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*ONCE UPON A COCKTAIL * Janice and Jay
*ONCE UPON A COCKTAIL * Janice and Jay

*ONCE UPON A COCKTAIL * Janice and Jay

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Introduction: My name is Janice. I have over 20 years of bartending experience in the hospitality industry.( My partner Jay also has over 20 years experience. He was a Catering Coordinator for 10 years with Morton's in Sarasota. Prior to that owned 2 restaurants in St. Pete for many years.) Me personally , consider myself a TRUE mixologist. I have bartended in restaurants, festivals, private homes, corporate events, weddings, receptions, birthday parties, Pretty much from A-Z. I really enjoy the whole process.. from creating, planning, working and sharing my knowledge and experience with others. We have State of Florida issued bartenders license . We are insured with $2 million dollars of Liability Coverage. We were recently awarded "THUMBTACKS, TOP PRO 2019" Our service is based on the belief that our clients needs are of the utmost importance.We appreciate and respect the importance of each and every event - regardless how big or small. Every single detail is thought out and covered insuring your event is flawless . Our price, passion and respect is what undoubtedly sets us apart from others. Please take time to read our reviews. We look forward to possibly working your event and making it a memorable one. Thank You, Janice &Jay

Hired 65 times

Serves North Port, FL

7 employees

3 years in business

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This pro indicated that they reviewed CDC safety guidelines for COVID-19 and pledged to do the following:

Maintain 6 feet of distance from customers

Wear masks during the job

Wear gloves during the job

Disinfect surfaces touched during the job

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Customers rated this pro highly for work quality, professionalism, and responsiveness.

Exceptional 5.0

51 reviews


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Shelby B.


What a pleasure it was to have such attentive, helpful bartenders! Not only did Janice work with me to create one of her signature mojitos (it was a huge hit) but she was so wonderful to help with serving food and cake, cleanup and going above and beyond. If I could give 10 stars I would! Thank you for everything!
*ONCE UPON A COCKTAIL * Janice and Jay's reply
Thank you 🙂
Jan 25, 2021
Trisha B.


We used Once Upon a Cocktail for our wedding, and I am so happy we did. Not only did they do an exceptional job bartending, they went above and beyond cleaning up tables, checking in on us throughout the night for drinks, helping us with the cake, and even running to the store to grab us more mixers. Very kind people. Would highly recommend, and would certainly reach out to Janice again if we had another event.
Dec 21, 2020
Ashley R.


Janice and Jay are incredible! When you book them for your party or event in need of a bartender, you’re getting so much more. Janice was so attentive, walking around my party taking drink orders. Janice was also cleaning throughout the party which was so unexpected yet so appreciated. She also provided me with a list of liquors to purchase with quantities for the amount of guests I was having. My guests were so Impressed that they booked Janice and jay for their parties as well. Loved their professionalism, quality, and how much they love what they do. Will always book for future events. Thank you!
Dec 3, 2020
Lynn S.


We had a small Halloween costume party at our house, about 22 people. Janice showed up early (in costume and with gummy eyeballs for our drinks - how fun!), offered to help with everything and really did much more than just bartend for us. She tended to our guests, picked up and even watched appetizers in the oven which left us to mingle with our guests. Couldn't be more pleased. Will definitely use her again.
Nov 1, 2020
Brooke B.


Janice and Jay literally made our party “THE BEST PARTY”. They showed up early and set up the entire bar. They brought their own coolers, in addition to their own cups, fruit, an amazing margarita mix, and they even offered to bring ice. No one was thirsty the whole night and there was never a line! They kept the good times flowing. They even helped clean up buffet which was so nice and helpful. I was one of the brides and Janice had a drink in my hand the whole time! We did a champagne toast on the beach and they even made that go off without a hitch, filling cups as people entered the beach. I would seriously recommend them to bartend any event, big or small. They will keep everyone happy and make your party worry free. I will use them anytime I need a bartender in the future. Thank you again Jay and Janice! You were both amazing and people are still talking about how fabulous you two are! ❤️
Oct 5, 2020


  • What should the customer know about your pricing (e.g., discounts, fees)?

    Our pricing is negotiable and will fit comfortably within your budget We are Licensed and carry liquor and general liability insurance. You can avoid the high cost of catering and venue markups on alcohol because it is supplied by you .BY DOING THIS .... * Anything you don't use, you get to keep OR return it for a full refund.* We can provide shopping lists and always help you with the garnishes and mixers if you need it. We can also supply ( AT NO ADDITIONAL COST ) A portable bar / tables ( One 12 ft/ Two 6 ft & Two 5 ft) Coolers ( 2 large upright coolers on wheels, each one can hold up to 48 beers , 2 double wide coolers & multiple other sizes. Plastic Cups, napkins, stirs,straws etc. We will travel ANYWHERE in Florida . No travel costs added.

  • What is your typical process for working with a new customer?

    When working with a new client, we pride ourselves on our communication. First, we listen to the customer needs and requests to determine exactly what their vision is for their event. We can then recommend a beer, wine and liquor inventory along with speciality drinks.

  • What education and/or training do you have that relates to your work?

    I have been in the Hospitality Industry for 25 years. During that span, I have owned two restaurants, worked as a Catering Coordinator for 10 years .After all that time I STILL ABSOLUTELY LOVE IT!! I love the interaction with others, the process, planning ,details. We do posse Liquor liability Insurance as well as general liability . Coverage up to 2 Million Dollars. Most Venues require the bartender to carry Insurance. In addition we also posses ….. FLORIDA OFF PREMISES SERVING OF ALCOHOL AND FLORIDA RESPONSIBLE SERVER OF ALCOHOL AND FLORIDA SAFE SERVE CERTIFICATION (FOOD)

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