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Answers to commonly asked questions from the experts on Thumbtack.

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.

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 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 Oakland bartenders
Thumbtack Customer
Liquid Happiness Bartending is very professional and very prompt with phone calls and e-mails leading up to your event. I would highly recommend Liquid Happiness Bartending and would book them again myself!
Liquid Happiness Bartending & Event ServicesLiquid Happiness Bartending & Event Services
Susan A.
She is amazing...i couldnt have asked for any other bartender
At Your Service, LLCAt Your Service, LLC
Thumbtack Customer
Johnny on the spot! Last minute personal chef's job and The Bartending Babes came through in a pinch! Friendly, courteous and arrived in time w/ all the supplies we needed! Thank you Bartending Babes! Chef Ikeena~
Bartending Babes,IncBartending Babes,Inc
Bryson C.
Very friendly, very professional, the ultimate bartender. Would love to work with her again!!!
Thumbtack Customer
Yvonne's service is impeccable! She's timely, thorough, responsive and extremely personable. All of my guests loved her! She is now my exclusive bartender.
At Your Service, LLCAt Your Service, LLC
Krista K.
The bartender/server team was amazing in a less than perfect situation. They went above and beyond the call of duty. I will definitely be using them again for other events.
At Your Service, LLCAt Your Service, LLC
Shakira C.
The host was not impressed. There was no ice and many of the supplies were not there. No cups as well. The host paid extra for many of the supplies to be purchased and they were not. The host would not book this bartender again.
Your #1 Bartender-Cocktails by KyleYour #1 Bartender-Cocktails by Kyle
Kerrie H.
I hired Vic to bartend at my husband's 40th bday party. We were very happy with Vic's service and the whole experience. Everyone was raving about the cocktails!
Mystical MintMystical Mint
Tina H.
I was looking for a bartender for my sister birthday it was a last-minute and I Google and found this site , she's was amazing and very professional she went over and above the services we asked for my sister just got a new bar and we couldn't ask for a better bartender she was the best I highly recommend her this review was from October as of last year I just forgot to hit the submit button, also her mix drinks was very tasteful
Your #1 Bartender-Cocktails by KyleYour #1 Bartender-Cocktails by Kyle
Jasmine R.
I could only tell anyone who is looking for a bartender, dont look any further. She is amazing and helpful. All of our guest could not stop talking about her side car martini. We will diffently hire Kyle again.
Your #1 Bartender-Cocktails by KyleYour #1 Bartender-Cocktails by Kyle
Joan R.
From the Bride: We hired Liquid Happiness for our wedding on July 7, 2018 at Oakland’s Preservation Park. Camille and Jerremi provided excellent bartending service. Everyone were served accordingly and had a great time. We provided the alcohol, because of the connections my husband had with the local tap rooms, stores, and Costco. Our guests did get a bit out of hand, but the bartenders were patient and accommodating. They also adjusted accordingly when we ran out of certain alcohol and had left overs. They helped make this wedding a memorable one. From the Groom: I agree.
Liquid Happiness Bartending & Event ServicesLiquid Happiness Bartending & Event Services
Diana C.
David and Krista were on point with bar services at my wedding. My family and friends love to have a great time and kept both bartenders busy throughout the night. They spread positive vibes throughout the night and I will keep them in mind for future events.
On The Rocks Bartending & ServingOn The Rocks Bartending & Serving
Diana L.
David was fantastic! He bartended at a backyard bachelorette party we held for my best friend and he really helped make it special. He was super easy to work with in advance of the party and during the party he was professional, fun and a great add to the party! Highly recommend!
On The Rocks Bartending & ServingOn The Rocks Bartending & Serving
Thumbtack Customer
Yvonne was wonderful! Arrived promptly & made things really easy on us as hosts. All my guests had great things to say. This was my first time having a bartender at one of our parties. I would definitely recommend her and would hire her again!
At Your Service, LLCAt Your Service, LLC
Thumbtack Customer
Everyone commented on how professional and engaging our bartender Yvonne was at our holiday party. I would recommend,"At Your Service" for your next private party or company event. Thank you so much Yvonne, you made our holiday party a huge success!
At Your Service, LLCAt Your Service, LLC
Thumbtack Customer
Yvonne was amazing! She handled set-up, bartending and clean-up like a pro. She prepared a complicated mexican hot chocolate drink for hours too! Our guests had a great time chatting with her. I'm going to hire her for all our parties in the future!
At Your Service, LLCAt Your Service, LLC
Alexandra S.
So happy that I hired At Your Service. The bartenders were very professional and better than I hoped for! They were early and worked very hard to make sure my party was everything I wanted. I would definitely hire them again for my next event!
