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Answers to commonly asked questions from the experts on Thumbtack.

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.

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 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 Norfolk bartenders
Gale P.
Dennis and Brittany were wonderful. I would hire them again to work with me. They handled more than just bartending which I thought was very classy!
Executive BeverageExecutive Beverage
Katie M.
POURva was AMAZING to work with. We were scrambling at the last minute to find a bartender for our event and Penny was such a joy to work with.She responded to my messages right away, providing clear information and competitive rates. We hired POUR for a corporate Grand Opening party. The bartenders showed up right on time with everything they said they would be bringing. They were respectful, polite, friendly, and most importantly professional. We were beyond pleased with their services and will use POURva for all our events moving forward! Thanks again for making our night special!!
POURva Bartending Services & SolutionsPOURva Bartending Services & Solutions
Thumbtack Customer
Drew was hired to bartender at my daughter's wedding. The event isn't until this weekend but he has been delightful to work with and checks back often to keep up to date about the event! Drew and his partner did a wonderful job served drinks quickly so there was never long lines. They also worked very independently would be happy to hire them again
Fully-Stockton BartendingFully-Stockton Bartending
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