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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 San Jose bartenders
Jaclyn S.
Bartending Babes was good. Recommendation would be to know what the bartender needs prior to their arrival.
Bartending Babes,IncBartending Babes,Inc
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
Kiran R.
Guests enjoyed a lot and bartender was a big highlight of the party.
Good Libations BartendingGood Libations Bartending
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
Akshay S.
Alex did an amazing job with the bartending at our party. Very professional, punctual, great drinks and very clean. Everybody loved the drinks he made! Highly recommend Alex for bartending at your next party.
Copperhead Cocktail Co.Copperhead Cocktail Co.
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
Sapaan s.
Horrible experience. Do not recommend. I should have done more research, this company is a joke and their bartenders are clowns.
Bartending Babes,IncBartending Babes,Inc
Krista s.
I hired Pao to bartend a surprise 50th birthday and could not be happier with her services! She has an amazing selection of drinks to choose from, and everything was so good. This was my first time hiring a bartender for a party, and so glad I did. They did an amazing job and had a beautiful set up!
Pao Craft Cocktails LLCPao Craft Cocktails LLC
Greg W.
Van did a great job of bartending my party. She arrived on time, prepared great drinks, and was receptive to my guests.
Lotus Bar MobileLotus Bar Mobile
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 : Luxury LED Day & Night BarMixologyMeetup : Luxury LED Day & Night Bar
Pat T.
Pao was fantastic! She was everything you’d want in a bartender, plus all the finishing touches. She set everything up, and she was professional and friendly.
Pao Craft Cocktails LLCPao Craft Cocktails LLC
Allison H.
Lucia and our bartender Maria were great. Easy to work with, showed up on time, and accommodating for our party’s needs. Would book again!
Lucia's Bar ServiceLucia's Bar Service
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
Hayley M.
By far one of the best services I’ve used!! Where do I begin. They saved me in an absolute pinch because I decided to wait last minute to book a bartender. (Procrastination at its finest, which completely added to my stress of trying to find a bartender) Deshawn saved my party! Not only did she help she was extremely flexible with me booking which made things so much easier, and cost efficient! The day off the bartender came early and they dropped off the portable bar! Toby was super punctual and ready to help out even if it wasn’t bartending tasks ( me decorating last minute of course) Toby was awesome! He came and found out it was a luau theme and brought a Hawaiian shirt. He exceeded my expectations, his drinks were super delish and he made the party, he made the drinks exactly how I imagined for looks and taste. Everyone loved him even though my party was small and casual his drinks were by far the best! 100/10 would definitely recommend Toby and bartending babes In general and will be using them for every party now.
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
Shawn R.
Dustin was a great bartender. Great communicator and told me everything I needed. Very professional set up and every guest enjoyed their drinks. I’m glad to have hired him!
MixologyMeetup : Luxury LED Day & Night BarMixologyMeetup : Luxury LED Day & Night Bar
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
Brenda c.
Jenny helped make our family party such a joy! She communicated clearly what we should expect of her and she exceeded our expectations!! Highly recommend her for any bartending need you may have.
Jenny GuelJenny Guel
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