Post # 1
Hi, Austin & SA brides!
Does anyone know how to hire a bartender for our wedding? I emailed the bartending school, but I haven’t heard anything yet. One venue that we’re looking into has a guy they use, but I don’t think the other (preferable) venue does. Google searches pull up zip. Should I rely on the owner of the venue to recommend someone?
Thanks so much!
Post # 3
You may also hire a bartender through your caterer, if that’s an option. I’m sure the person through the venue’s recommendation would be fine, too, but I understand you’d want to compare your options!
Post # 4
Could you hire a friend of a friend? Depending on what you’re serving. We’re jsut doing beer and wine, so my FI’s BIL has some friends who are offering to serve for $100 each plus tips.
A bartender at a catering co was $250 and we needed 2 of them…ugh. $500 to pour drinks? JUST beer and wine? what a joke, they would have gotten off SO easy
Post # 5
Thanks so much!
My (ideal) caterer (The Salt Lick) doesn’t have a serving license, and my (ideal) venue requires a TABC licensed bartender. I’ve seen one vendor who charges $30/hr for their bartender. Ugh. But will they bring in their own ice chests and set up for that price? Who knows?
Thanks so much! Any other ideas are more than welcome!
Post # 6
We hired a friend. Is it bad that I know a lot of bartenders?
Post # 7
- Wedding: September 2009 - Barr Mansion
Check on Craigslist–I’ve seen some invidividuals and party services advertised on there! That’s what I’m planning on doing for my wedding!
Post # 8
Could you contact a local fraternity or culinary school? They might have some likely candidates.
Post # 9
$30 an hour is cheap! Definitely see if it includes clean up and break down. what are you serving?
You could always visit a bar you like and ask to see if they have a bartender not working that specific day or something liie that if you’re crunched for time
Post # 10
I used to work for a venue in Austin and we always used Hill Country Events. I think they were pretty cheap, like $20/hour per bartender. So if you have 2 for 4 hours it’d be $160.
Post # 11
Do you have a favorite bar that you go go and bartender that mixes your drink there? If so you can always ask them if they could get the night off work. Most of the time that is what people around here do. As long as they are making more than they would normally they are all for it. then you have someone who is knowlageable and all you have to do is supply the alcohol and mixes so you can keep the costs to what you want.
Post # 12
Thanks so much, bees! You are awesome!
Post # 14
I get this question all the time… Many times the catering company does not have bartenders available. As far as the option from the bartendering school, it’s one way to go, but I wouldn’t necessarily suggest that option. Here’s why: even though they have been trained, they don’t have any real bar experience yet. This is not a bad thing, I mean, you have to start somewhere. I would suggest asking your catering company for suggestions and start researching some private bartender companies. Yes, I am a little biased of course, but you don’t want to have your guests waiting for drinks or have any disorganization when it comes to getting your guests their drinks. Enjoy your day….hire professionals and every aspect of the bar is taken care of. If you would like more tips on how to hire are bartender, you can visit http://www.bartenderatlanta.com/Tips–Hire-a-bartender-for-your-wedding-.html This is a great guide when looking for a bartender. Congrats to all of you out there!