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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.

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 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.

Reviews for Manhattan bartenders
Thumbtack Customer
Best bartender!
Brenda's BartendingBrenda's Bartending
Jake P.
Chavon did a good job bartending my fundraiser in my apt. She came on time and bartended the event for a reasonable price.
Cha Cha Bartending ServiceCha Cha Bartending Service
Joyce T.
Very responsive when dealing with Jessie. They kept us informed with when the bartender will be arriving and also checked on us during the event. Great Bartender..
Famous EventsFamous Events
John W.
Was a wonderful bartending and serving team’
Famous EventsFamous Events
Michael J.
Jessica was a top pro & great bartender!
Jessica at For your partyJessica at For your party
Seraphima M.
Very professional, nice, and accommodating. Great bartender!
Big Star HospitalityBig Star Hospitality
Thumbtack Customer
Excellent bartender! Worked the crowed everything on point!
Ken Henriksen bartender for eventsKen Henriksen bartender for events
Rachel A.
Randy and Desiree from A Lil More Bartenders did a great job bartending at our event last night in the city. they were prompt, professional and friendly. I highly recommend them.
A Lil More BartendersA Lil More Bartenders
Manuel V.
She was a great bartender very social and great at mixing
Santisi Bartending and Event StaffSantisi Bartending and Event Staff
Thumbtack Customer
Kennia was a great bartender for our corporate gala. She showed up early, was super friendly and didn't have any issues! I would definitely hire her again to bartend!!!
Sydney L.
Both the service and bartender were lovely. Highly recommend.
Thumbtack Customer
Tyler was timely, adaptive and the adamant professional. He found us a bartender within hours of another cancellation and our Halloween bartender, Brandon, was phenomenal. HighLife Productions is a must in your bar-tending Rolodex!
HighLife Productions LLCHighLife Productions LLC
Thumbtack Customer
Sandie was great. It was bartending for a party which was chaotic and she was a pro!
Sandie FoxxSandie Foxx
Thumbtack Customer
Coordinating was easy and efficient. Jesse was very nice to work with and our bartender Phil was not only on time, but early--he was also such a please to have working our event. I will definitely work with Famous Bartending again!
Famous EventsFamous Events
Thumbtack Customer
Rolando arrived on time. Knew what to do and is an excellant bartender!
Jack of all tradesJack of all trades
Luciano D.
Had a last minute emergency and Famous Events was able to provide a professional bartender in less than 24 hour notice. Bartender was on time, professional, and was able to make all the specialty drinks for our holiday party! Recommended for all parties!
Famous EventsFamous Events
Cecilia L.
I did not have order any service from A lil More Bartenders.
A Lil More BartendersA Lil More Bartenders
Not as friendly or personable as you would want a bartender to be but he made great drinks.
A Lil More BartendersA Lil More Bartenders
John C.
Excellent bartender. Professional and everything I thought experience would be. Thanks again!
Jaclyn C.
The bartender showed up 45 minutes late, and did not have the proper supplies.
Famous EventsFamous Events
Thumbtack Customer
Average service. Better communication would have been better. Bartender was nice.
HighLife Productions LLCHighLife Productions LLC
Jh H.
Great easy experience. Quick confirmation. Provided a quality, and friendly bartender. Thanks!
Famous EventsFamous Events
Radhika C.
Valentin arrived early and had some great suggestions for cocktails for our holiday party. He set up and was a wonderful bartender for our 25-30 guests. I would highly recommend using Famous Events for your bartender/ waitstaff needs
Famous EventsFamous Events
Sarah B.
Best bartender we ever hired! Will definitely use again. So professional and kind.
Thumbtack Customer
Great service. Rogue was a fantastic bartender and we would happily use this service again.
Plush Bartending ServicesPlush Bartending Services
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