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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 Huntington Beach bartenders
Christopher S.
Great bartender Arrived early to set up and kept clients happy the entire time Will hire her again for next party
Mrs. Mix-A-LotMrs. Mix-A-Lot
Thumbtack Customer
I loved our bartender George he did a awesome job & my guest loved him as well, will be hiring your company again!!!
Party Services So CalParty Services So Cal
Chef G.
Everything about Rob is top notch! Excellent bartender, knows all types of cocktails, friendly and professional. I will definitely hire him again. Highly recommended!
Shaken Not StirredShaken Not Stirred
Scott L.
Señor Bartender was a real value. He worked to accommodate our requests but did not end could not agree to have him work out event. 3 stars.
Señor BartenderSeñor Bartender
Gabriela E.
Mia is excellent! She went above and beyond to make sure our wedding day was a breeze. I didn't once have to worry about her or our bartender Brandon. She was very easy to get a hold of and even when my fiancé (now husband) had some last minute changes she was very accomading. I was kind worried our venue only allowed for wines and beers so I was worried it would be very basic, but Mia helped us come up with signature drinks that really made a difference. I may only get married once but if I ever throw any kind of party where I can get Mias company to bartend for us... I will. Don't hesistate in hiring Mia Martini Company. Brandon was our bartender that day and he handled the crowd like a pro. The bar looked great and it was all thanks to them.
Mia's MartiniMia's Martini
Kelly g.
Our bartenders Freddie and Tory were both friendly, knowledgeable, professional, courteous, on time, and did a wonderful job handling the 85 adults at our party! The bar setup was really impressive and much nicer than previous service we’ve used. Would highly recommend!!
Los Angeles BartendersLos Angeles Bartenders
Thumbtack Customer
we "created" 4 theme drinks for our private party event and both the office and the assigned bartender worked with me on fine tuning and later accommodating the drinkers preferences ..I know I called a lot due to my own pre- planning anxieties and they were always very patient and gracious
Paul Michaels Top Mixologists & Servers of SoCalPaul Michaels Top Mixologists & Servers of SoCal
Rosemarie k.
Super excited and happy to leave this review. Joe was such a great bartender for our mother’s 90th birthday party. We had a lot of people (150+) and he showed up early and prepared his space and it was game on. Thank you so much Joe. We will definitely ask you back for our next big event. Ps...He is super affordable and worth every penny.
21st Amendment Bartending21st Amendment Bartending
Thumbtack Customer
Our bartender Alicia was the perfect bartender for our event! I hosted a group of about 20 women for a bridal shower at my house. Alicia arrived well in advance to set up and prep all of the garnishes, liquids, etc. She brought a bar set up with her that was very professional looking and did the job. Not only did she set up for the bar but also used her extra time to help us set up our spa waters and garnishes for the other drinks we were offering. She came prepared with her own cutting board, tools and equipment. Alicia was extremely pleasant, out going and made sure to be on point the entire event. While we were all eating dinner she even came up the stairs to the roof top deck where some of the guests were eating to ask if we needed refreshments or refills, which we did NOT prompt her to do. Everyone was extremely impressed with her professionalism and customer service. Oh yah, and the drinks were delicious! In addition to the day of, the initial email communication with the company was thorough, quick and polite.
Paul Michaels Top Mixologists & Servers of SoCalPaul Michaels Top Mixologists & Servers of SoCal
Yvette S.
What a great event. James was very responsive to my 100+ questions since I don’t drink much. Was very helpful in giving me a list of items that would help stock the bar( base items and ideas for certain drinks) based on about 50 people. The day of, he was there early and set up the bar. The drinks kept flowing and my guests were so happy. Since it was a Las Vegas theme, a bartender was the perfect touch. The mixed drinks were delicious. He was a saint since my friends are a little rowdy. I would highly recommend James, since he was so professional and funny. Will definitely be calling him again.
'Cause He's the Bartender'Cause He's the Bartender
Dan W.
We needed a bartender for a small 40 person Wedding Reception John and his staff went overboard helping us put our reception at our house together from meeting us in the beginning to get a feel for the venue to creating custom “invented” cocktails specifically tailored to our reception. He help organize the food vendors and helped wherever he was needed without having to ask him. He was a gentleman all night and left our house as clean as I would. We appreciated John his caring, effort and thoughtfulness through-out our day and cant wait when Covid is over to throw another party so that we can have tend bar again at our house John was GREAT!!!!
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