Post # 1
I know I’ve seen this somewhere but can’t find it. How many bartenders should be working during the coktail hour per 100 guests to avoid long lines? We plan to have the signature drinks and a non-alcoholic drink passed on trays as soon as the coktail hour begins but many will want to get in line for beer or wine and I don’t want a long wait for them.
Post # 3
If you’re only having beer and wine at the bar, you should be fine with two. Most places require 1 bartender per 50-75 people.
Post # 4
We’re getting 2 bartenders for 100-120 people. During cocktail hour, it will be purely drinks passed on trays (there’s not a good way to set up a bar in the cocktail space), then 2 bartenders during the reception for a full bar.
Post # 5
I had 2 bars set up on opposite sides of the room, 2 bartenders at each bar (a total of 4) for 230 people. The drink lines went smoothly….no lines yet never empty!
Post # 6
We are going to have 1 for every 50 people.
Post # 7
The venue that I actually bartend at, requires 1 bartender for every 75-100 people. The other night there was a party of 320 with beer and pop only, and there were 2 of us. With liquor, we would have had 3 easily.
At our wedding we had 2, with total guests of about 140.
Post # 8
We had two for our wedding and we had 110 guests. We only served beer, wine and soda.
Post # 9
We are having 200 guests and our caterer has arranged for 1 bar manager, 2 bartenders and 1 barback. The bar manager will be bartending as well and the barback is in charge of moving and restocking, etc., but will bartend if it gets busy. We will have two bars during cocktail hour and two bars in a separate area for dinner.
Post # 10
Being a bartender for private events such as weddings I can give you the most common formula. Generally, for skilled bartenders, it’s about 75 per bartender. Depending on how it’s set up, there’s usually a rush for the bar following the ceremony. I really like the idea of getting trays of signature drinks. That will definitely help.
Overall, the best rule to follow is 75. If its a close number like 90-120, i would highly suggest adding another bartender or at least a barback For more tips on how to hire a bartender for a wedding, feel free to visit: http://www.bartenderatlanta.com/Tips–Hire-a-bartender-for-your-wedding-.html
Hope this helps
Post # 11
Is it 75 guests total, or 75 people that will be drinking alcohol? I’m trying to figure this out myself. We will have non alcoholic drinks set up for self service, and the signature drink(applepie moonshine) will either just be set up on their tables during cocktail hour or at a seperate table. We will have beer, wine, and liquor behind the bar. It will be cans of beer and only a few types of liquor with some different mixers; so no crazy concoctions for the bartenders to make. Just like captain and coke type drinks. There will be 115 guests with about 80 alcohol drinkers (mostly beer people). I have a friend that used to bartend who wants to do it by herself (more tips) but I’m concerned there might be long lines. What do you think?
Post # 12
Overall, to avoid lines you want 75 maximum per bartender. Even though some may not be drinking alcohol, they’ll still be drinking something.
Some quick tips:
1. Hire a bartending service professionals. The number 75 is for professionals who can handle the rush of guests following the ceremony.
2. I think having trays of drinks is a good idea, but you can’t really have that with coctails, and not everyone will be drinking wine.
3. In your situation, I would recommend 2 bartenders just to be on the safe side. I understand budget may be a consideration, so maybe 1 bartender and 1 barback as an added option.
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