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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 Cary bartenders
Leslie H.
Ryan bartended our holiday and was AMAZING! Polite, professional and talented - he arrived extra early just to make sure he could set up in time. Highly recommend Simple Bartending!
RS Services LLCRS Services LLC
Katrina T.
Bartending event is in the future, but communication so far has been great.
Celebration SidekicksCelebration Sidekicks
Deanna B.
We had the most amazing bartender!!! She had such a great personality that lit up the room! I will hire her again at my next event.
Creative Impressions Event Planning LLCCreative Impressions Event Planning LLC
Thumbtack Customer
Very Professional and accommodating. Went above and beyond corresponding late hours if needed to ensure my event and drink choices were a success! I was nervous at first but after the event I can say with the drink ingredients I provided seeking non-alcohol beverages only the bartender was able to put together some awesome drinks for the teens that included Frozen Strawberry Margaritas to Mock Cocktails. The bartender provided fast and great service and was very pleasant to work with.
Drinkz by Design, VADrinkz by Design, VA
Thumbtack Customer
Wendy was outstanding and truly brought all the wow factors... She showed up early and went above and beyond in helping us get the bar set up. She was a star of our event and a very talented bartender.
Bar Bus ServeBar Bus Serve
Thumbtack Customer
Wendy was great and helped make our party a success. Would highly recommend her. Besides bartending, she was happy to chip in and help with anything that needed to be done. I know we will use her again in the future .
Bar Bus ServeBar Bus Serve
Kelly F.
William was a fantastic bartender for my husbands 50th birthday! He made great drinks for friends & family. He even made great concoctions for my roulette shots wheel! I would recommend him for any event or party. GREAT JOB!!
William's BartendingWilliam's Bartending
Thumbtack Customer
Wendy was wonderful! She was a great bartender! The drinks were great! Our guests commented on how wonderful she was and how helpful. She brought garnishments and cleaned up and added a lot to the event. I was able to enjoy our party so much more because she did such a great job. I will definitely be hiring Wendy again. Thanks Wendy!
Bar Bus ServeBar Bus Serve
Summer-Ann C.
Thank you Monica!! Drinks were flowing all night and the pours were generous! If you are looking for a bartender for your next event, look no further! Monica worked with me to plan everything, answered all my questions, and provided the best service for me and my guest! I love that she also has her own bar setup so I didn’t have to rent anything extra. Thank you again!
Monica’s Mixology ServicesMonica’s Mixology Services
KellyAnne P.
Tevin was AMAZING and completely made our party a HUGE success! This was out first time hiring a bartender for a private event at our home and I was very nervous about the entire process. Tevin went ABOVE and BEYOND any expectations I could have ever imagined. Every one of our guests thoroughly enjoyed him. He came with everything that was needed and was very easy to communicate with all during the planning of the event. Tevin will most definitely be at all of our future events going forward. We are so glad to have met him, what a wonderful and highly professional man!!!
Tipsy Sips Mobile Bartending Service, LLCTipsy Sips Mobile Bartending Service, LLC
Viviana P.
I gave Joshua 5 stars for the following reasons: 1. Joshua provided the best bartending techniques my guests had ever seen; I was told numerous times from guests how magnificent his skill set was. 2. Joshua made my guests feel acknowledged and seen. I have never seen someone manage a bar with such an acute level of attentiveness. 3. Joshua catered to my specific needs when preparing for my event. 4. Throughout planning my event, Joshua offered suggestions that worked perfectly. Speaks to his professionalism and knowledge of his industry. He went above & beyond when designing a special drink for the event. 5. Joshua was punctual & on time. He didn't miss a beat. Job, well done.
Joshua C BainJoshua C Bain
Gregory W.
We hired Wendy of Bar Bus Serve to bartend for an annual Valentine's party that we have. We would Definitely hire her again! In the past, we tired to do everything ourselves, including keeping track of the drinks. We often didn't enjoy our own party as much as we could because there was so much to manage. Wendy didn't just serve drinks - she emptied the garbage when it was full, cleaned dishes, restocked food, helped us plan a drink menu, and gave us a shopping list for alcohol, mixers, etc.! She brought all of her own bar tools and when her job was done, she packed it all in a suitcase, cleaned the bar area and left the place as neat as it was when she arrived! We were very happy with her service and will hire her again!
Bar Bus ServeBar Bus Serve
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