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We are setting up an open bar at our casual cocktail reception. There wil probably be 2 signature cocktails and a red and white wine (along with bottled water and pop). Then there will be kegs off to the side that are self serve. We are having about 130 guests and a majority of them are moderate to heavy drinkers. My question is, do you think one professional bartender is enough or should I hire two? I was thinking kegs would help alleviate traffic but I’m having doubts. Thanks!
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My caterer says 2 bartenders for 150 people.
Post # 4
Yep 2 bartebders is recomended, we had 2 and they worked great.
Post # 5
- Wedding: September 2009 - Harbison Chapel & The Maple Lane Farm
I would say 2 if you have them pour as each person comes to the bar. We are having a table set up with a few drinks already poured out so guest can just come up and take whatever so we might just have one bar tender, along with a signature drink station/water/nonalchoholic drinks, to reduce traffic at the bar.
Post # 6
Honestly, it will depend on the bartender and the crowd. If you have a good bartender, then you should really only need one. And you have to remember, not every person will want a drink at the same time, and not all of them will drink. And how many liquors and mixes are going to be there… since it will most likly be more limited that will be a factor as well.
Like you said, the beer drinkers getting to self serve themselves will help out some. If you are really worried about it and have the money to hire 2 GOOD bartenders then it is always nice to have someone to relieve you. But on the same note, one GREAT bartender may be cheaper. I would talk to the bartender that you are wanting to hire, go observe them at their place of buisness on a busy night and see how well they work. That is always a good indicator.
I am still "in training" as a bartender and I served a bday party a couple weeks ago by myself. It was only 50ish ppl, but they were all heavy drinkers and I did fine. I had to make a couple runs to the main bar to get some stuff we hadnt stocked for the party, but other than that it was a breeze. And I am the first to admit, I am a slow bartender, I am still learning.
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