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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 Anaheim bartenders
Cesar G.
By far the best bartender in the business. Goes above and beyond to make sure your guest are taken care of. Not only will you have a great bartender but a new friend.
Smoking Gun Bar StaffingSmoking Gun Bar Staffing
Aldo A.
This bartender duo was absolutely amazing, from their experience, responsiveness and quality. They really brought our party to life with their creative menu and amazing drinks! I would sincerely recommend them for any sort of bartending needs!
Point Break Cocktails Mobile BarPoint Break Cocktails Mobile Bar
Errol S.
Dolores was a great bartender! Friendly and thorough with her skills. Cocktails were delicious.
On the Rocks Catering LLCOn the Rocks Catering LLC
Thumbtack Customer
hired a bartender and server. was told they would arrive 1/2 hour early to set up. Apparently this is not their policy even though it lists that on my invoice - strike #1 Party started at 6, bartender showed up at 6:40 - strike #2 Hired a server to serve our friends, she stood next to the bartender all night and did nothing - strike #3 Set up a special holiday drink menu, bought all the alcohol for those drinks, bartender made what he wanted so now I have $500 in worthless alcohol - strike #4
Paul Michaels Top Mixologists & Servers of SoCalPaul Michaels Top Mixologists & Servers of SoCal
Hemali L.
Good experience overall. I would have given a 5 star except the specialty cocktails I discussed/emailed to coordinator did not get relayed to the bartender. We had to quickly print out the email with ingredients so the bartender could prepare and practice.
Paul Michaels Top Mixologists & Servers of SoCalPaul Michaels Top Mixologists & Servers of SoCal
Jay M.
M C Bartender was absolutely fantastic! She made the entire process extremely seamless and easy: - helped us set a menu that was super creative. - sent me a shopping list for the drinks that was easy to follow - had an amazing bar setup that all of my guests loved - made each and every guest feel comfortable Many of my guests asked for her contact information so they could hire her for their events. All I know is that she’s definitely bartending every event for us going forward. Best experience I’ve ever had with a bartender.
M C bartenderM C bartender
Brenda L.
Melissa was awesome. She took great care of our guests, was very personable and professional. Would absolutely work with LA Bartenders again!
Los Angeles BartendersLos Angeles Bartenders
Peggy H.
I absolutely love Curly Bartender! Hire her you won't be disappointed. This was my second event I had her bartend and once again she did an amazing job and all my guests loved her delisious cocktails. She helped me with every little detail and came with all the supplies needed so I didn't need to buy anything. Thanks for being the best and treating us like your own family!
Curly Bartender LLCCurly Bartender LLC
Megan M.
Very professional and responsive service. The bartender was great and the drinks were delicious! The presentation of each drink and the bar set up & menu exceeded our expectations. Would definitely hire again!
On the Rocks Catering LLCOn the Rocks Catering LLC
Thumbtack Customer
Initial communication was great. However, after I sent the deposit, communication and responds to my emails was slow. I'm giving it 2 stars because the bartender did not appear know what she was doing. First, although I told the service what Halloween drinks I was planning to serve at their suggestion, the bartender had no idea what the drinks were or how to make them. Second, the bartender was not told by the service that she needs to bring her own tools which is what they told me she would do. Third, she did not know how to make basic drinks and over poured all the alcohol (not measuring) to the point that we ran out of a few key liquors very early even though we bought sufficient. She also didn't know how to open a wine bottle. She broke the top of a bottle trying to open it and wasted the entire bottle of wine on my dollar. Fourth, I had a lot of complaints from my guests about the bartender not knowing what she was doing. It was quite embarrassing. I suppose you get what you pay for with this service. I would not recommend this service if you're hosting an event where you care to impress your guests.
Party Services So CalParty Services So Cal
Thumbtack Customer
Tony assisted us with bartending service at our last event. It was a total success ! Tony is a true professional , extreme good at his job. Everyone was impressed! He arrived on time, was very personable and our guests kept him busy . Thank you Tony!!!
The Traveling Bartenders L.A.The Traveling Bartenders L.A.
Thumbtack Customer
The bartender was great. He wanted to make sure he was there on time and after he set up his station he offered to help me out. Very sweet and my guests thought he was great. Thank you for making my party less stressful!!
Paul Michaels Top Mixologists & Servers of SoCalPaul Michaels Top Mixologists & Servers of SoCal
Thumbtack Customer
Update to review: After expressing our issues to the company - they provided outstanding customer service and took immediate steps to correct any issues. Our problems mainly came down to miscommunication. Both Meg and Paul were sincerely apologetic and receptive to our feedback. Based on their customer service and professionalism, I would have no hesitation hiring them again for an event! Thank you Overall pretty disappointed with our experience. Not a reflection on the actual bartender we had at the event as she was very sweet but in the company or whatever this service actually is ... took forever to even get s response after my initial quote request. Tried emailing , calling, thumbtack messages over several days and finally got a response. In my phone conversation I confirmed everything that was mentioned to me in the quote I received on thumbtack and booked bartender . In the days approaching party , I did not receive any sort of follow, confirmation , or any additional info. Granted I could have reached out to them but it seems like this company should Have confirmed details like ingredients to buy and how much, ice requirements, bar, etc etc.. The expectation, per my thumbtack request, was for a bartender to arrive with all tools AND mobile bar. She arrived with tools but NO bar:( we were extremely disappointed because we were actually going to borrow or build a bar to be a focal point at the party but cancelled those plans because one was supposed to come with this service. Bartender was not familiar with our 2 margaritas that we were serving that were actually recommended by this company as their specialty drinks. She made the drinks incorrectly, mixing up the ingredients and not muddling or using the produce in the drink correctly. I heard from a few guests that she was getting the drinks wrong. She was very sweet and I had no issues with her personally but she was certainly new to this and perhaps a bit overwhelmed - not a seasoned bartender. Unfortunately I will not be going this route again and would not recommend this service. I emailed them to notify them of my disappointment and am awaiting a response.
Paul Michaels Top Mixologists & Servers of SoCalPaul Michaels Top Mixologists & Servers of SoCal
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