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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 Fairfax bartenders
ID O.
Bartender was very polite, courteous and organized. He however didn't come with some important bar tools and seemed to lack the basic bartending skills.
With A Twist Mixologists & Event StaffingWith A Twist Mixologists & Event Staffing
Thumbtack Customer
Daniel bartended for our outdoor corporate event. He did a great job from beginning to end, and he was especially organized with scheduling and logistical information to coordinate meeting at our event. He was professional and personable and did anything you would need a bartender to do, including helping with clean up during the event. Daniel came prepared and arrived on time, and his drinks were great. Our entire group commented on how great our bartender was, so thanks Daniel. I'll definitely be hiring him for our next event.
Dan Green Bartending ServicesDan Green Bartending Services
Thumbtack Customer
My bartender fell through at the last minute for a key company party at my home. Dr. Mix-A-Lot, not only responded to my request within the hour, but delivered a professional bartender who was professional, great attitude, engaging and took full control of the bar duties! I will definitely use Dr. Mix-A-Lot again!
Dr. Mix-A-Lot, LLCDr. Mix-A-Lot, LLC
Diane T.
A good bartender makes the party. Kimberly hit it out of the park. Specialty drinks customized to my menu and great engagement with the guests. Highly recommended!
SoHo Mobile Bartending, LLCSoHo Mobile Bartending, LLC
Thumbtack Customer
The bartender was good and friendly and did a very good job. The issue is administration, getting them to respond. Eventually, the bartender arrived 45 mins late after the guests had arrived forget setting up and the bar back did not have transportation and so arrived 90 mins late after I said I would pay for Uber. I guess there are better outfits than this.
Masters of MixologyMasters of Mixology
Gigi A.
A great experience and so convenient! Transparent pricing, pressure-free consultation, friendly and responsive staff. Sana was our bartender and our guests adored her. 5 stars all the way!
Brakes+Brakes+
Thumbtack Customer
Could not have been more pleased. Lee and his attendant were consummate professionals from start to finish. I give you LMK Bartending Services with my highest recommendation.
LMK Bartending ServicesLMK Bartending Services
Thumbtack Customer
Lee came to bartend for my event with his assistant. They both arrived early, set up and helped clean up/replenish food throughout the event. And helped clean up after the event. No complaints and would hire for future events!
LMK Bartending ServicesLMK Bartending Services
Carley F.
We were so happy with Yetta's bartending for our family's event. Her cocktails were amazing and made both the adults and kids feel special. Her dry ice was a big hit! She also is incredibly nice and friendly. We will ask her again for our next party!
YBAR, LLCYBAR, LLC
Derrick H.
She was amazing! Arrived on time and got right to work setting everything up. Great personality and able to adapt when she realized that we didn't have all the ingredients that we needed. She even helped us out with our party games by being the game host. Awesome experience, would use Your Favorite Bartender again!
TOPSHELF PEACOCKTOPSHELF PEACOCK
Derrick H.
We had a great experience with K&A Catering. She served 2 roles for our function: Caterer and Bartender. The finger foods that that she provided were top notch! Everyone loved the meatballs and wings!! And the the drinks she made were delicious. She even made non-alcoholic drinks for the kids at the event. She was flexible, friendly and fun! I would highly recommend K&A Catering for your event needs!!!
K&A CateringK&A Catering
Samia H.
Hiring Lorren and her wait staff was probably the wisest decision I made!! Lorren is absolutely great to work with and is open to new ideas no matter how they sound. I had hired Lorren to be the bartender for my 40th birthday, but the catch was that it would be a “non-alcoholic” bar (we called it “Halal Bar”). Lorren was open to my ideas and showed the “yup, it’s doable” attitude. This was the first time in my circle, for a bar like this to happen so it caught a lot of attention and the guests loved Loren’s positive professional attitude. We had a few mocktails along with soft drinks, juices, water and Lorren was able to rock it nonstop!! As for the wait staff she brought with her, absolutely amazing individual!! Took care of the dinner table, packing left overs, and keeping the tables clean. Definitely couldn’t have done it without these ladies!!! 🙏🏼
L.A. Entertainment Services LLCL.A. Entertainment Services LLC
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