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Answers to commonly asked questions from the experts on Thumbtack.

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 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 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
Amy G.
Brunke's Bartenders is top notch! Bartender arrived as scheduled and got right to work. My guests were all taken care of very well. I will definitely hire again!
Brunke's BartendersBrunke's Bartenders
Ace S.
Thank you so much Clint for being the bartender at our wedding. Very professional and great work.
Brunke's BartendersBrunke's Bartenders
Anil n.
The best bartenders we have ever hired. Beautiful bar and very professional. Will only hire them in the future.
MAD mobile bartending serviceMAD mobile bartending service
Thumbtack Customer
James did an amazing job, he was on-time very professional, I would highly recommend him for anyone needing Bartender services!!!
Essential Bartending ServicesEssential Bartending Services
Jessica W.
Judith was amazing! She went above and beyond in service and all of my guests loved her. Will definitely be calling her from now on for any bartending/hostess needs!
Judith Carr - The Ultimate Hostess & BartenderJudith Carr - The Ultimate Hostess & Bartender
Thumbtack Customer
We had a housewarming party and decided to hire a bartender. We were lucky enough to meet Jen through Thumbtack. She was fun, bubbly, and sociable. Highly recommend her!
Jen's Catering ProsJen's Catering Pros
Andre K.
Man This Dude Was Amazing !!! Welll Prepared. Served Guest Properly. Very Professional. Will Hire Him Again! I Will most likely fly him to my state to hire him as a bartender.
WJB Hospitality LLCWJB Hospitality LLC
Phyllis D.
First time i’ve hired a bartender for a party and Rafa really made the event. He was party of the party, kept the drinks flowing, and was professional, funny, and kind. I will definitely ask him back to all my events
Rafa's BartendingRafa's Bartending
Thumbtack Customer
James is an amazing bartender! He was professional, but fun & friendly! His fee was extremely reasonable and he did an outstanding job. We will definitely be hiring him again for our next large party, as will many of our guests.
Essential Bartending ServicesEssential Bartending Services
Scott B.
I hired Essential Bartending Services for a 50th Birthday Party on January 13 with 80+ people attending. Working with James and Heather was fantastic. From the beginning, James was very responsive to my questions and helped me prepare for the party. Heather was our bartender and my guests and I could not have been more pleased. Heather was fun, yet professional, and added quite a bit to the atmosphere of the event. I hired a number of service vendors for the party and they were quite simply the best. I will certainly use them again. Highly recommended.
Essential Bartending ServicesEssential Bartending Services
Brian N.
Will goes down as the best bartender I’ve ever had at an event. Leading up to the event he came with many ideas, specialty cocktail, and willingness to wow my guest. He also came prepared, and early to set up. I honestly couldn’t have asked for more!! Thanks man!
WJB Hospitality LLCWJB Hospitality LLC
Laura H.
Teri was awesome, we hired her to help at our annual Christmas party with bartending. She came early to help set up and was attentive and personable to all our guests and made sure drinks were full. We would definitely hire her again! Thank you, Teri :)
Service with a smile by TeriService with a smile by Teri
Jen R.
We hired Clint a week before our event when our original bartender bailed. Clint was very helpful beforehand and showed up early to do his own set-up. He got absolutely ROCKED by the crowd - we had no idea everyone was that much of a lush - but he handled the huge line like a champ. Highly recommend!
Brunke's BartendersBrunke's Bartenders
Katrina H.
We are so thankful we hired WJN hospitality to bartend our wedding this past weekend! They not only served our guests when they came to the bar, but created drinks to pass around and refilled glasses during dinner. Our guests loved their enthusiasm, their great service, and all around it made it such a fun reception! Thank you to Will and his team, you guys are amazing!
WJB Hospitality LLCWJB Hospitality LLC
Marlene L.
We needed a bartender and server for my husband’s 50th birthday. Luna thoughtfully created a fun specialty drink menu and set up a lovely custom bar with fresh ingredients. She helped plan, was punctual in responses and was a pure joy with guests. She brought an excellent server, that took care of everything I needed so I could enjoy the celebration. I will definitely ask them back for other events and recommend them to friends!
Tipsy Moon EventsTipsy Moon Events
Cesar S.
This was our first time hiring a bartender for our family party and Rafa didn’t disappoint. He was early to set up and he stayed a couple minutes late to clear out. His drinks were delicious, he had a great vibe. He was professional and easy to work with. He’s most definitely going to be our new addition to all of our events. Again Thank you so much Rafa. You’ll be hearing from us soon.
Rafa's BartendingRafa's Bartending
Molly M.
Steve was an incredible bartender from start to finish. He communicated with me leading up to the event, was early and made sure we had EVERYTHING we needed for the drinks he made us. He went above and beyond to take care of us, makes amazing cocktails, and even allowed us to add extra time when we didn’t want him to leave. I would highly recommend him to anyone and can’t say enough good things!
Hospitality ProsHospitality Pros
Laura M.
Judith is by far one of the kindest and warmest people I’ve ever worked with. I highly recommend choosing her. She is so creative. She is so easy to work with and will help your dreams reach fruition. Even though I didn’t get to have her serve and bartender at my wedding because of a last minute venue change because of weather I enjoyed every moment planning with her! And if I ever throw another party she’ll be the first person I call! Thanks, Judith!!
Judith Carr - The Ultimate Hostess & BartenderJudith Carr - The Ultimate Hostess & Bartender
Lauren K.
We hired Whitney for my brother’s engagement party and we couldn’t have asked for a better bartender. She is personable, energetic and made awesome drinks. I even got a text from her as she was on her way asking if I needed her to pick up ice or anything else for the party. In addition to making drinks, she went above and beyond by refilling coolers, accommodating special requests from guests and keeping everything clean throughout the night. Multiple guests asked for her contact info for future parties. I highly recommend her!
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