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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
Thumbtack Customer
Bartending/ serving
That Food Guy CateringThat Food Guy Catering
Thumbtack Customer
Bottoms Up Bartending has great rates compared to other local bartending services. Good value--good drinks!
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Richard G.
I cannot adequately express how thrilled I am with Bottoms Up Bartending. Due to unforeseen circumstances I needed three bartenders on 48 hours notice for a large event. Julie responded to my inquiry right away and I was able to schedule three bartenders the very same day. Julie absolutely saved the day and couldn't have been easier to work with. Day-of, the bartenders themselves were fantastic. Jack, Journey, and Anne were all kind, professional, and very easy to work with. I have worked with many bartenders over the years, but this group was the absolute best. Julie will absolutely be the first person I contact moving forward for any bartending needs.
Bottoms Up BartendingBottoms Up Bartending
Thumbtack Customer
Super friendly bartender. Stayed the entire time and war very helpful.
That Food Guy CateringThat Food Guy Catering
Jenny L.
I hired Cam to bartend a birthday party at my home. Cam was very easy to work with, had great communication leading up to the event, and was very professional and fun to work with during the party. He also had great bartending skills and went above and beyond what was asked of him. I highly recommend Cam to anyone looking for a bartender and look forward to working with him again the in the future!
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Jason A.
Could not ask for a better bartender! Catering she offers is a hige plus. Very highly recommend!
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Dascia F.
Marie was a dream to work with and all of our attendees enjoyed her presence and bartending! Definitely recommend for future events in the Portland area!
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Steve W.
Marie was friendly, a wonderful bartender and we she played a key role in making ASMP Oregon's PDX Squared 2017 event a success!
Marie's Personable Bartending ServiceMarie's Personable Bartending Service
Jenn L.
Couldn't imagine a better experience! Cam responded quickly and was able to work with our tight timeline and budget. The two bartenders that worked our wedding were OUTSTANDING. Friendly, professional, all around amazing. I would 100% recommend Cam Bartends to anyone, and will use them again anytime I need a helping hand. Thanks you guys for making our special day even better!
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Linda B.
The biggest compliment I can give Shayla is I handed over the bartending to her 100% and she did not disappoint! She is so professional and knows her craft. She had all the answers to our questions and the event went off without a hitch. Everyone at the event loved her energy and her passion for what she does. I would highly recommend her and if I ever have another event where I need a bartender she will be it! Thank you so much!
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Joel V.
Cam was great! He made the whole process stress-free and took care of all the details we couldn't handle. He even created a custom cocktail for our event. Very solid and adaptable bartender and a rad guy to boot! Thanks, Cam!
Cam BartendsCam Bartends
Thumbtack Customer
Julie is wonderful, responsive and positive. From our initial consult to her detailed plan for the party to the great bartender who worked the party, Julie and her staff were professional and even helpful. I will definitely hire JR Development for any future event!
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Edward G.
Cam was the perfect bartender for our office holiday party. We are a young startup with a very casual feel and Cam fit in right away. We let us know everything he needed and was able to keep our entire party happy the whole night.
Cam BartendsCam Bartends
Cecilia V.
Thank you for your amazing bartending skills and your wonderful presence. Everyone thought you were great! The drinks you made were delicious! You took our wedding party to a whole new level! I look forward to doing another party with you!
Cam BartendsCam Bartends
Daniel R.
I was throwing a birthday party for my partner and wanted to provide a fun experience for our friends while keeping the safety of everyone in mind. I decided to hire Marie and was thrilled with her safety precautions and amazing customer service and bartending experience. Her presence transformed the party, she completely elevated the mood with her drink expertise. She could make any drink asked and also recommended cocktail signatures that many of the guests had never tried but fell in love with! At a reasonable cost, her services are unparalleled. She was extremely kind, compassionate, and easy to talk to. Everyone loved her! I couldn’t have asked for a better, friendlier, more experienced private bartender!
Marie's Personable Bartending ServiceMarie's Personable Bartending Service
Brian F.
