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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 Vista bartenders
Mercedes M.
Having a wonderful bartender is a perfect touch to any party. I would totally recommend and use the services of Mr. Bartender again! Thank you!
Mr. Bartender & Photo BoothMr. Bartender & Photo Booth
Thumbtack Customer
I highly recommend Mia to anyone looking for a fun, sweet, personable, highly communicative, reliable bartender. If I ever need a bartender for any other events I will definitely be contacting her. I am 100% satisfied with her service. Thank you Mia!
Mia's MartiniMia's Martini
Ambar V.
David was amazing! My guest loved him! If you are looking for a bartender, I definitely recommend them!
Party Services So CalParty Services So Cal
Wendy S.
So awesome ! We loved her ! She was so sweet and kind. Our original bartender sadly passed and we were in search of a bartender just a week away from our wedding. Maya was able to provide services for our wedding and was so helpful to us. She was definitely a delight to have. She served our guest to the best of her ability and even danced with our guest which really lightened the mood. Loved having her ❤️
Maya Celeste Events LLCMaya Celeste Events LLC
Brian A.
Was serving my own homebrewed beer as well as some store bought wine. My homebrew was not pouring as well as it should have, but the bartenders were great and did their best with what they had and kept a thirsty crowd happy.
Mr. Bartender & Photo BoothMr. Bartender & Photo Booth
Marabeth C.
Arielle was very friendly, professional, helpful before and during the party. Our guests were very happy with the drinks she prepared, as evidenced by the crowd of guests hanging out by the bar!! Thank you Arielle for your excellent bartending!
The Local BarsmithsThe Local Barsmiths
Michelle G.
Working with Mr. Bartender & Photo Booth was excellent. Very easy to book, great pricing and service. Alex and his team are friendly and professional. So much so, one of the guests at our party asked for their contact info. We'll only be using them from now on!
Mr. Bartender & Photo BoothMr. Bartender & Photo Booth
Jeff J.
Andrew is the absolute best! This is the second time we hired Andrew to tend our Xmas party bar and he reminded my guests and me why we asked him to come back this year. Andrew is a true pro. Great with communications and super easy to work with... His knowledge and skill behind the bar is superlative. His interactions and rapport with all my guest was easy, friendly, helpful and genuine. I couldn't have asked for a better person to provide the drinks for all of my guests. If we decided to have another event (Xmas or otherwise) and we need a bartender, we will not hesitate to contact Andrew again! Everyone, do yourself a favor and hire Andrew and Los Angeles Bartenders. You will not regret it and it will be best, and easiest, decision you will have made for your event. Andrew, thank you bro for everything you did and for being the badass you are! Happy Holidays to you and your family!!!
Los Angeles BartendersLos Angeles Bartenders
Lindsay R.
Mia is AWESOME!!! I can't even put into words the experience I had working with her. We hired Mia to bartend our wedding and she truly went above and beyond what we could have ever expected. She was there for planning our signature cocktails from the very beginning but was also able to help us with planning our shopping list including the amount of beer/wine, mixers, and even glasses! We have had so many emails going back and forth throughout the planning process and Mia was always quick to respond, most of the time within minutes. Everyone at our wedding has been raving about how much they love Mia. She was funny, told jokes, learned guest's names, and even danced with us! She was the life of the party! Not to mention the drinks she made were absolutely delicious. We hired two servers through Mia as well and they were very professional and quick on their feet, we were so happy to have them be a part of our day. Mia is truly a one of a kind bartender and an all around great person. I plan to keep in touch with her and I can't wait to plan parties with her in the future! We love you Mia!!!
Mia's MartiniMia's Martini
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