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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 Portland bartenders
Thumbtack Customer
Bartending/ serving
That Food Guy CateringThat Food Guy Catering
Thumbtack Customer
Bottoms Up Bartending has great rates compared to other local bartending services. Good value--good drinks!
Bottoms Up Bar & EventsBottoms Up Bar & Events
Richard G.
I cannot adequately express how thrilled I am with Bottoms Up Bartending. Due to unforeseen circumstances I needed three bartenders on 48 hours notice for a large event. Julie responded to my inquiry right away and I was able to schedule three bartenders the very same day. Julie absolutely saved the day and couldn't have been easier to work with. Day-of, the bartenders themselves were fantastic. Jack, Journey, and Anne were all kind, professional, and very easy to work with. I have worked with many bartenders over the years, but this group was the absolute best. Julie will absolutely be the first person I contact moving forward for any bartending needs.
Bottoms Up Bar & EventsBottoms Up Bar & Events
Thumbtack Customer
Super friendly bartender. Stayed the entire time and war very helpful.
That Food Guy CateringThat Food Guy Catering
Mary M.
Our bartender was great and allowed us to enjoy our party with out worry.
Cam Bartends LLCCam Bartends LLC
Jenny L.
I hired Cam to bartend a birthday party at my home. Cam was very easy to work with, had great communication leading up to the event, and was very professional and fun to work with during the party. He also had great bartending skills and went above and beyond what was asked of him. I highly recommend Cam to anyone looking for a bartender and look forward to working with him again the in the future!
Cam Bartends LLCCam Bartends LLC
Brian R.
Pro bartender arrived early and took great care of our clients. Would hire again.
Cam Bartends LLCCam Bartends LLC
Thumbtack Customer
Our holiday party had experience with Zoe and her awesome bartenders. Highly recommended. Thanks again!!!
Pints & Pours BartendersPints & Pours Bartenders
Dascia F.
Marie was a dream to work with and all of our attendees enjoyed her presence and bartending! Definitely recommend for future events in the Portland area!
Marie's Personable Bartending ServiceMarie's Personable Bartending Service
Steve W.
Marie was friendly, a wonderful bartender and we she played a key role in making ASMP Oregon's PDX Squared 2017 event a success!
Marie's Personable Bartending ServiceMarie's Personable Bartending Service
Cam helped us out when we were short a bartender at our venue. Responded and made it out to the club with not much notice and they nailed it!
Cam Bartends LLCCam Bartends LLC
Jenn L.
Couldn't imagine a better experience! Cam responded quickly and was able to work with our tight timeline and budget. The two bartenders that worked our wedding were OUTSTANDING. Friendly, professional, all around amazing. I would 100% recommend Cam Bartends to anyone, and will use them again anytime I need a helping hand. Thanks you guys for making our special day even better!
Cam Bartends LLCCam Bartends LLC
Ruben C.
Cam Bartends were great! Super friendly and helpful since we werent from the area. Would absolutely hire them again every time we are in Portland.
Cam Bartends LLCCam Bartends LLC
Sheri R.
Shayla was awesome! She bartended at my daughter’s wedding and did an amazing job. Prior to it, we had a couple great conversations on the phone about the event and she offered suggestions and listened to all the ins and outs of the event. She has bartended for top restaurants in Portland so has loads of professional experience. Shayla brought her bartending gear so the whole set up was super nice. She kept the back bar organized and helped with other things too as she noticed them. I. E. The caterers water was low/needed more glasses there etc. She was very fun to work with too. In short, I would unequivocally recommend Shayla for your next event.
BCK ServicesBCK Services
Linda B.
The biggest compliment I can give Shayla is I handed over the bartending to her 100% and she did not disappoint! She is so professional and knows her craft. She had all the answers to our questions and the event went off without a hitch. Everyone at the event loved her energy and her passion for what she does. I would highly recommend her and if I ever have another event where I need a bartender she will be it! Thank you so much!
BCK ServicesBCK Services
Cynthia S.
Cam did a great job with our bartending needs for a small company gathering we had. He was responsive, friendly and outgoing and was super helpful where ever he could be. We would definitely work with Cam again!
Cam Bartends LLCCam Bartends LLC
Joel V.
Cam was great! He made the whole process stress-free and took care of all the details we couldn't handle. He even created a custom cocktail for our event. Very solid and adaptable bartender and a rad guy to boot! Thanks, Cam!
Cam Bartends LLCCam Bartends LLC
Edward G.
Cam was the perfect bartender for our office holiday party. We are a young startup with a very casual feel and Cam fit in right away. We let us know everything he needed and was able to keep our entire party happy the whole night.
Cam Bartends LLCCam Bartends LLC
Thumbtack Customer
Julie is wonderful, responsive and positive. From our initial consult to her detailed plan for the party to the great bartender who worked the party, Julie and her staff were professional and even helpful. I will definitely hire JR Development for any future event!
Bottoms Up Bar & EventsBottoms Up Bar & Events
Alexia R.
José is an amazing bartender. He really knows his drinks, and takes great care to make each drink to perfection. We hired him for our wedding reception and it went off perfectly. I highly recommend his services and would hire him again in a heartbeat.
Jigger & Dasher Bartending ServicesJigger & Dasher Bartending Services
Cecilia V.
Thank you for your amazing bartending skills and your wonderful presence. Everyone thought you were great! The drinks you made were delicious! You took our wedding party to a whole new level! I look forward to doing another party with you!
Cam Bartends LLCCam Bartends LLC
Daniel R.
I was throwing a birthday party for my partner and wanted to provide a fun experience for our friends while keeping the safety of everyone in mind. I decided to hire Marie and was thrilled with her safety precautions and amazing customer service and bartending experience. Her presence transformed the party, she completely elevated the mood with her drink expertise. She could make any drink asked and also recommended cocktail signatures that many of the guests had never tried but fell in love with! At a reasonable cost, her services are unparalleled. She was extremely kind, compassionate, and easy to talk to. Everyone loved her! I couldn’t have asked for a better, friendlier, more experienced private bartender!
Marie's Personable Bartending ServiceMarie's Personable Bartending Service
Brian F.
Marie joined our small celebration of 30 folks as our bartender, but she was much more than someone who was just making and serving cocktails. She was sociable , personable, thoughtful and interacted with all of our guests. She helped turned our reception into a fun, successful and joyous event.
Marie's Personable Bartending ServiceMarie's Personable Bartending Service
Jose M.
Marie recently worked my wedding of 180 guest. She provided excellent service before, during, and after the event. She was so nice and everything went off without a hitch. She was easy to communicate with and met any of our requests with a smile. I would highly recommend her to bartend any event:
Marie's Personable Bartending ServiceMarie's Personable Bartending Service
Tom A.
Marie and her friend bartended our wedding and their service was perfect! We spoke and texted a handful of times before the wedding and she was as personable as advertised, and flexible and patient with us both before and during the wedding. My family can be kind of weird/disorganized but she has the social skills and professionalism to keep things running well! Look no further.
Marie's Personable Bartending ServiceMarie's Personable Bartending Service
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