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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 Riverside bartenders
Thumbtack Customer
Bartender was punctual very helpful and gave great service greatly recommended
Party Services So CalParty Services So Cal
Jesus R.
Excellent service, bartender was awesome and friendly. Highly recommend them for any event.
Los Angeles BartendersLos Angeles Bartenders
Buck w.
They were absolutely amazing. One of the best bartending services that I’ve ever used
Curly Bartender LLCCurly Bartender LLC
Ronald L.
Atomic Bartending was amazing. Everyone loved the cocktails and they catered to our needs. Will definitely book again.
Atomic bartending  *A Drink For All Reasons*Atomic bartending *A Drink For All Reasons*
De'Wana H.
Ms. Bowman is patient and professional. Never hired a bartender and she has made this easier. I can't wait for my party.
EB / BarTending Service, CAEB / BarTending Service, CA
Cynthia B.
Can’t say enough amazing things about the services. We had two bartenders and a cocktail waitress, notch customer service and drinks!
Curly Bartender LLCCurly Bartender LLC
Derrick O.
Bartender was very nice and welcoming. He made the event go over smoothly (considering weather and set backs). Great service, will use again!
Los Angeles BartendersLos Angeles Bartenders
Omar C.
Can't say enough about Los Angeles bartenders. Andrew was so proffecional and flexible. They showed up on time and delivered great drinks. Would recommend without a doubt.
Los Angeles BartendersLos Angeles Bartenders
Michelle B.
Erin is absolutely fantastic. If you need a bartender, she is your girl. She is professional, personable, and fun. She created personalized drinks for our wedding and hand drew the cutest drink board. She met with us multiple times prior to the event to make sure we were getting exactly what we wanted and let us do taste tests. We could not have found a better bartender for the event. I will be recommending her to every one of my friends.
EMC BartendingEMC Bartending
Thumbtack Customer
Thank you so much ....Kevin was our bartender and he was great very professional and nice and so sorry I can't Remember the barbacks name but she was also great thanks again :)
Paul Michaels Top Mixologists & Servers of SoCalPaul Michaels Top Mixologists & Servers of SoCal
Phulpreet S.
Used them for a July 4th event at the house, there was a last minute change, and Andrew could not make it himself, but he sent 2 other fabulous Bartenders, that did a great job! Everything was excellent, and on time!
Los Angeles BartendersLos Angeles Bartenders
Samuel L.
Our event was a casino night bachelor for my son. Our bartender was Kmia. She was a young lady that was on time, professional, easy going and extremely friendly. The entire group thought she was very helpful.
Black Diamond Bartending ServiceBlack Diamond Bartending Service
Cristal L.
I loved how Great the bartender was (I forgot her name but will be asking what it was so that In the future I will request for her again) She was AWESOME with all my guests.. would definitely recommend her and the company......
Party Services So CalParty Services So Cal
Tina P.
Our bartender Danny arrived 1 hour before our party, and set up the bar and was ready to go when our guests arrived. He was awesome, I can't say enough. We would definitely use their service again!!!
Party Services So CalParty Services So Cal
Sarah M.
Mia did an amazing job bartending at our corporate grand opening. She arrived early to set up and was very professional. Mia was so friendly and on top of things. My bosses loved her . We defiantly will be using her in the future.
Mia's MartiniMia's Martini
Thumbtack Customer
SHE WAS WONDERFUL! I threw a huge sweet 16 and not only did she bartend, she helped clean and set everything up before hand and afterwards. AND HER DRINKS WERE AMAZING! I couldn't have asked for anyone better.
Mia's MartiniMia's Martini
Christopher C.
Liz was amazing .. it was our first time hiring a bartender for an event .. now she spoiled us .. definitely gonna keep doing it Liz and tom her husband were super friendly they really pay attention to detail and know how to take care of you and your guests ..highly recommended her!!
Liz's PartiesLiz's Parties
Thumbtack Customer
I am very disappointed in the service I received from this company. I spoke in detail with the owner, David, prior to my wedding and he assured me everything would be taken care of as discussed. Unfortunately, the details we discussed did not happen the day of the wedding. The bartenders were to be at the venue by 3pm to set up their portable bars and put the beer on ice. The wedding started at 3:30pm and cocktail hour at approximately 4-4:15pm. David and I agreed that the bartenders should arrived 30 minutes prior to the start of the ceremony to ensure no set up was done during the ceremony, since the two areas were near to each other. This did not happen. The bartenders were given the venue location prior to this date and my coordinators phone number to call for questions, instead they called me while I was getting ready to ask where it was located. They did not show up until after the cocktail hour started. And did not answer their phones when my coordinator and fiancé called multiple times to find out where they were. My uncles had to serve the hot beer and pour wine until they got there. Not only were they setting up their portable bars during cocktail hour and in front of my guests, one of the portable bars they brought broke. Moments before I walked down the isle I walked through the cocktail area to see melted bags of ice laying on the ground, beer still in the boxes, and no bartenders in sight. I was devastated. To top it off, when the bartender that was serving wine finally got set up, he just poured wine in a bunch of cups and placed them out for people to grab. However, not only could we have done that outselves-he didn't take in to consideration of gnats flying into the the cups of wine while they were sitting there. The bartenders also lied to the coordinator and apparently to the owner of this company about the events that really took place that day. I notified the owner of my dissatisfaction of the service I received that day and he agreed to return $75 of the $600 I paid (hardly appropriate considering how upset I was), but I was somewhat happy that at least something was being done. This was 6 weeks ago and I still have not received the check, nor will he respond to my emails. I would NOT use this company for any event! Unprofessional and unreliable are they only ways to describe this "company".
