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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
Audrey N.
What a great pick! Excellent service, personality and set up. The bartender arrived early, helped set up the station and was extremely personable. They will be the first bartending service I call for future needs. I have another event in early October and I will hire them again! Thanks very much!
Signature Selection, LLCSignature Selection, LLC
Thumbtack Customer
I hired Executive Decisions to bartend a 50th birthday party for a client. Cecilia was early, professional, inviting, and knowledgable! Even had a drink menu! I'll be calling her again!
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Selena T.
Gabrielle delivered a 5 star experience at my sisters 50th birthday party! She had a great attitude and took great care of all of the guests with every request they had… her response time was great and she was on time. I look forward to working with Gabrielle again and will refer her to anyone who is looking for an amazing bartender to make their event just that much better..
Thumbtack Customer
We had a surprise birthday party for my husband. She was hired for 3 hrs of service. CeCe was an excellent bartender! She was very professional, prompt by arriving 1 hr before, provided a drink menu list for guests, and made the best drinks! You can definitely tell she has experience and will provide great recommendations for a variety of drinks using any type of alcohol. Her price is very reasonable and you won't regret your decision.
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Thumbtack Customer
Jennifer won my clients over at the tasting! She provided three drink selections for my clients to choose from as a signature drink. She kept in mind our color scheme and had the selections reflect that. She explained what each drink contained and her level of knowledge and professionalism was well received. Jennifer displayed a fun personality and her ability to blend and connect with a diverse age range was refreshing to witness. As the event date drew closer, Jennifer was instrumental in helping me determine the quantity and quality of what I needed to purchase based on the number of guest. On the day of the event, Jennifer was on time, worked well with the staff that was present and with the staff person that was assigned to her. Most importantly she made the guest real happy with their drink selection and my clients stated "Jennifer was wonderful." I would strongly recommend Bartender 4 U.
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