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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 Gatos bartenders
Romlin M.
The best bartender ever! Tom was very professional and full of talent! This was my first time hiring a bartender and I’m so happy I found Tom!
Good Libations BartendingGood Libations Bartending
Thumbtack Customer
The Bartending Babes are extremely professional and fun. I have received excellent feedback on the bartending service from my guests at a recent charity function. When another vendor I hired did not send me the contract and proof of insurance after several requests (spanning a number of months), I contacted Bartending Babes and had the documents within a matter of minutes. So grateful that they were available for our event.
Bartending Babes,IncBartending Babes,Inc
Janet S.
Great bartender, very personable :) We would love to have him back for our next party!
Shake Your Booze Thang--- THE Bay Area BartenderShake Your Booze Thang--- THE Bay Area Bartender
Kimberly g.
Darren is a fantastic bartender with great signature cocktails made with his own hand crafted mixers. I'd love to hire him again!
Darren Gardner - Private Event BartenderDarren Gardner - Private Event Bartender
Claudia M.
I corresponded with Jenny to bartender a back to school fiesta I was hosting. We agreed on a price, she said she was available and sent me menus so I could pick the drinks she would make. I went out and bought all the supplies and was excited fit her to bartend. The day of the event she hadn't arrived yet at our agreed time and when I texted to find out where she was she never replied. She did not end up showing and I never heard from her. Terrible experience!! Luckily we had friends there who could stand in as bartender.
Jenny GuelJenny Guel
Thumbtack Customer
Pretty easy job as we didn't have too many people drinking but it was a fairly last minute request (two days before the event). The Bartending Babes were punctual, helped us get set up (even with the food), were really friendly, and overall helped the event go smootly. It was my first time using a bartender and they helped explain everything and gave me the confidence to not have to worry about yet one more thing. Definitely would use again and would recommend to others.
Bartending Babes,IncBartending Babes,Inc
Matt P.
- I booked Jeremy last minute, and was very responsive, he made a list of cocktails respecting my constraints. - He arrived on time. - The cocktails were good. - More generally, he was very professional from start to end. Would be my first choice if I need a bartender to make cocktail again.
Couple Grains of RiceCouple Grains of Rice
Thumbtack Customer
Karoline and her partner bartended for over 150 people (adults and kids) at our home this past weekend and she did a superb job. Very professional, friendly, helpful in preparation for what I needed for the party (sending a list of exactly what I needed and where to buy most cost effectively). I would highly recommend Karoline!!!!
Karoline's Bar Services & Event StaffKaroline's Bar Services & Event Staff
Kimberly K.
Bartender was fine, nice guy, but If we did another event I’d try someone else. He arrived early to set up and leaned into our theme by bringing a couple of his own props. He was willing to learn a new cocktail for our party and was sociable with the attendees. When I told him that he could start breaking down the bar an hour earlier than planned, he kinda ghosted without fully cleaning up and left before the end of the time we had him contracted to serve. *Note: price included prep time, travel time, bar kit, setup, bartending for 5 hours, cleanup, tax, and insurance. Additionally: we provided all alcohol, mixers, garnish, and ice. We also wanted compostable disposables, so provided our own cups, napkins, stirrers, and garnish picks. He was also missing items from his kit, which we supplemented (arrived without cutting board, rags, and a couple of other items).
Good Libations BartendingGood Libations Bartending
Vidya R.
Ben literally saved the day. After my previously arranged bartender canceled with less than 24 hrs to spare, I posted on TT to find someone for the same day. Ben responded immediately, arrived on time and setup. Since we didn't have time to plan ahead, Ben made do with whatever was available and made sure the guests were served interesting and delicious drinks. The tiki bar became one of the highlights of the event. Thanks Ben!!
Ben Jammin Bartending & MixologyBen Jammin Bartending & Mixology
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