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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 Kettering bartenders
Jackie S.
Pour to your door bartended our wedding, and I can’t say enough about them!! If you need a bartender this is your girl! Our previous bartender crapes our on us and she came in to save the day!!! We had an amazing time with her! She was professional, showed up with a beautiful drink menu and decorations for the bar. She set everything up beautifully!! I can’t say enough about how great she was!!!
Pour 2 Your Door LLCPour 2 Your Door LLC
Thumbtack Customer
Tom is the bomb. Tom arrived very early and everybody loved him. Do not go with any other bartender service besides Tom. Trust us!
BartisteBartiste
Thumbtack Customer
If you're looking for a five star bartender for a personal or commercial event you would be foolish not to call Tom/Bartiste. As with everything in life, you get what you pay for. What you get with Tom is a professional Bartender that knows exactly how to handle all events. He arrives early and is in no hurry to bolt. I have not had a company or person work an event for me in 10 years that has been this professional, knowledgeable and treat guests like his own family and friends. I will be using him for all events in the future. Have a great 2017 everyone! Cheers!
BartisteBartiste
Kayla K.
Renee was wonderful. During the wedding planning she was always around to answer any questions and help us plan alcohol quantities. The day of the wedding she showed up early. Throughout the night she kept personally checking on us to see if we needed anything. Best bartender ever! I would definitely hire her again!
The Bubbling Moments, LLC.The Bubbling Moments, LLC.
Thumbtack Customer
If you're looking for a a bartender for your event, don't look any further than this. Make this detail for your event a quick "check mark" on your list--hire Tom Bees "Bartiste" and you will be glad you did. He brings his own, beautiful, illuminated bar and has everything set up quickly and professionally. He is also very personable and friendly. Hire him quickly, before you lose this option!
BartisteBartiste
Kimberly O.
Renee showed great hospitality and went above and beyond to ensure everyone was taken care of. She made her way over the the head table to offer me a drink to ensure I was taken care of too. Being a bride, you get so caught up in socializing and thanking your guests that you forget your own needs! Renee was very sweet and professional the entire night. She knew when to cut guests off that were overstepping their alcohol limits. I loved the way she handled things the entire night and she kept a smile on her face! I would recommend Renee to anyone in need of a bartender! Very friendly, sweet and professional!!
The Bubbling Moments, LLC.The Bubbling Moments, LLC.
Thumbtack Customer
Tom bartended for my daughter's wedding last Sunday night, Sept. 27th. He did a fabulous job! I emailed, texted and called Tom many times before the event with questions concerning what I needed to buy, recipes for drinks, etc. He was always very prompt with his answers and was so helpful. He arrived on time and looked very professional. He brought his own bar and made all of the garnishes, decorated his bar, and made his own "Hawaiian Punch" that the guests loved! Tom was very personable with the guests and very attentive to their needs. At the very end of the evening, he was moving his bar (getting it ready to load in his truck) and folks started ordering drinks from him. He stopped his dismissal and started making a few more last minute drinks! I give him the highest recommendation possible. Hire him. You won't be sorry!
BartisteBartiste
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