Find a bartender near Newport Beach, CA

Find a bartender near Newport Beach, CA

Find a bartender near Newport Beach, CA

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Answers to commonly asked questions from the experts on Thumbtack.

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.

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.

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.

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.

Reviews for Newport Beach bartenders
Thumbtack Customer
Great bartender arrived on time and very hospitable and professional. Will definitely use his services again. Thanks Rob!
Shaken Not StirredShaken Not Stirred
Thumbtack Customer
The bartender was wonderful, everyone loved her! And David was very helpful with planning the dink menu and getting everything organized for the event.
Party Services So CalParty Services So Cal
Chantale T.
Manolo is the man! Amazing cocktails crafted to whatever you like! Great quality & everyone loved having him bartend. Will definitely hire again!
The BartenderThe Bartender
Adrinee B.
The personality of the bartender makes such a huge difference at your party and Rob was so pleasant to have. He was very friendly and lively, yet very professional. You could tell he was very experienced and handled everything with ease, professionalism & a smile. Our guests really like him too...and the special drinks he was able to craft had people asking for his card for their future events too. Would highly recommend him.
Rob's Bartending and EventsRob's Bartending and Events
Amy T.
Richard was fantastic! We needed a bartender for our small wedding and Richard was perfect fit. He was very easy to work with and above and beyond accommodating. We had a fairly simple bar with beer and wine only so instead of just standing around, he started helping to tidy up the whole venue. He even bussed some tables! We were so surprised and impressed. He was also very kind to our guests. We will definitely be hiring Richard again if we have another event.
Tradewinds Hospitality ServicesTradewinds Hospitality Services
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