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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.

Reviews for Seattle bartenders
Thumbtack Customer
We hired Seattle Bartending Company for our son's rehearsal dinner in Seattle. We live in Texas and I was arranging all of this long distance. After corresponding with Will and receiving a detailed quote, there was no doubt in my mind that I had picked the right company. Anytime I had a question, he was so quick to respond. I received an email from Will a day or so before the rehearsal dinner explaining that they would come and set up before the dinner and our bartender would be Rebecca. Rebecca was absolutely amazing and so professional! Everyone at the rehearsal dinner loved her! She is such a good bartender and felt like a family friend. I highly recommend this bartending company! You will not be disappointed!
Seattle Bartending Co.Seattle Bartending Co.
Matthew J.
Kevin was an exceptional bartender for our event. It was very friendly, remembered names, and created some delicious craft cocktails.
BarKeptBarKept
Thumbtack Customer
The bartender will was very nice, did a great job. The only negative was that he first went to the wrong location so was late in setting up.
Seattle Bartending Co.Seattle Bartending Co.
Thumbtack Customer
The best bartender we could have had for our wedding!! Really exceptional service. He was super nice, efficient & just great.
Seattle Bartending Co.Seattle Bartending Co.
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.
Ember MixologyEmber Mixology
Thumbtack Customer
Very good bartender, however she was late arriving before the event began which put her behind being ready to take drink orders.
Shannon ThompsonShannon Thompson
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.
Natasha P.Natasha P.
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.
Ember MixologyEmber Mixology
Penny E.
Shannon was our bartender for an after retreat dinner function, held at the Washington Arboretum. Shannon was wonderful to work with, very personable, and had the bar set up in record time! We would hire her again in an instant!
Shannon ThompsonShannon Thompson
Thumbtack Customer
Brent is the man! He was very timely in responding to calls and texts and showed up early to help setup when he wasn't even required too. I highly recommend using Brent for any catering or bartending services!
McBPro SolutionsMcBPro Solutions
Thumbtack Customer
Would hire Seattle Bartending again in a heartbeat for our next event! We had a 400 person wedding reception - no tall order, but Will and his team met the challenge and exceeded our expectations. Just to share a little more detail - Will went above and beyond in his delivery of customer service and bartending service. He crafted signature cocktails for both my husband and me based on our preferences (down to the garnish), answered all questions thoroughly, and provided a superior experience from beginning to end. He helped us with our shopping list, and provided knowledgeable, helpful advice along the wayc as well as actually touring the venue ahead of time with us to make sure everything was set up properly. I'm very particular about receiving good service, and Will never failed to make me happy. Thank you so much Seattle Bartending Co. - you guys are awesome!!!! :D
Seattle Bartending Co.Seattle Bartending Co.
Thumbtack Customer
Josh was absolutely great to work with! Very easy going but professional. We had him work with a second bartender and they were so amazing together and really made the night great. We will definitely be working with Josh again here in the future.
TOP SHELF BARTENDINGTOP SHELF BARTENDING
Thumbtack Customer
We were expecting about 90+ guests for our annual Labor Day Pool Party this year. So, this year we hired Seattle Bartending Co. to handle our bar tending needs. Will arrived early to set up the bar area, cutting all the condiments, arranging bottles and mixers for what became a very busy 6 hours of bar tending. Throughout the day Will kept the line moving fast while continuing to provide custom drinks on request. Will was professional, personable and very efficient. We are definitely hire Seattle Bartending Co. again!
Seattle Bartending Co.Seattle Bartending Co.
Thumbtack Customer
Gardon was awesome! Extremely accommodating, a pleasure to be around, and handle some adverse situations with ease. Highly, highly recommend inviting Gardon to any event, and I will certainly refer his name to my friend's if they are ever looking for someone to bartend their event.
Gardon Armstrong (Bartender)Gardon Armstrong (Bartender)
Thumbtack Customer
Gardon was really organized & easy to work with. Besides doing a great job bartending for 40-50 people, he also helped set up & clean up really well. I will definitely try to work with him again next time we have an event!
Gardon Armstrong (Bartender)Gardon Armstrong (Bartender)
Thumbtack Customer
The Best. Socialable and knows his drinks. At the end of the event the guests stopped me and admired the bartender. If your having any type of event Rob is your GUY...!!!!!!This is the first review I've ever wrote online but he deserves it and so do you if your having an event.
ABC BartendingABC Bartending
Ed T.
Amber was outstanding. We needed a bartender for a last minute event and Amber was perfect. She was extremely responsive and accommodating to our crazy schedule and needs. I would hire her again in a heartbeat and recommend her highly! Thank you Amber you were great :) Ed
MYXIES By Amber VanceMYXIES By Amber Vance
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!
Natasha P.Natasha P.
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.
Ember MixologyEmber Mixology
Thumbtack Customer
Brent is a great communicator. He is well experienced and professional. The man did everything he said he would do! He comes well prepared & is organized. He was ready with a humble smile for all our guests. Great with set up & break down. He helped make our event successful not just by his service that night but also with his suggestions throughout the planning stages of our event. He is now my favorite bartender for all my future events.
McBPro SolutionsMcBPro Solutions
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!!!
Ember MixologyEmber Mixology
Thumbtack Customer
We hired Gardon to bartend a house party with about 50 guests. Gardon came early, set up everything perfectly, and then made our party extra fun! Our guests absolutely loved him, he was super fun, creative and really made things go so smoothly. Ran out of pineapple juice? No problem - he muddled fresh pineapple. The drinks were tasty and fun. The party lasted about 4.5 hours. Everyone kept commenting about how great he is, and we will hire him for another event in a heartbeat! Thanks Gardon - you are awesome! :)
Gardon Armstrong (Bartender)Gardon Armstrong (Bartender)
Thumbtack Customer
Will was great to work with - he supplied us with 2 extremely competent bartenders for our Halloween party. Both Rebecca and Brandee arrived on time and set up quickly. We had around 80 people with a cocktail menu of 6 choices. They were busy all night - literally did not stop and were flexible to stay later. As a host it's always stressful especially at the beginning - they completely took care of the bar and most importantly our guests thought they were great. I had several people give me feedback and I would recommend them.
Seattle Bartending Co.Seattle Bartending Co.
Brett E.
Amber was amazing. My wife and I were late to the game in booking a bartender for our "Oyster and Champagne" party, but Amber was super responsive, and in less than 48 hours before the event we sent a request and not only had Amber on board, but already had a gameplan for the event. She got their early to help set up, brought all of the little things that we hadn't thought of, and was a hit at the party. She was super professional while still being light hearted and great for conversation for those friends hovering over at the bar. The drinks were great, and overall the party was a success. We were in great hands knowing she was taking care of our guests so that my wife and I could enjoy our guests in lieu of worrying about if people had a full cocktail or not. We will definitely be getting Amber for any future events we have!!
MYXIES By Amber VanceMYXIES By Amber Vance
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