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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 Lake Union bartenders
Bridget H.
This bartender was AMAZING! Everything I dreamed of. If you have any doubts or are on the fence about if you should hire a bartender for your event — please hire Cameo Mobile Bartending and you will not be disappointed. My guests and I loved her, truly made it “the party of the year!”
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Hannah N.
We had such a wonderful experience for our wedding bartending with Natasha and our bartender Peter! They were prompt with responses, extremely helpful in the planning process, on time and great with set up, and really kind and cool throughout the day! Would recommend for any event!
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Matthew J.
Kevin was an exceptional bartender for our event. It was very friendly, remembered names, and created some delicious craft cocktails.
Jessica O.
I worked with Brian and Ian (bartender) for my husband’s 40th birthday event. Brian was a great communicator in preparing for the event, and was so easy to work with during preparation, and Ian was an incredible, personable, and creative bartender who we would love to work with again! Overall, an amazing experience. Would 100% recommend.
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Sarah F.
Rashida came in to bartend when our staffing was short. She picked up what was needed, quickly, and handled the bar competently. A pleasure to work with.
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Jana H.
Natasha was the BEST bartender for our South Lake Union boat cruise! We will definitely use her again in the future! Thank you Natasha for everything
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Brittany B.
We booked a bartender for our wedding through Natasha, and had a fantastic experience! We provided our own alcohol, and Natasha worked with us to figure out the right amounts of various things to buy. She was responsive, friendly and helpful! The bartender, Trey, showed up on time with everything he needed for the evening. He was professional but still friendly, and did a great job serving our guests. Highly recommend booking through Natasha!
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Hollis B.
Natasha was an excellent bartender. She had a great attitude. She was on time helped with setup and worked past the agreed time at our party which had over a hundred people.
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Kyle D.
Natasha hooked us up with one of her top bartenders for a 35 person event. Went flawlessly and went above and beyond with the service. Would definitely use Natasha’s services again!
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Patti C.
Brian was fantastic. He not only was a consummate. Professional on the job but guided and advised us in best practices the weeks leading to our event. I highly recommend his bartending and guest services!
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Yvette D.
Rashida was very punctual and fun! My guests enjoyed her. She set up and cleaned up the bar by herself. And just great. Would hire again if we needed a future bartender.
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Victoria C.
I am so delighted to have discovered Natasha! She was amazing at the event I was organizing. She came early, had a beautiful set up, very lovely to chat with and was an excellent bartender! Highly recommend 😊
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Thumbtack Customer
Rachael of Rose Mixology was a great bartender! She clearly knew how to run a bar. She was organized, helpful and a great communicator. Many guests remarked on her skill and professionalism. She was very helpful in cleaning up after the party. I would recommend her highly!
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Mo B.
I have previously worked with many bartender and I can safely say that Cameo is one of the best that I’ve worked with. They are extremely receptive to ideas, will add their own spark to those, and make the most amazing drinks. Super responsive and so easy to work with! Will definitely bring Cameo back for other events.
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Thumbtack Customer
We had over 200 people at my daughters wedding reception which was a masquerade ball. Brandon was professional and kept everyone happy! I have never been so impressed with a persons performance! I would Highly recommend Brandon to be the bartender at your next function. One Happy Mother of the Bride!
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Kate M.
Sarah did a wonderful job at my big birthday party last night. It was awesome to have a pro bartender take care of all that for me. We kept her hopping with 60+ thirsty guests and she didn't miss a beat. Plus, she pitched in to help others outside of her bar sphere, too.
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Julie G.
Natasha and Neil were awesome! Natasha was great at communicating prior to and during our event. They were both very personal, made terrific suggestions for fun drinks, did great at making sure no one was over served, and just had a fun, upbeat vibe. I recommend them to anyone who needs bartending services!
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Catherine E.
Natasha helped bartend an outdoor Cinco de Mayo neighborhood event. She was punctual, very personable with the guests, easy to work with, and rolled with the punches when we started to get low on margarita mix (my fault, not hers) and came up with some creative solutions so that we could keep serving the thirsty guests yummy drinks.
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Graham L.
We hired Natasha for our wedding and everything went great! She was very responsive and easy to communicate with leading up to the wedding. Will was the bartender for our wedding and did a great job! He was very friendly, professional, and very efficient as he kept the line moving quickly while providing great service. Highly recommended! Great value! Would absolutely hire again!
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Thumbtack Customer
Rashida provided an outstanding service. I loved having her bartend at my event. She was very well organized, professional and super helpful. Tons of little tips and tricks to make sure my guests were satisfied. She even helped with the music recommendations. Super service, super friendly. I would recommend her and definitely rehire her.
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Kapil B.
This was second year we had a live bartender station for our Diwali Party. Skylar did an amazing job. All of our guests were very impressed and raved about how good Skylar was, his friendliness, attentiveness and the delicious drinks. The bar setup, and management of drinks for 40 guests was seamless for the whole night. Thank You Skylar for making our party amazing.
Cody N.
Diamond Bartending was exceptional in every way for my Fiance's "Roaring 20s" themed birthday party. The owner, Jewel, went above and beyond in so many ways by dressing up in 1920s attire and even providing a custom cocktail menu to fit the theme. The guests were so impressed with the thoughtfulness of each detail. For example, she printed out gold framed photos of my fiance to set up at the bar. And even brought custom edible paper toppers for each cocktail! Another example would be the faux light up cigarettes at the bar counter (my grandma pictured with one below) WOW! She thought of everything! I highly recommend Diamond Bartending for any event where you want to impress your guests with amazing drinks and service. Five stars all the way! I wish I could give more. We will definitely be calling for our next gathering! :)
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Garrison K.
Natasha was the bartender for my mother's celebration of life service this past weekend. She was prompt, prepared, quickly studied the wine and beer selection though I was not available to brief her. Guest commented on how she cleared plates, tided the bar table, and was just an overall great asset beyond what we had hired her to do. Such a pleasure to work with such a great professional and kind person.
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Rohit S.
Natasha was amazing!! We honestly could not have asked/hoped for a better bartender on our special day. She did our surprise engagement party and was responsive, punctual, decorated the bar area very nicely, and made the experience memorable for all of us. She was very easy-going and did well with our group of 50 guests - all of our guests loved her. We will definitely be hiring her again!
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Thumbtack Customer
Rashida was absolutely amazing from start to finish! By far the best vendor we hired for our wedding. She was incredibly helpful leading up to the event, created an amazing cocktail list for us, and checked in every few days to make sure everything was going okay. Our guests could not compliment her enough - practically everyone came and told us how amazing our bartender was. She handled the 130 crowd with ease and kept everyone happy. We highly recommend her. Thank you Rashida!!!
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