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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 Napa bartenders
Thumbtack Customer
We used A-Plus Catering to hire a bartender for a smallish family party of 24 people. The bartender, Mike, was on time, personable, organized, and did a great job. I would definitely use them again.
A Plus CateringA Plus Catering
Thumbtack Customer
I’ve been in touch with this bartender and am pleased with such a speedy response.
Mixology Meetup LLC - Luxury Day & Night LED BarMixology Meetup LLC - Luxury Day & Night LED Bar
Erin S.
Daniel is a terrific bartender - on time, prepared, and professional. We would be happy to hire him again, and recommend him for your party needs!
Shake Your Booze Thang--- THE Bay Area BartenderShake Your Booze Thang--- THE Bay Area Bartender
Thumbtack Customer
It was smooth process to hire Angelica and co. for our event. The guests enjoyed themselves and had nothing but kind things to say. We will be inquiring with her to bartend in the future.
Bartender BoutiqueBartender Boutique
Ryan M.
Monica did an amazing job bartending my wife’s 30th birthday party of 125 people! Prior to our party, she sent me a detailed drink menu and told me exactly what to get. Her set up and professionalism was superb! I would highly recommend!
MC Bartending EventsMC Bartending Events
Bea M.
Santiago bartended for our wedding of 115 guests. When we arrived, both he and his assistant were already making drinks for our early guests. It's a good feeling being complimented on your bartender, but I should take no credit of course. Several guests asked for his contact information and raved about how delicious and refreshing the drinks were. Santiago not only offered a vast menu of cocktails for a great price, he also adapted to our unique requests of how drinks would be purchased. At no moment did I ever notice a long line at our bar. Santiago and his assistant were incredibly swift. With Santiago's service, we were just responsible for providing the keg and the liquor. With every inquiry and conversation we had, Santiago made everything easy and graciously affordable. For anyone planning their own wedding, Santiago will be the relief you're looking for in the midst of the mountain of coordinating and planning you do with your other vendors. If you were to take anything away from this review, know that Santiago's service is of exceptional quality, delightedly affordable, and promptly attentive. He's the man, and we recognize his craft.
El Cumbala Bar & PizzaEl Cumbala Bar & Pizza
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