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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 Lakewood bartenders
Thumbtack Customer
Let me start by saying that the service wasn't all that great. First, David (owner) ensured me that his bartender would be coming to our party an hour early to setup for our party. That did not happen. I called David to get an update on when his bartender would show up but he never returned my calls. The bartender showed up right when the party started and took 35mins to setup. Also I requested that David provide me with a bartender with personality in which he claimed all his bartenders are very personable. The bartender was very shy with my guests and most of my guest tried to get him to talk but he seemed distracted. Also this bartender was very light in adding the alcohol to my guests drinks so I had to encourage him to add more alcohol. I was very disappointed in the bartender table which was basically a 6ft long white table in which I had a similar table from Home Depot!! His tip jar was a glass jar in which my guests didn't know where to tip him as there was no sign indicating this jar was for tips. I intend to use more bartenders in my future parties but it will not be with this company.
Party Services So CalParty Services So Cal
Yolanda G.
Making the arrangements with David was stress free, and our bartender was great!!! Thank you David!!!!
Party Services So CalParty Services So Cal
Andrea R.
Michael was an amazing bartender! Everyone was so impressed and had nothing but good things to say about him! Everyone kept yelling “best bartender ever”! He was so attentive was picking up people’s empty cups and plates! Helped me out SO MUCH! I couldn’t have found anyone better! He was so amazing that we ended up hiring him for an additional 2hrs! So happy I found him and will continue to use him in the future! THANK YOU MICHAEL!
Michael Colestock Happy BartenderMichael Colestock Happy Bartender
Maria R.
Carlos made delicious mocktails for our wedding! I'm so glad we went with him for the big day. He was very open to ideas I had, and he made great suggestions as to mocktail options (mojitos and mango mules were our signature drinks). He's fun and friendly, while taking his bartending duties seriously. Our guests enjoyed the drinks and commented on how pretty and refreshing they were. Would definitely ask him to work another event. Thanks again for everything! :)
Señor BartenderSeñor Bartender
Thumbtack Customer
I hired Rich for a small event at my house yesterday. Before the party, Rich was always answering my phone calls and texts with any question or concerns I had. The day of the party he did an EXCELLENT job bartending and walking around to make sure everyones glasses we full! He even went to the extent to help entertain my 2 year old during dinner time and helped the chef move empty dishes! He was truly amazing and a great price and i will definitely use him again!
Tradewinds Hospitality ServicesTradewinds Hospitality Services
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