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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 Carlsbad bartenders
David C.
Highly recommend Mr Bartender and his team!
Mr. Bartender & Photo BoothMr. Bartender & Photo Booth
Kerry W.
Erin at EMC Bartending made our event a success! Our guests loved her amazing drinks. She was a professional and engaging. I highly recommend Erin for any of your bartending needs. She will be our go-to for any future events.
EMC BartendingEMC Bartending
Eric S.
Superstar! Professional, lovely attitude, talented bartender! We will hire Maya for EVERY event!
Maya Celeste Events LLCMaya Celeste Events LLC
Craig H.
The team performed well and we did not have to worry about any aspect of the bartending phase of wedding. thanks!
Mr. Bartender & Photo BoothMr. Bartender & Photo Booth
Thumbtack Customer
The 2 bartenders were just great and helped a lot. I have no additional comments-- We were very happy with them
Party Services So CalParty Services So Cal
Dominique G.
From the beginning working with Ashley was great! She was so helpful, and had the best attitude. Night of our event we got bartenders Renzo and Devon. They both were awesome and so so much fun!!! They definitely were doing more then just bartending, They kept our guest engaged and so entertained!! Will definitely be using The Bar Socialites for all my future events!! I recommend them 1000%
The Bar SocialitesThe Bar Socialites
Susan C.
Los Angeles Bartenders was the first to respond to my inquiry and was a competitive price. Andrew arrived when promised and was well prepared - he had even made a drink list of our offered beverages. He was very busy with our crowd but handled it smoothly and with a great attitude. He was super helpful with the clean up after the event. I strongly recommend Los Angeles Bartenders and I will use them again.
Los Angeles BartendersLos Angeles Bartenders
Miriam W.
Fabian was an awesome bartender, I would use him again and my friends would use him too. Classy and a gentlemen, with much patience to please my guests.
The Happy Bartender (Se habla español)The Happy Bartender (Se habla español)
Thumbtack Customer
David provided a bartender for our birthday party for my 80 year young husband. The bartender's name was Josh and he did an excellent job for us. We had about 60 guests for a beer, wine party. We did not have mixed drinks so can't comment on that aspect of Josh's talents. He was very friendly with the guests and enjoyed the senior crowd which I appreciated. Would definitely hire him again. He was at our house for 4 hours and helped keep things clean and even put wine glasses in the dishwasher. I think perhaps my only complaint would be for David or his office to be in contact a little more as far as details.
Party Services So CalParty Services So Cal
Breanne B.
Best bartender ever! David was amazing and really went above and beyond to make all of our guest feel comfortable. He was extremely professional and was able to quickly learn the complicated signature drink menu that I requested and serve my guest quickly and efficiently. Would recommend him for a party of any size!
Party Services So CalParty Services So Cal
Thumbtack Customer
The bartender was great in the beginning of the night and made excellent craft cocktails. However, she got extremely intoxicated and was rude to guests. She even dropped a bag of trash on our front yard that glass bottles had fallen out of. It was very strange! If she didn't drink she would have been perfect.
Party Services So CalParty Services So Cal
Alison K.
Austin was fantastic! He was the bartender for my 40th birthday party. We had about 25 guests and he rocked it. We spoke in advance to plan the drinks out, he brought his mobile bar which was very nice looking, he picked up all of the supplies we needed, plus the ice, and handled everything perfectly. His drinks were delicious and everyone had a blast! I would definitely hire him again!
Austin's Mobile BartendingAustin's Mobile Bartending
Annamarie B.
Absolutely fantastic! The communication all the way through and up to my party was wonderful. Rose (hostess and bar back) was amazing and went above and beyond! Matt, the bartender, was excellent. I’m so pleased with everything. Highly recommend and would book again in a heart beat. Thank you! (My only feedback was that I over ordered per the shopping list that was smartly and carefully provided BUT that’s a function actually of my thinking I’d have 75-100 guests and I had more like 55. So it probably would have been spot on!) Great experience!
The Local BarsmithsThe Local Barsmiths
Thumbtack Customer
I had a cocktail party for 35 people and I wanted a server and bartender so I could focus on my guests. The staff was top-notch and I spent about 5 minutes giving them direction and they kept everything running smoothly after that. The server organized all the food in serving trays and went searching the venue for things we could use since I didn't have enough serving dishes with me. Food was replenished promptly and people were never thirsty. Their assistance with clean up was fast, efficient, and very thorough. I would definitely use them again.
Party Services So CalParty Services So Cal
Jenelle S.
Amanda was an absolute pleasure to work with. She responded to my inquiry almost immediately and we kept in regular touch before the event, about the bar, selection of signature cocktails, and what she needed to make our event a success. Having a private bartender at our home for my husband’s birthday party really elevated the whole experience and was a true game changer for our guests and us. Amanda was communicative, friendly, professional, and definitely put customer service first. She would bring the cocktails out to our guests and was personable, warm, and so great to work with. She even dressed up for our speakeasy theme, which made it so fun! We will definitely reach out to Amanda again for our next event! Thank you!
Elevate the BarElevate the Bar
Nichole R.
Andrew was such a pleasure to work with! He was able to keep up with the demand of all our guest while taking the stress of manning or babysitting the bar that I would have normally had to do. At the end of the event he made sure to clean up his area and even helped my sons take out trash from the main party areas. I also must mention how professional he was during the whole party. He made sure to keep or guests happy, but was watching carefully to ensure there was no one who had a little too much! I also never once seen him have anything to drink himself, even when our guest were requesting he take shots with them. After reading horror stories on other reviews about the bartender sneaking off with extra liquor or getting totally hammered, I wanted to make sure I mentioned this would not be an issue with Andrew! I appreciated the respect he gave to our guest and our evert. Many compliments and I would be sure to reach back or for any other future events!!
Los Angeles BartendersLos Angeles Bartenders
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