At Your Service, LLCAt Your Service, LLC
Anne Z.
Michael helped bartend at my birthday/housewarming party. He helped craft some specialty drinks based on the theme (Spain) and brought all his own equipment. He kept everything super neat and tidy and cleaned up before he left – we can't wait to work with him again!
Midnight GMidnight G
Christine & Asif H.
We hired Liquid Happiness for our wedding in Oakland in late September. We were disappointed in the communication and preparations prior to the wedding. In the months prior to the wedding, Camille was responsive and we had a good cocktail tasting. After that, we had a few questions about the menu/shopping list. About 3 weeks before the wedding we were promised a shopping list in the next week or so but after several requests, we never received one. We gave up on receiving a shopping list on the weekend before and instead just tried to confirm a few final details, but these emails were ignored. We eventually got only one of several questions answered. My cousin is a bartender and was able to give us an extensive shopping list and pre-batched several of the cocktails. Given the great reviews and the fact that we were providing all liquors/mixers and instructions, we figured it would still work out. We hired 2 bartenders with 2 portable bars but only 1 bar was decorated/set up, so guests did not realize they could use the second bar. There was also rarely actually a bartender manning that bar. There was a general unfamiliarity with what we brought. The bartenders ended up using club soda meant for drinks to rinse their cocktail shakers (if they needed water provided, it was never communicated) - we ended up running out of it by the end of the night. More communication prior to the event likely would have helped but it felt like our attempts were largely ignored and we were not getting the benefit of their expertise. I'm not sure what went wrong with us given the great reviews, maybe dealing with us prior just got to be too much and they were hoping to wing it when they got there. This was the most stressful vendor experience from our wedding. Without my cousin, I have no idea what my guests would have been drinking (and at what pace) but at least the guests didn't really notice. When serving, the bartenders were pleasant and good with our guests.
Liquid Happiness Bartending & Event ServicesLiquid Happiness Bartending & Event Services
Thumbtack Customer
Yvonne was great from start to finish. So professional. Her colleague Rachel who was our bartender was amazing. She set up a great bar in the small space we have her and she did a flawless job mixing our cocktail recipes and pouring wine! It was my 50th birthday party for 25 people. Everything was perfect. Thanks!!
At Your Service, LLCAt Your Service, LLC
Michael M.
Mayra and her co-worker did a great job and were easy to work with. They were professional and personable. Mayra's communication prior to the event was prompt and clear, and they did a great job at the party. They showed up early, organized everything, and managed the bar without a hitch. I was grateful not to have to do anything myself. I strongly recommend and would hire Flores Bartending Services again.
Kerryn P.
We used the Rocks Bartending for my daughter's HS graduation party. We had about 100 guests & all fairly big drinkers. They made the most delicious cocktails, especially the Palomas and all with a friendly smile. They were also the best-priced bartering service I could find yet delivered a high-end feel. I would definitely use them again.
On The Rocks Bartending & ServingOn The Rocks Bartending & Serving
Thy C.
Yvonne and her bartenders (we had 3 and one barback at our wedding) were awesome!!! Yvonne had several other events on that day but not to worry as her crew were amazing as well. As soon as I spoke with her about the event and she gave us her suggestions, her experience and knowledge showed and we immediately decided to hire At Your Service. Would highly recommend!!
At Your Service, LLCAt Your Service, LLC
Robie M.
The customer service with this company was horrible! They were very rude through our email interactions and I would not recommend them to anyone trying to run an upscale event. When requesting a tasting, they required your home address and would not release any information on who would be coming to your home. When I let them know we were two women, living alone, and would like to speak to the bartender on the phone before giving out our address. They said "this is not how our services work." This alone was suspect! Why not have the bartender call? So that we were comfortable? Seems very suspicious, and that was not a crazy request for someone that would be visiting our home. In addition, we really wanted to hire a woman of color, and their response was assumptions and racist, thinking that "color" meant black. Not okay, in this climate. This was an all around negative experience. So bad that we relinquished our deposit and moved on to another company. If I could leave a 0, I would.
Bartending Babes,IncBartending Babes,Inc
Shawnee M.
We hired Liquid Happiness to serve the beer and wine at our wedding since we needed a licensed bartender. They arrived on time and were very personable. They set up a water station and we also added on the coffee/tea service for our guests. Also a plus, they can purchase the alcohol for you, if needed, since they also run a bar from what I recall. We ended up bringing our own but it was nice to know we had that option.
Liquid Happiness Bartending & Event ServicesLiquid Happiness Bartending & Event Services
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