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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 Alexandria bartenders
Marlon A.
We hire this bartending service for my birthday party and it was a hit, the female bartender was professional and very friendly, the next time we need a bartender we will make sure we get her booked again. We absolutely recommend this bartending service. You will not regret it.
Garnished-Events LLCGarnished-Events LLC
Thumbtack Customer
Arranged for a bartender to come to my private event with less than 24 hours notice. The bartender was great and I was very pleased with the company's professionalism and rapid response time.
Jose O.
Working with Anton and his employees was a breeze. Our guests loved the bartenders as they were efficient, professional and fun. We definitely recommend anyone looking for bartenders to boom with Dr. Mix A Lot. We will def use them for future events.
Dr. Mix-A-Lot, LLCDr. Mix-A-Lot, LLC
Thumbtack Customer
The service that was provided by the two bartenders, Sophia and Cherly, were outstanding. Dee provided the necessary recommendation to me when I inquired about how many bartenders I should have for the event. Dee also kept in continual contact with me up to the time of arrival of the bartenders. They were punctual, personable and dressed appropriately for the occasion. "Do Yourself a Flava!!!" and contact Dee for all of your event staffing needs!
Thumbtack Customer
Everything went well. The bartender arrived on time. He was also very courteous and easy to work with. Took good care of my guests so that I was able to relax and enjoy my own event. I would certainly work with BarSphere Agency, again, to acquire bartending staff for my future events.
Sherry f.
We hired Yetta for my husband’s 50th birthday party. We couldn’t have chosen a better bartender. She was amazing and very knowledgeable. Our guest loved the drinks. We will be hiring her again for sure and recommend her to anyone that needs a bartender. We would give 10 stars if we could.
Steve N.
We could not have been more pleased with having F&Btainment by Daniel as the bartending service for our wedding! From the very beginning, Daniel was communicative and got a clear understanding of our event. And the day of execution was beyond our expectations. The bar decor was fantastic, he was well prepared, there was never a line waiting for drinks, and he threw together a wonderful signature cocktail that was a huge hit! We’d definitely recommend him to anyone looking for bartending services, and he’ll be our first and only call if we ever need a true professional bartender again.
F&Btainment by DanielF&Btainment by Daniel
Aimee G.
Daniel is an excellent bartender who goes the extra mile to make sure your event is successful. He bartended at our outdoor wedding. He takes the time to focus on small details too (matching decor, bringing his own old fashioned glasses, making a homemade ginger syrup, etc). I'd hire him again without question!
F&Btainment by DanielF&Btainment by Daniel
Thumbtack Customer
All my guests loved our bartender, James, who was professional, unfailingly polite, humorous, and most importantly, he made insanely great cocktails. I would highly recommend Masters of Mixology without reservation.
Masters of MixologyMasters of Mixology
Peter J.
Miguel did some of the best bar tending I have ever seen! Everyone loves him and he made amazing drinks! Was even a big help in the setup of the party till the end! One of best bartenders in this app and would definitely recommend him!
Travis TysonTravis Tyson
Jay L.
Hugo was beyond what we expected. He was just simply amazing. He makes the best drinks I’ve ever had. Our guest can’t stop talking about him. If you are look for a bartender for you event Hugo is your man! Look no more. You will be extremely happy! Thank you Hugo for being So amazing!
Barman Emporium Events, LLCBarman Emporium Events, LLC
Mary L.
Shanice was THE BEST. I asked in advance for a sangria recipe to mix and she gave me an AMAZING recommendation and told me exactly how much to prepare for the guests. She was attentive through the party and took care of any request we had. I would hire her again in a heartbeat for our next event and would recommend her to anyone who is looking for a fantastic bartender with a great work ethic!
The Mix-OlogistThe Mix-Ologist
Matt H.
I held a corporate party where I had planned for 50–70 guests to attend. Abriana and her partner were very punctual despite needing to arrive in the worst time for DC rush hour. They worked hard to make sure our party went well by providing both bartending and buffet management services. Abriana was quick to respond over email and phone when I had questions. The drinks were great, too!
A&M Mobile Bartending LLC. & Staffing servicesA&M Mobile Bartending LLC. & Staffing services
John T.
I used With A Twist for an engagement party at my home. They were very professional and punctual. With the exception of a few requests that were not fulfilled (I asked for water to be provided and I asked for glassware instead of plastic, neither of which was provided...for those considering this business, make sure every request is included in your contract in detail, not just in your email requests or phone calls...), everything went very well. Special acknowledgment to our bartender Anthony, who was professional and on top of everything! Thank you Anthony! Everyone Loved you.
With A Twist Mixologists & Event StaffingWith A Twist Mixologists & Event Staffing
Tishanda M.
Working with Taisha was absolutely amazing! When I panicked about purchasing liquor she had a solution. I am keeping her as a connection for future events. The LED bar wasn't exactly what we expected and had bubbles under the sticker but was fine nonetheless. Also, we weren't able to receive the glassware that we paid are are still waiting for the refund. If it wasn't for those few things I would have given a five. I just want to say even without the glassware my guests had an amazing time and the bartenders were soo friendly and fun!
With A Twist Mixologists & Event StaffingWith A Twist Mixologists & Event Staffing
Thumbtack Customer
The person who delivered the bar and set me up was great but our actual bartender was terrible. He often went missing, left cups and trash all over the house. He was hired to work until 2am and at 1 we had assumed he had left. He popped back up at 2am to ask for a tip. My guests kept commenting on his negative attitude. He was 20 minutes late and complained about a "lack of alcohol"- we had 12 bottles of bubbly, 2 entire kegs and bottles and bottles of booze leftover. I should have saved my money.
Thumbtack Customer
I used MJM Events to bartend for a recent large shower I hosted for my daughter and they were excellent in all phases from pre-party planning and beginning with signature drink selection and providing shopping lists. Mary was fantastic to work with - she arrived early to set-up and even brought extra equipment in case we also may have needed additional items for the food service aspect. Due to inclement weather people arrived later and stayed later and Mary stayed an hour later than she was scheduled to and was so helpful with flawless execution from beginning to end. My party was a huge success with the help of MJM Events so I highly recommend this company and I'll definitely use them and and Mary again!
MJM Events & Staffing, LLCMJM Events & Staffing, LLC
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