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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 Lake Forest bartenders
Thumbtack Customer
Tony was so great to work with. I can tell he is a very knowledgeable bartender and he had great recommendations. He didn't end up being my bartender the night of the event but he did send Mickaela, one of his other bartenders and he reassured me that she is one of his best and he was right. Mickaela was very professional, she arrived on time, she dressed according to the theme of the party and her drinks were fantastic. All my guests complimented me about how great she was (and my friends are drinkers!). She was very courteous and really pleasant with everyone. She did a great job. I would highly recommend Tony and his bartenders for anyone having an event.
The Traveling Bartender L.A.The Traveling Bartender L.A.
Elijah K.
What an awesome bartending experience! Our micro wedding guests loved all of the cocktails that Amal made and she added great energy to the event. Would 1000% recommend again
Pro-Mixology ServicesPro-Mixology Services
Susie S.
Respond to emails, texts and/or phone calls. I had to hire a bartender at the last minute (which made for a stressful week of plannning and moving things around) because she stopped responding and communicating with me and I did not know how much alcohol to purchase for the event, etc. Not sure what happened bc she initially expressed a lot of interest in bartending my party but as time went on as opposed to saying she couldn’t do it anymore she just stop communicating.
There In A ShakeThere In A Shake
Thumbtack Customer
We had a really great experience with GYD! Davido sent over Tessa to be out bartender for the evening. She was really cute. On top of her game. Quick with the drinks. Everyone loved her! We will definitely be using her again in the future for parties!
Party Services So CalParty Services So Cal
Thumbtack Customer
Erin was the bartender at our daughters wedding! She was phenomenal! Very helpful with planning and set up. She went above and beyond the scope of her job and really helped me with the small things that really made a difference! Very sweet person and I will definitely use her again when the occasion arises! Highly recommend!
Erin's Bartending ServicesErin's Bartending Services
Ronald C.
Angela was our bartender at a 40 person football party... She is so friendly and outgoing...so fun. Her partner, Samantha was hijacked to be the dealer of a spontaneous blackjack tourney.... Even tho it was unexpected she performed flawlessly and everyone had a fantastic time. They are beautiful, professional and most of all great fun. Can’t wait for our next event.
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