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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 Columbia bartenders
Michael S.
Love her..This was the best bartender Ive had...EVER!!
Booze Travelers  Bartenders For HireBooze Travelers Bartenders For Hire
Dawn B.
It was a great pleasure to work with Williams Bartending for our event on January 13, 2018! Outstanding professional service!
William's BartendingWilliam's Bartending
Tiera A.
GQ was a amazing bartender!!! The signature drinks he made was on point. Very professional and kind will definitely book again!
GQ Style BartendingGQ Style Bartending
Linda M.
Pure Excellence!!! I will use T.L. Bartendering again!! From her arrival to departure she gave her all… My guest loved how she listened and gave them exactly what they asked for… T.L Bartendering went above and beyond picking up items that I ran out of time to get for my event. Thank you and may God continue to bless everything that you put your hands too… Blessings Linda M
T.L. Travel BartenderT.L. Travel Bartender
Kendall B.
Tipsy Sips bartenders were amazing!! Everyone was happy and had drinks and the amazing ladies at the bar knew my drink before I could even say anything! 10000000/10 would hire again for any event!!
Tipsy Sips Mobile Bartending Service, LLCTipsy Sips Mobile Bartending Service, LLC
Diana H.
Wow. What can I not say. He was great. He took care of me and my guest. His set up was impressive. He treated us like royalty. Would highly recommend he be your choice of bartender.
Monica K.
Ms Jackie was an amazing Bartender! She was awesome with all of my part guest. She quickly got drinks out to my guest and was READY when a group called for a round of shots. LOL I will definitely recommend her and use her services again!!
Lady Bug Bartending ServicesLady Bug Bartending Services
Sade P.
We found corkx on thumbtack and were worried about it at first. They served for our wedding and they were great! They made a drink for the bridal party which was absolutely awesome. I can't express enough how good corkx bartending are. They are amazing! Will definitely recommend and use them again! Thanks!
Corkx BartendingCorkx Bartending
Shanee H.
Shamir bartended my wedding reception on 4.3.21. He was upfront and responsive throughout the whole planning process. He provided all the mixers and helped us pour champagne for the toast. He even stayed about an hour after his contracted time. I would definitely use him again.
GQ Style BartendingGQ Style Bartending
Matthew S.
Working with Rich and his team was awesome. They were responsive, innovative with a CBD infused beverage 😎, and giving us the greatest confidence during the stressful process that wedding planning can be. I would highly recommend Corkx as they provide a professional, budget friendly, and fun service. Thanks so much again for making our special day even more amazing. 10 thumbs up for CORKX BARTENDING!!! 👍👍👍👍👍👍👍👍👍👍
Corkx BartendingCorkx Bartending
Tucker S.
Our experience with Corkx was great. They were very friendly, very helpful, and very easy to communicate with, they were by far the most reasonably priced of all the services we used for the wedding, and the bar service itself was excellent. They even brought along a few really interesting drinks just as a sort of personal touch at no extra charge, which I only learned about when several guests came up to me to say they were delicious and I had to try them. And on top of all that, the best man was best friends with the bartenders by the end of the reception. Easy five stars.
Corkx BartendingCorkx Bartending
Amanda S.
I can't say enough positive things about this bartender! With Covid changing plans so many times and venues and dates she was exceptionally flexible and responsive leading up to the day. I won't lie, I got so caught up with the evening and people kept bringing drinks to me so I never made it to the bar table myself but...everyone had such rave reviews!! She brought an excellent personalized assortment of mixers and made sure all our drinks were chilled on a very humid evening. We requested a signature cocktail for each of us and she sent us a great assortment of ideas to choose from! I think I stuck with the signature drinks all night (watermelon, sour mix and rum was such a refreshing crowd pleaser) but I've heard the mixed drinks were also really well made! I only wish I had made it over to introduce myself but we could not have been happier! Overall an exceptional value and wonderful experience.
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