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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 Encinitas bartenders
Thumbtack Customer
I cannot imagine a better bartending couple! The BAR set up is AMAZING!!!! Seriously so cool:) In addition they are so organized too. You will LOVE working with On the Rocks. Amazing couple, friendly, great drinks and great service. ALL of my guests were huge fans. I personally will never need to find another bartender again!
On the RoxOn the Rox
Mark S.
Britney was our bartender and we had so many compliments about how sweet and professional she was. We would definitely use her again
Mr. Bartender & Photo BoothMr. Bartender & Photo Booth
Thumbtack Customer
Mia Martina was a great service! Respond quickly, friendly, and very accommodating. They bartended our wedding and I went very smoothly, we highly recommend. Thanks again :)
Mia's MartiniMia's Martini
Addie M.
Grace exceeded our expectations as a bartender at our New Year’s Eve party. She was amazing with our guests and whipped up drinks all night. Her personality and work ethic were both equally amazing.
Wines with GraceWines with Grace
David D.
Justin brought the party to a whole new level! Cannot say enough about how great Justin was, his personality was very fun and was great with all of the friends and family members that were at my father's 70th Birthday party. We had multiple complements on Justin's services and others who wanted to keep his name so they could use him for their own parties in the future. Justin was great with setup and brining a lot of extras which came in handy. If you need a bartender or what to make the event easier on yourself and less running around so you can enjoy your time with friends and family, Justin is the man to do it. Thank you, Justin! We will definitely be using Justin for all events going forward.
Cheers San DiegoCheers San Diego
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