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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
Bridget H.
This bartender was AMAZING! Everything I dreamed of. If you have any doubts or are on the fence about if you should hire a bartender for your event — please hire Cameo Mobile Bartending and you will not be disappointed. My guests and I loved her, truly made it “the party of the year!”
Cameo Mobile BartendingCameo Mobile Bartending
Hannah N.
We had such a wonderful experience for our wedding bartending with Natasha and our bartender Peter! They were prompt with responses, extremely helpful in the planning process, on time and great with set up, and really kind and cool throughout the day! Would recommend for any event!
Natasha P.Natasha P.
Thumbtack Customer
We hired Seattle Bartending Company for our son's rehearsal dinner in Seattle. We live in Texas and I was arranging all of this long distance. After corresponding with Will and receiving a detailed quote, there was no doubt in my mind that I had picked the right company. Anytime I had a question, he was so quick to respond. I received an email from Will a day or so before the rehearsal dinner explaining that they would come and set up before the dinner and our bartender would be Rebecca. Rebecca was absolutely amazing and so professional! Everyone at the rehearsal dinner loved her! She is such a good bartender and felt like a family friend. I highly recommend this bartending company! You will not be disappointed!
Seattle Bartending Co.Seattle Bartending Co.
Matthew J.
Kevin was an exceptional bartender for our event. It was very friendly, remembered names, and created some delicious craft cocktails.
Thumbtack Customer
The best bartender we could have had for our wedding!! Really exceptional service. He was super nice, efficient & just great.
Seattle Bartending Co.Seattle Bartending Co.
Thumbtack Customer
The bartender will was very nice, did a great job. The only negative was that he first went to the wrong location so was late in setting up.
Seattle Bartending Co.Seattle Bartending Co.
Sarah F.
Rashida came in to bartend when our staffing was short. She picked up what was needed, quickly, and handled the bar competently. A pleasure to work with.
Ember MixologyEmber Mixology
Brittany B.
We booked a bartender for our wedding through Natasha, and had a fantastic experience! We provided our own alcohol, and Natasha worked with us to figure out the right amounts of various things to buy. She was responsive, friendly and helpful! The bartender, Trey, showed up on time with everything he needed for the evening. He was professional but still friendly, and did a great job serving our guests. Highly recommend booking through Natasha!
Natasha P.Natasha P.
Hollis B.
Natasha was an excellent bartender. She had a great attitude. She was on time helped with setup and worked past the agreed time at our party which had over a hundred people.
Natasha P.Natasha P.
Patti C.
Brian was fantastic. He not only was a consummate. Professional on the job but guided and advised us in best practices the weeks leading to our event. I highly recommend his bartending and guest services!
Daring to Dream EventsDaring to Dream Events
Kyle D.
Natasha hooked us up with one of her top bartenders for a 35 person event. Went flawlessly and went above and beyond with the service. Would definitely use Natasha’s services again!
Natasha P.Natasha P.
Yvette D.
Rashida was very punctual and fun! My guests enjoyed her. She set up and cleaned up the bar by herself. And just great. Would hire again if we needed a future bartender.
Ember MixologyEmber Mixology
Thumbtack Customer
Would hire Seattle Bartending again in a heartbeat for our next event! We had a 400 person wedding reception - no tall order, but Will and his team met the challenge and exceeded our expectations. Just to share a little more detail - Will went above and beyond in his delivery of customer service and bartending service. He crafted signature cocktails for both my husband and me based on our preferences (down to the garnish), answered all questions thoroughly, and provided a superior experience from beginning to end. He helped us with our shopping list, and provided knowledgeable, helpful advice along the wayc as well as actually touring the venue ahead of time with us to make sure everything was set up properly. I'm very particular about receiving good service, and Will never failed to make me happy. Thank you so much Seattle Bartending Co. - you guys are awesome!!!! :D
Seattle Bartending Co.Seattle Bartending Co.
Thumbtack Customer
We were expecting about 90+ guests for our annual Labor Day Pool Party this year. So, this year we hired Seattle Bartending Co. to handle our bar tending needs. Will arrived early to set up the bar area, cutting all the condiments, arranging bottles and mixers for what became a very busy 6 hours of bar tending. Throughout the day Will kept the line moving fast while continuing to provide custom drinks on request. Will was professional, personable and very efficient. We are definitely hire Seattle Bartending Co. again!
