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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 Athens bartenders
TammyJackson T.
Great job wonderful job if you need a bartender!!
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Justine F.
Orolando bartended for a bachelorette party and he was great! He prepared an excellent menu, made delicious drinks and was kind and accommodating! I would have him bartend again in a heartbeat!! Highly recommend!
Free Pour LLCFree Pour LLC
Thumbtack Customer
This was my first time ever using a bartender and I must admit It was an awesome experience.
Executive DecisionsExecutive Decisions
Brian G.
Very professional, punctual and nice. Kara our bartender was great. Highly recommend booking them!
CDE Event BartendersCDE Event Bartenders
Tesha E.
Ursula was great! Excellent bartending skills & great personality. She responded promptly to my messages, arrived on time & prepared and kept a smile on her face. We highly recommend her servies!
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Jessica P.
I am so glad I went with this company! She was absolutely amazing, and we got a ton of compliments from guests at my daughters wedding about our bartender! I would recommend her to everybody!
Bar Biz Unlimited LLCBar Biz Unlimited LLC
Adrienne D.
Jennie was AMAZING! So sweet and professional. She went the extra mile and stayed longer than I originally asked. She came prepared and on time, willing and ready to work. Her friendliness and proactive work ethic make her an ideal bartender for any event. We look forward to hiring her again.
JennieTheBartenderJennieTheBartender
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