Your guide to hiring a bartender

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Planning ahead

Things to know before you get started.
7 Ways to Find a Great Bartender
  1. 1. Expect answers

    A good bartender isn’t afraid to answer all of your questions. Feel free to ask about anything you Don't understand.

  2. 2. Ask for help planning your event

    A knowledgeable bartender should give you great ideas—everything from suggestions on glassware and bar decor to overall ambience.

  3. 3. Verify their license

    Make sure your bartender has a legal license to serve alcohol, General and Liquor Liability Insurance, and training in underage consumption issues.

  4. 4. Judge their attentiveness

    If a bartender is cordial and respectful to you and gets back to you quickly when you have questions, there’s a good chance they will treat your guests in a professional manner as well.

  5. 5. Go wild with custom cocktails

    If you decide to hire a bartender, then this one’s a no-brainer. A custom cocktail menu really makes for a memorable occasion.

  6. 6. Make sure everything is included

    Professional bartenders have all their own tools. They should also take care of setting up and taking down everything themselves, as well as picking up guests' empty glasses.

  7. 7. Ask about extras

    To really make your special event pop, ask what extra services the bartender offers. Garnishes, signature drinks, plastic glasses, and decorations are some of the possibilities.

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