(Closed) How much to pay a bartender?

posted 6 years ago in Reception
  • poll: How much should we pay our bartender?
    $50 : (1 votes)
    7 %
    $100 : (0 votes)
    $150 : (6 votes)
    43 %
    $200 : (5 votes)
    36 %
    over $200 : (2 votes)
    14 %
  • Post # 3
    1257 posts
    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: October 2013

    I am going off my experience in the catering and food service business, I think that $150 is a fair and appropriate number.

    Post # 4
    8444 posts
    Bumble Beekeeper
    • Wedding: April 2013

    @Flyin_Brian:  Most catering/venue places I’ve looked at charge around $175 for a bartender.  If she’s not allowed a tip jar, I’d think the price would be more.

    Post # 5
    63 posts
    Worker bee
    • Wedding: July 2013

    I am a bartender.  On a good night, 4 hour shift, I make $400 in tips. A slow night would be around $200.  I would say it would depend on how many guests you have. I tip the bartender when I go out, $1-$3 per drink depending on service, attentiveness and friendlieness. But I also know how much a wedding costs.  I would say her make her come up with a figure and work from there.

    Post # 6
    13290 posts
    Honey Beekeeper
    • Wedding: November 1999

    I think it also depends on where you are.  In my area (DC), bartenders get paid a lot.  I would say probably about $200 for one bartender for the night might be on the average side. 

    Post # 7
    525 posts
    Busy bee
    • Wedding: June 2013

    The bartender my caterer offers is $20/hr, so I think $150 is fair, for 7hours-ish but I would add a little extra for tips (if your guests don’t tip).

    Post # 8
    1849 posts
    Buzzing bee
    • Wedding: May 2014

    I used to be a bartender, and I wouldn’t work a 7+ hour shift for less than $200, unless it was for a friend or I was currently unemployed otherwise. Even bartending at a casual family restraurant, I took home more than that in tips for every PM shift. Kegs and wine wouldn’t make a difference for me, since mixing drinks was more fun and made the job more enjoyable.

    You should really make her come up with at least a range of what she considers reasonable before deciding, and I wouldn’t even mention $50 as an option. Though if she’s brand new and has never worked but has gotten her license, it might be a different situation. 

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