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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 Surprise bartenders
Tonya C.
All Mixed Up made my mom’s 70th birthday party extra special. Erik was very professional and had a great personality. All my guests said he was a great bartender and the drinks were good. I will definitely use All Mixed Up again for my events and I suggest hiring All Mixed Up for your event, you won’t be disappointed. Thanks again Erik!
All Mixed UpAll Mixed Up
Marcy L.
Be very careful on what the owner promises Get it all in writing as to exact bags of ice, fruit, garnishes, coolers. Ask for printing samples if you need signs for bar. Do not pay full until all is delivered as per contract . We were extremely disappointed The bartender the owner sent had no clue what was going on. She didn’t look professional and were were told she runs high end events. Please be careful.
The Tipsy Event CoThe Tipsy Event Co
Thumbtack Customer
I can't imagine a better bartending and cocktail waitress service. James and Heather were great and worked as part of my team to assure my wife's surprise birthday party went off without a hitch at our home. The 40 or so guests were very complimentary of the service recieved and said they will be using Essential in the future. I'm sure we will too at our next party. James and Heather are very pleasant people, fit in well with our guests, and went beyond our expectations of them.
Essential Bartending ServicesEssential Bartending Services
Calvin B.
We had a wonderful party thanks to the helpful effort of Lissa. This was our first party with so many people attending at our home. When Lissa arrived she took charge of not only serving at the bar but helping everyone with their drink orders at each table. Then disposing of used dinners plates, bottles and cups. Lissa was always pleasant and very professional. At the conclusion of the party Lissa assisted with cleanup and even folded up all tables and chairs before leaving. Also many of our friends commented on how efficiently Lissa served us. Big thank you to Lissa and she will be our bartender and server of choice in the future. Calvin and Roxie
Events By Lissa available New Years EveEvents By Lissa available New Years Eve
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