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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 Indianapolis bartenders
Mahni U.
We booked Bourbons and Brews Bartending for our wedding and later on heard from our guests how rude the bartender was. We heard it from some of our closest friends and family even during the event which put a damper on an otherwise excellent day. Our bartender was Stevie. The person Heather I spoke with about the booking and event was great and we didn’t meet the actual bartender until the day of.
Bourbons and Brews BartendingBourbons and Brews Bartending
Grace G.
Cori did a great job bartending our wedding! She was punctual, professional and so fun! I will for sure have her bartended another event for us in the future!
Cori RustikCori Rustik
Whitney S.
We had a last minute need for a bartender for a fundraiser, and I was so blessed to connect with Bourbons and Brews Bartending! Aimee was not only on time and professional, but couldn't have been more helpful the entire night! 100% would recommend!
Bourbons and Brews BartendingBourbons and Brews Bartending
Thumbtack Customer
Tiffani provided a professional service from start to finish. I would definitely use her again and/or refer her to others. If you are looking for a professional, yet flexible bartender, All that Bartending and Catering should be your choice.
All That Bartending and CateringAll That Bartending and Catering
Mase S.
We booked with Heather for our wedding not long after she officially launched her company. From the first meeting everything was perfect and simple. The communication during the entire process was incredible and then they day of the wedding came, I can’t express enough how great everything went. The drinks were perfect. The bartenders were friendly and attentive. If you need a bartending service, this is the one!! We love Bourbons and Brews Bartending, lifelong customers.
Bourbons and Brews BartendingBourbons and Brews Bartending
Jake T.
Amy was great! She was hired as the bartender for our reception. Helpful, knowledgeable and all around a great time.
AWC BartendingAWC Bartending
Lauren B.
Tiffani was awesome! This was my second time working with the company and nothing short of an excellent experience! She was on time, professional, and brought great energy to my event! I would definitely use her again for any future bartending needs as well as recommend her to others! Great job, Tiffani and All That Bartending!
All That Bartending and CateringAll That Bartending and Catering
Greg J.
My 2nd time with David....terrific. Absolutely stellar service. He is my go-to bartender for all of my events!
PrimeTime BartendersPrimeTime Bartenders
Thumbtack Customer
Tiffani was great! Very helpful and attentive. I'd never hired a bartender before, and she really made the process as smooth as possible.
All That Bartending and CateringAll That Bartending and Catering
Jordyn M.
David bartended our wedding of 200+ people and did a great job! He was very helpful before the wedding with estimating drink needs and providing license information.
PrimeTime BartendersPrimeTime Bartenders
Ashly M.
David provided bartending services for a corporate event we hosted recently. He was a pleasure to work with. On time, affordable, and very professional. I would hire him again!
PrimeTime BartendersPrimeTime Bartenders
Amy R.
We were very pleased with Tiffani's service. We had a reception for clients and colleagues and she did a great job and was extremely professional. We will definitely use her whenever we need a bartender in the future.
All That Bartending and CateringAll That Bartending and Catering
Andretta E.
We needed a bartender for a corporate event and David saved the day! He was super responsive from the get-go, offered to help bring things and prep in any way, and was there on time with everything as promised. Thank you!
PrimeTime BartendersPrimeTime Bartenders
Randall S.
Had David bartend for daughters wedding rehearsal and reception Did a fantastic job on both night, very professional, got lots of compliments on his manner, and drinks were excellent Would highly recommend, RS
PrimeTime BartendersPrimeTime Bartenders
Lauren B.
Natalie was awesome! She was on time, professional, and brought great energy to my event! I would definitely use her again for any future bartending needs as well as recommend her to others! Great job, Natalie!
Natali's Event MixologyNatali's Event Mixology
Jen L.
Prime Time Bartenders did an excellent job at our rehearsal dinner. There was never a line and the drinks were great! They were always responsive and helped set up and clean up. Thank you so much for making our evening seamless!!!
PrimeTime BartendersPrimeTime Bartenders
Butch H.
Thank you for providing your Proffessional services to us. We were very pleased to work with Bartenders to Go. From the point of our initial contact through the close of the evening of our event, they were exceptional in service and attitude! We will definitely be using them in the future!
Bartender On the GoBartender On the Go
Lianna C.
Cori was the bartender at my wedding, and I could not have been more impressed with her service. She was incredibly professional, and made guests feel comfortable. I can't tell you how many guests specifically said that Cori was awesome! Thank you so much, Cori!
Cori RustikCori Rustik
Julia D.
Emily was absolutely OUTSTANDING at our party on Saturday. She even played a character in our murder mystery, and had a lot of stuff to memorise ahead of time! We usually hire a bartender once a year, and she was by far the best we’ve ever hired. I will not hesitate to use her again, and again, and again!
Pour 2 Your Door LLCPour 2 Your Door LLC
Ashley B.
David made my wedding reception absolutely perfect! He was super accommodating, and made sure every guest was taken care of and that I always had a margarita in hand. I needed him to bring a bar and an extra bartender and he made it happen! Thank you for making my wedding day everything I had hoped for and more.
PrimeTime BartendersPrimeTime Bartenders
Josh S.
Natali was hired to tend the bar at my daughters wedding. She knocked it out of the park. I want to have another party just to have her there! She is without a doubt the best bartender I have ever had the pleasure to meet and work with. If I owned a bar she would be in charge of all the bar staff! Thanks again Natali!
Natali's Event MixologyNatali's Event Mixology
Aaron K.
Tiffani was just incredible! From start to finish, she was responsive and friendly. She asked all the right questions to ensure our wedding reception was a success! Everyone got the drinks they wanted quickly, and I received several compliments on how friendly they both were! I will absolutely contact All That Bartending and Catering the next time I need a bar tender.
All That Bartending and CateringAll That Bartending and Catering
Thumbtack Customer
Working with Little Miss Martini is a no-brainer. Beth was answered all our questions promptly, and adapted to our last minute needs. We forgot to buy ice and Kyly saved us by running out to get it while we finished setting up the space. Our bartender, Kyly, was professional and super sweet. She even donated to our charity! Highly recommend to anyone hosting a cocktail event.
Little Miss MartiniLittle Miss Martini
Christina A.
Amy was EXCELLENT! She went above and beyond our expectations. From the very beginning she was very knowledgeable on the licensing required and the IN liquor laws. She went through the hassle of getting our liquor permit signed off on and submitted on time for our party. From the friendliness to the helpfulness she was very much appreciated. If you are looking for a mobile bartender don’t look any further, Amy is your girl!
AWC BartendingAWC Bartending
Ryan D.
Julia was wonderful to work with. She catered a small dinner party for my friend’s 50th Birthday. She was very responsive and helped us come up with great food and drink selections for our dinner. It was great that she is not only a chef but also a bartender. The food and cocktails were amazing. She added special touches and helped really make our evening special. I can’t thank her enough. Great job Julia!
Bertocci InfernoBertocci Inferno
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