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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 Charlotte bartenders
Myra M.
They did an awesome job!!! Very friendly bartender!!!!!
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Thumbtack Customer
Responsiveness was an issue at times, but overall, the bartenders were great!
Drinkz by Design, CLTDrinkz by Design, CLT
Melisha G.
Mischia was an extremely accommodating bartender and we really appreciated her service.
Out The Box Events - Event Planner & Bar ServicesOut The Box Events - Event Planner & Bar Services
Adrienne c.
Kyle is an amazing bartender! He’s very knowledgeable, professional and a pleasure to work with.
Cocktails by KyleCocktails by Kyle
James R.
TT is an awesome bartender! We hired her for a birthday party and she did a fantastic job. Very responsive, punctual and super engaging with all of the guests. I would highly recommend her for anyone in need of a private bartender.
TT’s BarTT’s Bar
Ashley C.
William is now my go to bartender and many others that attended the party I host
William's BartendingWilliam's Bartending
Margaret B.
James was great! He bartended an event for us super last minute, and did a great job - definitely recommend!
Pour House Event Staffing ServicesPour House Event Staffing Services
Crandall T.
Harold was fantastic! I can't recommend him enough - he will be our first choice for any bartending needs in the future.
Harold WalkerHarold Walker
Thumbtack Customer
Excellent bartender for my event. The guest loved his drinks and his personality.......I will be hiring him from now on.
Harold WalkerHarold Walker
James R.
T.L is an awesome bartender - highly professional, responsive, and went above and beyond to provide a great experience for our guests. Highly recommend!
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Rachael B.
Luke was the best bartender and handled a crazy crowd with ease and professionalism!! We would absolutely recommend and hope to use his services again.
Stenzel ServicesStenzel Services
Thumbtack Customer
Brandon was an excellent bartender for our event! He was very professional and experienced. I would definitely hire him for my next event.
Drinkz by Design, CLTDrinkz by Design, CLT
Anthony D.
Excellent bartender everyone loved his drinks and his personality. I could not have found a better person for the job..I will be hiring him from now on.
Harold WalkerHarold Walker
Hannah C.
QC on Tap did a great job as the bartender for my wedding reception. Affordable, professional, and knowledgeable, the owner TJ, worked with me to customize the experience and served our guests with a wide range of delicious cocktails. I am still getting complements 2 weeks later about how good the drinks were. I would definitely recommend QC on Tap to anyone looking to have a bartender at their event. Thank you TJ for everything!
QC on TapQC on Tap
Kimberly Z.
Jeff Harris is AMAZING!! He bartended my husbands surprise 40th birthday party of 60 or more guests. He was very helpful and thourough in getting the bar stocked. He was super professional before and during the party. He has an amazing signature cocktail that was a huge hit. Everyone at the party loved him. Look no further, Jeff is the best bartender you will find. I will be using him and reccommending for all events in the future. He is the absolute best!!!
Jeff HarrisJeff Harris
Thumbtack Customer
We could not have been happier with Howard. He was organized and extremely helpful. One of the best bartenders I have ever had and I highly recommend him for any type of event!!
Harold WalkerHarold Walker
Thumbtack Customer
Roxanne has a super personality and excellent bartending skills. She got a feel for what the crowd was like and went with it, knowing what would make the group happy. We highly recommend Roxanne!
Roxxy the BartenderRoxxy the Bartender
Chandni A.
Kyle was an amazing bartender for my father in laws 65th birthday! Everyone was raving about his cocktails and he truly was patient with a large group! Would 100% recommend to use him for bar tending services!
Cocktails by KyleCocktails by Kyle
Richard M.
Kyle was great! He helped with the party flow keeping glass full as needed. He also helped with keeping everything tidy. Everyone was asking for his contact information to bartender their parties! 5 stars for sure.
Cocktails by KyleCocktails by Kyle
Jamila R.
Shamir was amazing! From communication leading up to the event to the service provided to my guest during the event. He has been dubbed the bartender for all of me & my family’s event needs. Thank you Shamir!
GQ Style BartendingGQ Style Bartending
Andrew B.
Had a great time during our Launch Party for my wife and It’s small business. Family and friends loved having the bar setup and GQ Style Bartending did a fantastic job with creating great cocktails everyone enjoyed!
GQ Style BartendingGQ Style Bartending
SUSANA J.
Kyle was great, he helped me work out a menu for my husband’s party and was there on time to set up. He also responded quickly to all my questions and concerns before the event. Would recommend to anyone needing a profesional and fun bartender!
Cocktails by KyleCocktails by Kyle
Dominique B.
Renee was GREAT!!!!! She mad everything easy for me! Not only did she bartend, she helped with my event as well. My guests loved her! We loved her! I can’t wait to hire her again!! Thanks Renee!
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Jennifer E.
Renee was a gem of a find! We hired her to bartend at my wife's 40th birthday party, and everything about the process was pleasant and simple. Renee is responsive, helpful, personable, and she really delivered at our event. Highly recommend and would absolutely hire again.
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Loiane W.
Renee was wonderful!! She really knows how to handle a large crowd with profesionalism and speed. Guests loved her and I truly enjoyed having her bartend at the wedding reception. She exceeded my expectations in every way. I will definitely use her again for future events!
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