Average price for a bartender

posted 3 years ago in Money
Post # 2
357 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: October 2013

Well, there is more to being a bartending then handing out beers. He/she needs to know how to properly mix drinks, know what drinks ARE, know when to cut people off, etc. Also he/she needs to maintain their license which has a cost. DO they also need to set up and clean up? Does that include a gratuity as well? I don’t think $400 is actually that bad…


Does your caterer have one? Maybe contact a local restaurant or bar and see if they have anyone that would like to work a private event on your date for $250 or something? Call your state’s ABC dept and see if they have a list of licensed bartenders?

Post # 3
52 posts
Worker bee

We used thumbtack.com and posted what we were looking for and received a result within 24 hours. We knew we would be providing our own alcohol, but needed someone to keep the drinks flowing, keep an eye on the booze, and keep everyone happy. Our reception will be about 8 hours (lol) and he’s charging us $25/hour (we have about 100 guests, open bar). He’s insured and certified in PA, as well. We will put a tip jar out, too. Good luck!

Post # 4
442 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: December 2013

Eight hour reception? Tip jar? Yikes…

Post # 5
3165 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: June 2014


allyfally:  Our caterer is having us pay 25$/hr for our bartender. So Id say thats a good price and you could offer a 100$ for your bartender at the end since you have a short day — so 200$ total? Im sure you could find a bartender who would love to work for 3 hrs for 175-200$? Good luck!! Itll all work out!

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