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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 Gaithersburg bartenders
Sushmita b.
Mike’s bartending was a great hit in my party!!! Mike was prompt in his communications and provided options as needed for the event, he was on time with the set up and managed the bar very well, creating cocktails that was greatly appreciated. Mike has a pleasing personality and is Very professional. I am sure many of our guest will request his bartending service 😀
MG Bartending/Dog RunningMG Bartending/Dog Running
Brittany G.
I helped throw a 10th anniversary party, and needed a bartender! I have never hired a bartender before but Thumbtack made it so easy. I came across F&Btainment by Daniel, and his reviews were fantastic. His communication, professionalism, knowledge, and suggestions helped make the event perfect. He was already booked the date I needed, but said he had his colleague available and assured me I would be in good hands. Tori was splendid to work with. I had two signature drinks, that I had them figure out and create for me, and those two drinks were delicious and such a hit! I can't thank both of them enough for making our event turn out perfect. If you're looking for a bartender, this is who you want to hire!
F&Btainment by DanielF&Btainment by Daniel
Rod I.
Had a party at my house needed a Bartender she was great she new her stuff she was able to serve everyone quickly and efficiently. Iwould 100 percent use her again for my next party.
Jennifer's Your BartenderJennifer's Your Bartender
Tara B.
Carlos and his team were fantastic to work with. Carlos was so responsive from the initial booking through the day of our event. We had Freddy as our bartender and he was awesome. He was so helpful with prep before the party and he was awesome with our guests. He really works hard to make sure everyone enjoys themselves. We got a number of compliments from guests too. We’ll never have another party without Carlos and his team!
Cocktail Time by CFCocktail Time by CF
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