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 and 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.

Hired 3 times

Serves Los Gatos, CA

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2 years in business

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Cash, PayPal, Square cash app, 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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Customers rated this pro highly for work quality, professionalism, and responsiveness.


2 reviews


Basil Z.


I have never hired a bartender before and so glad I found Darren. He was on time and got to work right away. He is very professional, personable and is very knowledgeable and skilled at his craft. The mixed drinks were fantastic and on point. All my guest liked him and as the host, I found that having a bartender at my private party was worth every penny because it takes a huge burden off the shoulders of the host, which was me... I absolutely recommend Darren to bartend your next party. The mere fact that your guests will have a professionally made cocktail handed to them, instead of everyone fumbling around trying to mix a good drink was PRICELESS. I will never have another party without a Professional Bartender; and Darren is the person for the job...!!!
Sep 26, 2021
Christina W.

We hired Darren to create craft cocktails and bartend at our wedding back in 2019. He and his drinks were nothing short of amazing! From the first inquiry email to the event, Darren was easy to work with, always engaging and open to our opinions but also able to make suggestions where needed. We initially met to discuss the event and our preferences, which he then used to create a menu of 5 specialty cocktails. We got to meet again to do a tasting and solidify our menu (which was really fun!). His drinks were unique, varied, delicious, and perfectly suited for us! He also worked seamlessly with our wedding planner, venue, beverage provider, caterer, and wait staff. We felt well-prepared going into the wedding and when the big day came, we were not disappointed! Our guests raved about the cocktails and we were so thrilled that he helped to make our day perfect. I would absolutely recommend hiring Darren for any event!
Mar 9, 2020
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Darren Gardner


  • 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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