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Answers to commonly asked questions from the experts on Thumbtack.

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.

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 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
Satveer S.
Great bartender she was on time, helpful, professional, great attitude. Highly recomend Renee. Will use again!
Renee AdameRenee Adame
Derek N.
Professional, excellent customer service, work quality, and Patiences. May wedding day was a big chaotic mess when it came to assisting Flores Bartenders. Mayra and her crew were very patient and willing to assist with the situation in anyway possible. I highly recommend Flores Bartenders for any event!
Thumbtack Customer
Christopher was an awesome bartender. Very professional and very attentive to everyone. Made great drinks! We would hire him again in a heartbeat!
Christopher Nutting **Bartender for Hire**Christopher Nutting **Bartender for Hire**
Jessica R.
Wow what can I say! Renee did an amazing job. This was my first time hiring a bartender for our event so I didn’t know what to expect. Renee exceeded my expectations. She arrived early and set up bar area. She was very organized.. professional and friendly! If you need a good bartender for your Renee is the one to call!!!
Renee AdameRenee Adame
Erin M.
LOVED having Brenda bartend my graduation party that quickly turned into an engagement party! She was fabulous and make each of my guests wonderful drinks! She is also an amazing person!!
Beez Event Essentials, LLCBeez Event Essentials, LLC
Felicia G.
Aubrey did an awesome job as a bartender! She was really nice, made great drinks and our guests loved her. I would definitely use Dash Event Services again!
Dash Event StaffDash Event Staff
Thumbtack Customer
They were great! Wendi and her Co worker kept the drinks coming and helped the toast go smoothly at our wedding. Wendi even created a personalized drink menu, and a shopping list for us. We will definitely hire them again if we need a bartender.
Amy J.
Jen was a fantastic bartender! I would highly recommend this company. I got more compliments on the bar service than on the food at my party and the food was amazing. She did everything we asked her to do and she anticipated our guests needs as well as our needs. Can’t say enough good things.
Bar on the VineBar on the Vine
Brenda T.
Angelica was great! Friendly and professional. I appreciated how efffiect and knowledgeable she was in her skill of setting up, mixing and breaking down the bar area with little to no direction. She completed my team of servers and bartenders and helped make my catering service a big success! I will definitely use her again for future catering jobs! Thanks again Angelica!
Bartender BoutiqueBartender Boutique
LTanya C.
On Point was very professional, Excellent staff, Ontime, They also helped me create a signature drink menu, Printed the menu to match my Roaring 20;s theme. All of my guest had fun with the bartenders and is was like everyone fell in love with their personalities. It was like Cheers where everyone knew their names. Totally happy with their services and looking for a reason to use them again or refer them out.
On Point Mobile BartendingOn Point Mobile Bartending
Kamie G.
We used Catered to You for bartending services for my husbands 40th. I highly recommend them and will definitely use their services again. Jonathan and Will were extremely detail oriented and went above and beyond to make everything perfect and our guests loved them. We received so many compliments on their services. They provide the ultimate level of customer service. Thank you so much for making my husbands 40th extra perfect.
Catered to YouCatered to You
Margaret H.
Renee bartended our daughter's wedding on Friday night and we could not have been happier with the service. They arrived early and set up their area and they not only ran the bar, but also served guests at their tables and did other various tasks that I would never have expected. Very professional every step of the way. It all seemed so effortless and we were able to enjoy our night without having any concerns. Do not hesitate to hire Renee--you will not be disappointed. Thanks again Renee!
Renee AdameRenee Adame
Lee C.
Keith was so easy and great to work with! Our wedding was a little complicated -- there were so many little pieces that had to fall into place, and then with threats of rainy weather over memorial day weekend, we were concerned that we'd need to update our day-of schedule to include a bartender serving drinks before the event to keep guests happy. We got in touch with Keith the week prior to the event, and he was more than happy to change his arrival time to accommodate our updated schedule. When it came to the actual event, Keith was professional, easy to work with, and knew exactly what to do as soon as he arrived. He made sure to mix our signature cocktails exactly like we asked him to, and there were no empty glasses through the whole affair! Even midway through the event when we moved the entire venue between cocktail hour to dinner, his work and bar service flowed super smoothly. All in all, it was wonderful to have a professional guy like Keith on top of bar service. He and his assistant really handled one of the most important parts of the wedding. I would absolutely recommend his services for anyone who wants an easy-to-work-with, professional bartender at their event.
Blind Tiger Cocktails & Private EventsBlind Tiger Cocktails & Private Events
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