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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
Melissa J.
Excellent bartender and server - professional and appreciated
TendTend
Michelle D.
I had a last minute need for a bartender and Josh at Bar Spirit responded immediately to my request and was able to provide me with a super professional staff member for my party. I would definitely go to them for future needs for a party. Linda, the bartender was engaging and provided outstanding service.
Barspirit Premier Bartending ServiceBarspirit Premier Bartending Service
Jeff G.
Did not hire Mr Bartender, but his communications were very clear. Hope to work with each other in the future.
Mr. Bartender & Photo BoothMr. Bartender & Photo Booth
Stephanie M.
Karin and team did a great job at our wedding. She helped step in last minute to do the bartending and server/bussing staffing.
With a Twist Bartenders and ServersWith a Twist Bartenders and Servers
Joe b.
Frankie is an exceptional bartender with extraordinary knowledge and professionalism. My birthday party nov 20th 2020 was amazing with him in charge of the bar. We would definitely hire him again.
Frankie J BartenderFrankie J Bartender
Dara A.
Hogan was our bartender for our outdoor Halloween party. He was totally professional, was completely set up by the time the party started and was a lot of fun. He even showed up in costume for Halloween. 10/10, would use again. :)
Curly Bartender LLCCurly Bartender LLC
Desiree Mae I.
Georgi was an amazing bartender! He set up everything really quickly and all of my guests were raving about him after my party. I am definitely going to hire him again for all my events! Thank you Georgi!!
BarAngelsLABarAngelsLA
Thumbtack Customer
David was responsive throughout the entire process, providing me with detailed menus, shopping lists, and other related details. Stephanie, our bartender, was professional, prompt, and interactive throughout the party with our guests. I will definitely use Party Services So Cal again when we host a summer party.
Party Services So CalParty Services So Cal
Supraja S.
Carlos was the most responsive bartender with whom I have interacted and trust me I got in touch with quite a few. He was very clear in his quote and even helped with shopping for supplies. Everyone at my small party had a blast and the bar was the biggest hit of the party. Will absolutely go with him again.
Señor BartenderSeñor Bartender
Thumbtack Customer
We used this company and we were extremely happy with Paul, Luke and our bartender Thomas. Paul answered all my questions, returned phone calls, Luke helped us make a shopping list advised us on what to buy and where to buy it. Our bartender was Thomas, was great! The raised bar stand looks really nice and professional. For those that are hard core drinking families, you may not need to buy as much alcohol as listed, we over bought, but it's best to over buy than underbuy. Additionally, the company collected a deposit, however told me I could pay the rest after the party, no hurry, it was great that I wasn't rushed to pay. All and all we were very happy, no complaints! Party was on 11/7/15.
Paul Michaels Top Mixologists & Servers of SoCalPaul Michaels Top Mixologists & Servers of SoCal
Melody D.
Rob was fantastic! He was for knowledgeable on what supplies we needed and the quantity, he was on time, stayed till the very end, left everything very organized and had such a wonderful personality. All our guests loved him. He was so attentive and made the day so easy and fun. We want to have Rob be the bartender every party we host!
Shaken Not StirredShaken Not Stirred
Thumbtack Customer
Mia was such an amazing bartender at my baby shower, she came early to be fully prepared and handled my crazy friends like a charm! My friends would tell me how accommodating she was to them, she would even walk around to ask if people wanted drinks. She was just so sweet! I was so lucky to have found her!!
Mia's MartiniMia's Martini
Dana S.
Mac was the bartender for my client’s birthday party at their residence. He was very responsive and helped with picking out a specialty cocktail for the client based on the alcohol they liked. He even created a custom sign for the bar which was a nice surprise. He did a great job serving the guest and he was very friendly. I deducted one star due to a miscommunication but everything overall was great.
Mac BartendingMac Bartending
Thumbtack Customer
Rich was AMAZING!! He brought an assistant with him, James... also great! Best idea ever was to hire a service to handle the bartending for our son's 30th birthday party as the list of guests grew to over 100!! We looked into the idea of hiring a bartender only about a week before the event. Rich spent almost an hour on the phone discussing their services and exploring our needs to confirm for us that hiring someone was the right fit. There was no doubt after the first phone call. Rich was easy to contact leading up to the party and provided a list of alcohol and amounts he recommended to suit our needs. They were well prepared and efficient. Rich made sure everyone was taken care of throughout the night of the party. Professional, respectful, and approachable!! Will definitely hire again if we have another large gathering, especially at our home. They really saved the day!!! Thank you again to Rich and James for helping us to make this event so memorable and incredibly special for everyone!!
Tradewinds Hospitality ServicesTradewinds Hospitality Services
Marjan C.
Our original bartender cancelled on us last min. I had to do a search and found John here on this app. He was very professional. He showed up on time, stayed longer, and even brought his own supplies that are normally provided by the host. He made us the most exotic drinks. We all felt like we were at a very high-end bar. Everyone loved his drinks and his level of professionalism. I would give him ten stars if I could.
ocStartenderocStartender
Hasan H.
John was a solid choice for my event. He was proactive, eager to make it work, and incredibly hospitable. Given my client was all over the place and needed a bartending service - John was very understanding of this, flexible, and patient. He not only met my expectations but exceeded my client’s. He went above and beyond with his service, presentation, and working the crowd. His passion is natural and reflected in his work. He was one less vendor I had to worry about and completely self sufficient. The man will be seeing more leads from me for my most discerning clients.
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