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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 Escondido bartenders
Debbie M.
Great Bartender and Photo booth, very professional.
Mr. Bartender & Photo BoothMr. Bartender & Photo Booth
Carol J.
Veronica from JC's Bartending was awesome. I needed a bartender for my birthday party on very short notice and was relieved and excited to have found this service. I would recommend them to anyone who wants top notch service for a party event!
JC's BartendingJC's Bartending
Alex M.
Rod was the absolute best!! We hired him for our wedding and he was incredible! Not only was he super responsive prior to the event but he was such a great bartender day-off - punctual, prepared, accommodating, friendly, and all around great! All of our guests loved him as well! We will definitely be hiring Rod again for any events we may need a bartender for. 10000% recommend!
Prime Time Bar ServicesPrime Time Bar Services
Serrato L.
Fabian is very professional and definitely knows what he is doing. He has a great personality.. Great Bartender! We will definitely use him again!
The Happy Bartender (Se habla español)The Happy Bartender (Se habla español)
Richard M.
Robyn and her helper did such an amazing job before,during, and after the wedding! I would defiantly recommend her to anyone who needs a great bartender
Rockin' Events by RobynRockin' Events by Robyn
Sherri S.
The entire experience with "Drinks on the go" was an awesome! Kelly was quick to respond that she could do my event, we secured the date & time with credit card payment. She confirmed the event a week before and had the bartender arrive on time. They cut the lemons and limes for me which was very convenient and once they were done arranging the bar, we had a blast. Jessica was the bartender at my event and was amazing! She was very personable, knew how to make fun drinks and dressed professionally. They brought napkins and straws and I supplied the rest which was agreed for their reasonable pricing. I would recommend them to anyone and will definitely use them for my next event.
Drinks On The Go SDDrinks On The Go SD
Megan K.
Justin was a phenomenal bartender for our Wedding! All of our wedding guests were raving about him and the drinks were so good! Justin is super accommodating - brought all the garnishes and ice, and made it work when our venue changed unexpectedly. He helped us hand select our signature drinks and figure out how much alcohol to buy to accommodate our guest count. Don't hesitate! Book Justin for your event :)
Cheers San DiegoCheers San Diego
John P.
Mia is an amazing bartender!! She was extremely helpful with figuring out the quantities needed for beer, wine, tea, lemonade, ice, etc for our wedding. She provided a beautiful bar for our rustic wedding although she had options if that is not the route you are taking. My guests loved her humor and was very attentive while on site. I am so grateful that I found Mia on Thumbtack. We look forward to working with her in the future!!!
Mia's MartiniMia's Martini
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