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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 Palo Alto bartenders
Leslie S.
We loved Daniel! Amazing bartender. He made the whole party! Thank you!
Shake Your Booze Thang--- THE Bay Area BartenderShake Your Booze Thang--- THE Bay Area Bartender
Jessica S.
I used At Your Service, LLC to bartend a party at my office. Everyone loved our bar setup and the bartenders! They were incredibly sweet and helpful and everyone loved the drinks. Yvonne and her team are amazing and they've definitely got our business in the coming years!
At Your Service, LLCAt Your Service, LLC
Anisha B.
Christopher was by far the best bartender I have encountered. I hired Christopher to bartend for a party of 50 people. Weeks before the event, Chris worked with me to determine the right quantities of alcohol, select speciality cocktails, and prepare for the day. Chris went above and beyond by buying fresh product (jalapeños, mints, citruses) to make the drinks fresh and memorable. Throughout the night, the guest complimented Chris for his professionalism and creativity. Chris’s bar presentation was fantastic and he handled the crowd with ease. I would hire Chris again in a heartbeat. In fact, I wish I had known Chris when I was searching for vendors for my wedding.
Black Dog - White Dog HospitalityBlack Dog - White Dog Hospitality
Dulce M.
The best bartender in town ever!!! Thank you so much Pao for the most amazing cocktails, Service was excellent and drinks were amazing! her mobile bar was beautifully displayed You truly made the party and the drinks rock, and we cannot imagine throwing a party without you bartending for us again! 🍹🍸🥂 Pao arrived early, helped set up, she was professional, knowledgeable, and a pure joy to work with. She circulated the event and kept everyone in good spirits with her tasty concoctions. Outside of being a great mixologist and super easy to work with, she was also super personable and fun. I without question will be using her again for all my future event needs. She’s the best of the best and I STRONGLY recommend her. Service was excellent and drinks were amazing! her mobile bar was beautifully displayed
Pao Craft Cocktails LLC.Pao Craft Cocktails LLC.
Thumbtack Customer
I found LH Bartending Services on Thumback for our company Christmas party. I got quotes from 5 other companies but they were the most responsive and beat others in pricing. We had about 70 people at the party. Jerremi and his partner arrived early and were very easy and pleasant to work with. The drinks they made were delicious and served quickly. I recommend Liquid Happiness for their professionalism!
Liquid Happiness Bartending & Event ServicesLiquid Happiness Bartending & Event Services
Thumbtack Customer
My wife and I used At Your Service for our wedding and had an outstanding experience with them - we would both highly recommend the service. Yvonne was incredibly helpful from the first time that we talked to her and all the way up to our event. She supplied detailed recommendations for how we should stock our bar based on our event and guest types and was available to talk to at a moment's notice. We also appreciated her candor and honesty and "no hidden charges" attitude which is something that cannot be said for a lot of other bartending services out there. Our event went off without a hitch because Yvonne and her staff were so friendly to our guests and efficient at pouring drinks. Though we only had two bars for 150 people, there was never a long line and our guests kept coming up to us to praise the bar staff we had. Highly recommended!!
At Your Service, LLCAt Your Service, LLC
Jane V.
When I started planning my wedding, I felt overwhelmed by the task of building a team for my special day. I did several phone interviews with bartenders, but I really only needed to do one. Drew was so professional, knowledgeable, and helpful that I knew right off the bat that I would hire him. When I first met him the day of my wedding, I was feeling so nervous and uptight. When Drew introduced himself and his team of Vincent and Kali, their warm and easygoing smiles immediately put me at ease. They set up lightning fast and even zoomed to the store to get more ice and lemons before the event started! They were so professional and personable...almost every one of my guests commented on how much they loved Drew and wish he could have stayed even longer! I gave Drew and his team a very difficult task of pouring champagne for nearly 100 people, then during the toast and cake cutting, asked them to break down the tables and chairs to clear the dance floor. Somehow, they pulled it they finished in time to help cut and pass cake!! One of the best parts is that at the end of the evening while I was dancing with all of my friends and family, they cleared the remainder of the tables, and folded and stacked the chairs. They cleared away all of the garbage and recycling and left it neatly tied by the cans. I can't believe how quietly and efficiently they worked and I literally did none of the clean up. I will always be grateful to Drew, Kali, and Vincent for making my wedding perfect. Thank you!!!
Fresh and Fizzy Event ServicesFresh and Fizzy Event Services
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