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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 New Orleans bartenders
Channel H.
Perfect Spirit’s saved the day for my moms 60th birthday party! I called 2 hours before the event when our bartender canceled last minute. Two fabulous bartenders showed up on time to the event and did a fabulous job! Highly highly recommended
Perfect Spirits Mobile BarPerfect Spirits Mobile Bar
Elizabeth D.
I can't say enough good things about Stephanie! If you ever need a wedding planner, a bartender or even a counselor she is the professional for the job. She was amazing and bartended for 150 people by herself, while simultaneously helping my coordinator with last minute details! 5 STARS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Stephanie Manos" Day of Event Coordinator"Stephanie Manos" Day of Event Coordinator"
Veneatra J.
Clarissa was a pleasure to work with. She was prompt and very attentive to our guest. I would definitely use social stir bartending again.
Social Stir BartendingSocial Stir Bartending
Thumbtack Customer
We had a company crawfish boil at our CEO's house and Dina bartended for us. Dina was punctual and professional. She even made a special drink for us that paired well with the crawfish. We will definitely hire Two Pour Bartenders for EVERY event we have. We were very pleased! Thanks Dina for making our event even more special!
Two Pour BartendersTwo Pour Bartenders
Beryl O.
Stephanie did an excellent job bartending at a party in my home. She was punctual, professional, and a great addition to the 50th birthday party that I recently hosted.
Stephanie Manos" Day of Event Coordinator"Stephanie Manos" Day of Event Coordinator"
Lisa S.
Daylann was so wonderful!!!! Leading up to the day she was very responsive, open to helping in any way she could, and so sweet! She did an amazing job the day of the wedding and was exactly what you might need in a bartender! Can't recommend her enough!
Gold Standard StaffingGold Standard Staffing
Casey B.
Daylann was absolutely amazing!!! We truly enjoyed having her at our wedding! She kept everyone happy with amazing drinks! I am so happy that we found her! We would recommend her to anyone looking for an amazing bartender! Thank you, thank you, thank you!!!!
Gold Standard StaffingGold Standard Staffing
Janene B.
Christina provided bartending services for my 50th birthday party. Her service was impeccable!!! She is reliable, professional and very customer friendly! I will definitely use her for all of my future events and recommend her to all friends for their events! She did everything that she promised to do! Thanks Christina Oubre!!! Lady you rock!
Christina OubreChristina Oubre
Thumbtack Customer
Christopher is awesome. His bartenders are also awesome. Chris worked with me to make sure that I had everything that I wanted while staying within my budget, which I really appreciated. His DJ is really great and she made sure that she had all of the songs we requested. I highly recommend CS Events!!
CS Events of New OrleansCS Events of New Orleans
Paige K.
My family and I were very impressed with AJ! She was an awesome bartender and helped our party run very smoothly. We had a surprise 75th birthday party for my mom with the 62 guests still wanting to party like they were 30-40 years old but needed a bit more assistance; AJ was there keeping the drinks filled and the food flowing to the buffet table! She took the initiative to keep everything flowing. She's a very honest, hardworking, and dependable person. I would definitely hire her again!
Aj's Creative CocktailingAj's Creative Cocktailing
Andre L.
From the start, Roderick was responsive and replied to my request with a professional and fair quote and had value-added services by providing his own setup and also helped me with the bar menu and suggestions on where to purchase our liquor and other consumption items. He didn't just treat it as a gig, but he embraced us as you would family and personally put his heart into planning and executing our wedding reception event. We spoke on a weekly bases with updates/status and when I needed an additional last-minute staff person for our buffet, Roderick made that happen as well. Roderick is very patient, even-tempered and you can trust that he can handle the full bartending needs and that you can checkmark its delegation. This was a destination wedding event for us and we needed a local pro who we could trust and is the utmost professional. Roderick exceeded our expectations and you can trust you will have the same experience as well. All the best, Andre L
Roderick HaleyRoderick Haley
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