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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.

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.

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.

Reviews for Annapolis bartenders
Kiara C.
Great bartenders!
Juanita's Party PlannerJuanita's Party Planner
John R.
Bartender was very good and very professional and punctual, Too many administrative (forms) requirements
Garnished-Events LLCGarnished-Events LLC
Rachelle M.
Tyree of Stay Tipsy DMV was a pleasure to work with in coordinating the bartending needs for my event at the college where I work - he was ready to accommodate special requests and very quick in getting back with follow up questions. His team was excellent, and my fellow coworkers were blown away by their professionalism in checking IDs and wristbands and their ability to adapt to the vibe of the event and chat with guests. They will be our go to bartender, and I will be sharing their info with other departments for their events - 10/10 recommend hiring them!
Stay Tipsy DMVStay Tipsy DMV
Leshia J.
Daniel was fantastic!! You tell him what you envision and he makes it a reality!! He arrived early for set up and was very nice and accommodating!! He's a great person and bartender!! Drinks were on point!! I plan on using him again! Thanks for making my 50th birthday special!!
F&Btainment by DanielF&Btainment by Daniel
Jasmine F.
She was very polite, but wasn't really prepared. She had to leave the venue twice to get the proper cups and cocktail napkins. She also wasn't really dressed properly for the occasion. It didn't look like she was coming to bartend. But again, she had a pleasant demeanor, she just wasn't very professional.
Brakes+Brakes+
Elizabeth k.
Mike came to our house and was our bartender for an office happy hour for 40+ people. He was here early to set up and brought his own bar. He was so easy to work with, suggesting 2 specialty holiday cocktails. He was easy going and I received many compliments on his service from my guests. I highly recommend him!
MG Bartending/Dog RunningMG Bartending/Dog Running
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