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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.

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.

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 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 Brooklyn bartenders
Amalia H.
An amazing bartender!
Richard Gross- One More Shot !Richard Gross- One More Shot !
Shanna N.
Bartender was tardy and completely unprepared.
JP MixologyJP Mixology
Arianna C.
Our bartender was great and very cooperative!
Famous EventsFamous Events
Tracey A.
Very responsive to questions. Bartender was early and friendly!
Famous EventsFamous Events
Chenia B.
Kay was a excellent bartender!! Would hire her anytime!!
Famous EventsFamous Events
Nalayea G.
THE BEST BARTENDER!!!!!SHE DID HER DAMN THING !!
Bartending by cierraBartending by cierra
Dana D.
Bartender was AMAZING. Would absolutely love to have him again!!!!
Famous EventsFamous Events
Becky H.
He was beyond amazing! Couldent have asked for a better bartender
Party~BeveragesParty~Beverages
Raina K.
The most amazing Bartender and super talented cocktail maker - plus a kind and helpful soul .
Brenda's BartendingBrenda's Bartending
Caroline F.
We had a great experience with Alba, our bartender, and would use this service again.
Famous EventsFamous Events
Jenna K.
Astrid did a fantastic job bartending my engagement party. Thank you Astrid!
MixRoad BartendingMixRoad Bartending
Thumbtack Customer
Lenny was hired to bartend our wedding. He was polite, professional, and we would hire again!
Party~BeveragesParty~Beverages
Victoria R.
I hired platter matters catering & staffing to be the bartender for my 40th birthday. The person who came was awesome. She was early set up everything to look amazing. Everyone commented on what a great bartender she was. Thank you again would totally hire you guys for another party.
Platter Matters Staffing & CateringPlatter Matters Staffing & Catering
Denise O.
Loved my bartender. Down to earth, very friendly. Drinks was great. Would Definitely use him again.
Santisi Catering Bartending and Event StaffSantisi Catering Bartending and Event Staff
Thumbtack Customer
At a short notice he showed up and saved the day, bartending plus more. His service was greatly appreciated.
Edward SylviaEdward Sylvia
Melisia D.
Nas was an amazing bartender for my baby shower. Guests loved her! I wouldn’t hesitate to recommend or hire her again.
Nas' Private BartendingNas' Private Bartending
Shanaz D.
David was a great bartender who was able to mix some amazing cocktails for the guests- we would definitely hire them again-
JP MixologyJP Mixology
Sherell S.
Keean was a wonderful, knowledgeable bartender. He really worked to make us satisfied. Very cooperative and great communication. Would hire him again.
Keean’s bartending servicesKeean’s bartending services
Noel i.
Carolina was an excellent bartender very smack on the drinks the quest love it . LAURA THANK YOU VERY MUCH SEE YOU GUYS FOR MY WEDDING IN MAY
Lux BarixtaLux Barixta
Denise b.
Astrid and her team was great. Partygoers thoroughly enjoyed Astrid and Carolina. Drinks were great as well as their spirit. Artid is definitely our new Bartender.
MixRoad BartendingMixRoad Bartending
Thumbtack Customer
Lets just say every guest was asking me where I found Lenny and how can they contact him so he bartend their parties
Party~BeveragesParty~Beverages
Oredola c.
Was an absolute pleasure working with Martell. Really can’t say enough about how pleased I am with the service he provided. Very professional and an excellent bartender. He came up with ideas for 2 signature cocktails and they were a hit with our guests. Besides bartending, he was always offering to assist in other areas which made the event a success. Looking forward to working with him again
Martell Cofield (The Cocktail Club NYC)Martell Cofield (The Cocktail Club NYC)
Kasandra P.
Carolina was awesome! So personable, punctual and professional. MixRoad Bartending helped craft great cocktails for my event and helped with a shopping list. Would hire again.
MixRoad BartendingMixRoad Bartending
Ashley W.
wow what can I say she didn’t disappoint as a bartender/host drinks were flowing her energy & vibe was amazing ! definitely booking her again!
Jolie Bailon - Bar & PhotoJolie Bailon - Bar & Photo
Rezwana U.
David Wilkins was an exceptional bartender at my wedding this past Sunday at 26 Bridge in Brooklyn NY with about 130 guests. He and his partner Kenny arrived on time and kept the drinks going at our open bar, we had a lot of drinkers and were running low earlier than expected but David managed with the supplies and kept everything flowing. He sent detailed information and was extremely responsive through our correspondence prior to the event. We also had a list of special cocktails we wanted to serve and David is an adept bartender who had no problem serving them. David is the professional bartender you want at your event if you want it to be a hit which my wedding was. Thank you so much, David! It was wonderful to work with you on such a special day.
David WilkinsDavid Wilkins
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