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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 Pasadena bartenders
Ben M.
Tracy was an exceptional bartender. In fact she is not a bartender at all, but a mixologist! Genius and making drinks! Will hire her again and again!
Bartini's 2 U~ All Occasions Mobile Bartenders LLCBartini's 2 U~ All Occasions Mobile Bartenders LLC
Yolanda G.
Throughout the night I received endless compliments on the bartenders including, great personality, very attentive, super nice, super sweet, great bartenders. Everyone was so pleased especially the Bride and Groom. They said that the bartenders were spot on! “Mom, Melanie made sure that every time we walked into the bar area that we were taken care of, we felt so special”. The bartenders put waters out at the end of the night which the bride and groom thought was a great idea for the guests as they left for the night. At the last minute we also needed a busser and Melanie was able to get us excellent help. Overall, Melanie and her crew were amazing, and I would highly recommend and use her services again. Melanie and her crew have an amazing sense of customer service, and we were not disappointed. Cheers!
Melanie BoodhwaMelanie Boodhwa
Cynthia F.
Amazing! I want to hire again and again. Very professional, very responsive and all around some of the best bartenders I've ever met!
Value Bar ServicesValue Bar Services
Rashad G.
My wife and I utilized the Curly Bartender’s services for a birthday party accommodating 15-20 guest. Our bartender Chanell arrived early for setup and throughout the afternoon made sure that all of our needs and requests were met. She prepared excellent drinks and had great interactions with all of our guests. We will definitely be utilizing the Curly Bartender for all of our future events!
Curly Bartender LLCCurly Bartender LLC
Anne K.
Jonathan was incredible from the moment I reached out for help with bartending for my birthday party. Very responsive and personable, and was the hit of the party. Highly highly recommend!
Johnny MixologyJohnny Mixology
Karianna F.
This review is for the bartender in particular. While he did arrive on time, he did not have the 100 pounds of ice that I booked along with him. This required one of my guests, who I asked to arrive early just in case, to run out to the nearest store to buy ice. I hired a bartender for a surprise 40th birthday party for my husband, and this particular bartender had zero personality and was not engaging at all. He seemed to show a lack of basic knowledge, for example a Chardonnay versus a Cabernet, and was very milquetoast. He would be fantastic for a wake or funeral, but not for a jubilant party. He did offer to stay longer at the party, for an additional fee (which I declined), and did do a great job of cleaning up after himself. I did share my concerns with Meg, who was my point of contact, and she was fantastic! I would give her five stars for her customer service right off the bat. While she did offer to personally coordinate my next event, I husband is only turning 40 once and I don't foresee needing or using a bartender in the next few years. This experience does make me leery of using a staffing agency for something like a bartender for future events, especially since you do not have a chance to actually talk to the person who will be tending your event before the event.
Paul Michaels Top Mixologists & Servers of SoCalPaul Michaels Top Mixologists & Servers of SoCal
Roberto C.
Excellent bartender! The drinks were amazing! Best service ever! Highly recommended and will use again! Attention to detail at its finest! Everyone raved about Garegin drinks and excellent service! Thank you very much!
Christy F.
Double Shot did a great job with our party. Starting with the email communication to set things up, all the way through the actual party, Double Shot was responsive and professional. This was our first time hiring a bartender for a party and we will definitely hire Double Shot again!
Double Shot BartendersDouble Shot Bartenders
Thumbtack Customer
Bartender was great but forgot ice and cooler. The server tried her best but came up a bit short. We had a great party however, and the company did a good job and handling our issues by discounting the service, hence the 5th star. Overall, we were very happy.
Paul Michaels Top Mixologists & Servers of SoCalPaul Michaels Top Mixologists & Servers of SoCal
Thumbtack Customer
We hired Tony's company to bartend our annual holiday party. Tony was great with communication and staying in touch leading up to the party. He sent Drew on the day of the party. Drew was FANTASTIC.....really cool guy that was personable, resourceful AND very well organized. I will definitely use Tony's service again and will request Drew!
The Traveling Bartenders L.A.The Traveling Bartenders L.A.
Noa B.
Andrew was absolutely fantastic! He worked tirelessly, made our guests incredibly happy, and it’s clear that he loves what he does. He’s a joy to work with and he showed up with everything one could possibly need for exceptional bartending! We would work with him again anytime we host a big party, he was just the best!! Thank you Andrew, for making our anniversary fete a huge hit!
Los Angeles BartendersLos Angeles Bartenders
Thumbtack Customer
David Sanchez was very easy to work with! We had GYD bartending services at our wedding on 9/20/2014. David was very flexible, very professional ang my guests had great things to say about his service and his awesome personality! I wanted a jalapeño enfused cucumber drink and David came through and did all pre work and the drink was a big success! He also dressed for our rustic theme and brought a very cool wooden bar that went with my rustic garden theme! I loved the service and the feedback my guests gave me!! A+++ Service!
Party Services So CalParty Services So Cal
Tiphini F.
I asked Melissa if she could come and do a mixology class for me and a group of moms I hosted for moms night out. Melissa was attentive in answering all my questions before hand, walked me through different options for speciality cocktails and made sure I had a comprehensive within my budget grocery list. She came on time and so friendly! My guest loved her! She ended up being a bartender for the evening and we didn’t even get to the class not because of anything Melissa did but my guest were so chatty and loved hanging by the bar talking to her while she whipped up drinks the night just continued to flow beautifully. I WILL hire her again! She was amazing!
Whiskey BusinessWhiskey Business
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