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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 Minneapolis bartenders
Tina K.
The bartenders Jason and Jesse were awesome!!
Liquidmotion LLCLiquidmotion LLC
Kevlyn S.
They were great to work with and so fun to have a bartender at our party!
Liquidmotion LLCLiquidmotion LLC
Thumbtack Customer
Working with Brian and our bartenders was a great experience! Brian is so on top of emails and provided a lot of great ideas that helped me plan our entire night! Our bartenders were flexible and helped coordinate a perfect night! I would highly recommend Liquidmotion - they are professional, responsive, reasonably priced, and fun!
Liquidmotion LLCLiquidmotion LLC
Thumbtack Customer
We hired three bartenders to help with our fundraiser. They were prompt, courteous, professional, friendly, and helpful. It was a pleasure to work with Brian as well. Thank you!
Liquidmotion LLCLiquidmotion LLC
Thumbtack Customer
Bartender and assistant did a great job and helped make the event a success. On time, cooperative and good attitudes. I received several compliments on the staff and the job they did.
Liquidmotion LLCLiquidmotion LLC
Thumbtack Customer
Absolutely first rate experience with LiquidMotion! Our bartender, Phil, was extremely professional and skilled. He had a friendly personality and kept everyone's drink filled. I was very impresssed and would hire them again in a heartbeat.
Liquidmotion LLCLiquidmotion LLC
Amalia G.
Good experience once everything was here and set up, cleaned up well also. Bartender said he would be here at 4:30 and showed up at 5, plus 30 minutes to set up. Stayed late to make up for the time.
Minnesota Bartending ServicesMinnesota Bartending Services
Jayme C.
Arthur was hired to bartend our annual holiday party and he was AMAZING! He was able to keep up with our 30 guests and even helped with dishes and refilling food when he was available (and without asking!!). The level of service and professionalism far exceeded our expectations. Our guests were thrilled and we will be hiring Arthur again.
Arthur BishopArthur Bishop
Thumbtack Customer
The week of the event Brian arranged a call to discuss the bar menu. From that he gave me a shopping list of everything we would need. The call lasted about a 1/2 hr. Phil was our bartender and we were really happy with his service. He arrived on time, prepped the bar, and was ready to serve drinks when our guests arrived. Everybody commented on what a great job he did. Thanks guys for helping make the party a hit!
Liquidmotion LLCLiquidmotion LLC
Luiza C.
Emily was trully fantastic and the main reason why our daughter's graduation party was a success. I would check all boxes (including value and punctuality) if allowed... Emily has great work ethics, and it was a joy to work with. With Emily's help, hosting a large party was quite easy. With her help we created an alcoholic and a non-alcoholic "Drinks Menu" and Emily guided us on what to buy. The drinks were delicious and our guests had a great time. They were eager to try the different options. It was just perfect. We could not have done it without her. We recommend Emily without any reservations, and would have her bartending for us again in the future, hadn't she moved. Perhaps we should fly her in... That is how good she is... Really the best!
Emily's BartendingEmily's Bartending
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