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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.

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.

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.

Reviews for Reading bartenders
Thumbtack Customer
Celebrate With a Twist was great at keeping the line for drinks moving. They were also very friendly. All of my guests complimented how great the bartenders were.
Celebrate With a TwistCelebrate With a Twist
Rebecca R.
Needed a professional bartender for our event and that is what we got. Communication was great, they did everything that we discussed and provided my guests with excellent service.
Executive BartendingExecutive Bartending
Debra A.
We had a great experience with JH Bartending. Very professional and courteous service to the guests at the event. Would definitely call on Joe and his team again!
JH BartendingJH Bartending
Iliada h.
Hugo was great! He got there early and was ready for when the guest started arriving. The drinks were really good and everybody loved how nice the bartender was the whole time.
Barman Emporium Events, LLC.Barman Emporium Events, LLC.
Thumbtack Customer
Beverly was ver sweet and professional. I hired 2 bartenders for my wedding 8/28/2015. One was a friend of a friend, the other was Beverly. My guests said Beverly was very nice and good with multitasking. The other bartender was no where near as friendly. I spoke to Beverly only through messaging on Thumbback and through txt which was perfect for me since I was so busy. I would definitely hire Beverly again.
Bev's Party Help        Best of 2019 Award Winner!Bev's Party Help Best of 2019 Award Winner!
Erik M.
Maurisa is the best. She helped me with all my bartender needs and questions. Staff were also amazing. They helped complete my wedding with their services thanks again Maurisa
Pop Out EntertainmentPop Out Entertainment
Bridget N.
She did a AMAZINGLY Job bartending my wedding I would highly recommend her!!!! Will be using her again for any other events I may have!!!! Very friendly professional punctual
Wendi CartwrightWendi Cartwright
Amaryllis r.
my wedding day is not here yet, but so far he is a wonderful person and very professional , responded at reasonable times. I cant wait to meet them in person and will definitely update on the review . yay my update is here !!! so the mango mojito omg omg the best !!, Marlon and his wife, they are so kind and lovely people and the drinks are the best !! this is a funny story so my wedding party(friends) was freaking out because they thought the bartenders wasn't there but they didn't know while waiting for the photos to be taken and while my friends where talking and having a panic I saw Marlon and waved then saw him and wife with there stuff about to set up. I just laughed at my friends. I told them that they are ninja bartenders, they are here but not here Whhooooo!. :D lol I will definitely recommend, the fact that I had no idea what I was doing and asking like a million questions, he was patience and understanding "hire these bartenders"
Executive BartendingExecutive Bartending
Sabrina J.
Anyone looking to hire professional bartenders with excellent service look no further! These two were amazing and everyone at my wedding talked about how great there were the entire reception! Holly was very professional and answered all of my questions in a timely matter which we really appreciated since we hired her a few days before the wedding!! My husband and I give them 5 stars but would give them 10 if possible!!!
Barman Emporium Events, LLCBarman Emporium Events, LLC
Kristen K.
Bev and her daughter were amazing! They assisted us in bartending our barn/rustic wedding, as well as making sure the evening, as a whole, went smoothly...we didn't have to worry about a thing! Bev and her daughter even picked up the slack in a situation where our caterer was not following through with their duties. We are so thankful for Bev! Her thoughtfulness, responsiveness, and professionalism is duly noted - she knows her trade! We would recommend her in a heartbeat! Thank you!!! Kristen & Scott
Bev's Party Help        Best of 2019 Award Winner!Bev's Party Help Best of 2019 Award Winner!
Thumbtack Customer
Sharon was wonderful to work with! She really wanted to get everything just how we liked it. We probably exchanged 30 emails in the months prior to the event. She also arrived nice and early to get everything setup and didn't forget any of the details we discussed. Our guests commented about how friendly the bartenders were and the cocktails were mixed correctly. My one complaint is that she kept asking for more money throughout the process. These increases were justified (no tip jar, a long drive, need for an assistant), and her price was still very reasonable and well worth the cost. It just would have been nice to get a more accurate initial quote, but perhaps this is a relic of the thumbtack system? A second comment to those purchasing their own alcohol and hoping to return extras - please let Sharon know and I'm sure she'd be accommodating. She is great to work with! This was one detail I forgot to mention and it cost us several opened-but-unused bottles of wine and alcohol (likely since her priority was quick, efficient service to our guests). This was our failure to communicate since my impression is that Sharon will do anything to make your day go smoothly!
Sharon’s Lehigh Valley Bartending ServiceSharon’s Lehigh Valley Bartending Service
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