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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 Virginia Beach bartenders
Danielle H.
Great event because of this excellent bartender
Taylor Made Bartending Services LLC.Taylor Made Bartending Services LLC.
Brandy k.
Jazzy was a great bartender!! She was very personable and quick!
Jazzy Drinks LLCJazzy Drinks LLC
Daneesha L.
Book Sips With Shar !!!!!!!! You will not be disappointed The bartender was on time, the drinks were amazing she made mocktails for the teenagers and mixed drinks for the adults.
Sips With Shar LLCSips With Shar LLC
Kimberly P.
Coordinating with Susan for our corporate cocktail reception was a breeze! Corey, our bartender for the evening, was prompt, knowledgeable, and courteous. I will be recommending TBS to family and friends, and our company will certainly use them again and again!
Tipsy’s Bar Services, LLCTipsy’s Bar Services, LLC
Jasmine J.
Shanti is AMAZING!!!! I randomly found her searching for a bartender for my dads 60th birthday party. When I reached out to her she responded back immediately! I explained what we were looking for and needed and she responded back she can provide all of that and much more! She came with her own bar table, cups, mixers, garnishes, straws, etc. She was super easy to work with. Helped us decide on what alcohol would be needed for our event and how much for the amount of guests we were having. She stayed in communication all the way up to the party and after. Our guests LOVED her! She was not stingy making the drinks however all of our guests did not leave overly indulged either! Hands down, she will be our go to bartender for any upcoming events our family will have in the future!! If you’re reading this and you need a bartender for your event, CONTACT HER NOW!! I promise you will not regret it! Thanks again for everything Shanti!!
Bianca T.
I hired a bartender and an event staff/ dealer. Both showed up before the scheduled time to set up and see what I needed. They were very polite and professional, both really nice young me. The dealer knew all about the game and was able to lead the guests. He entertained and made them feel as though they were in Vegas, which was the theme. HOWEVER, the main reason I booked this was for a BARTENDER to be able to mix drinks. Instead, I got a really nice guy, who we ended up TEACHING how to make drinks. He knew nothing out side of a drink with alcohol and soda or juice. If you asked for a Mojito, Long Island, dirty martini, Etc.... NOTHING. I had a fully stocked bar, with a large variety of all alcohol. We wasted a lot teaching him. He literally had to bring nothing but knowledge and ability to make a drink!! He finally told me that it was booked last minute, so the real bartenders were at other events. He said he was a class B. However, none of that was relayed to me when I booked! I would never hire this company for bartender service again, price says $30 an hour on thumbtack however, they charge additional $50 for booking, 18% gratuity, and setup and breakdown fee, 4 hours was almost $400 before I disputed charges, which only took it down a little. MISLEADING ADVERTISEMENT, however both guys were nice, so we tipped them $100 a piece to show it wasn’t about the $.
Executive Beverage | Event Bartending & Bar RentalExecutive Beverage | Event Bartending & Bar Rental
Ariyana W.
This wasn’t the greatest experience unfortunately. The bartenders were nice women. However..The party started at 8:30 but the first bartender came at 8:26 the second one came 10 minutes after the first. It took them a little while to get set up (naturally) but we expected the bartender from 8:30-11:30 that’s what we paid for. But we got started at around 9:15pm. We had to keep asking for more alcohol because the drinks didn’t have enough. We paid for ice add on but they barely brought any ice we had to go and get ice for them defeating the purpose of paying for ice. They had a small bag of ice! I was told shot glasses would be provided but there were no shot glasses. We had to get plastic cups for our shots. The bartender was very pushy about tips yet we were upstairs mixing our own drinks. We still tipped a bit anyway but some people didn’t because of how pushy she was being about it. I will say this, my grandmother who does not drink , drank their mixes and loved it. She gives it 5 stars. That’s how we knew there was little to no alcohol in the drinks.. if she’s enjoying herself at the bar and hates alcohol. We have nothing but bottles left which we paid for so I’m not sure why they were being so stingy with our liquor. They started packing up at 11:09 pm and was out the door by 11:30 on the dot. Which is insane because they came late and started late but left on time. Overall poor experience. Everyone at the party complained except grandma. This was just overall bad. I’m leaving pics of all the alcohol we have left. This isn’t even half.
Trendi LoveTrendi Love
Charmante B.
Elise and her team was perfect for our event! They added signature cocktails, came up with good ideas, made good drinks, set up nicely, very attentive and made our party extra special. Would definitely recommend them to everyone and would use them again. Professional, responsive, clean, friendly bartenders! Thank you so much Elise
Cocktails By EliseCocktails By Elise
Michelle E.
Sara was the best. It was last minute request for a bartender for my 50th birthday celebration & she came up with list of specialty drinks and quickly served my guest. Very friendly and interacted with my family & friends with a smile. She even stayed over the agreed time frame to make sure all guest had received their request. Most important I made a request to wear white shirt as it was white party and she came in all white which was very much appreciated!
Sarah BartendingSarah Bartending
Samantha N.
If I could rate any higher, then I would. Susan and Corey were exceptional! They were early and worked with our schedule for our wedding like champs. Not only were drinks served efficiently, but they were also delicious. Susan was so patient with me while I continually worried about if we had enough alcohol to serve our guests (we ended up having more than enough). So, thank you so much Tipsy’s Bar Services, LLC. I look forward to recommending your services to anyone in need of a bartender!❤️
Tipsy’s Bar Services, LLCTipsy’s Bar Services, LLC
Destiny B.
I couldn’t have asked for a better bartender. We had a small wedding at a beach house and she really made everyone feel amazing!. Shar helped create a menu and kept up with whatever I asked of her for weeks leading up to the big day as well as working with my budget for the wedding. She makes great drinks and kept them coming! My wife told her to keep a drink in her hand and between the million shots we took and several drinks I can honestly say she kept up with that request very well. Our family had a great time with her and we even managed to get her on the dance floor ! We appreciate you and your partner and can’t wait to hire you for our next event !
Sips With Shar LLCSips With Shar LLC
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