Find a bartender near San Clemente, CA

Find a bartender near San Clemente, CA

Find a bartender near San Clemente, CA

Give us a few details and we’ll match you with the right pro.

Zip code

Top 10 Bartenders near San Clemente, CA

Bartenders Cost Guide

  • $
  • $$
  • $$$
  • $$$$

Q & A

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 San Clemente bartenders
Aura F.
Mike was a great bartender that I would be using for my next party. Thank you Mike.
Sara's ServantsSara's Servants
Christopher C.
Elias was a very friendly and professional bartender. We enjoyed his creations and great personality. Will hire again.
Awesome Drinks BartendersAwesome Drinks Bartenders
Thumbtack Customer
We hired Richard to bartend a party of about 50 adults. He was great!! His drinks were on par, he supplied me a list of alcohol that would serve my clients, he stayed late and cleaned up !! I will definitely hire Richard for all my future bartending needs
Tradewinds Hospitality ServicesTradewinds Hospitality Services
Kayla S.
Best bartender around! All of our guests loved him and his craft cocktails. You will not be disappointed! We can’t wait to have a reason to have ocStartender come bart end for us again.
ocStartenderocStartender
Carlee W.
We are so happy that we chose to work with Shaken Not Stirred! From the start, Rob was responsive and friendly but professional. My husband is a bartender so we always appreciate a good bartender and knew we needed someone experienced to work our wedding. Rob and his second bartender were friendly and I even noted during our cocktail hour that the really long line was gone within minutes as they were prepared for a flood of guests to come from the ceremony. After the wedding, multiple people told me we had run out of white and rose wine pretty quickly but I was impressed to hear that they handled that hiccup well and were able to still keep guests happy without us even knowing anything had gone wrong (side note- shortage of alcohol was our faults!! My husband and I purchased the booze- whoops!). Rob provided everything we could need for the bar and that was also a HUGE relief. Thank you Rob! I will recommend you personally to anyone I hear needing a private bartender in the OC area! We were so happy!
Shaken Not StirredShaken Not Stirred
Morgan M.
Party services So cal was very responsive as we navigated all the details of our event. Day of the event the bartenders were on time, professionally dressed and professional. Excellent service. Would recommend and use again.
Party Services So CalParty Services So Cal
Savannah M.
The servers and bartender (Karen) was awesome! She was very attentive and was consistently making sure we had drinks and if we wanted refills. She truly went above and beyond. The servers were wonderful as well, and also went above and beyond! I’m very very happy with the quality of service we got, especially for the awesome price! This was the best price I could find out there for servers/bartenders and I’m so happy I went with this company. If we have any event in the future requiring hospitality staff I will most definitely be using this company again. Thank you for making our big day a breeze!!
Party Services So CalParty Services So Cal
Nhu T.
Our bartender Mayra was lovely to work with and so easy to communicate with throughout the evening. She had a smile on her face from the beginning to end of our party. We'd definitely use this again for our next house party! Highly recommend since its high quality service at a reasonable price!
Value Bar ServicesValue Bar Services
Basean G.
Overall very good value and worth the money! Alicia arrived early, was so professional and made great drinks! The only reason I gave 4 out of 5 stars is I wish I knew she was going to arrive early to cut all the garnishes as I had them all ready to go in advance. Also I wish the drink list was customized to just what I needed foe the specialized drinks we selected because I ended buying triple the amount needed for alcohol/mixers and garnishes… but overall glad I hired them be I it made the event so much more relaxing to host and having a bartender made it seem more like a celebration!
Sara's ServantsSara's Servants
Ready to find a pro?

See more reviews, compare prices, and hire your favorite pros all with Thumbtack.

Why hire professionals on Thumbtack?
Free to use

You never pay to use Thumbtack: Get cost estimates, contact pros, and even book the job—all for no cost.

Compare prices side-by-side

You’ll know how much your project costs even before booking a pro.

Hire with confidence

With access to 1M+ customer reviews and the pros’ work history, you’ll have all the info you need to make a hire.