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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
Thumbtack Customer
Couldn't have been better. I needed 2 bartenders and they kept busy the whole time. Will definitely book again
A+ BartendingA+ Bartending
Joanna M.
Amazing! The bartender made amazing drinks and all my guests were raving how good the drinks are will be hiring them again
Wonder Catering Bartenders🥂Wonder Catering Bartenders🥂
Thumbtack Customer
Tony was the perfect bartender. I hired him for my children's graduation party on a Sat from 3-8pm. Everyone complemented me on hiring a bartender with a friendly personality and being able to remember peoples drinks. He made the party lively and held upbeat conversations with all the guest. Will recommend him to friends and use him for my next party. Thanks Tony.
The Traveling Bartenders L.A.The Traveling Bartenders L.A.
Thumbtack Customer
Everyone at my party loved the service we got from Paul Michaels bartenders! I informed him what kind of party it was going to be and he designed the perfect specialty drink which everyone ended up loving! All was done for a decent price. The bartenders were charming and fun and it ended up being a very nice evening on the whole. Thanks Guys!!
Paul Michaels Top Mixologists & Servers of SoCalPaul Michaels Top Mixologists & Servers of SoCal
Thumbtack Customer
This was only a two-hour gig, so time mattered a lot. The bartender showed up 20 minutes late, did not seem to know how to make some very basic drinks (I had discussed the drinks with owner Luke before) and kept referring to a how-to book she had brought. As a result, drink service was unacceptably slow. On the positive side, the bartender was very friendly and nice.
Paul Michaels Top Mixologists & Servers of SoCalPaul Michaels Top Mixologists & Servers of SoCal
Laquesha N.
Saria was a wonderful bartender for my event of 60 people. She arrived early, was extremely pleasant to my guests, and the drinks were delicious! She also crafted 2 themed drinks. I would definitely use her again!
Precious BartenderPrecious Bartender
Thumbtack Customer
I just want to say thank you very much Paul Michaels for the amazing bartending service. Chris he was extremely awesome he did his job so great las Saturday for my birthday me and my guests we was so happy and joyful with each drink he make for us always smiling, kind. I definitely will recommend, national bartender staffing to my family and friends thanks again Paul & Chris see you soon 😉😀🍸🍺🍹🍷🍻👌👌👍👍👍👍
Paul Michaels Top Mixologists & Servers of SoCalPaul Michaels Top Mixologists & Servers of SoCal
Thumbtack Customer
Bill was great! Very professional and helpful. Made set up and clean up easy, brought all his own bar utensils and made amazing specialty drinks (try the cucumber basil martini). He is now our bartender of choice.
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Lisa H.
Richard was incredible from our first conversation to arriving and finishing the job(s). He has great skill in bartending and is charming, engaging and support of my guests. I have parties with about a hundred guests and he managed the bar brilliantly. Thank you Richard.
Dan R.
Stephanie was amazing and exceeded my expectations. Her margaritas were a hit. In addition to bartending I did include an extra staff member Sabrina. It was worth the money to have the extra hand. Together Stephanie and Sabrina kept the food service area neat and clean, the bar was beautiful and at the end of the night there was very little clean-up thanks to them. Plus they plated the leftover food for guest to take home. Both ladies were always moving and I was able to enjoy the party and not have to worry about the food and drinks. I hope to work with Stephanie and Sabrina in the future.
PourEss Bartending and Event StaffPourEss Bartending and Event Staff
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