Find a bartender near Sarasota, FL

Find a bartender near Sarasota, FL

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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 Sarasota bartenders
Dionna W.
Dria was an excellent bartender at my event. All of our guests had nothing but good things to say about her. We would definitely hire her again!
Dria’s Elite Bartending & Event PlanningDria’s Elite Bartending & Event Planning
Thumbtack Customer
Debbie loves her work! She went above and beyond at every turn. Everyone commented on what a great bartender she was. I would be delighted to hire her again.
Pirate Debbie Private Party Bartending And Even...Pirate Debbie Private Party Bartending And Even...
Tyler H.
John was a phenomenal bartender/ server for my event on 10/10/20. He was punctual, accommodating, professional and very knowledgeable on what was needed. He showed up early, stayed late, and above all he went above and beyond to ensure the day went smooth. You won’t be disappointed in hiring him!
Been There, Done ThatBeen There, Done That
Megan P.
Pourfection Mobile Bartending Services was absolute Perfection!!!! Ian and his wife went to all lengths to make sure the wedding was nothing less than perfect. They were in touch frequently prior to the event to give expertise advice on inventory, and they worked non-stop the entire event to make sure everything went smoothly. They were extremely accommodating when scheduling changed, and honestly, just a pleasure to work with. I would recommend them highly to anyone!!!!!!!
Pourfection Mobile Bartending ServicesPourfection Mobile Bartending Services
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!
*ONCE UPON A COCKTAIL * Janice and Jay*ONCE UPON A COCKTAIL * Janice and Jay
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