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Answers to commonly asked questions from the experts on Thumbtack.

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.

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 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 Charlotte bartenders
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
Ashley C.
William is now my go to bartender and many others that attended the party I host
William's BartendingWilliam's Bartending
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
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
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
Maggie S.
We had two amazing bartenders come to my house for a stock the bar birthday party (15 people). They were so great to work with, the crowd loved them.
JLK Event Services LLCJLK Event Services LLC
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
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
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
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
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!
Booze Travelers  Bartenders For HireBooze Travelers Bartenders For Hire
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.
Booze Travelers  Bartenders For HireBooze Travelers Bartenders For Hire
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!
Booze Travelers  Bartenders For HireBooze Travelers Bartenders For Hire
Ashton G.
Harold is a wonderful bartender! He helped us figure out how much alcohol we would need for my wedding and helped us come up with a bar menu. My husband and I received many compliments from our guests on how friendly Harold was! I definitely recommend him for your next event!
Harold WalkerHarold Walker
Lucia S.
Harold Walker is the bartender you'll want for your event! He tended bar for our daughter's wedding and we found him to be courteous, attentive, and engaging. And that mohawk - what style! Our guests enjoyed interacting with him as well and are so happy he was a part of our special celebration. Many thanks, again, Mr. Harold!
Harold WalkerHarold Walker
Latoya W.
RENEE was Amazing!!!!!!!! I would give her 10 stars if possible. Renee you made me and my guests feel so welcome... She was more than a bartender, not only did she make wonderful drinks, she was cleaning, organizing, taking pictures, making sure we didn’t need anything. You made my 40th Birthday party a hit! Everyone at the party plans on using Renee in the future! ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️
Booze Travelers  Bartenders For HireBooze Travelers Bartenders For Hire
Zadara D.
Shamir was a god send. Not only was he very quick with his response he made sure I did not miss out on a chance of him being the bartending at our wedding reception. He did very well. He was like family everyone wanted to take shots with him. He even made our impromptu signature drink that was a huge hit with everyone. But I loved his service and his personality and will definitely be contacting him for any family events we have.
GQ Style BartendingGQ Style Bartending
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