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Answers to commonly asked questions from the experts on Thumbtack.

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.

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 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.

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.

Reviews for Scottsdale bartenders
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
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.
Judith Carr - The Ultimate Hostess & BartenderJudith Carr - The Ultimate Hostess & Bartender
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
Lisa I.
Will is an outstanding bartender who I’d definitely hire again and highly recommend to friends and family! He arrived early, had all the necessary supplies, was friendly, fun and a great addition to our birthday celebration. He was creative with drinks and wow-ed everyone with his inventive creations! Cannot say enough good things about him. Thanks Will!
WJB Hospitality LLCWJB Hospitality LLC
Erika F.
We had Brunkes Bartenders for our company party this past weekend. Everyone absolutely loved the service they provided and had so much fun. Everything we asked for, Clint was able to provide. This was our first party here in our suite so it was a learning experience and luckily Clint made everything so much easier for us. Highly recommend!
Brunke's BartendersBrunke's Bartenders
Indecomm D.
Judith was amazing! We had our bartender cancel 2.5 hours before our party and we found Judith who was able to come save the day! Not only did she bar-tend, she also walked around clearing plates, filling empty glasses, and was a good conversationalist. She was properly dressed and a pleasure to have. At the end of the night many people were asking for her card. We will definitely use her for our next event/party! Thanks Judith!!!
Judith Carr - The Ultimate Hostess & BartenderJudith Carr - The Ultimate Hostess & Bartender
Yen n.
During the entire bidding process, Will’s customer service really stood above the rest. He was very patient with the back and forth emails and happily answered all my questions! Will and Donte arrived on time and had a very professional set up. He started our afternoon with a round of shots and kept our party lively! The drinks were all delicious and he was able to anticipate our needs. We really wanted to hire bartenders to take our party to the next level, and WJB Hospitality delivered. I couldn’t recommend Will and his team enough!
WJB Hospitality LLCWJB Hospitality LLC
Julieta D.
•FIVE STARS! •Incredibly amazing! Judith and her staff provided professional and excellent service. Our guests loved her cocktails, specially her Margaritas. Not only she was an excellent bartender, she was vigilant to other things like the food table, assisting our guests and making sure everyone was taking care of. After the celebration the clean up was also arranged by Judith and done perfectly. Our guests mentioned how impressed they were with Judith and we gladly shared her contact information. Dear Judith, Thank you for contributing to making our wedding day a success! Hugs!!
Judith Carr - The Ultimate Hostess & BartenderJudith Carr - The Ultimate Hostess & Bartender
Thumbtack Customer
After going trough the Thumbtack experience and hiring Essential Bartending Services I can report that the experience was outstanding. I was in a bind to find a service to bartend and help with food for my Mother's Celebration of Life. We were expecting over 200 guests. James and his staff arrived ahead of time and took over the tasks at hand. They walked through our home to access the situation, set up 2 bars. One for hard alcohol and the other a wine bar. At some point in the middle of the evening I noticed that each bar tender was taking little moments to tend to messy tables and asking our guests if they could get them something. They were not intrusive but very effective and handled everyone with respect. The food person in their staff was extremely knowledgeable. He took charge immediately of our food tables, chaffing dish set ups, ovens etc. He kept everything hot and replenished desserts and other food so our food tables were always full. Before the celebration started they had complete control. My family was able to greet our guest and show our appreciation through out the night. They closed down in a timely manner and gave an inventory of what remained in the bars. I recommend James and his staff. They were extremely professional.
Essential Bartending ServicesEssential Bartending Services
Thumbtack Customer
James was an outstanding bartender! It was our son's first birthday party which we hosted at a family member’s home; the bar was a fully equipped built-in bar which offered dry seating as well as a swim up option from the pool. James scheduled time to discuss the party and our needs in advance as well as offered to provide a shopping list as we were supplying all of the alcohol. He did provide such list and was available for subsequent questions. The day of, he showed up an hour early to set up; however, as there was not too much to do he went above and beyond to help us with other party details. Originally, we had hired him for 3 hours but he was so great that we ended up having him stay an extra hour. He was very creative and his drinks were spot on! Our 90+ guests thought he was very friendly and did an amazing job! So good that we have kept his cards/contact info for future parties; not to mention, the # of guests who also requested his card! At the end of the party he even provided a breakdown of our inventory, not something we asked for but again that was his level of professionalism and going above and beyond! We will definitely be hiring James again! I hope this review is helpful to anyone looking for a bartender no matter your venue, if so, you should consider hiring James…money more than well spent! James, we can’t wait to host another party!
Essential Bartending ServicesEssential Bartending Services
Roxanne S.
This service is great if you’re looking for someone to simply poor the drinks that you already have. The woman who came was not a bartender (admitted she didn’t know how to make a margarita without a mix) and fat from a mixologist. We were looking for someone who could mix up some different types of cocktails for us to try and serve poolside. I ended up doing more running around/serving than she did. VERY nice girl just clearly a disconnect from what I was expecting and the reality of the service. The manager and I spoke a couple weeks before and I went through what we were looking for. She said she would send me a list of things to purchase to be able to make fun cocktails and shots, never got it to me.
Off The WagonOff The Wagon
Jenna G.
Judith was wonderful in every way! We hired her as a bartender for our 15th anniversary party, and ended up getting so much more... She was like a consultant before the party, with advice on ordering and our specialty cocktail. She made sugared limes for the drink in advance, and came prepared with decor, serving supplies, garnishes, etc. Judith went above and beyond in so many ways, helping the catering staff, attending to guests beyond the bar, and even picked up my cupcake order on her way here! She is creative, professional and delightful, and absolutely helped make our party a success. By the end of the night I was calling her the Ultimate Hostess Helper! Next time we do a party she'll be the first person I call... Thank you Judith for adding your sparkle to our special night!
Judith Carr - The Ultimate Hostess & BartenderJudith Carr - The Ultimate Hostess & Bartender
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