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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 San Jose bartenders
Thumbtack Customer
Bartenders were awesome. Everyone liked them. Karoline was a tremendous help in planning the bartending needs of the event. I highly recommend them.
Karoline's Bar Services & Event StaffKaroline's Bar Services & Event Staff
James G.
Great bartender and very professional.
Jenny GuelJenny Guel
Thumbtack Customer
The price was really reasonable and the contract was easy to understand. The bartender was really fun and everyone loved the special attention. I would highly recommend The Bartending Babes to my family and friends.
Bartending Babes,IncBartending Babes,Inc
Melanie A.
Karoline is excellent as a bartender and very interactive with people. Awesome job!
Karoline's Bar Services & Event StaffKaroline's Bar Services & Event Staff
Thumbtack Customer
great bartender, very nice, great with my guest..definitely the best..thanks
Bartending Babes,IncBartending Babes,Inc
Thumbtack Customer
He was a great bartenders, very friendly. We had not complains from any of our guest.
Shake Your Booze Thang--- THE Bay Area BartenderShake Your Booze Thang--- THE Bay Area Bartender
Chethan C.
They were easyt to work with, came on time , served the guests with smile , happy guests and happy bartender.
Bartending Babes,IncBartending Babes,Inc
Katherine B.
The bartenders were amazing!! They were very attentive to my husband and i. They were a great part of the wedding celebration!
Prestige Bartending SJPrestige Bartending SJ
Purvi P.
Prestige Bartending is AMAZING!!!! After hours of searching for a company that provided a hosted bar service at a fair price, I finally ran across Prestige Bartending. Not only were there prices are reasonable, Victoria the manager was very responsive and sent us a quote immediately. On the day of the event, the two bartenders came on time and were so professional and friendly. We received a lot of compliments on how great they were. If anyone needs a hosted bar with great prices and a professional staff look no further. Thank you guys for making our event so fun and successful.
Prestige Bartending SJPrestige Bartending SJ
Anthony D.
My guests loved our bartender for my sisters graduation party. I’m considering on booking him again for my moms 50th birthday!
MixologyMeetup - LED Bar + LED MenuMixologyMeetup - LED Bar + LED Menu
Dheeraj S.
I reached out to Bartending babes at the last minute, but they were able to accommodate and provide service. All the guests enjoyed the drinks and service provided
Bartending Babes,IncBartending Babes,Inc
Mary J.
Alejandro was able to find me a bartender the week of my event, on short notice! Paul was great and a good sport about the100 degree heat in an outdoor venue!
Mix Shake & StirMix Shake & Stir
Amelia V.
Wow ! They truly live up to their name Mark and Lisa are the sweetest bartenders ever. They are punctual , great communicators , amazing company , everything about them was great . Drinks were amazing all the guest came back for more . Mark was very great at communicating and making me feel stress free ! I would absolutely be asking him to bartend future parties . Price is really worth it especially if hosting a big party.
On Point Mobile BartendingOn Point Mobile Bartending
Thumbtack Customer
Our friendly bartender arrived on time prepared and ready to serve. Drinks were served efficiently and clean up was a breeze. We would definitely use them again.
At Your Service, LLCAt Your Service, LLC
Thumbtack Customer
Arrived on time, communicated well and was very professional! Angelica is my bartender for every event going forward. She handled the big crowd very well. Highly recommended :)
Bartender BoutiqueBartender Boutique
Raquel C.
10 stars ✨ 5 just is not enough !! We had this team for our wedding and every step of the way was handled with professionalism and a smile . This team of " bartenders " are so much more then someone who make serves and creates a drink . They actually create an experience with amazing personalities, engaged with our guest and not to mention help with anything needed. Everyone at my wedding loved bartenders and I want to have another party just so I can hire them agin ! Thank you so much for making our wedding so amazing !
At Your Service, LLCAt Your Service, LLC
Alka R.
David, from On the Rocks Bartending, was amazing! He was so responsive and communicated clearly throughout the planning. Guests could not stop raving about the exceptional services we received. I would definitely hire again and recommend to friends. Thank you for all you did to make our party a success!
On The Rocks Bartending & ServingOn The Rocks Bartending & Serving
Angie B.
Santiago bartender a small outdoor function to celebrate a long term employee retiring. Everything was amazing, and service was outstanding. He is very responsive to all questions and requests that you may ask. Was able to create an cocktail list to be serve as traditional drinks as well as no-alcohol options. Looking forward to working with him again in the future!
Bar & Mixology by SantiagoBar & Mixology by Santiago
Thumbtack Customer
We hired Lindsey to bartend for our 40th birthday party. The party was 70's theme and Lindsey did a great job creating some signature cocktails and shots and poured cocktails that were popular in the 1970's. She even came in costume. She was on time, professional and kept the bar clean and organized all night.
Envie CateringEnvie Catering
Jesse A.
Thank you Daniel. We are very happy we had you come over to bartend our party. Daniel was professional, punctual, knowledgeable, friendly and very easy to work with. He went above and beyond what we expected. I would 100% use his services again and recommend him to everyone. Thanks again Daniel
Shake Your Booze Thang--- THE Bay Area BartenderShake Your Booze Thang--- THE Bay Area Bartender
Thumbtack Customer
Alejandro was the bartender my wife's 40th birthday. He was simply superb! He gave me the list of ingredients that I needed to purchase beforehand, he was on time, got everything set up and was ready to go before the first guest arrived. He made all kinds of drinks with the mixers that he had for the guests, was extremely courteous and professional. I was very happy with his service and would definitely hire him again for my next party.
Mix Shake & StirMix Shake & Stir
Lily H.
I am so thankful I found bar on the vine via thumbtack! Kristine was very responsive and helpful since the day I reached out to her until the day of our wedding. Kristine and her team took care of my wedding this past weekend and I was truly amazed by her service and attention to detail. Extremely professional and such a sweetheart! My day of coordinator and guests raved about how good the bartenders were. Would highly recommend!
Bar on the VineBar on the Vine
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