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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 Fairfax bartenders
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.
Daniel Green Bartending ServicesDaniel 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
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!
Bar SphereBar Sphere
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!
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
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