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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 Oceanside bartenders
Thumbtack Customer
Our bartender Fabian was a true professional. Would definitely use Alex and his services again.
Mr. Bartender & Photo BoothMr. Bartender & Photo Booth
Thumbtack Customer
Very professional, great personality and detailed oriented. I was very pleased to have hired her for my wedding. If I ever need again a bartender, she will definitely be my first choice.
Stacy's Event BartendingStacy's Event Bartending
Hope L.
These ladies were amazing! Highly recommend! They added a unique touch with a personalized menu that fit our country theme. Every guest remarked how professional and friendly they were. They showed up an hr before my party to set up and stayed till the party was over to clean up. Great bartenders!
Tipsy Collective Bar Co.Tipsy Collective Bar Co.
Raymond G.
Look no farther for the best bartender in all of San Diego county. I needed a bartender to work ASAP for wedding and his team did an excellent job. 1) His team was awesome in doing all of the thinking ahead of time. 2) His team answers emails and texts back immediately. I would email late at night and he would respond in the early morning. 3) Very professional and nice set-up for the event. They knew exactly what I wanted and made sure I had it ahead of time. 4) The price was perfect for our needs and budget. 5) They were on-time and early. This is a huge plus. 6) My wedding was on Camp Pendleton and it is sometimes hard to get on base. His team all passed background checks and it made it smoother for me to know that they were good to go. 7) I was stressed and they knew I was .... so they helped as much as needed to make my wedding AMAZING. I love his team for their hard work and would hire them again.
Mr. Bartender & Photo BoothMr. Bartender & Photo Booth
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