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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 Cincinnati bartenders
Ellyn A.
Tonia was absolutely wonderful to work with. She made the bartending part of planning so easy for me and my team. She is always quick to respond to messages and changes. She is professional and on top of her game. She was attentive to guests but was also very fun to talk with during the event. If you need bartending services there is no one better than Bitters 'n Sweets Bartending!
Bitters 'n Sweet Bartending, LLCBitters 'n Sweet Bartending, LLC
Libby m.
Lauren was great! Very personable with our guests. On time. Very competent bartender
Bartender On the GoBartender On the Go
Brendan L.
Tonia was very responsive throughout the whole process, and our bartenders for the night were great!
Bitters 'n Sweet Bartending, LLCBitters 'n Sweet Bartending, LLC
Bartender On the Go was extremely friendly and very professional. I would recommend them for any event.
Bartender On the GoBartender On the Go
Thumbtack Customer
We hosted a corporate event at our home for 50 people. Tonia, owner of Bitters'n Sweet Bartending, was very pleasant, had excellent social skills, and she interacted very well with our guest. Many guest commented on how much they enjoyed her services and asked for her business card. We will certainly use Bitters'n Sweet Bartending services again.
Bitters 'n Sweet Bartending, LLCBitters 'n Sweet Bartending, LLC
Crys T.
She was an amazing bartender and very attentive. She was punctual and very nice. She did an excellent job. Definitely will use her again. Gabrielle is the best.
CincyStartender LLCCincyStartender LLC
Tiffany Z.
I’ll be using this bartender again! Extremely friendly with our guests, and she took the initiative to bring straws for cocktails which we didn’t have! Great service!
Pour 2 Your Door LLCPour 2 Your Door LLC
Thumbtack Customer
Tonia is very professional, organized, and made sure the wedding guests and bridal party were happy. I would definitely recommend her for any event you need a bartender for. Thanks again!
Bitters 'n Sweet Bartending, LLCBitters 'n Sweet Bartending, LLC
Naren P.
She is execlant bartender I hade no problem she did a good job all my guest liked her I will always hire for my party’s good job Angie keep it up
The Salty BartenderThe Salty Bartender
Thumbtack Customer
Theresa was excellent. Very attentive to all guest. She ran the bar like true professional. You would do well to hire her for any event you plan the requires a server or bartender! I highly recommend her.
Theresa ColemanTheresa Coleman
Hannah J.
We hired CincyStartender for a bachelorette party that last minute got moved from NOLA to Cincy and are so glad we did! Jessica was our bartender and she was so sweet and fun. They made two perfect cocktails and were a great addition to the party!
CincyStartender LLCCincyStartender LLC
Nick D.
Tom bartended for our wedding and it was great. He brought his own bar and it was hot so he set up an umbrella for people to wait under. Definitely the best in the business, couldn't ask for anything more. The drinks were always flowing and everybody had a great time
Thumbtack Customer
Toni did an exceptional job for us. We had an employee event and everyone was raving about the wonderful bartender and the fabulous drinks she made. They truly considered her a top-notch mixologist and we couldn't have been happier with the feedback we received from our guests. She was definitely a highlight of the evening for our guests.
Bitters 'n Sweet Bartending, LLCBitters 'n Sweet Bartending, LLC
Olivia D.
We hired them for our wedding of about 150 people. They did an amazing job serving everyone! They were able to bring cups, napkins, straws, and even a bar set-up as our venue did not have a bar. The bartender was so polite and professional. They even made a bar menu sign for us for the reception! Would definitely hire again… it was so easy and stress free
CincyStartender LLCCincyStartender LLC
Thumbtack Customer
This is my first time using thumbtack and was paired with such a wonderful bartender! Tom was great in helping us plan and prepare for our event. He was quick to respond to any messages I sent him either through the site or his phone. On the day of the event he arrived on time to set up and was helpful in deciding a lay out of the room for the night. Drinks were cold and promptly served. All the guests commented on what a great job he was doing along with the portable bar he brought along. The bar looked awesome! I would not hesitate a minute to call him again and have him there for our next event!
Thumbtack Customer
We hired Tom to bartend our wedding last weekend (10/22/16). We cannot say enough good things. He was availible to talk prior to the wedding about the amount of alcoholic beverages we would need and other necessities. He was professional in manner and dress, and also friendly and engaging with everyone! His bar is beautiful and he even had multicolored lights and used them with the faster dance songs appropriately and it added to the fun! He went above and beyond and was true to his word on everything he promised! Thank you so much Tom for your help to make our wedding celebration such a wonderful day! Jon and Rachel
Thumbtack Customer
My wedding was last night and I cannot tell you how amazing Tonia was! The biggest stress during the planning process was how much soda/water/alcohol to get. She put together an awesome shopping list that made everything so easy! She was so easy to get a hold of and answered all of my questions quickly! Her set up was amazing and my guests always had a drink in their hand! She brought her own cups, cocktail napkins, and straws which made things so much easier on me. I wish I could rate Tonia with 10 stars! I highly recommend hiring her for your bartending needs!
Bitters 'n Sweet Bartending, LLCBitters 'n Sweet Bartending, LLC
Thumbtack Customer
Tom Bees prompt response was the first we received through Thumbtack. He was friendly, informative, and eager to help. We chose him above the other responses, and are happy that we did. In the weeks leading up to our event, Tom was prompt with replies and answering any questions about all aspects of what was needed and expected at our event. On the day of our daughter and son-in-law's elopement party, Tom arrived on time and went onto action. Without any instruction, he set up at a location of his choosing (different than our original plan) which turned out to be perfect for the setting. He set up his portable bar, tapped the kegs, iced the bottled drinks, and proceeded to serve for the better part of our event. He even tended the firepit that was necessary for a chilly fall day. Tom was pleasant, personable, and really seemed to enjoy being there. Our guests loved him... When it came to the end of his stint, he transferred all the remaining bottles to our coolers, and tidied up the area. He even took a turn at posing in our photo booth! All in all a great experience. Have Tom bartend your event - you'll be glad you did! Dan and Cyd
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