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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 Pacific Beach bartenders
Thumbtack Customer
Bartender was great!
Party Services So CalParty Services So Cal
Kim C.
Our bartender was great 👍🏻
Mr. Bartender & Photo BoothMr. Bartender & Photo Booth
Brittany M.
The bartender was amazing! Highly recommend.
Mr. Bartender & Photo BoothMr. Bartender & Photo Booth
Laura A.
Chef Taylor sent 2 bartenders to my party…Shelby and Nicole. Nicole did the bartending and Shelby did the serving/cleaning up. They were great. Thank you!!
Occasions San Diego by Chef Taylor DennisOccasions San Diego by Chef Taylor Dennis
Dani B.
Bartenders were nice and personable. They even ran to the store when we ran out of ice. However, I found out after from my guests that the bartenders were drinking and were quite buzzed. Very unprofessional.
Los Angeles BartendersLos Angeles Bartenders
Sarah E.
Timely, professional, friendly and a great bartender. What more could you ask for?
Mr. Bartender & Photo BoothMr. Bartender & Photo Booth
Ann W.
Grace was wonderful as a bartender at our large birthday party! She was very professional and fun!
Wines with GraceWines with Grace
Thumbtack Customer
The owner Alex was great in booking and coordinating a bartender for the party. Wish he was available for the party.
Mr. Bartender & Photo BoothMr. Bartender & Photo Booth
Lisa C.
Jen was amazing! If you are looking for a bartender for your event look no further!! She is the best!
JD Bartending & Event PlanningJD Bartending & Event Planning
Thumbtack Customer
Stacy did a wonderful job bartending my wedding. I would use her again....
Stacy's Event BartendingStacy's Event Bartending
Thumbtack Customer
David was extremely helpful with pre-event organization and our day-of bartenders were great! Thank you!
Party Services So CalParty Services So Cal
Natasha C.
The bartenders were professional and friendly! We hired them for our wedding downtown San Diego on NYE.
Sara's ServantsSara's Servants
Samantha D.
Thanks Wilber for an amazing night! Bartended our 90 person wedding - so professional and efficient! Great drinks! HIGHLY recommend! Every guest had nothing but amazing things to say about Wilber. If you need an expert bartender who knows his stuff, Wilber is your guy!
Wilber the BartenderWilber the Bartender
Thumbtack Customer
Rob did an awesome job as our bartender for a special event at a Jewish Men's Club annual fundraiser. In addition to bartending, he also was Emcee for our tasting session. He was very knowledgeable on the history and varieties of alcohol that we were pouring. We would definitely hire him again.
Shaken Not StirredShaken Not Stirred
Thumbtack Customer
We hired David to bartend our wedding in August. We had some last minute snafus (forgot to purchase water and couldn't find sugar free simple sugar). David handled it. Also, a couple guests commented to me during and after the wedding that the bartender was really friendly and cool.
Party Services So CalParty Services So Cal
Thumbtack Customer
Our bartender was attentive, friendly, and made the most delicious drinks! We would love to use her again.
Busy Bee Cook for MeBusy Bee Cook for Me
Olani L.
Our bartender did a great job the day of the wedding. Our previous bartender ghosted us about two weeks before the wedding so we had to find someone quick and they responded quickly with a great price. They also helped us with a grocery list with everything we needed. Amazing job!
Party Services So CalParty Services So Cal
Thumbtack Customer
Shannon is a delight to work with - personable, fun and very customer oriented!!! She is my new bartender for all future parties!!!
BarFly Beverage SolutionsBarFly Beverage Solutions
Linda C.
Awesome bartenders! Handled everything professionally, worked closely with all the details of the wedding!! Definitely would recommend and would use again!!
On the RoxOn the Rox
Emilie B.
We had a small group but Dan was a great bartender and he also offered to help and was enthusiastic the whole time he was working.
Party Services So CalParty Services So Cal
B. K.
The 2 bartenders we had at our wedding rocked it. They checked in with us and kept the guest happy. Guest were really impressed with them.
Tipsy Collective Bar Co.Tipsy Collective Bar Co.
Sairam K.
We decided not to use a bartender but Alex was quick to respond. He provided estimates which was lower than other estimates I got.
Mr. Bartender & Photo BoothMr. Bartender & Photo Booth
Thumbtack Customer
Lilian did an awesome job bartending for our wedding. We couldn't be happier with the service that Lilian provided for our wedding along with her helper Allen. Their drink creations were delicious and helped our guests with happy smiles on their faces through the whole night. I would definitely recommend Lilian with Busy Bee Cook for Me if anyone is looking for a great bartender!!
Busy Bee Cook for MeBusy Bee Cook for Me
Thumbtack Customer
David is an amazing bartender! Everyone at my reception absolutely adored him. Such a great attitude and really knows his stuff! Highly recommend him to anyone!
Party Services So CalParty Services So Cal
Tori P.
Working with Alex (Mr. Bartender) was amazing! His mobile setup was prestine, his service was impecable, their drinks were amazing, and I couldn't have asked for better customer service. In my 8 years of coordinating I have not worked with a better team, and would recommend Mr. Bartender to any celebration. With their pricing it seems too good to be true, but they are simply passionate about people and love what they do.
Mr. Bartender & Photo BoothMr. Bartender & Photo Booth
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