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Answers to commonly asked questions from the experts on Thumbtack.

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.

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 Ashburn bartenders
Ram M.
Abriana did a good job for us, we would recommend them to anyone looking for bartenders.
A&M Event'sA&M Event's
Anup D.
Barsphere was very professional and efficient The bartender and party support were both skilled and made the event a success
Toby P.
Working with BarSphere made planning my event simple. The bartender showed up on time, helped with everything we requested and made sure everyone had a drink.
Yanelys G.
Ashley arrived timely and owned the bar. My guests were satisfied and they all complement the bartender service. Coconut mojitos were everyone’s favorite. Thanks again.
Tipsy Dragonfly BartendingTipsy Dragonfly Bartending
Michelle T.
This was my first time working with Harcup Events and they exceeded my expectations. Joo responded to my inquiry in a very timely manner with all requested information and immediately identified a bartender for my event. She put my mind at ease and addressed all of my questions. The bartender arrived on time and fully prepared to serve two specialty cocktails, beer, wine, and other spirits to our guests. Our guests were pleased with the presentation, taste and service. I highly recommend Harcup Events and look forward to working with them again in the near future!
Kristy P.
Anton is top notch! He is a skilled bartender and all around good person who keeps the party going. He takes great care of you and your guests and everyone leaves happy! We won't use anyone else!
Dr. Mix-A-Lot, LLCDr. Mix-A-Lot, LLC
Harpreet k.
We had a Christmas party of 10 people and we hired Richard for bartender service. He is very Knowledgeable about drinks, very friendly- a true professional. My family had great time with Richard and so amazed with his great service. Highly recommend😊
Clever CocktailsClever Cocktails
Christina e.
My wedding guest had a wonderful time. They said that you and your assistant bartender were very polite and attentive to their needs. Daniel was so easy to communicate with and was very responsive. I would definitely recommend him to anyone and would hire him again in a minute. Thanks so much for serving me, my family and my guest.
F&Btainment by DanielF&Btainment by Daniel
Thumbtack Customer
Dee was a pleasure to work with. She arranged for a bartender, Tierra, so quickly even when I literally called her the last minute! Not just me but my guests were also pleased with the service received! I have already recommended Dee to a couple of my friends and will be surely working with her on future. Thank you so much Dee!
Thumbtack Customer
Raymond from Dr Mix-a-lot bartended my party this past Saturday. I had about 65 guests and Raymond did an outstanding job. I was so pleased by the number of guests who came up to me and told me what an amazing job he was doing. Everyone complimented me on the service and quality of drinks. He was absolulteyl competent and so very pleasant. I would definitely hire them again.
Dr. Mix-A-Lot, LLCDr. Mix-A-Lot, LLC
Bill K.
We've now used P2 for two events! The service elevated both the baby shower and birthday - we were thoroughly impressed! From start to finish, the bartenders were professional, friendly, and extremely skilled at their craft. The drinks were expertly made and customized to meet our requests. Overall, I would highly recommend P-Squared Bar Events. They truly went above and beyond to make our event a success and we cant wait for the next event.
P-Squared Bar EventsP-Squared Bar Events
Sree M.
Amazing service! I got a call within 10 min of posting the job requirement. They were in touch throughout leading up to the date of the event, showed up exactly on time (2 hours before the event). They brought everything you could possibly need for a bar, and then some more! Very helpful and pleasant to work with. I will hire Simply Bartending for my future parties for sure! Thank you so much for helping me host an amazing party!
Simply BartendingSimply Bartending
Thumbtack Customer
Our bartender Cheryl arrived on time and was upbeat and knowledgeable. She took time to go over our drink menu and even helped us set up other things for our party. Cheryl kept the drinks coming all night. She graciously stayed a little later than asked to continue to serve our guests and was very professional and fun! We are very pleased with Cheryl and Coast to Coast Event Staff for their excellent communication and customer service. We highly recommend them and will be using them for all of our parties.
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