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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 Rockville bartenders
Sonia G.
SoHo Mobile Bartending was great! She made a customized drink menu for our event and they were delicious! Very professional and her crew were all very helpful throughout the event. Def recommend her to bartend at your event!
SoHo Mobile Bartending, LLCSoHo Mobile Bartending, LLC
Steve R.
Mike was an amazing bartender for our Halloween party. He provided suggestions for signature cocktails and assisted in telling me exactly what to purchase to make it happen. He arrived early, set up everything and was engaging and helpful throughout the evening - not to mention he’s a great bartender who makes fantastic drinks. We would definitely use Mike again and highly recommend him.
MG Bartending/Dog RunningMG Bartending/Dog Running
Debbie R.
YBAR was absolutely amazing. My guests LOVED them. We had a Sweet Sixteen with Mocktails and the guests all got at least one. The bartender was busy, but so nice and the whole experience was a special highlight of the party. The drinks were beautiful and delicious. I would definitely hire YBAR again. Our bartender went above and beyond and helped us make my daughter’s birthday party a fun and memorable night.
Steve M.
The bartender, Nathan, was excellent. No less than four people came up to me unsolicited to tell me how good and friendly he was. Sheena from Garnished events was also fantastic to work with. Garnished Events is on our speed dial. Thanks
Garnished-Events LLCGarnished-Events LLC
Kristen E.
Hugo was absolutely the savior of the event! His sense of humor, along with his skills, were the cherry on top of our evening. He arrived well ahead of schedule and even stayed later than originally booked due to our party running long. If you're looking for a bartender, stop looking, and book Hugo!
Barman Emporium Events, LLCBarman Emporium Events, LLC
Aria C.
Daniel did a fantastic job. He was very professional and great attitude. By the middle of our party, everyone was asking about, were did you find this bartender. I highly recommend him for any occasion party. Thank you very much Daniel for making our son's graduation so memorable. Hope to see you in our next party.
F&Btainment by DanielF&Btainment by Daniel
Thumbtack Customer
Will Bartended for me at my home last night. He could not have been more professional, pleasant to be around and a huge help! He showed up early to make sure everything was set up perfectly and he cleaned up after himself. Our guests have already wrote us notes this morning telling us how wonderful he was. I would highly recommend him and would hire him again anytime!
Capitol Bar WorksCapitol Bar Works
Mia I.
Yettia was amazing, she never missed a beat! Through the entire event (our wedding), she kept up with the circulation of people visiting the open bar. She was high energy and always smiling creating a welcoming environment for guests. We were able to create custom drink mixes and she even provided places she recommend we purchase alcohol and included the prices! She also included special customized glasses for our special day! We highly recommend her services we couldn’t have asked for a more wonderful bartender!
Thumbtack Customer
Awesome, friendly, and professional. That pretty much sums it up. Two weeks before our wedding, our bartender fell through, so thank goodness to Courtney and Bar Sensation for getting back to us immediately! We had our own alcohol, but they showed up early, served perfectly, and helped clean up and pack up. We couldn't have asked for better service! They were also so affordable that we're trying to think of other events for which we can use them. Thanks for helping to make our wedding a success! -Erin and James
Bar Sensation LLCBar Sensation LLC
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