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Answers to commonly asked questions from the experts on Thumbtack.

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.

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 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.

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.

Reviews for Fontana bartenders
Thumbtack Customer
Melinda was very professional and arrived on time and in professional attire. Her bartending skills were impressive and my friends and family enjoyed her company. I will definitely have her bartending our next big event!
Stay and Play Pet SittingStay and Play Pet Sitting
Arielle M.
Karin did amazing at my bridal shower she kept the drinks coming , can't wait for her to bartend my wedding
With a Twist Bartenders and ServersWith a Twist Bartenders and Servers
Thumbtack Customer
Our bartender Le Nard was on point all night long. Since the beginning from planning to arrival very professional and highly satisfied
Paul Michaels Top Mixologists & Servers of SoCalPaul Michaels Top Mixologists & Servers of SoCal
Thumbtack Customer
Very professional service and extremely helpful. I wanted a bartender for my birthday party and they made the process easy and efficient. The gentleman was quick to set up, and gave such polite and upbeat service to my guests. I'm very glad to have had them at my party!
Party Services So CalParty Services So Cal
Thumbtack Customer
I specifically requested in the email I sent that I prefer a female bar tender - fun, energetic and can keep up with guests in their mid-twenties & late twenties however a male bartender came and not quite a click with the youngsters. But still better than none. He was nice though.
Paul Michaels Top Mixologists & Servers of SoCalPaul Michaels Top Mixologists & Servers of SoCal
Thumbtack Customer
I hired this company for my sons graduation. David, the owner was excellent with communication prior to party and helping put together a drink menu and shopping list. The bartender that showed up came without the bar, napkins, straws, or tubs that I paid for. He asked me for a table to set up. After I got angry with him for not bringing the items I paid for he left the party to pick up the bar and items included in fee. This mishap caused him to be an hour late in serving drinks and the bar was set up in front of guests instead of being ready to serve drinks with the appetizers. The bartender was very friendly and courteous and tried his best to appease me and make the party a success.
Party Services So CalParty Services So Cal
Thumbtack Customer
Frank was the best bartender I ever had! My server didn't show up and he was such a sweetheart that he just filled in wherever it was necessary. He just fit in so well with everyone. The drinks were awesome as he kept my glass full even though I was busy hosting. I will use him again and again and again! Excellent!
Frankie J BartenderFrankie J Bartender
Thumbtack Customer
David was great from the first step being helpful to the event even before officially being hired. Once we set everything in place the process was easy, they even dropped off and picked up the bar on different days. Our bartender arrived right on time and was awesome. We got so many compliments on her. We'll definitely be doing business with David and GYD again.
Party Services So CalParty Services So Cal
La J.
Hi LaKisha, I want to thank you so much for the wonderful job you did for my husbands 60th birthday party, you’re the best mixologist I have ever came into contact with, your signature cocktails are the bomb! If anyone looking to hire a professional bartender, look no more LaKisha is Awesome!! Once again LaKisha thank you for making my party such a blast... and the hurricane’s was the talk of the night...
La'Creays Bartending ServiceLa'Creays Bartending Service
Brian R.
Amber made setting everything up to have a bartender at our party super easy and relieved us of one of the “big party stressors”. When Kano arrived at our house, she was incredible from the first “HELLO!”, to interacting with our guests, walking around seeing if anyone needed a refill- EVERYTHING! I couldn’t have asked for more! I will definitely look to do business with you guys again and will be referring others to you. A++++ service!
Party Services So CalParty Services So Cal
Jacob E.
Had the privilege of having Wilber bartend my wedding recently. He was very responsive whenever I had questions, in a fast and timely manner. Arrived punctual, with plenty of time to set up. And of course his mixed drinks were a hit! During the whole time frame we hired Wilber, he not once took his mask of as well. And stayed very Covid safe! We appreciated him, and his work ethic and would definitely hire him in the future.
Wilber the BartenderWilber the Bartender
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