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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 Baltimore bartenders
Quinn G.
Liquid Lounge CocktailsLiquid Lounge Cocktails
Justin M.
Great Event and the bartender Raymond was quick, professional, friendly, and efficient. Would recommend Dr. Mix-A-Lot to anyone looking to elevate their party with a bartender. The margaritas were tasty too!
Dr. Mix-A-Lot, LLCDr. Mix-A-Lot, LLC
Benjamin C.
Mike is a great bartender! Was the life of the party and everyone enjoyed his skills ! Very helpful with ideas and suggestions. Thanks again !
MG Bartending/Dog RunningMG Bartending/Dog Running
Chavon H.
We loved having this dynamic bartending team! For all of my questions, I was given answers and support! All of our guests were happy and they loved the service they received. I would totally book with The Cutie Behind the Bar, again!
The Cutie Behind the barThe Cutie Behind the bar
Thumbtack Customer
Our bartender, Raymond, was excellent. He kept the cups filled and worked to create a delicious signature drink for my 40th birthday party. The purchase list and suggestions allowed for me to have more than enough "adult beverages" for my guests.
Dr. Mix-A-Lot, LLCDr. Mix-A-Lot, LLC
Deray W.
She was super great for our wedding top tier service me as the groom and Wife didn’t ever have to go the bar or anything they brought our drinks to us if you looking for a great bartender in the Baltimore/Dc area with a twist 2016 is the way to go
With A Twist 2016With A Twist 2016
Leah H.
The best bartending service in the DMV. Thank you Daniel and Tori for going over and beyond for our holiday party. The set-up started 3 hours prior to our event and WOW! The bar was a work of art. Tori transformed our space into a winter wonderland. I look forward to F&Btainment for future events!
F&Btainment by DanielF&Btainment by Daniel
Thumbtack Customer
Daniel was an exceptional professional. He managed the bar for a very large Halloween party. Amazing bartending skills, the cocktails were so delicious. He also added his own unique decor which made it even more special. I will definitely be using Daniel to manage the bar for all of my parties in the future. Several people at my party also commented on how fantastic Daniel was. Very personable, professional, and skilled.
F&Btainment by DanielF&Btainment by Daniel
Michelle M.
I booked Stay Tipsy for my boyfriend's birthday party and we had a really great experience! The owners were very professional and were helpful in providing me a list of alcohol and ingredients that I need to purchase for the bar menu that I want. Our bartender, Marq, made sure that our guests were taken care of during the party. I highly recommend this company and would definitely book them in the future.
Stay Tipsy DMVStay Tipsy DMV
Kylie P.
Simply amazing! Every guest at my wedding said the same thing, “your bartender is the best!” Daniel was so easy to work with, responsive and efficient. He kept the drinks coming and was ready to deliver shots, mixed drinks, champagne and so much more. His special mixers and toppings put the “icing on the cake.” Lastly, he decorated the bar and it went so well with my decor! Seriously book him, I would do it again in a heartbeat.
F&Btainment by DanielF&Btainment by Daniel
Trish H.
Cocktails on Call is an amazing company. They helped me pull off my husband's 40th surprise birthday party flawlessly by serving tasty cocktails with a smile all evening long. They provided lots of support during the planning phase and even sent me a shopping list that was tailored to the drink menu that she created for my event. If you're looking for a professional bartender for hire, contact Cocktails on Call today! I think you'll be pleased because they know what they're doing.
Cocktails on Call (Event Staffing)Cocktails on Call (Event Staffing)
Thumbtack Customer
JUST HIRE DANIEL! Where do I begin to describe the services provided by Daniel? He was PROFESSIONAL, COURTEOUS, HELPFUL and JUST GREAT He should give lessons in "BarTending with Excellent Customer Service." #VERY TASTY COCKTAILS #DELECTABLE MOCKTAILS Daniel visited the site a few days before hand to decide how he would set up his station. He took all the stress out of deciding what signature drinks we should serve, based on theme, budget, number of guests expected... He provided a list of what we would need to purchase based on scale of party. He hand makes fresh juices as mixers and sets up a thoughtful, first rate display. HIS SERVICE IS SECOND TO NONE He promised that he would arrive 2 hours before the event to set up and was here an extra hour EARLY. His input and assistance is invaluable. His interactions with our guest was what one would expect at a 7 Star Hotel or Restaurant; he was engaging and appropriate. Seriously, no one else should be a contender for your event. If you want to enjoy your event and have guests call you the following day to compliment the services provided by your bartender, who they have "Officially Adopted" USE THE SERVICES OF F&Btainment by Daniel
F&Btainment by DanielF&Btainment by Daniel
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