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Answers to commonly asked questions from the experts on Thumbtack.

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 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.

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 Fresno bartenders
Ashley M.
Great bartender! Our special day was a blast. Mamy compliments in our signature drinks. She made the bartending selection process easy for our wedding!
Bernie's Mixology Mobile BartenderBernie's Mixology Mobile Bartender
Marshone T.
Tanza was a blast to have she is the best bartender to have at your event thank you so much Tanza.
Event Bartending by TanzaEvent Bartending by Tanza
Thumbtack Customer
Veronica was awesome! She was our lucky last minute find to bartend our wedding. She was very professional and completely prepared. She offered to bring her ice chests which helped us a lot. She kept the bar area clean and our guests happy. I would highly recommend her and would use her again!
VR Bar ServiceVR Bar Service
Thumbtack Customer
My fiancé and I hired Tanza to bartend our engagement party several weeks ago and she was amazing throughout the entire process!! From our first meeting, up until the end of the event, she was prompt, professional, and so helpful. I texted her several times between our initial meeting and the event and she always got back to me very quickly, no matter how silly my question. She was absolutely fantastic at the event and everyone loved her energy!! Oh, and my friends are still talking about how amazing the signature drink was that she made for our party!! I definitely recommend her for any event and I know I will be looking to hire her for future parties!
Event Bartending by TanzaEvent Bartending by Tanza
Robyn E.
I hired Craft Bar Catering through Thumbtack for a backyard 40th birthday party at my house. We had about 75 people (of them, about 60 adults) at the party, hired a DJ, rented a dance floor and a bounce house. The party was a blast with the highlight being the hosted bar service everyone enjoyed. Here's how it all worked out: David from Craft Bar Catering responded to my birthday party event request within an hour of posting it. He was courteous and quoted fairly for my needs. He offered me a few different options regarding the level of service (full service vs. I buy alcohol, etc). I received help with picking out signature drinks and they made a very professional looking sign to display the drinks which was a great touch! David came a couple hours early the day of the party to deliver the bar set up and drinks. A team showed up about a 1/2 hour prior to the party to get the bar/drinks/ice/etc. set up. From there, the team moved on to another party and Nessie stayed behind with us to be our bartender for the evening. Nessie is very professional and did great keeping up with the very small line that would form from time to time. She made excellent cocktails and was kind to all. I would definitely recommend Craft Bar Catering for any event, big or small. It was clear that this wasn't their first rodeo and that they have the manpower, tools and bar set up to host any size event. I appreciated that they would be willing to do my smaller party. Thank you Craft Bar Catering. I'll be calling you again for my next party!
Craft Bar CateringCraft Bar Catering
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