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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 Los Angeles bartenders
Michael V.
Great bartenders!
Los Angeles BartendersLos Angeles Bartenders
Elise L.
Our bartender, John, from Traveling Bartender was fantastic. Helpful, professional, an all around nice guy and we got compliments from our guests about what a great bartender he was! Super pleased with the experience.
The Traveling Bartenders L.A.The Traveling Bartenders L.A.
Fredrik F.
Excellent Bartender. Will hire again.
The Bartending BabeThe Bartending Babe
Joe F.
The bartenders were friendly and professional
Paul Michaels Top Mixologists & Servers of SoCalPaul Michaels Top Mixologists & Servers of SoCal
Rand w.
The bartender for event was amazing. Superb job!
Wonder Catering Bartenders🥂Wonder Catering Bartenders🥂
Derrion W.
Erika was a phenomenal bartender. Each guest who attended my event complimented her bartending. I would highly recommend her! She was also punctual and friendly.
EB / BarTending Service, CAEB / BarTending Service, CA
Thumbtack Customer
Solid bartending service. Highly recommended. Thanks!
Party Services So CalParty Services So Cal
Whitney W.
Bartender was on-time, friendly, and worked well with the guests.
Firefly BartendingFirefly Bartending
Thumbtack Customer
Rob is a very great Bartender. Very friendly and personable. He does a great job and will hire him again! I would defiantly recommend him to someone who is looking for a bartender!
Shaken Not StirredShaken Not Stirred
Tiffany G.
Amazing Bartender all of my guest were happy.
EB / BarTending Service, CAEB / BarTending Service, CA
Kelsey D.
Fantastic and very professional bartender! Will definitely hire again!
Party Services So CalParty Services So Cal
Jordan p.
Couldn’t of asked for a better bartender!! Would book again!!
La'Creays Bartending ServiceLa'Creays Bartending Service
Thumbtack Customer
The Traveling Bartender was the Perfect Complement to our Event! They were helpful before the event, arrived early to the event, brought all the promised materials/supplies, and had a great attitude! The guests loved the bartender and the drinks were beautiful & delicious. The glowing blue bar and back bar was definitely a hit! We highly recommend hiring The Traveling Bartender.
The Traveling Bartenders L.A.The Traveling Bartenders L.A.
Thumbtack Customer
Marie bartended our 80s party in October and she did a great job. She was very professional and very helpful. I would recommend her to anyone who needs to hire a bartender.
Dana H.
Great bartender! Really fun night. Thank you Johnny!
Johnny MixologyJohnny Mixology
Thumbtack Customer
Paul was extremely helpful, communicative and professional, as were the bartenders he sent to bartend my wedding reception. They were so great, I just wanted to be friends with them! An hour or more into the reception, we ran out of the necessary mix for our margarita machine (different vendor), our bartenders were on top of it, offering to make a similar drink with what we had and made sure that the bride and groom tasted it first before they served it! Brilliant! Will definitely hire again if ever I need another bartender!
Paul Michaels Top Mixologists & Servers of SoCalPaul Michaels Top Mixologists & Servers of SoCal
Megan G.
Mac was the best bartender we could have asked for! He made special UCLA themed cocktails for our grad party and brought a bunch of mixing stuff. you could not find a better bartender no matter the event
Thumbtack Customer
We really enjoyed the bartender at our party. He was friendly and accommodating. Lots of people called the next day and said that they loved the idea of having a bartender and that they enjoyed their drinks. He even helped us clean up afterwards. I'm planning another party this summer and will definitely use your services as well as the same bartender! Thank you so much.
Party Services So CalParty Services So Cal
Angelica D.
Kimberly was amazing and kept up with our bartender needs for our party!
Firefly BartendingFirefly Bartending
Tracy V.
Needed bartenders quick! Contacted Andrew and not only was he able to provide me 3 bartenders at the last send, he provided me excellent service. I definitely will hire him again! Thank to you and your team!
Los Angeles BartendersLos Angeles Bartenders
Ty W.
Alex did a really nice job bartending for our guests. Thank you!
Wonder Catering Bartenders🥂Wonder Catering Bartenders🥂
Lamalani S.
Curly Bartender has my highest recommendation. I scrambled to replace a bartender who was unresponsive as my wedding date approached and Curly Bartender was professional and friendly from the beginning. She not only responded quickly, but also checked in when appropriate. The Curly Bartender had a thorough contract that gave me peace of mind and protected both parties. She prepared well for the event and provided all supplies needed. She even made a drink menu, taking that task off my list. Our guests loved her energy and she was extremely pleasant and engaging.
Curly Bartender LLCCurly Bartender LLC
Arielle M.
Saria bartended for my pool party. She was very professional and prepared an assortment of drinks for my guests. Her strawberry daiquiri was a hit. Before leaving Saria cleaned up the bartending area leaving it neat and tidy. I’d recommend her.
Precious BartenderPrecious Bartender
Trish B.
Rob is a great bartender. He's easy to communicate with, he's organized and he definitely knows his stuff. He showed up on time and everything went as planned, without a hitch. I would highly recommend Rob for your bartender needs.
Shaken Not StirredShaken Not Stirred
Partha U.
Unbelievable experience. Some of the best bartenders and conversationalists. Made the vibe of our event amazing.
Cosmic MixesCosmic Mixes
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