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Answers to commonly asked questions from the experts on Thumbtack.

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.

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 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.

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.

Reviews for Whittier bartenders
Thumbtack Customer
Michael is a great bartender. I highly recommend his services.
Michael Colestock Happy BartenderMichael Colestock Happy Bartender
Vani m.
Great bartender, drinks were great, very professional, willl definitely hire again.
Party Services So CalParty Services So Cal
Cesar H.
Bartender was very nice and attentive ,she arrived 15m before and was ready for the party , Great service , for sure will use them again
Los Angeles BartendersLos Angeles Bartenders
Bassam I.
James was a wonderful bartender, and Ronnie was a joy to work with over the phone to set up our event. I would highly recommend Top Shelf for your event.
Top Shelf Event ServiceTop Shelf Event Service
Shane M.
What a great experience. Everyone that I worked with was professional, helpful, and friendly. They had great ideas for the event and went the extra mile to make sure that everyone was taken care of. They were responsive to my emails. The bartender was friendly, personable and professional. She was there on time and worked hard to make sure our event was perfect. My guests all had positive things to say about the bartender. I will definitely use Drinks with MJ for my next event.
Sip Of Class EventsSip Of Class Events
Thumbtack Customer
Even that they didn't sent me the bartender that I choose, Brad was so amazing, very friendly, helpful, and we had a wonderful service for sure I'm gonna continue with his services....
Party Services So CalParty Services So Cal
Thumbtack Customer
I had been meaning to post a review for the excellent service Marie provided for a Christmas party, I had in Dec of 2012. She arrived on time, provided me with helpful information of how much alcohol to buy, created a drink menu, was exceptionally professional, and brought a helper. My guest absolutely loved her. Rememeber your bartender can make the difference at your party, so, if you want people to remember your party for having a great bartender hire Marie.
yourfavoritebartendermarieyourfavoritebartendermarie
Ashley U.
I hired Andrew to bartend for my wedding on September 30, 2017. He did an amazing job and was very efficient, professional, and likable. I would definitely hire him again for another event! Thank you, Andrew!
Los Angeles BartendersLos Angeles Bartenders
Daana A.
Luke was great from the get-go. We were ghosted by another event bartender and Luke came to our rescue merely a couple days before the event. He took my call immediately and was so supportive and understanding of my situation and my slightly jaded approach. He even provided a grocery list based on our needs and wants for the day of. We held a huge Co-ed summer baby shower and, needless to say, Luke showed up, on time and ready to contribute to the perfect party atmosphere. Two signature cocktails, beer and wine were on the menu and he did not disappoint. We would definitely hire again. Thank you Luke!
Smoking Gun Bar StaffingSmoking Gun Bar Staffing
Jennifer Z.
I had the pleasure of working with JaNae for our party this weekend and everything about her service is awesome. She is responsive, professional and fun! JaNae paid attention to the details that made my role as a host 100% easier. Aside from the actual work part, I can honestly say that JaNae felt like she belonged with our group. She's a great person and all of our guests kept coming over and telling me how much they liked her. JaNae is easy to talk with and has a great sense of humor. She managed to keep the drink line moving while making everyone feel at home. I would definitely recommend Glamorous Drinks for any occasion calling for a bartender. We'll hire JaNae and Glamorous drinks again for our next big party!
Glamorous DrinksGlamorous Drinks
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