Party Services So CalParty Services So Cal
Matthew C.
Wilber was incredibly helpful during the whole process of getting the bar set up for my wedding. He was able to help me with a shopping list based on my guest count and was very responsive whenever I texted him with a random question. I would highly recommend him for any event where you will need a bartender
Wilber the BartenderWilber the Bartender
Monique M.
Ashley and Tony from The Bar Socialites were nothing but amazing. From day one during our consultation Ashley's(The Owner) energy was vibrant and we clicked instantly. Our transactions were smooth and simple. I would text her all day with different questions and she responded immediately. Never snappy or annoyed with all my unknown knowledge of certain alcohol. I appreciated her professionalism but, still fun and down to earth. The Bartender she sent for the night was Tony. He was live, upbeat, entertaining and one of the best Bartenders I've encountered in a long time. There was never a empty cup on the tables he kep us niceeee lol. And also well hydrated by pushing water as well. The drinks were delicious and were just like the pictures from their page. 5 ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ for sure and well deserved. I will definitely be hiring them again for future events. You should too you won't be disappointed.
The Bar SocialitesThe Bar Socialites
Thumbtack Customer
Karin was absolutely amazing! She came to bartend my engagement party and what a turn up! She so efficiently handled everyone and all the drink preferences with so much ease and cheer! Karin made some awesome drinks! Very friendly, professional, fun, and just an overall great experience having her at our event! We will def be having her back for future events! Thank you so so so much!!!!
With a Twist Bartenders and ServersWith a Twist Bartenders and Servers
Ash&Trish M.
Liz's Party's & Events We found Liz here on Thumbtack, and she was sure to impress!! My wife and I hired Liz's Party's & Events for our wedding of 60 people held last month on a Tuesday. With Covid, we were adamant about having a bartender to serve the drinks instead a free grab by guests without sanitation. Liz and her husband's bartending service included 7 hours (3pm-10pm), along with their signature drink "Mexican Lollipop" (a spicy/sweet watermelon schnapps and Tequila mixed shot) + all garnishes for the price $50/hour plus a tip jar posted. Which came to a total of $350. We provided our own Bar Top, Tent, alcohol, ice and cups. These drinks were definitely one of the staples at our wedding! People couldn't get enough of the Mexican Lollipops and other speciality drinks being served. Not only did Liz and her husband provide delicious drink options, but they were such a good vibe! Liz even danced with us to one of the songs and rallied everyone for a shot with the bride! I would hire Liz again for any party in the future! She does not disappoint. Thank you Liz!!!
Liz's PartiesLiz's Parties
Thumbtack Customer
The bartender that showed up for our office Holiday Party had no experience (and it showed), was either hungover or high (probably both), innappropriately dressed, rude, and unprofessional. Our guests ended up having to mix their own drinks. She brought ice, but used the same ice for the beer cooler to use in mixed drinks which is just plain gross. She put out a tip jar when we specifically requested that no tip jar be put out, this was paid for by management and management tipped. Very disappointed in the service (or lack of) that we were provided. Would not use again.
Paul Michaels Top Mixologists & Servers of SoCalPaul Michaels Top Mixologists & Servers of SoCal
Anand R.
Karen was very helpful and had a great personality. She went the extra mile to get Halloween theme decorations, like dry ice to make smoke, and halloween flashing cubes to add to kids drinks, and wore costumes. I would have given a 5 star for effort alone but several guests complained that the bartender was inexperienced in mixing drinks: same drink request had different colors, sweetness. In general the quality of the cocktails were not great to taste. Also, they arrived late for the event because they did not anticipate for traffic properly. In any case it is a tough call - effort was superb, but the cocktails were simply not good.
With a Twist Bartenders and ServersWith a Twist Bartenders and Servers
Thumbtack Customer
I hired them for my daughters quincenera. I needed a bartender and 2 food servers. But I don't know what happened only one of the food servers showed up. I contacted the company they said they would do there best to get someone else. The other server was great trying to do a 2 man job but we ran behind schedule and I had to be in the kitchen helping with my expensive gown on. Finally another server showed 2 hours later. They both were great trying to serve as fast as possible. Because of this I ended up asking them to stay longer than planned, the company didn't charge me for the extra hours because of the inconvenience which was good. Overall there staff is very friendly and hardworking. I don't know if I would recommend them because of my experience but maybe I just had bad luck. So my advice is to triple confirm on the day of just to make sure this doesn't happen to you.
Paul Michaels Top Mixologists & Servers of SoCalPaul Michaels Top Mixologists & Servers of SoCal
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