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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 Upland bartenders
Melody B.
Julee and her partner were amazing bartenders for our wedding. She was incredibly helpful and communicative up until the day, and our guests told us again and again how much they liked the bartenders. Cool people, good drinks, fair price!! Highly recommend!
Julee ChavezJulee Chavez
Candace w.
Without their service my birthday would have not been perfect. The bartender was super professional very inviting and engaged with my party. The drinks were phenomenal, and she made sure me, the birthday girl was taken care of. I will be 100% booking fire fly bartending again. Do you need them at your party. They have a great party packages, and extremely reasonable for the quality of service provided.
Firefly BartendingFirefly Bartending
Brittany S.
Everything about their service for my wedding was amazing! We all loved the bartender Vinny! He was so friendly outgoing and felt like we had a friend of ours working the bar! So thankful for the amazing service we had! Thanks again guys!
Paul Michaels Top Mixologists & Servers of SoCalPaul Michaels Top Mixologists & Servers of SoCal
Thumbtack Customer
Caren did an AWESOME job. She was prompt, professional, and personable. Exactly what we wanted in a bartender! She was fast (we had a party of about 60-70 people) and totally self-sufficient. We are really pleased and plan to bring her to more events! Thanks Caren!
There In A ShakeThere In A Shake
Jesse N.
We are extremely happy with our experience, we will definitely use you guys again for future events. Karina was an awesome bartender and Irene, Brie and Felipe were fantastic servers!! They were on top of everything, we immediately knew that are guest and ourselves were in great hands. Thank you for making special day even better!
Party Services So CalParty Services So Cal
Cam M.
Jess was great from the start. Hired her to bartend for my wife’s birthday party. Always available for calls before event and helped us come up with special drinks. She also provided a full list of items needed and created a great special drink menu display for the bar. She showed up at the agreed time, set up a great bar and had all the tools. Everyone loved her drinks and she was able to make any drink requested. She handled our large group with ease. Would definitely hire her again!
Spritzy BartenderSpritzy Bartender
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