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Find a bartender near Salem, OR

Find a bartender near Salem, OR

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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.

Reviews for Salem bartenders
Thumbtack Customer
Our bartender was amazing. Her demeanor was perfect for our event and everybody loved her !
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Shiloh H.
Jerry was delightful to work with, and I was very happy we found him to bartend our event. He went above and beyond in order to make things run smoothly.
That Food Guy CateringThat Food Guy Catering
Rachel G.
Fantastic! They bartended our wedding (100+ people) and I never saw a line build up. They had glasses poured and ready to go right on time, very efficient and punctual! I could not have been more pleased with how smoothly everything ran. It was a pleasure to have them at our wedding!
That Food Guy CateringThat Food Guy Catering
Amanda P.
Cam was the perfect addition to our memorial/anniversary gathering. Everyone raved about how great he was! He was respectful and personable, just down to earth. He made sure we were taken care of thoroughly the event. I appreciated how quickly he responded to my request for a bartender and kept in contact during the days leading up to and the day of the event. Thank you Cam for listening to our family stories and being a part of our memorable party!
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