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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
Jay B.
She was wonderful. Terrific bartender added to the event.
The Traveling Bartenders L.V.The Traveling Bartenders L.V.
Jeremy J.
Pat was great to work with. He’s a great bartender. Great communication and made everything as easy as possible. I highly recommend him for any bartending needs you may have.
First Class BartendersFirst Class Bartenders
Andrea B.
Awesome all around! My new go to bartender!
Professional & Reliable BartendingProfessional & Reliable Bartending
Stacy M.
The bartender that was sent was wonderful. She was friendly and everyone loved her.
The Traveling Bartenders L.V.The Traveling Bartenders L.V.
Sherri B.
Jules was an amazing Bartender, top notch! The guest loved him, and his drinks were tasty, strong, and high quality. His menu had great and unique drink selections. The best part was Jules arrived early to set up, and provided a drink that had actual smoke coming out it was gnarly. Long story, short Jules is a great Bartender. He will be our regular Bartender moving forward!
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Thumbtack Customer
The bartender that showed up was great! This company had GREAT communication leading up to the event. She was great interacting with our guests and giving them what they wanted. We would definitely hire the Traveling Bartender again. Great, great, great!!
The Traveling Bartenders L.V.The Traveling Bartenders L.V.
Hennesey A.
John was such a amazing bartender! Everyone at my party loved him and his drinks and treated all my guest like friends. He is now our official family bartender. Not even to mention his amazing price for his great service ! Thank you for everything John!
Bartender Las Vegas NevadaBartender Las Vegas Nevada
Thumbtack Customer
Pat Ferraro, from First Class Bartenders is an Excellent Mixologist! He was prepared, prompt, knowledgable, & outgoing. Pat is entertaining behind the bar & eager to mix cocktails for the guest! I would highly recommend Pat Ferraro from First Class Bartenders for any of your Social Events!
First Class BartendersFirst Class Bartenders
Thumbtack Customer
Tony was very professional and was great with our guest. He was on time and knows the art of bartending. Thanks Tony!
The Traveling Bartenders L.V.The Traveling Bartenders L.V.
Thumbtack Customer
I booked Angel a.k.a. Twin Peaks bartending for my husband's 40th birthday party and she was amazing Arelo bartender who is able to create fabulous mixology style drinks. This is very important to me since I wasn't interested in a vodka soda style bartender and I am admittedly known to be a bit particular. She was friendly and responsive to my numerous emails leading up to the event, came well prepared and made sure we all had a fantastic evening with delicious drinks. I can't say enough about how pleased we all were I would absolutely recommend her to anyone looking for a talented and inventive and professional bartender!
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Thumbtack Customer
I am extremely pleased with the service that Angel provided. I hosted a corporate work party and decided to go with the Twin Peaks Bartending by word of mouth. I cannot say enough about how much Angel truly goes above and beyond to make sure your event is a wonderful experience. I made a friend out of this and will not only use the Twin Peaks Bartending again, but will make sure I recommend her to anyone I know looking for a bartender. Thanks again, Angel!!
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Laureen k.
Jules was an amazing bartender!!! The drinks were of quality, tasty, and just a great addition to your party. Great price, EXCELLENT SERVICE.
PARTY WITH JULESPARTY WITH JULES
Thumbtack Customer
Roger was absolutely fantastic, my guests spoke highly of him and I highly recommend him to anyone needing a bartender for an event.
Professional & Reliable BartendingProfessional & Reliable Bartending
Thumbtack Customer
Roger bartended my daughter's reception. He was amazing. He quickly learned what almost everyone was drinking and kept our glasses full. He went way beyond his duties. If anyone at that reception has a need for a bartender they will be using him. They told me so. He also provides wonderful emotional support for moms who are in over their heads.
Professional & Reliable BartendingProfessional & Reliable Bartending
Victoria A.
Pat was amazing! He was extremely punctual and so helpful. He was the perfect bartender for my wedding rehearsal and everyone complimented how great he was. Should I ever need a bartender again, he is the first person I am calling. I highly recommend Pat and anyone looking to make an event even better should start by hiring him!
First Class BartendersFirst Class Bartenders
Megan W.
Jules was an excellent bartender for our party his response time was excellent and he was extremely friendly and knowledgeable. I would hire him again!
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Shela S.
Jules was an excellent bartender. He is very personable and everyone enjoyed the drinks. I will definitely hire him again next time we are in Vegas!
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Anastasia L.
Confirmed a few days before, showed up right on time, very friendly and helpful. Great bartender! We will definitely use Pat again.
First Class BartendersFirst Class Bartenders
Kimberly M.
We can’t recommend Pat enough! He bartended our July 4th party and was an absolute hit! We will definitely be using him again and again!
First Class BartendersFirst Class Bartenders
Mary S.
Roger made the evening memorable. Not only is he an amzing bartender/mixologist he's a super nice guy. We highly recommend Roger for your next event.
Professional & Reliable BartendingProfessional & Reliable Bartending
Lenard C.
Thank you so much Jules!!! Everything was superb by far one of the best bartenders in Las Vegas…Would definitely Highly recommend for my next event!!!
PARTY WITH JULESPARTY WITH JULES
Ray A.
Pat was the perfect bartender and we are extremely happy with his service! We had a wedding with 100 guests and everyone loved him. He was very professional, friendly, responsive, and made amazing drinks. We would recommend him to anyone looking for a bartender and will definitely hire him again. Just an all around awesome person. Thanks so much Pat for making our wedding special! We appreciate you!
First Class BartendersFirst Class Bartenders
Thumbtack Customer
Excellent Bartender!!! She always kept a smiling face!!! Very up beat!!! My guest enjoyed her services!! Great personality??... I will definitely use her services
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Jen b.
You ladies were amazing! Thank you so so much for bartending at my party! You guys went above and beyond, and we will be hiring you again for sure!
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Nevada S.
Cheryl did a great job! Will 100% hire again! Thank you Cheryl for your professionalism! My first time taking a bartender on thumbtack, and it was a complete success for our party
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