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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 Arlington bartenders
Tianna A.
The bartender I attempted to hire ended up not being a great fit, and in a bind I had to quickly find a new bartender. Tee was the first person I found and it appears universe knew I needed her service! Easy communication, clear contract, and overall positive energy. My family and friends appreciated her attentiveness throughout the evening. The family agreed Liquid Therapy will be the bartender for all events moving forward. Highly recommended!!! 10/10.
Liquid Therapy LLCLiquid Therapy LLC
Troy A.
This 100% upgraded our party this year. The bartender kept the drinks flowing - they were all delicious. Even though there were a few issues with the equipment and mixers, the bartender made adjustments to make it right without impacting our party. Very reasonable pricing across the board. Will use again.
Garnished-Events LLCGarnished-Events LLC
David M.
Made our themed event fantastic. The bartender and servers made our event so much better.
P2 Bar EventsP2 Bar Events
Deetu B.
Rain was a great bartender at my dads 60th birthday party! She created a fantastic menu and everyone enjoyed the drinks!
Cocktails by RainCocktails by Rain
Heidi S.
Sham is a wonderful bartender! Our guests loved him. He created two specialty cocktails that were a huge hit. Highly recommend!
Sham’s Premium CocktailsSham’s Premium Cocktails
Thumbtack Customer
Masters of Mixology provided service for my New Year's Eve Party. Overall, the bartenders provided adequate service to me and my guests. The drinks were strong and well served. The bartenders were polite to my guests and I appreciated their ability to appease the crowd. However, I have to provide a less than positive review because despite being paid the bartenders tried to leave with a bottle of champagne and several beers (more than I indicated they could have on their way out). Further, they left before what I thought was the designated end time that was determined in the contract. I think it is important that this not happen in the future.
Masters of MixologyMasters of Mixology
Belinda F.
This young man rocked at my daughter’s nonprofit grand launch and networking event this past Saturday. Joseph / BYOB was prompt, professional and made awesome cocktails that keep the attendees coming back. His personality, and bartending skills added to the event’s successful mission to educate and empower women, minorities and veterans in Global Supply Chain careers. Joseph/BYOB is on our list as the bartender of the hour and will be contacted for futu
BYOB (Bring Your Own Bartender)BYOB (Bring Your Own Bartender)
Kristine S.
Richard was a great bartender for our house party with 30 people. We didn’t have to worry about anything, setup and cleanup, so we could enjoy the party.
Clever CocktailsClever Cocktails
Zoya F.
My bartender did a great job carrying things to and from the party, but he did not offer to make my guests mixed drinks. I had beer in the fridge that I wanted to offer to guests (and I had written the business owners about) but the bartender didn’t take stock when he arrived, so guests weren’t offered that either. I would go with a different company for the next big party I throw.
With A Twist Mixologists & Event StaffingWith A Twist Mixologists & Event Staffing
Jill C.
My P-Squared bartender did a great job! She was on time, very friendly with my guests, anticipated needs, and was super helpful with cleanup. Would definitely hire her again!
P2 Bar EventsP2 Bar Events
Thumbtack Customer
Daniel was amazing! He provided on time, professional service with great knowledge of cocktails and attention to detail. Helped with setup and tear down. I would highly recommend his services to anyone looking for a bartender.
Dan Green Bartending ServicesDan Green Bartending Services
Jim U.
Priscilla was wonderful to work with on all aspects of planning the party and made several suggestions that helped elevate the event. The bartender, Victoria, was great and kept making sure that our guests had a great time. Our party was exponentially better for having used P2.
P2 Bar EventsP2 Bar Events
Jennifer O.
Bartender Juan was great. However he didn't know about the convos and/or drink selection we had discussed with Gus. I had to spend time bringing him up to speed while my guests were there. Better comms please and Juan rocked!
Brakes+Brakes+
Thumbtack Customer
I had a fairly complicated list of cocktails, and Dan made them all excellently. He was friendly and attentive -- and even helped us move our bar setup when we got caught outside in the rain. I couldn't have asked for a better bartender.
Dan Green Bartending ServicesDan Green Bartending Services
Shannon m.
The bartenders were great. Everyone was super friendly and they were quick with drinks. We had 75 people at our wedding and I never saw a line at the bar. All of my guests kept raving about how professional the bar tenders were. Could not recommend more.
