. Thank you James, for making my 60th birthday party a success!!!!
Essential Bartending ServicesEssential Bartending Services
Sandy L.
Working with Will and his team was the best experience of any of the party planning I have done. Will is fast to respond, very organized and made the entire process easy. The bartenders he provided us, Luke and Kyle, were FANTASTIC! I would 100% work with them again and recommend them to everyone. Thank you WJB Hospitality!
WJB Hospitality LLCWJB Hospitality LLC
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