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Answers to commonly asked questions from the experts on Thumbtack.

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 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.

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 Ann Arbor bartenders
Thumbtack Customer
The bartender was amazing couldn't have asked for a better person.
Cocktails N' DreamsCocktails N' Dreams
Emily S.
Wildflower Bartenders went above and beyond to make our wedding great.
Thumbtack Customer
Hired a bartender through Cocktails N' Dreams. She was on time and very professional.
Cocktails N' DreamsCocktails N' Dreams
Thumbtack Customer
Patsey was very helpful in getting us set up with a bartender for our daughter's college graduation party - Teresa was absolutely wonderful! Very professional, nice and helpful. Thank you.
Cocktails N' DreamsCocktails N' Dreams
Nicole G.
Breanna was absolutely amazing and made my birthday such an incredible night! She was so kind to all my guests and was so easy to work with and plan my event. Due to an emergency, she was the only bartender for 100 guests, but still managed to get everyone their drinks!
Sincerely DrinkX and Events llcSincerely DrinkX and Events llc
Reagan B.
I was in need of a bartender for a corporate party and there was no one I would have rather worked with than Courtney. I appreciated that she was flexible in allowing me to make special requests for our event. She was professional and everyone had nothing but great things to say about her work. Thank you, YumShots!
Alex R.
Lauren of Mixing Memories was excellent to work with from start to finish. She was super professional, helpful, knowledgable, punctual, responsive, and kind--an all-around pro. She had great suggestions but was also really open to working with our needs. She'll be the first bartender I hire the next time I have a party. She's a very positive presence.
Mixing Memories 4 UMixing Memories 4 U
Sunaina g.
Bill was a fantastic choice! Right from the beginning he made everything so easy! He was so prompt and thorough in replying to our messages and answering our questions since this was our first time hiring bartender services! He has a really nice setup for the bar if you do not have your own! And the drinks were amazing💃🏻, they looked so pretty too! We were very happy with our decision. Looking forward to the next time!
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Gayathri C.
The best ever bartender ... Ellen. Amazingggggg. It was a grad party for my son... from making uber cool drinks for adults to making awesomeeee drinks for kids... she did an excellent job. So warm, with a smile throughout the 6 hours... engaging with the guests on what they wanted. My son’s friends liked her a lot too as she served them with so much of excitement as the kids were. Can’t stop talking of how fantastically she did. Thank youuuuu sooo much Ellen and also helping us with everything. You were just AWESOME.
Cocktails N' DreamsCocktails N' Dreams
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