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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 Mateo bartenders
Andrew R.
Used Bartending Babes for my wife's small birthday party / bbq. Just wanted some extra help so I didn't have to do food, drinks, and try to socialize. Honestly - the only things I find are a rapt good value in the bay area are two things - bounce houses for kids birthdays (seriously!) and Bartending Babes! Planning was quick and easy, cost was totally reasonable, bartender was super professional. She got there early, helped setup, made sample drinks so she could adjust to our preferences. Helped make for a perfect event!
Bartending Babes,IncBartending Babes,Inc
Thumbtack Customer
Super responsive service. Renee was an amazing bartender who went way above and beyond with her service and especially her clean up! The best. Would definitely hire them again!!
Bartending Babes,IncBartending Babes,Inc
Chris R.
We loved working with them. They were polite and attentive to our guest. They went the extra mile to help us set up and break down. We would recommend them to anyone needing great bartenders
Liquid Happiness Bartending & Event ServicesLiquid Happiness Bartending & Event Services
Magaly A.
Alejandro was great! He makes delicious margaritas and Mayan mules which were a hit. He was very friendly and helpful. Overall really nice guy and great bartender! We'll be hiring him again in the future.
Mix Shake & StirMix Shake & Stir
Daniella B.
We had Dustin Bartend at a birthday party at our house for about 50 guests. Dustin was great - helpful with planning and shopping for our party and prepared delicious cocktails. He definitely contributed to the success of our event!
Mixology Meetup LLC - Luxury Day & Night LED BarMixology Meetup LLC - Luxury Day & Night LED Bar
Christine n.
Rick is wonderful and professional. He is very knowledgeable in what he does and provided good recommendations for my wedding banquet. Quick responses and is able to be flexible to my requests. I definitely recommend him for any bartending needs!
RK's Pour HouseRK's Pour House
Ian E.
Daniel came to our small office happy hour and we appreciated him being there! Awesome dude who can provide some excellent drinks. Definitely going to have him again. I'd recommend to anyone looking for a bartender to service any type of party.
Shake Your Booze Thang--- THE Bay Area BartenderShake Your Booze Thang--- THE Bay Area Bartender
Aparna M.
Lucia was absolutely amazing!! She came prepared for any and all drinks! Having her as the bartender made my sons 21st birthday party much more enjoyable and her signature drink Paloma was awesome! We would definitely recommend her to our friends and family and will be sure to request her again for our parties.
Lucia's Bar ServiceLucia's Bar Service
Thumbtack Customer
Liquid Happiness showed up early to set up for our fundraiser. They were professional and courteous and kept the line moving. The drinks that they created were delicious and enjoyed by all. They followed our instructions without complaint and were a pleasure to have at the event. We had various guests compliment how awesome the bartenders were. I would definitely recommend them using them.
Liquid Happiness Bartending & Event ServicesLiquid Happiness Bartending & Event Services
Jennifer M.
I highly recommend On The Rocks. I hired David to bartend a birthday party for my closest family/friends at my home, so it was extremely important for me to find someone trustworthy. David extremely respectful and professional...I loved that he arrived early, set up, and instantly took control of every detail of the bar. He made all of my guests feel special — from 20-somethings to relatives in their 70s. Not only did he add to the celebratory mood, his behind the scenes assistance was extraordinarily helpful. He responded to all of my inquiries/emails very promptly and completely — and he even sent me a detailed grocery list that saved me so much time/hassle. As the host of a party, I have never enjoyed myself more or been more proud of my successful event!
On The Rocks Bartending & ServingOn The Rocks Bartending & Serving
Paul N.
If you are reading this review. Let me just tell you this, book RK Pourhouse right now. You will not regret it. I do extensive research on everything before I make my final decision and hands-down RK Pourhouse delivered. Drinks were amazing, the set-up was amazing, and the value for what we paid was out of this world. I got several quotes from other bartenders and nobody else came remotely close. You get way more than you pay for. Rick was amazing to work with and very responsive. We booked RK for our wedding of 160 people just 5 days after California re-opened. They worked their butts off. They didn't even get a chance to eat their vendor's meal. That just speaks volumes. They whipped out drinks for 5 hrs straight and that doesn't count the time for set-up or clean-up and they didn't take a break to even eat. I can't praise RK Pourhouse and their team enough.
RK's Pour HouseRK's Pour House
Thumbtack Customer
I was just recently involved in a wedding where I was responsible for finding a reliable bartender. I was stressed, worried and nervous that I wouldn't find a proper fit...and then I came across Michael. I had a good vibe from the get-go and I was so incredibly pleased with his knock-out performance!!! Michael is amazing, I sincerely cannot say enough nice things about him. Prompt, efficient, humorous, diligent and kind are all easy attributes to describe Michael, but this man goes above and beyond. Michael has an incredible work ethic, he aided in set up/tear down and EVERYTHING in between. He is courteous even if others are not, and I found him to be extremely professional. He has a great way about him and really relates to all kinds of folks which is so wonderful. Michael truly delivered 100% and he made the night memorable. This guy is a work horse, and his goal is to make things run smoothly. If you need someone who is a true professional, here is your man! I would hire him for any and every single upcoming event, you will not be disappointed!!
Midnight GMidnight G
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