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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.

Reviews for Washington mobile bartending professionals
Chris N.
We hosted a piano party for my husband’s 40th birthday with about 40 guests. I had never worked with a mobile bar service before but loved the experience. Barbara was terrific at the planning stage, and then Tabbitha was a star bartender. She set up a beautiful bar, added special touches like tropical flowers in the cocktails, dry ice, and even a whiskey smoker. She also went above and beyond, always stepping in to help with other tasks when she saw us doing them. I can’t wait for our next experience with Bar 51.
BAR 51 Mobile Bar Concierge Service LLC.BAR 51 Mobile Bar Concierge Service LLC.
Thumbtack Customer
Are you in need of a professional bartending service with a twist? If so, look no further than BAR RO’D. I deal with vendors on a regular basis, and I can honestly say that working with Ro and her team has been one of the best and most effortless experiences to date. When it came time to find bartenders for my 300+ person office holiday party, I looked at a few companies and ultimately chose Ro after speaking with her on the phone. She’s extremely communicative, responding to emails and calls in a flash. In our initial emails and during a Facetime call, we discussed my needs and I showed her the space. She was full of ideas about how best to arrange their mobile bars to make the most of our space and maximize room flow. Her pricing is straightforward and an exceptional value for what you get. Her bartenders arrived at our venue early and walked through the space to familiarize themselves with it while I ran around managing other vendors. Ro and the rest of her team arrived punctually and immediately got to work setting up bars and determining how the alcohol should be distributed between bars. The bars themselves are works of art—illuminated from within and set up to maximize efficiency. I can’t tell you how many people were wowed by the bars—they can completely transform any space into an elegant lounge. The bartenders were professional, polite, and incredibly responsible, making sure to check IDs and stamp hands. Ro kept an eye on the operation throughout our four-hour party, making adjustments when necessary and ensuring that guests never went thirsty. Things like bottled water, cocktail napkins, and cups appeared out of nowhere and were quickly in guests’ hands. When the party ended, her team packed everything up and made sure to leave me the unused alcohol that we purchased. I can’t say enough about my experience with Ro and her team. I was hesitant at first due to a lack of reviews, but they’re a brand new company, so that’s to be expected. Would I use them again? ABSOLUTELY. Hire Ro and you won’t have to worry about a thing. She’ll have everything under control so you can sit back, relax, and enjoy your event! If you’re looking for that “wow” factor, look no further than BAR RO’D.
BAR RO'D™️ Mobile BartendingBAR RO'D™️ Mobile Bartending
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