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Answers to commonly asked questions from the experts on Thumbtack.

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.

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 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 South Loop bartenders
Marjolaine B.
Fantastic bartender!
unMuddled Bartending CompanyunMuddled Bartending Company
Thumbtack Customer
The bartender LEE was great
C & C Party ServicesC & C Party Services
Anthony J.
I requested a bartender for my event and the team took the time to understand my needs and provided me with an excellent bartender and a great match for my event.
BRING THE PARTY EVENT SERVICESBRING THE PARTY EVENT SERVICES
Alexia A.
Mixing it Up Bartending bartended my best friends baby shower. The bartender was very responsive, had all credentials, and was on time (early really). He was professional and polite. I would definitely hire him again. Don’t hesitate to book this company. You won’t regret it.
Mixing It Up BartendingMixing It Up Bartending
Larissa R.
Luis was the most amazing bartender! He was early, set everything up, cut garnishes, and felt like part of the family! If I ever need a bartender again I will definitely book with Mix It Up!
Mixing It Up BartendingMixing It Up Bartending
Thumbtack Customer
Despite a snow storm, Lamont made it and was an excellent and gracious bartender.
C & C Party ServicesC & C Party Services
Tracey B.
The bartender services provided were excellent! I will use this company for all my future events!
Modified Mixology, LLCModified Mixology, LLC
Refugio A.
Excellent bartender. She brings awesome energy to your party. Great work ethic. Highly recommend her.
ZuZu BartendingZuZu Bartending
Thumbtack Customer
The bartender was excellent. My guests are still talking about how professional she was. She was a great addition to my party.
C & C Party ServicesC & C Party Services
Nia R.
Great service, friendly, personable, great deal. Highly recommended for any bartending event, very satisfied with level and quality of service.
Thirst BustersThirst Busters
Ashley P.
I needed a bartender very last minute and was so lucky to find Ross and Unmuddled Bartending. Booking him was easy- he was responsive and knew what we'd need when we had no idea. He was a hit at the event, and made sure we didn't have to worry about the bar at all. 10/10, we'll call him again.
unMuddled Bartending CompanyunMuddled Bartending Company
Thumbtack Customer
Hired last minute for a small corporate event. Nichole was super communicative, accommodating, and an awesome bartender! Will definitely be hiring again for future events!
ZuZu BartendingZuZu Bartending
AnneMarie M.
Sanethia and her bartender showed up on time and got right to work. They laid out the bar beautifully and knew exactly what they were doing.
Couture Cocktails Mobile Bartending ServiceCouture Cocktails Mobile Bartending Service
Thumbtack Customer
Awesome service! Lemont, the bartender, was polite, responsible, and very personable. All the guests at the new year's eve party had a great time with him!
C & C Party ServicesC & C Party Services
Jessica S.
Monica was our bartender and she was fantastic! Poured great drinks and overall was just very helpful in the setting up/taking down of the party. Highly recommend.
Mixing It Up BartendingMixing It Up Bartending
Thumbtack Customer
Tim did an excellent job - on time, professional, helped with bartending, serving food, keeping the party going with ongoing clean up. Would definitely utilize Tim again!
Morgan BartendingMorgan Bartending
Whitney M.
Bring the Party went above and beyond my expectations. I wanted a bartender to man the bar and a server to keep an eye on the buffet and help us keep things cleaned up. I ended up getting a bartender and server that not only did all of that, but went out of their way to walk around the room to serve food and take drink orders for our guests. It made for a great experience for everyone. Will be reaching out to this team again!
BRING THE PARTY EVENT SERVICESBRING THE PARTY EVENT SERVICES
Thumbtack Customer
Nichole was the perfect bartender and did an amazing job. Everyone loved her specialty cocktails! She was so great to work with and we will hire her again for future events!
ZuZu BartendingZuZu Bartending
Jennifer H.
I originally was looking for a bartender, but then Charlene also offered to decorate. She was always super quick to respond to all of my questions too! Charlene and Devon did the decorating and clean up which was a huge help! Devon was an amazing bartender! Many people asked where I hired him from! If you don't want to be tied down with hosting duties at your next event, I definitely recommend using Charlene and Devon!
C2Details Events, Travel  and Concierge ServiceC2Details Events, Travel and Concierge Service
Maura M.
I planned a last minute birthday celebration and On the House Bartending really was the icing on the cake. I hosted a small group of ladies for a mixology class and Chelsea was beyond amazing. From the very beginning she was responsive, organized, and upfront/transparent about pricing. Drinks were great and Chelsea was so fun singing Queen Bey right along with us. From here on out when I need any bartending services I’ll be calling On the House.
On The HouseOn The House
Caroline R.
Modified Mixology made everything easy for me! SO helpful during the process, sent me a full grocery list for my party and the bartender was fun and knowledgeable. Will 100% use again!
Modified Mixology, LLCModified Mixology, LLC
Thumbtack Customer
I was pleased with this company. My bartender came out and did everything I requested for this service which helped make my event a success. I would use this company again.
ZuZu BartendingZuZu Bartending
Thumbtack Customer
Nichole worked our wedding and did a simply amazing job. She was attentive to the guests and made sure everyone had everything they needed. If we ever need a bartender again, we will be sure to hire her.
ZuZu BartendingZuZu Bartending
Thumbtack Customer
the bartender lemont was very nice and down to earth.Me and my guest really enjoyed him and he did a great job! Will rehire again.GREAT SET UP,FUN, FRIENDLY, N WAS PUNCTUAL...THANKS SO MUCH!!
C & C Party ServicesC & C Party Services
Thumbtack Customer
We used this company for my boyfriends 30th birthday party and couldn't have been more happy with the service. The bartender Meghan was very professional and friendly. We'll definitely be using this service again for future events!
Mixing It Up BartendingMixing It Up Bartending
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