Garnished-Events LLCGarnished-Events LLC
Larquana B.
T. Yeezy is a cool bartender and guy. He was a pleasure working with and really made sure my crowd was good at all times. And during our sip and paint he came to everyone and took our orders. He makes some really great drinks. I will definitely hire him again for my future events!
T.Yeezy - Behind the Bar! LLCT.Yeezy - Behind the Bar! LLC
Mike R.
If you are looking for a bartender, stop your search and HIRE DANIEL!! His drinks were absolutely delicious, his service was above and beyond, and he made my 30th birthday party even better than I had envisioned it! In short, he is awesome! Not to mention, all my friends couldn’t stop raving about the specialty drinks we had for the party!! When we set out on our search for a bartender we wanted to make sure that whoever we hired could make really, really good cocktails … and let me tell you Daniel did not disappoint! On top of that his service is top notch! He put together and amazing bar display to match the theme of my party. He was super flexible with some of our last-minute requests, and during the party he was taking all sorts of requests to make shooters and drinks off the menu. We will 100% be hiring Daniel again!!
F&Btainment by DanielF&Btainment by Daniel
Carina M.
Jennifer provided assistance for a birthday party and she was extremely professional and helpful across the board. At first I was looking for just bartending services, but then I realized that we needed general party assistance. She was on time, helped with set-up, decorations, managed the food/beverages, and helped with the clean up. Overall she was wonderful, has a great attitude, and we would definitely recommend her if you are looking for assistance with your party.
2 Swans Event Planning2 Swans Event Planning
Brian P.
I hired Daniel for my wife's 90's theme birthday party. Daniel's professionalism, punctuality, bar set-up, attention to the theme all exceeded expectations. My next bartender search will be much easier next time because I will just call Daniel straight away. I cannot overstate how much care goes into his bar set-up and how happy I was, it really gives an excellent presentation to a main component of the party.
F&Btainment by DanielF&Btainment by Daniel
Felicia T.
Cant wait to work with Daniel Again!!! First, my event was rescheduled too many times to count due to COVID-19. He was very understanding and was willing to work with our group each date. His professionalism and true art of servicing a lively crowd was top notch. Everyone was expecting our regular bartender but at the end of the evening all the guests wanted to know where I found Daniel and requested for him to work with us again. He is very soulful and knows his craft. His bar setup is an art within itself!!!!
F&Btainment by DanielF&Btainment by Daniel
Ned R.
Jazmyne was awesome. We just did a small in-home event for a party of ~20 people, so we wanted someone who would blend in well with the group as opposed to a stuffy bartender you'd get at a black tie event. She was perfect. We booked her for four hours, but we couldn't picture the party without her, so she happily extended to a fifth. Even when she was off the clock, she continued to help out and make drinks for people, and a few of our guests convinced her to stay for a drink herself... nobody wanted her to leave! A+ attitude, super warm and friendly, and did a great job for what we were looking for at our event.
Cocktails on Call (Event Staffing)Cocktails on Call (Event Staffing)
Exec A.
Faith was a PHENOMENAL mixologist, bartender, professional! We had a large group of people and each attendee had raving positive reviews of how vibrant, fun, personable, warm, and approachable she was for our event! Loved the drinks and cocktails she created, and how passionate she truly is about her craft. She brought the seasonal spice to the drink flavors, and created three signature cocktails for our company to choose as our signature drink! It was fabulous. We had a very great time and learned so much from her session. It was a delight to discover that she also works at a rooftop bar near us on her regular schedule and that she created their entire menu! We will certainly be booking her for our next event in October! FIVE STAR, A1, PLUS PLUS experience!
Myxen VixenMyxen Vixen
Kate M.
Kala did a fabulous job with our event, and I highly recommend her services! From first contact, she was professional and responsive, and she worked hard to be sure everything was perfect for our band's 15th anniversary party. She went above and beyond expectations, including learning to make our signature Brazilian cocktail, providing all essential tools, and even color coordinating her linens and bar menus to match our decor. Her price was reasonable and included setup and breakdown, bar fruit and garnishes. She brought a bar back to keep things moving efficiently, and the two of them were friendly and professional all night long. We wouldn't hesitate to use Kay's Bartending Service again - hopefully soon!
Kay’s Mobile Bartending Service L.L.CKay’s Mobile Bartending Service L.L.C
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