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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 Vancouver waitstaff
Hannah B.
I was pretty disappointed with the service we received at the wedding. The staff needed a lot of prompting from my family members who were trying to greet guests and enjoy themselves. Things like uncovering the food and walking around with wine bottle, which were in my written instructions (complete with timeline) required the mother of the bride to find the waitstaff and ask them to do these tasks. I was away from my seat when champagne was passed to the head table and my maid of honor had to tell staff that the bride needed champagne for the toast. The staff seemed to be used pretty inefficiently--at around 8:30 PM, when many people had left, instead of clearing tables and putting away glassware, three staff members were walking around with one box of cigars. I realize as a residential venue, the setup was not ideal, but I thought it was pretty clear, with my timeline and instructions, what I wanted to happen when. As a result, my family spent an inordinate amount of time cleaning up the day after the wedding.
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