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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 Santa Clara bartenders
Laura Gabriela H.
Norma was the bartender that bartending babes sent to my event and just wow!!! She showed up an hour earlier to help set up. She was so on point tending to every guest throughout the entire event, and her drinks were amazing!!!!!!!! 10/10 recommend!!! If you guys book with bartending babes ask for Norma you will not be disappointed. Perfect customer service, and her drinks are bomb
Bartending Babes,IncBartending Babes,Inc
Arbella V.
Ben is not only a great bartender but he is amiable and wonderful to work with. He had rave reviews by all at our party. Thanks very much, Ben!
Ben Jammin Bartending & MixologyBen Jammin Bartending & Mixology
Thumbtack Customer
Yvonne was fantastic at my wedding. Everything was clear and professional and I received more positive comments about our bartender from guests than any other service. I highly recommend Yvonne for any event you may be having.
At Your Service, LLCAt Your Service, LLC
Ankit J.
Van is an amazing bartender and made the evening for all our guests special. She came ahead of time and had the bar set up so well that it looked amazing. The guests loved the drinks - gin gimlets and whisky sour were a hit. I’d definitely recommend her!!
Lotus Bar MobileLotus Bar Mobile
Akshay V.
DO NOT RECOMMEND booking them. I booked them for 3 hours with mix n match package for 15$ per person. I paid the deposit and they came on time. We had a group of 15 friends chatting over a table. We barely had any conversation with the bartender. After 40 mins, the bartender left silently and sneakingly without saying a word. I called up the manager later and she told me that the bartender felt that we are rude and she had no idea how he felt that way? Next day the manager asked for the full payment and I politely asked her to send me the bill of the goods as I am unhappy paying for $15 per person but I am willing to pay for her actual costs because we didn't get the service promised. To my amazement, she threatened to take me to court in the very next message.. I don't understand what mindset is this or what business they are running. Our party went downhill and all the guests were puzzled to why the bartender left. In any case, contacting the host for any issue would have been more professional and impactful than leaving without notice. And obviously threatening to sue for 200$ is the cherry on the cake for the amazing service delivered. To the manager, you are welcome to take your liquor package because it is unused and also take your $200 because I can't care less at all.
Bartending Babes,IncBartending Babes,Inc
Vineet S.
Jenny provided excellent bartending service to an adult-only party we had. She had worked closely with me before the party wrt all the logistics and we are well prepared as a result. Her cocktails were a huge hit with the guests. She was extremely pleasant to work with. I recommend her very strongly.
Jenny GuelJenny Guel
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