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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
Sheelu J.
The drinks made by bartender were not good at all. Their bartender needs to be more knowledgeable and friendly.
Exquisite Taste Mobile BartendingExquisite Taste Mobile Bartending
Thumbtack Customer
Great bartender with awesome customer service.
Palace Party Beverage Co.Palace Party Beverage Co.
Thumbtack Customer
Corrina was not only a super bartender- but was also very professional in her approach to making everyone enjoy the event- "she is the best"
C-Rox Mobile BartendingC-Rox Mobile Bartending
Chris B.
I have hired bartenders for parties before but Amanda was easily the best. I will hire her for every event we have. Very professional and kind.
Amanda MendezAmanda Mendez
Hillary c.
Our bartender did a great job! Was very professional, well dressed and well spoken. So happy I chose Lemon Twist on my wedding day.
Lemon TwistLemon Twist
Meghan G.
I can’t say enough great things about Amanda! She was a rockstar who exceeded my expectations! If you need a bartender, choose Amanda! I will be using her again! She will bring her own set up and was also willing to accommodate my drink requests!
Amanda MendezAmanda Mendez
Myrna G.
Amanda was exceptionally fabulous when she bartended our event last night. She hunks of every little detail and makes sure you don’t worry about a thing. She goes above and beyond the typical “job description” and was a huge life saver. We’ll be reaching out to Amanda for our next event !
Amanda MendezAmanda Mendez
Miriam V.
Amanda was an excellent bartender. She was approachable and a wonderful wealth of experience and had superb suggestions for our event. She was punctual and handled our guests with great charisma. She was approachable and knew exactly what our guests needed. We would hire her again with no reservations. Five stars for Amanda from the Bride and Groom!!!
Amanda MendezAmanda Mendez
Theresa N.
I had a suprise party for my husband. Our bartender was AWESOME. We had about 30 people and he was busy all night. Made great drinks and services was on point. Most definitely will use them again and recommend them to all my friends and family. Thank yoj so much again we had a blast.
Just N' Joy Service & BartendingJust N' Joy Service & Bartending
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