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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.

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.

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.

Reviews for Tampa bartenders
Keishla w.
The best bartender ever ♥️
Dria’s Elite Bartending & Event PlanningDria’s Elite Bartending & Event Planning
Royce C.
Great bartender, great time
Kitchen's PortalKitchen's Portal
Marcelo A.
everything that we ask for was great. food was spectacular and timely. bartending was great no complaintscomplain.
Kitchen's PortalKitchen's Portal
Autumn T.
They were great. Super helpful beyond just bartending. Everyone loved the drinks.
Lori's Event ServicesLori's Event Services
Thumbtack Customer
Bartending, servers were great. Next year we will call back for the services
Happenings by HeatherHappenings by Heather
Jackie E.
Everyone loved Anthony. We was amazing. I highly recommend Anthony's Bartending Service!!
Anthony's Bartending LLCAnthony's Bartending LLC
Thumbtack Customer
If you want a professional bartender with wow factor John has both class and personality. Thank you for making my party perfect with your profesionalim and balance of personality. Would and will hire You again, you are the best Bartender I've hired thus far. Tina
All About ServiceAll About Service
Karina P.
Amazing bartenders!! My guests are still talking about how great and entertaining they were!! Thanks again!!
Kitchen's PortalKitchen's Portal
Ronald M.
Dereck was an excellent bartender!! We thoroughly enjoyed his drink options and flexibility of his schedule to meet our needs! Highly recommended!
Events by DereckEvents by Dereck
Jim S.
Fantastic experience. Neo our bartender was great, all of our guests had nothing but positive comments! I will be using Kitchens Portal again.
Kitchen's PortalKitchen's Portal
Max b.
Bravos provided top notch service from start to finish even before the party started. Merines from Bravos made it easy to select her service from other bartending services with the value and high level of service she provided. I didn’t know much about party planning or making a menu for the bar but Merines helped me along the way. She went above and beyond for our party not only by bartending but providing decorations for the bar, extra tables/supplies and came up with a themed menu of drinks that was perfect for the party. I would recommend Bravos for all your bartending and party needs
Bravos Cantina Bar-tendering ServicesBravos Cantina Bar-tendering Services
Thumbtack Customer
Very friendly with guests at the party, good customer service, responds quickly to phone calls/texts/emails, went above and beyond her bartender service.
Happenings by HeatherHappenings by Heather
Seenu s.
Junior did a great job coordinating everything. Victor the bartender was on time, friendly, professional, and a pleasure to work with. Would definitely use again. Thank you.
Kitchen's PortalKitchen's Portal
John f.
Nothing but great things to say about shawn. He came in as a second bartender for a 150 person wedding, with 48 hours notice. Shawn showed up 30 minutes early before start time, and handled all of the guests as they arrived because we weren’t finished setting up inside the venue. 10/10, this is who you want as your bartender. He will be my GO-TO going forward, we are all very grateful that he came through in a such a big way, and he exceeded every expectation we had. He also has 10 years of experience and has won several bartending competitions. Whether you are having beer & wine, specialty drinks, or an open bar, shawn will be able to handle anything that is thrown at him.
Bar10der ShawnBar10der Shawn
Arley a.
Dria did an amazing job bartending our event. All our guest appreciated her services . We got many praises for hiring her. We would definitely use her services again.
Dria’s Elite Bartending & Event PlanningDria’s Elite Bartending & Event Planning
Marie S.
Very professional and attentive to detail. Tim was aleays very responsive and even going above and beyond by buying sour mix when needed. Bartender Ryan was amazing. Would recommend them for any party when necessary!!
Bartenders At Request inc.Bartenders At Request inc.
Thumbtack Customer
We used Intimate Catering for our company holiday party. We had our food scheduled to be catered prior to booking, so we used their bartending services. Good experience, pleasant demeanor, and served well. Will recommend and try the catering in the future!
Intimate CateringIntimate Catering
Thumbtack Customer
John was very responsive. We planned what he was bringing and what I was to supply. He was on time to setup and be ready to go. John got along well with all our guests and seemed to enjoy himself. I highly recommend John for bartending for your event.
John BarberioJohn Barberio
Angelina B.
What an excellent job by Beck N Call Bartending! They went above and beyond and were a great hit with all of our guests. Chris gave us drinks at the beginning of dinner which was really sweet. Excellent service, delicious specialty drinks, excellent job well done!
Beck 'N Call BartendersBeck 'N Call Bartenders
Kristy W.
If anyone is ever looking for a bartender for an event, I highly recommend Heather. I hired her for our party last weekend. She was great to work with. I gave her a head count and she told me exactly what to buy. When someone wasn't at the bar, she was walking around picking up plates. A+ service
Happenings by HeatherHappenings by Heather
Anna H.
I hired Christine to do our wedding reception in Tampa, FL on 28 December 2019. She and her staff were nothing short of spectacular! The event was organized from across the country (I live in Oregon) and Christine was very flexible, easy to communicate with and created a fantastic event. If you need a bartender for your event, do not hesitate to use Tailor Maid! They are FANTASTIC!
Tailor Maid BartendersTailor Maid Bartenders
Jeffrey H.
Tim was AWESOME!!! He was on time and interacted well with the guests. He went above and beyond and is excellent at his craft. This guy absolutely ROCKS and my wife loved him. One minute he is serving drinks and then the next minute he is voluntarily helping to serve dinner to the guests and he even sliced the prime rib!! We will definitely use him again. Best bartender in town for sure.
Tim GrayTim Gray
Lauren S.
Can't even put into words how AMAZING Dereck was at bartending our party last night for our daughter's first birthday! He was not only super friendly and attentive to details, but made the most delicious cocktails! Additionally, he dressed up to match our Roaring 20s theme and wore a mask for Covid precautions! We will definitely be using Dereck again at our next party and will be highly recommending him to all of our friends!
Events by DereckEvents by Dereck
Thumbtack Customer
It is hard to describe what exceeds your expectations when planning a high class event. As a physician and spouse of a judge we needed professional service. She not only served as lead bartender and head organizer she brought with her own wait staff that made the party a pleasure and delight and took the pressure of us. They came early on time helped set up clean up some and the get our highest recommendation and is on our list as number one for future gigs.
Cyndi Wright, The Wright Bartender!Cyndi Wright, The Wright Bartender!
Arup A.
Anthony is so pleasant and friendly, all my guests absolutely loved his personality. He made drinks fast and with a smile always. If you need a good bartender for your home or office party, my recommendation is Look No Further ! Anthony is your man. FYI - our event was housewarming party for about 70 guests, half had alcoholic cocktails and half had mocktails. The Tequila Sunrise was a hit, with Moscow mule and Pink Swan close 2nd.
Anthony's Bartending LLCAnthony's Bartending LLC
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