Darren Gardner - Private Event Bartender
Darren Gardner - Private Event Bartender

Darren Gardner - Private Event Bartender

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Introduction: I develop and deliver custom cocktails for weddings, birthday parties, corporate events, or any other celebration. I use seasonal, fresh ingredients and make all my own syrups, tinctures, shrubs, etc. I enjoy working with my clients to develop a menu that suits their event. I offer a discounted rate to pour simple cocktails (vodka & soda, gin & tonic, etc.), and beer/wine. You can hire me with confidence. I am professional, efficient, and clean. I have 12 years experience as a bartender and 15 years experience in hospitality and I recently managed one of the top cocktail bars in the South Bay. I'm self-insured, LEAD certified, California Food Handler certified, vaccinated, and I speak Spanish as a second language.
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Current Top Pro

Hired 34 times

Serves Los Gatos, CA

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1 employee

3 years in business

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This pro accepts payments via Cash, PayPal, Square cash app, and Venmo.

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This pro indicated that they reviewed CDC safety guidelines for COVID-19 and pledged to do the following:

Maintain 6 feet of distance from customers

Wear masks during the job

Wear gloves during the job

Disinfect surfaces touched during the job

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Reviews

Customers rated this pro highly for work quality, professionalism, and responsiveness.

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Darlene F.
Oct 31, 2022
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I was very skeptical hiring an independent bartender for our Halloween party. I wanted service from a company, in case if something went wrong I can reach out to management. From the minute I sent our request looking for a bartender, Darren reached out immediately. He was so responsive, sent a quote as promised, and always so prompt to answer any questions we had. Other listings took take a few days to get back to you. We've had many parties and hired many bartenders. Darren was by far the best we've had. He showed up in a costume (on time) 2hrs prior to the party to set up. He brought all the mixers, all fresh squeeze juices. All the guests were raving about the cocktails. He was super friendly, outgoing and social. We have Darren's personal contact info and definitely will hire him again for our next party. Thank you so much Darren! Our party was a huge success because of you!

Details: 26 - 50 guests • Cocktail party • Upbeat / lively • Private residence • Liquor / mixed drinks • Beer • Wine • Non-alcoholic beverages • Venue will already have a bar • Tip jars allowed • Setup / cleanup • Ice • Disposable cups • Coolers

Darren Gardner - Private Event Bartender's reply
Thank you for the kind words Darlene! It was a pleasure working with you and I had an absolute blast at your party!
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Renee R.
Aug 24, 2022
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Darren was a fantastic bartender for our wedding. He was very organized leading up to the event, helped us create a shopping list for all the alcohol we would need after we chose our list of drinks we planned to serve, and accommodated last minute changes. The amount of ice our friend purchased for us ended up not being enough for the event. Darren let us know towards the end of the night that during speeches, he snuck away to grab more ice for us. He handled the issue without complaint, and without creating stress for us. Definitely recommend his services.

Details: 76 - 100 guests • Wedding reception • Low key / casual • Private residence • Beer • Liquor / mixed drinks • Wine • Non-alcoholic beverages • Venue will already have a bar • Tip jars allowed • Setup / cleanup • Ice • Coolers

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Rashmi P.
Jun 14, 2022
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We had an amazing experience having Darren as our bartender for our party. He makes fantastic specialty cocktails - each drink we had was just delicious and perfect! He managed the planning/setup/cleanup very smoothly. We are looking forward to having Darren help bartend for us whenever we have our next event.

Details: 26 - 50 guests • Birthday party • Low key / casual • Private residence • Liquor / mixed drinks • Wine • Beer • Non-alcoholic beverages • Venue will already have a bar • Tip jars not allowed • Setup / cleanup

Darren Gardner - Private Event Bartender's reply
Thank you for the kind words! It was a pleasure working with you and I'm glad you enjoyed the cocktails!
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Kimberly g.
Apr 4, 2022
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Darren is a fantastic bartender with great signature cocktails made with his own hand crafted mixers. I'd love to hire him again!

Details: 11 - 25 guests • Birthday party • Upbeat / lively • Private residence • Liquor / mixed drinks • Wine • Beer • Non-alcoholic beverages • Venue will already have a bar • Tip jars not allowed • Setup / cleanup • Glassware • Ice

Darren Gardner - Private Event Bartender's reply
Thank you, Kim! I'd love to work for you again!
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Kelly M.
Dec 17, 2021
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Darren has a fantastic personality! He made the evening fun and is a stellar bartender. He was great at communicating before the party and very clear about what he could and would be providing. He was also very flexible when we asked him at the last minute to come an extra hour early. We will definitely be hiring him again!

Details: 26 - 50 guests • Cocktail party • Low key / casual • Private residence • Beer • Wine • Non-alcoholic beverages • Venue will already have a bar • Tip jars allowed • Setup / cleanup • Ice • Disposable cups

Darren Gardner - Private Event Bartender's reply
Thank you for the kind words Kelly! I look forward to working with you again!
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FAQs

  • What should the customer know about your pricing (e.g., discounts, fees)?

    The more craft cocktails you want (homemade syrups, batching, custom menu), the higher the rate. Basic bar service (vodka & soda, gin & tonic, etc. is a lower rate.

  • What is your typical process for working with a new customer?

    1. Talk with you over the phone or meet in person to discuss your intentions for the event. 2. I will send a proposal via email. 3. If you agree with the proposal then I will send you a contract that must be signed and sent back to me. 4. I require a 50% deposit. The rest of the fee needs be paid upon completion my service. 4. If you want to taste the custom cocktails before the event, an additional fee applies.

  • What education and/or training do you have that relates to your work?

    13+ years in hospitality 9+ years bartending experience Responsible for developing cocktail menus at high-end cocktail bars. Bar and restaurant management experience. Experience setting up and running the bar at private events.

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