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Answers to commonly asked questions from the experts on Thumbtack.

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 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.

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 Washington bartenders
Manish D.
P-Squared Bartenders led by Priscilla did a fantastic job at company’s virtual bartending course! Tons of fun and Priscilla made it a great experience for everyone on the team! Would absolutely highly recommend!!
P-Squared BartendersP-Squared Bartenders
Adam B.
I would not consider hiring another bartender. Daniel set the new standard for service — he arrived early, set up an incredible bar, and made excellent drinks. Many of our guests asked where I found the “amazing bartender” — he brought freshly squeezed juices too. In short; I won’t throw a party without Daniel as my bartender.
F&Btainment by DanielF&Btainment by Daniel
Chris s.
Virtual cubicle was very helpful in sending a bartender to help serve drinks at a dinner party I had for about 30 guests. At the last minute, I was able to contact them, and they sent a great bartender who did a very good job during the event. The bartender arrived early to set up and she was very attentive as well as fast in making sure everyone always had a drink during the event. Thank you!
Be Your Own Guest EventsBe Your Own Guest Events
Thumbtack Customer
Jessica was an incredible bartender - she did a wonderful job and I would highly recommend her!
(Not Just) JUGGLING JUICE(Not Just) JUGGLING JUICE
Thumbtack Customer
Simple bar, bartender arrived on time with everything he said he'd have, was helpful and efficient and friendly.
DMV EVENT STAFF aka. COAST TO COAST EVENTSDMV EVENT STAFF aka. COAST TO COAST EVENTS
Thumbtack Customer
Scot is the best bartender I have ever hired. He arrived early, immediately went to work organizing the bar, was very attentive to each guest, and had a very pleasant personality, From now on, he is the first bartender on my list to call. Scot served drinks, refilled glasses, removed plates (it was a buffet supper) served dessert, and did everything perfectly. The party was in Washington, D.C. and lasted about 3 - 4 hours. Scott went well above and beyond his duties as bartender Bill Davis
Scot's Mobile Bartending ServiceScot's Mobile Bartending Service
Megan S.
Our bartender was very good, willing to problem solve, professional yet friendly our event attendees. There were issues with the cups that we ordered, and so would recommend that Barsphere consider revising their processes improve coordination with their bartenders. However, the owner went out of his way to rectify the situation which we greatly appreciated.
Bar SphereBar Sphere
Kim M.
As the Event Coordinator and Associate Director of Marketing for a mid sized law firm, I'm fussy about new vendors for in-house events. This was really an audition to be my go-to bartenders, and I paid attention to everything. Marquis was a great bartender who we would love to have come back! Tyree stayed in constant contact prior to my event and followed up afterward. Guess who my permanent go-to bartending company is now? Yep, Stay Tipsy DMV. You won't be disappointed with this team! Kim Moss - Murphy & McGonigle, Washington Office
Stay Tipsy DMVStay Tipsy DMV
Alexia G.
The best bartender hands down! All the drinks she made were amazing. The speciality drink was a hit amongst all the guest. Will be using her in the future.
Cocktails by RainCocktails by Rain
Daniel S.
I hired Monte to bartend for an event and had a fantastic experience. He was professional, good at his job, friendly, and easy to work with. I strongly recommend him.
MTG ConsultingMTG Consulting
David H.
Richard was incredibly professional, punctual, and friendly. Party ran super smoothly with his assistance. Would definitely recommend him if you're looking for a great bartender with a lot of personality.
Clever CocktailsClever Cocktails
Rowan L.
Richard was a great bartender, he showed up and helped with set up. He chatted with the guests and everyone had great things to say. Would definitely hire him again!
Clever CocktailsClever Cocktails
Daniel s.
I hired Travon to bartend for a ~30 person event. He did a great job - prompt, professional, and really friendly. All my guests and I had a great experience.
Big Deal Services, LLC - Mobile BartenderBig Deal Services, LLC - Mobile Bartender
Cozette J.
Kimmy was our bartender for our wedding in July!! KIMMIE ROCKS ALL OF MY GUEST RAVED ABOUT THE DRINKS!I Personally don't drink but that night!!!! Kimmy made a punch and it was life changing!
K&A CateringK&A Catering
Lisa G.
The bartender and server Dee sent were awesome! It was a last minute call to get staff for a 4th of July party and Dee came through with flying colors! I will definitely use her company again!
DMV EVENT STAFF aka. COAST TO COAST EVENTSDMV EVENT STAFF aka. COAST TO COAST EVENTS
Thumbtack Customer
Jennifer was great and we're very glad we went with the decision to hire a bartender. Jennifer had her own equipment which was very helpful to us. She is also very friendly and easy going.
Jennifer's Your BartenderJennifer's Your Bartender
Thumbtack Customer
Nikkia was great! I hired her to bartend for a Wedding of 110 guest. From the time she responded to my request on Thumbtack, to our final hand shake after the event, Nikkia was very professional! She arrived early for the event and had her bar set and ready to go on time. She gave friendly service and made sure the bar area was cleaned before leaving. I will be in contact with her for any bartending event I need servicing from now on!! Great Job
The Mixologist KiaThe Mixologist Kia
Thumbtack Customer
We hired Scot and a colleague of his (Bob) to bartend and help with a 40th birthday party at our home. They were very helpful, personable and easy to work with. I would definitely work with them again.
Scot's Mobile Bartending ServiceScot's Mobile Bartending Service
Thumbtack Customer
Bartender arrived right on time. He even went out of his way to leave and grab something we didn't have. Great energy and extremely friendly! Very personable and I would definitely hire again!
Dr. Mix-A-Lot, LLCDr. Mix-A-Lot, LLC
Lindsay C.
I would like to thank Nita for doing a good job and the tip reflects my appreciation for her service. The 7 page agreement and 10 page indemnity for one bartender is an unnecessary burden that I will not subject myself to again.
Garnished-Events LLCGarnished-Events LLC
Nneka i.
Monte did a really great job putting on a virtual mixology class for a work event. Hey mailed the bartender kit was which a major hit. He was patient and worked well with us. We are referring him to more people
MTG ConsultingMTG Consulting
Nina R.
Stay Tipsy had such amazing service, our bartender was amazing. Not only did they help out with making our drinks they weren’t afraid to interact with the guest at my event as well as myself. I would definitely use their services again!
Stay Tipsy DMVStay Tipsy DMV
Jose G.
Bartender was professional and kept the drinks flowing. Presentable bar set up and accommodating to the our guest drink selection. The process was easy and all documentation needed was provided with time to abide with the venue demands. It was nice not having to worry about drinks or service all night. Amazing job!!!
Stay Tipsy DMVStay Tipsy DMV
Shannon M.
We were very impressed with Stay Tipsy DMV. Extremely responsive, easy to book, very professional at the event. Overall, we had a wonderful experience with our bartenders at our event and would absolutely recommend this service to anyone in need in the DC area. 10/10 thank you so much!
Stay Tipsy DMVStay Tipsy DMV
Britt B.
Both Taisha and Ayanna were incredible! They were prompt, detailed, friendly, helpful and lovely. Would hire them again in a heartbeat the next time we need bartender services. They sent me a quote that included everything (time, labor, drinks) and it couldn't have been easier. Hire them and don't hesitate!
With A Twist Mixologists & Event StaffingWith A Twist Mixologists & Event Staffing
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