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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 Lansing bartenders
Jennifer R.
Lauren was great to work with. She was very professional, responsive, and flexible. She always answered my questions quickly and was able to accommodate all my needs. During my reception both bartenders were awesome. Everyone spoke highly of their service and the fun energy they brought to the night. I highly recommend Mixing Memories for any bartending needs!
Mixing Memories 4 UMixing Memories 4 U
Paige C.
Our bartender was amazing for our wedding! The drinks were flowing and she was so fun and witty. I know our guests had an amazing time and she was a big part of why!
Cocktails N' DreamsCocktails N' Dreams
Thumbtack Customer
I hired Cocktails N' Dreams for my wedding in July 2016. Prior to the event, I was contacted via phone regarding payment and beverage lists, that was very helpful. I was told I'd be sent some paperwork regarding "package deals" but that never happened. There was some miscommunication at this time due to problems with my phone and whomever I talked to was a little short and unpleasant, but this didn't impact my service the night-of. I originally hired them via Thumbtack and we corresponded by e-mail, so if it was that important to get in touch, why not use either of these methods? On the day of the event, the bartender, KT, provided the most excellent service. She was knowledgeable, professional, kind, friendly, and communicated well with everyone during set-up and throughout the night. If I was local I would request KT for every event I hold and would rate her alone 5 stars.
Cocktails N' DreamsCocktails N' Dreams
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