Find a bartender near Long Island City, NY

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Q & A

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 Long Island City bartenders
Thumbtack Customer
Josh was punctual , friendly , helpful with preparing a special punch I needed and a solid bartender . Highly recommended!
Big Star Hospitality-Fully VaccinatedBig Star Hospitality-Fully Vaccinated
Adam N.
Incredible experience from start to finish. Very professional and flexible. Couldn't have asked for a better bartender for the event. Highly recommend her service.
J's Bartending Services & EventsJ's Bartending Services & Events
Thumbtack Customer
Kinga and team were absolutely amazing!!! With less than a days notice, Kinga managed to mobilize a capable bartender, Wojtek, to our event. Wojtek arrived half hour before the event began. After introductions, he jumped right into the mix of things. He was knowledgeable, attentive, polite, and well dressed for the occasion. I would certainly recommend Kinga and team for any of your hosting, catering, and or bartending needs!
Cocktail Couture NYCCocktail Couture NYC
Lauren P.
Max was wonderful to work with and was very accommodating while planning a last minute event. All our guests were very pleased with the services. Bartenders Madison and Mattias were fantastic.
Max HospitalityMax Hospitality
Ellis m.
Josh is a really responsible bartender. He serves the right drink we want and we had a really great time because of him. Definitely gonna recommend him to everyone who deserves a great event and great drink!
Big Star Hospitality-Fully VaccinatedBig Star Hospitality-Fully Vaccinated
Panos P.
Renee was very responsive and friendly, delivered on all we discussed including insurance certificates which were necessary for our venue. She showed up personally to ensure that everything proceeded smoothly. Our bartender, Patrick, was professional and also friendly, and we couldn't be happier with the service that we received. Thank you both.
RSVP, A Boutique NYC Event Catering & Staffing Co.RSVP, A Boutique NYC Event Catering & Staffing Co.
Keesha R.
They were amazing! Super helpful with suggestions & offerings. My guest got everything they wanted and kept complimenting the bartenders. They were well versed in types of drinks and mixing, they were friendly, jovial and they made 2 delicious pitchers of Rum punch and Fuzzy navel. I'm so glad Jazelle suggested signature drinks to go along with bar options because my guest were loving it! Her and Elvis make a great duo at the bar. I will use their services again!
J's Bartending Services & EventsJ's Bartending Services & Events
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