Seattle Bartending Co.Seattle Bartending Co.
Thumbtack Customer
The Best. Socialable and knows his drinks. At the end of the event the guests stopped me and admired the bartender. If your having any type of event Rob is your GUY...!!!!!!This is the first review I've ever wrote online but he deserves it and so do you if your having an event.
ABC BartendingABC Bartending
Ed T.
Amber was outstanding. We needed a bartender for a last minute event and Amber was perfect. She was extremely responsive and accommodating to our crazy schedule and needs. I would hire her again in a heartbeat and recommend her highly! Thank you Amber you were great :) Ed
MYXIES By Amber VanceMYXIES By Amber Vance
Mo B.
I have previously worked with many bartender and I can safely say that Cameo is one of the best that I’ve worked with. They are extremely receptive to ideas, will add their own spark to those, and make the most amazing drinks. Super responsive and so easy to work with! Will definitely bring Cameo back for other events.
Cameo Mobile BartendingCameo Mobile Bartending
Thumbtack Customer
We had over 200 people at my daughters wedding reception which was a masquerade ball. Brandon was professional and kept everyone happy! I have never been so impressed with a persons performance! I would Highly recommend Brandon to be the bartender at your next function. One Happy Mother of the Bride!
Brandon's BartendingBrandon's Bartending
Catherine E.
Natasha helped bartend an outdoor Cinco de Mayo neighborhood event. She was punctual, very personable with the guests, easy to work with, and rolled with the punches when we started to get low on margarita mix (my fault, not hers) and came up with some creative solutions so that we could keep serving the thirsty guests yummy drinks.
Natasha P.Natasha P.
Thumbtack Customer
Rashida provided an outstanding service. I loved having her bartend at my event. She was very well organized, professional and super helpful. Tons of little tips and tricks to make sure my guests were satisfied. She even helped with the music recommendations. Super service, super friendly. I would recommend her and definitely rehire her.
Ember MixologyEmber Mixology
Graham L.
We hired Natasha for our wedding and everything went great! She was very responsive and easy to communicate with leading up to the wedding. Will was the bartender for our wedding and did a great job! He was very friendly, professional, and very efficient as he kept the line moving quickly while providing great service. Highly recommended! Great value! Would absolutely hire again!
Natasha P.Natasha P.
Garrison K.
Natasha was the bartender for my mother's celebration of life service this past weekend. She was prompt, prepared, quickly studied the wine and beer selection though I was not available to brief her. Guest commented on how she cleared plates, tided the bar table, and was just an overall great asset beyond what we had hired her to do. Such a pleasure to work with such a great professional and kind person.
Natasha P.Natasha P.
Thumbtack Customer
Rashida was absolutely amazing from start to finish! By far the best vendor we hired for our wedding. She was incredibly helpful leading up to the event, created an amazing cocktail list for us, and checked in every few days to make sure everything was going okay. Our guests could not compliment her enough - practically everyone came and told us how amazing our bartender was. She handled the 130 crowd with ease and kept everyone happy. We highly recommend her. Thank you Rashida!!!
Ember MixologyEmber Mixology
Thumbtack Customer
Will was great to work with - he supplied us with 2 extremely competent bartenders for our Halloween party. Both Rebecca and Brandee arrived on time and set up quickly. We had around 80 people with a cocktail menu of 6 choices. They were busy all night - literally did not stop and were flexible to stay later. As a host it's always stressful especially at the beginning - they completely took care of the bar and most importantly our guests thought they were great. I had several people give me feedback and I would recommend them.
Seattle Bartending Co.Seattle Bartending Co.
Brett E.
Amber was amazing. My wife and I were late to the game in booking a bartender for our "Oyster and Champagne" party, but Amber was super responsive, and in less than 48 hours before the event we sent a request and not only had Amber on board, but already had a gameplan for the event. She got their early to help set up, brought all of the little things that we hadn't thought of, and was a hit at the party. She was super professional while still being light hearted and great for conversation for those friends hovering over at the bar. The drinks were great, and overall the party was a success. We were in great hands knowing she was taking care of our guests so that my wife and I could enjoy our guests in lieu of worrying about if people had a full cocktail or not. We will definitely be getting Amber for any future events we have!!
MYXIES By Amber VanceMYXIES By Amber Vance
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