Marie joined our small celebration of 30 folks as our bartender, but she was much more than someone who was just making and serving cocktails. She was sociable , personable, thoughtful and interacted with all of our guests. She helped turned our reception into a fun, successful and joyous event.
Marie's Personable Bartending ServiceMarie's Personable Bartending Service
Jose M.
Marie recently worked my wedding of 180 guest. She provided excellent service before, during, and after the event. She was so nice and everything went off without a hitch. She was easy to communicate with and met any of our requests with a smile. I would highly recommend her to bartend any event:
Marie's Personable Bartending ServiceMarie's Personable Bartending Service
Angela S.
Marie was amazing! She slipped right into the pre-wedding madness to get our bar set up. The guests loved her, we loved her, and she joined forces with the catering team to clean our glassware, totally unexpected, but saved us a great deal of cleaning the next day. We couldn't have asked for a better bartender. ❤️
Marie's Personable Bartending ServiceMarie's Personable Bartending Service
Tom A.
Marie and her friend bartended our wedding and their service was perfect! We spoke and texted a handful of times before the wedding and she was as personable as advertised, and flexible and patient with us both before and during the wedding. My family can be kind of weird/disorganized but she has the social skills and professionalism to keep things running well! Look no further.
Marie's Personable Bartending ServiceMarie's Personable Bartending Service
Jc H.
We could not be more pleased with the service and responsiveness we received from Bottoms Up Bartending. Faced with a looming deadline and in need of server for a client event, Julie readily agreed to assist and with their able participation, the event came off without a hitch and was a great success! We could not have been more pleased with their service, pricing and professionalism. Many Thanks!
Bottoms Up BartendingBottoms Up Bartending
Kristen R.
I needed a lot of guidance for what was needed at the party. Julie patiently helped me to come up with a list of drinks and cocktails. She detailed all that she would provide and sent me an invoice with all the details. On the day of the party, she arrived on time with her employee. They had everything set up on time. My friends and family loved the drinks. My boyfriend said that they were the best margaritas that he had ever had. The young man bartending was helpful, relaxed, and courteous. I didn't have to concern myself with the bar at all, because it ran so smoothly. I could focus on my guests. After the party, they completely cleaned up and gave me the left over alcohol. My boyfriend was impressed with the quality of the liquor that they had bought. I would definitely hire Bottoms Up Bartending again.
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Thumbtack Customer
I'm an event planner and hired Julie for a 165+ person wedding this past weekend. She was absolutely amazing-- arrived on time, extremely efficient with set-up/breakdown and was friendly & personable with guests throughout the evening! I was highly impressed with her professionalism, ability to be a solo bartender for that large a guest list and wouldn't hesitate to hire her again and/or refer her to others for future events! Thanks again Julie!
Bottoms Up BartendingBottoms Up Bartending
Cam bartender for our wedding and was incredibly professional and friendly. We would recommend him to anyone! Personally the best for us was his responsiveness and willingness to help with the drink menu. He was quick to respond and so easy to work with in the midst of many other wedding vendors who were quite hard to deal with. Thanks so much Cam! If we could get married twice we’d use you twice 🤗
Cam BartendsCam Bartends
Lisa F.
We had Soren and Andrea at our 50 person party and they did an amazing job!!! They were prompt, set up the bar in 15 mins and never had a line up! They did it all with a smile and kept everyone happy the whole night! They even stayed late to help us clean up (we gave them a generous tip for this) all in all, I’m so happy I went with Cam Bartends! Worth every penny!
Cam BartendsCam Bartends
Susie S.
Marie was easy to communicate and work with. Ours was not a super complicated bar; there was wine, beer, champagne (it was a New Year's Eve Party) and a few cocktail options. Once the party started my only interaction with the bar was getting refills on champagne for me and my friends. This is a best case scenario because it means Marie had the bar HANDLED! I don't use bartenders often but would totally hire Marie the next time I need one,
Marie's Personable Bartending ServiceMarie's Personable Bartending Service
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