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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
Thumbtack Customer
The best bartender!!!!
David WilkinsDavid Wilkins
Jessica l.
Excellent bartender. Great drinks. Very professional
Big Star Hospitality-Fully VaccinatedBig Star Hospitality-Fully Vaccinated
Anne T.
"Big Star" was a Big Star at bartending our party. Recommend and will hire again!
Big Star Hospitality-Fully VaccinatedBig Star Hospitality-Fully Vaccinated
Jenna K.
She was the best bartender - loved her personality, her drinks were amazing and she definitely was the hit of the party. Will hire again!
Brenda's BartendingBrenda's Bartending
Steven R.
Nas is the best, if want a professional bartender you found her. She has a nice drink list to choose from, and my guest can’t stop talking about how the bartender was making such beautiful drinks. She handled a crowd of 50-75 with no problems. She is the real deal, look no further she has my stamp of approval.
Nas' Private BartendingNas' Private Bartending
Jowy M.
Jessica was the bartender for our engagement party she did a great job making sure everyone was happy. Would highly recommend her.
Jessica at For your party 🎉🍹🍸Jessica at For your party 🎉🍹🍸
Thumbtack Customer
Great service from EPS. Communication was awesome, super easy to to get everything secured and set up. Bartender/server (Alana) was absolutely amazing. Highly recommend!
Elite Party StaffingElite Party Staffing
Thumbtack Customer
Everything was fantastic, and the bartender was an expert at his job! We also hired a server through Jessie, and she was very committed and fantastic at her job too! Would highly recommend.
Famous EventsFamous Events
Peter M.
Kennia was the bartender for my 50th bday party and exceeded my expectations......she was friendly, prepared, professional and all of my guests raved about her......would definitely hire again and recommend too.....
Cyeida S.
Omg!!!! She was sooo wonderful. She attended to all my guests needs and wants. She even was on the dancefloor with us enjoying herself. My guests and I would love to rehire The Bartender Diva Again... HIRE HER...I guarantee you wont be disappointed 😁💃💃.
The Bartending DivaThe Bartending Diva
Austin J.
Famous Events (Gustavo) bartended our housewarming party. My high expectations were wildly surpassed. Gustavo did a wonderful job mixing up delicious drinks, and brought a fun and engaging presence to the party. We were very pleased with every aspect of the service and will be sure to use team Famous again.
Famous EventsFamous Events
Anisha A.
Piero was amazing. He was always responsive towards all my questions leading up to the event. All his cocktails were a hit. He was amazing to all my guests and everyone had great things to say about his service, professionalism and his drinks. I would love to work with Jess’s Bartending group again.
Jess’ Bartending GroupJess’ Bartending Group
Genny S.
David was great, from start to finish. He was very quick to respond to all my messages and so helpful. My requests were all met and the cocktails were to a high standard. If you want someone who is 100% reliable, I would recommend David. I know I will be contacting him the next time I need a 5* bartender! Thanks David.
David WilkinsDavid Wilkins
Kate R.
Josh was terrific! I contacted him rather last minute and he was incredibly accommodating. He even shopped for and prepped all my garnishes for me - SUPER helpful as I scrambled to plan the rest of the party. Josh was very communicative and was a pleasure to have around. Delicious drinks, great attitude and completely professional service while still being fun. I highly recommend using him for any bartender informed needs.
Josh Baer -  Vaccinated, Fun & ReliableJosh Baer - Vaccinated, Fun & Reliable
Olivia S.
Josh is the absolute man! Nothing but great things to say- aside from the *way too* good drinks he made our party (from an awesome seasonal cocktail list he created), he was an absolute pleasure to work with from start to finish. From taking about fun themed drinks beforehand to being a warm, friendly and personable bartender at the party (all our friends loved Josh!!!), he was hands down, bottom line, the best. We look forward to having Josh join us for lots of fun times ahead. 🥳
Josh Baer -  Vaccinated, Fun & ReliableJosh Baer - Vaccinated, Fun & Reliable
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