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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 Ashburn 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
Vini c.
Great! Timely, efficient and everyone loved the bartender!
Moon Child Party Time LLC.Moon Child Party Time LLC.
Thumbtack Customer
Despite a snow storm, Lamont made it and was an excellent and gracious bartender.
C & C Party ServicesC & C Party Services
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
Tracey B.
The bartender services provided were excellent! I will use this company for all my future events!
Modified Mixology, LLCModified Mixology, LLC
Kristina M.
Reliable company to work with! Easy communication and did a great job Bartending for our housewarming party.
Mixing It Up BartendingMixing It Up Bartending
Steven L.
Working with Sip & Chill was awesome!! I needed a bartender on very short notice and Ms. C responded to my request very quickly! My guests loved the signature punch!! Service was excellent and I would highly recommend working with this service provider for your bartending needs!!
Sip & Chill by CSip & Chill by C
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
Kerry f.
So great!! Our party was a success and our bartender was amazing. So happy with the service and would hire again!! Thank you!!!!
Moon Child Party Time LLC.Moon Child Party Time LLC.
LaTonya F.
I had a dual party last week that was partly a birthday party. I wanted to be very cognizant of people serving themselves due to COVID, this I wanted a bartender. Ashli was very professional and engaged in the process. You connected with me to make sure I had everything I needed and when my headcount changed she made sure I was covered with another bartender. The most important part is Modified was very cost effective even with adding a second bartender. I would definitely use Modified again, looking forward to my next event!
Modified Mixology, LLCModified Mixology, LLC
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
Erin S.
Collin was my bartender and he was friendly, knowledgeable and extremely professional. I would book modified mixology again for another party in a heartbeat!
Modified Mixology, LLCModified Mixology, LLC
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
James O.
Ross and his associate bartended at our micro wedding of 36 people. He did a beyond amazing job. I highly recommend them.
unMuddled Bartending CompanyunMuddled Bartending Company
Nora C.
Juicys sip and chill was such a great bartender. I would recommend her a million times over. She will be our bartender from now on for any function that we have. The drinks were great. Her service was absolutely on point. She arrived on time and never let no one's cup empty. She was worth every penny! Thank you. We had a great time.
Juicy's Sip and ChillJuicy's Sip and Chill
Ashley W.
I was so lucky to have Wink as my bartender from unmuddled! The drinks were fantastic and the service was wonderful. Truly made my party special!!
unMuddled Bartending CompanyunMuddled Bartending Company
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
Dionne W.
Bianca was a wonderful bartender for my 50th bday party. She was very professional, knowledgeable, and friendly. She was truly a pleasure. I would hire her again in a heartbeat!
Woman in Black Event ServicesWoman in Black Event Services
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