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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 Naperville bartenders
Sym R.
Julio our bartender was awesome!
Hu's AssistingHu's Assisting
Jeff S.
Luis was our bartender. He was efficient, very helpful, very personable and kept drinks in our guests hands. I wouldn't hesitate using him and Mixing It Up Bartending again!
Mixing It Up BartendingMixing It Up Bartending
Thumbtack Customer
The bartender showed up late and without proper supplies (no corckscrew or blender). The service was not in line with conversations with the owner before the event.
Mixing It Up BartendingMixing It Up Bartending
Thumbtack Customer
I hired Mike's Bartender Service for an Anniversary Party over Labor Day Weekend. We hosted 100+ of our nearest and dearest and Mike and his partner (Dave) were fantastic. From mixed cocktails to fun shots, beer and even "Shirley Temples" for the kids; this team was prompt, professional, and a HIT with our crowd. There was never a time that anyone waited for a drink and all I heard was "What great bartenders - where did you get them?" all night. LOVE IT! I will definitely use Mike's Bartender Service again & again!
Mike's Banquet and Event Bartender ServiceMike's Banquet and Event Bartender Service
Traci B.
I was able to find this bartending service less than 1 week from my event . I had the best experience and the consultation as well .
Modified Mixology, LLCModified Mixology, LLC
Chelsea H.
Angela and her associate were great! Being the bride, I didn't really get the chance to get to know the two bartenders but my family and friends appreciated their customer service and hard work.
Thirst BustersThirst Busters
Michelle D.
Mike was an awesome bartender for our housewarming party. He came up with a specialty cocktail that the guests loved and helped with our shopping list ahead of time. He kept the drinks flowing and the crowd entertained. We will definitely hire again!
Mike's Banquet and Event Bartender ServiceMike's Banquet and Event Bartender Service
Jeff S.
Modified Mixology and Valerie were awesome. They were responsive, attentive and knowledgeable. Valerie, our bartender, was personable, fun and did a wonderful job. She really helped make our party a success. We would not hesitate to use their services again!
Modified Mixology, LLCModified Mixology, LLC
Sara E.
Zuzu was an amazing bartender - helped our party run smoothly. All of our friends were raving about her because she would remember their drink order! I can’t say enough good things about our experience.
ZuZu BartendingZuZu Bartending
Jeff S.
Chelsea was great and was a hit at our party. I would not hesitate to hire her again. In fact, we have several guests that said they would like to hire her for their events. Great bartender and a great personality. I couldn't recommend her higher!
On The HouseOn The House
Thumbtack Customer
Mike was absolutely fabulous, friendly and extremely polite. He arrived early to serve our crazy family and friends before our ceremony. He helped us throughout the entire planning process, and I am so grateful. Our aforementioned crazy family and friends LOVED Mike and his excellent service! I highly recommend Mike for any person needing a bartender extrodinaire!
Mike's Banquet and Event Bartender ServiceMike's Banquet and Event Bartender Service
Ashley R.
Matt & Ryan bartended a 25th anniversary party for my family & I - they were the highlight of the entire event by far! They were so professional, courteous and knowledgeable about all the cocktails they created. They helped me to develop a menu of delicious drinks, poured & distributed champagne for a toast & Chef Matt even helped cut the cake! Can’t believe we lucked out having them for our event - they’re the best in the business and we’d hire them again!
Mobile BarkeepMobile Barkeep
Ashley R.
Matt & Ryan bartended a 25th anniversary party for my family & I - they were the highlight of the entire event by far! They were so professional, courteous and knowledgeable about all the cocktails they created. They helped me to develop a menu of delicious drinks, poured & distributed champagne for a toast & Chef Matt even helped cut the cake! Can’t believe we lucked out having them for our event - they’re the best in the business and we’d hire them again!
Chef Matthew RyanChef Matthew Ryan
Jamie I.
Ross was a delight to work with both before and during our gathering. It was effortless planning with him and worth every penny. He was very prompt and flexible with setting up in our garage (since it decided to rain the night of our birthday party) and his drink suggestions were well liked by our guests. He provided me with a detailed list of ingredients to purchase prior to the event and he also wore a mask all night and respected the covid environment. I would highly recommend Ross and the unMuddled Bartending service for your next event.
unMuddled Bartending CompanyunMuddled Bartending Company
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