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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 Orange bartenders
Anisha K.
Britney did a great job bartending! Would hire this service again!
Party Services So CalParty Services So Cal
Thumbtack Customer
Both bartenders were exceptional and extremely helpful throughout. Highly recommend and will be using in the future.
Paul Michaels Top Mixologists & Servers of SoCalPaul Michaels Top Mixologists & Servers of SoCal
Armando T.
Amazing friendly service, bartender was a hit, Everyone loved the drinks. Definitely will be hiring again.
Party Services So CalParty Services So Cal
Thumbtack Customer
The actual bartending service was ok, however the bartender arrived an hour late. We didn't even receive any phone calls to let us know that they were running late nor did they answer their phone when we tried to call them several times. We added ice and garnishes to our package and it was not provided...well there were limes but they were not even cut and ready. My sisters had to make two ice runs during our wedding and my guests had to wait for the bartender to setup to get drinks during cocktail hour. I would absolutely not recommend this company to anyone.
Party Services So CalParty Services So Cal
Laura J.
Amazing AMAZING AMAZING! Robs Bartending is amazing and out of this world! He delivers WORLD CLASS SERVICE! I’m soooo happy that I hired him! I highly recommend him to everyone. Simply, THE BEST!
Rob's Bartending & Events LLCRob's Bartending & Events LLC
Andy C.
Andrea served drinks at our event and she was a big hit! We really enjoyed working with Andrea and would recommend Dreas Drinks to anyone who wants to work with a highly responsive, professional, and fantastic bartender!
Dreas Drink'sDreas Drink's
Cristina C.
Mac was the best! We had him bartend my husbands 40th, and I couldn’t of asked for a better person, on all levels. Drink making skills, personality, professional, but social! Can’t wait to hire him again!
Mix with MacMix with Mac
Gregory G.
Cassandra was a fantastic bartender for our house warming party. I felt like she brought a positive and professional vibe to the event and meshed very well with my guests. I would definitely recommend her to others for any type of event.
Mrs. Mix-A-LotMrs. Mix-A-Lot
Thumbtack Customer
We threw a cocktail party for 65 people at our home. We hired Andrew to bartend and Christina to help with appetizers, tending to our guests and anything else that came up. They arrived early which gave Andrew enough time to set up and Christina helped set out the food items and a few last minute details so I was able to get ready. I cannot express enough how professional and courteous they were. We were able to enjoy our party without having to worry about a single thing. We received so many compliments that our party was a hit and how "fancy" it was. We will definitely use Bartending Staff again!!!
Paul Michaels Top Mixologists & Servers of SoCalPaul Michaels Top Mixologists & Servers of SoCal
Thumbtack Customer
Oh man, where should I begin. David went above and beyond my expectations. This was my very first time hiring a bartender and he made it a great experience. He was very personable and entertained my guests. I would definitley recommend David and will use him in the future. Thanks again, David!!!
Party Services So CalParty Services So Cal
Brittany M.
Amazing experience! Thank you so much for taking our high school Gatsby prom to the next level! The kids loved the mocktails, and we loved that the bartenders got into the theme. You guys were communicative, willing to work with our budget, and so accommodating. Thank you so much! Definitely hope to use you guys again!
Los Angeles BartendersLos Angeles Bartenders
Amaro N.
Nazee bartended my birthday event and she was phenomenal. Leading up to the event, she kept in constant contact and even showed up an hour early to ensure my bar is set up and ready to go. We had about 75 guests and thanks to Nazee and her drinks, everyone had a wonderful time (but paid for it the next day...lol). Will definitely hire her again for my next event.
Circe's Cove | Event and BartendingCirce's Cove | Event and Bartending
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