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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
Alneada B.
Michael and his team bartended for my 220 person wedding on November 11th and did a fabulous job!! I would recommend him to anyone looking for a professional and skilled bartender.
Services By MichaelServices By Michael
Thumbtack Customer
Very good experience. The bartender was courteous and professional. She moved quickly and everyone was happy with the service
Dot the Bartender & AssociatesDot the Bartender & Associates
Natalia B.
Amy was our bartender and she was great! Very knowledgeable and punctual. Great service for an affordable price.
The Drinking WellThe Drinking Well
Mahalla F.
Cedric was great to work with! He was very professional and he made sure the bartending went smoothly.
Poppin' Bottles Bar ServicesPoppin' Bottles Bar Services
Karen S.
Michael Davis was so professional and handled everything to my satisfaction. He was definitely the bartender you need to hire for your event!!
Services By MichaelServices By Michael
Asheton B.
Kayla provided a wonderful bartending & Mixology experience for our Bachelorette Party! I will certainly use her again for future events at our home!
Drinks R Us & EventsDrinks R Us & Events
Warren W.
Michael was great! We had him as our bartender for a dinner party in Nashville. He was on time, worked with our timing, and very friendly. Would highly recommend!
Services By MichaelServices By Michael
Jim B.
Terra did a great job! She was professional, prompt, friendly to the guests and went over and beyond what was expected! Will definitely request her to bartend at my next function!
Terra CliburnTerra Cliburn
Thumbtack Customer
Michael was so excellent and easy to work with. He was prompt, professional, friendly and a great addition to the party! I highly recommend him for any of your bartending needs. Great experience!
Services By MichaelServices By Michael
Kylie B.
The drinking well provided the bartender for our wedding and she was fantastic!! They were so great to work with through out the whole process. The bar ran so smoothly and she was so great!
The Drinking WellThe Drinking Well
Thumbtack Customer
We were so pleased that we hired Josh as a bartender for a large 40th birthday party! He and his lovely assistant were extremely prepared and professional. They were so friendly, cooperative and helpful throughout the evening. Highly recommend!!
Centennial Construction / JAM EventsCentennial Construction / JAM Events
Billy H.
The app only allows 5 stars but there are not enough stars for Michael and his team. We hosted our first Christmas party in Nashville yesterday and Michael bartending service made it beyond special. Will never host another party without him.
Services By MichaelServices By Michael
Thumbtack Customer
Dot was awesome. On time, pleasant, good with customers. I highly recommend her. She put up with the chaos of our event b/c I should have had two bartenders. Never complained once! Love you Dot!
Dot the Bartender & AssociatesDot the Bartender & Associates
Carol M.
I hired Drinks R Us & Events to support a small party of 25 with a bartender (herself) and two servers to pass appetizers I had prepared. Kayla has an infectious personality and loves to engage guests. She has good bartending skills but is not a mixologist. She arrived early, was a good communicator and was prepared when guests arrived. Unfortunately her servers were inexperienced and didn’t seem to know what to do. However, she promptly addressed my comments and directed them on what to do. Overall, I would hire her again but would encourage her to staff with experienced servers.
Drinks R Us & EventsDrinks R Us & Events
Crystal B.
Michael was awesome!! He did a great job bartending at our wedding reception! We even received comments from guests about how professional and nice he was. He was wonderful to work with throughout the entire process. I would highly recommend Michael for any event!
Services By MichaelServices By Michael
Karen M.
A + Service ! We were very pleased With KPS Event bartending! Very pleasant to work with and they did what they said they would do. Showed up on time and the display bar was very professional. I am wedding coordinator and caterer and I will definitely call on them again. You will not be disappointed with their service. Thank you Katie!
KPs Event BartendingKPs Event Bartending
Kelvin G.
Michael made me and my wife's day very special for us. He performed an outstanding job and made beautiful and delicious adult beverages for all of our wedding party and guest. I would highly recommend his services to anyone who is looking for a professional bartender. Thanks again Michael for making our special day a blast!
Services By MichaelServices By Michael
Loren L.
Ms. Kayla and her team provided excellent services! We had a bartender and two waitstaff for our event, and all of our guests were extremely impressed with the attentiveness and hospitality they provided. She and her staff went above and beyond to make our event a success. I will for sure be hiring from her again and would highly recommend her services!
Drinks R Us & EventsDrinks R Us & Events
Lwam T.
Kayla was wonderful!! She bartended at our wedding and provided 2 additional people as servers. They were all incredibly friendly and incredibly helpful. Once they arrived (early I might add), they were so professional and I didn’t need to worry once about anything, which made it easy to enjoy my wedding. Everything they did was done with a warm smile and my guests had so much fun with them. If I have another event that needs service, there is no question about who I will contact. Thanks for everything, Kayla!
Drinks R Us & EventsDrinks R Us & Events
Naomi H.
Simply incredible—you NEED The Craft Cocktailier at your event. We plan to hire Reggie for all parties in the future! What I expected was an experienced bartender to take that part of the pressure of hosting duties off of me. What we received was so much more! Leading up to the event, Reggie was extremely organized (and I'm saying that as someone who thrives on details, planning and creating memorable experiences), communicative, professional, and full of ideas. He was so collaborative in creating our menu for the evening, and he really made me believe anything was possible; even designing gorgeous, custom-made Christmas ice cubes just for our party. The night of the event, all of our guests were blown away by his passion, dedication and knowledge. He brought homemade simple syrups, hand-cut and curated garnishes, a tool that made the drinks smoked upon request and more. He was so much more than a bartender—he was the main event. Had I known what an experience he would provide and what a hit he would be, I would've expected to pay even more for his services. Beyond all that, he's just a genuinely good guy. More than worth it. Book him already. :)
The Craft CocktailierThe Craft Cocktailier
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