How Much Does a Bartender Cost?
A bartender may be required for a party such as a wedding, retirement celebration, or birthday party. The bartender generally works for himself, but he may also be contracted through a company. The bartender is going to help server drinks, set them up, keep the area clean, and more. The cost of a bartender is going to vary depending on the experience, how many you need, the hours needed, as well as other factors.
How much is it?
- The cost of a bartender is going to greatly vary depending on how many people are going to be attending the party. Most personal bartenders will want to serve 50-75 guests. For every 75 guests, you’ll want to factor an additional bartender. On average, expect to pay anywhere from $25 to $50 per hour. Most will require that you book in four hour increments.
- For those that go over the increments, a bartender will charge $30 to $75 per hour in overtime fees. Keep in mind that these prices will not cover the alcohol.
- Most bartending services will offer discounts for each additional bartender. For example, you may get a 5-10% off discount for the second bartender, a 20% discount for a third bartender, etc.
- For example, if you have a party of 200 guests, 2 bartenders are going to be needed. If this party is going to be around 4 hours, the cost will more than likely be $200 to $350.
What are the extra costs?
- The largest extra cost of hiring a bartender is the alcohol used to make the drinks.
- Each additional bartender is going to cost more. Each and every company is going to vary on what its bartender to guest ratio is. It is best to inquire with the company to see what they recommend.
- Some bartenders will do more than just serve the alcohol. Most will even service your guests by serving food, walking around the venue serving drinks, and more.
- Tips will not be included. Most bartenders will expect a tip ranging anywhere from 5% to 20%. While optional, it is always best to tip.
- An upfront payment will be expected before services are guaranteed. This upfront payment can be 1o to 45% of the final total.
- Holidays and premium days such as the weekend and summer months may yield a higher price tag.
What is going to be included?
- The bartender himself, as well as liability insurance that is provided by the company itself, is the only thing included in the price.
- Most bartenders will come equipped with their own gear in order to serve the drinks. Some of the gear is going to include ice buckets, a corkscrew, bottle opener, etc.
How can I save money?
- Most bartending services will offer discounts to non-profit organizations and others for various reasons. Inquire with the service to see what kind of discounts they offer.
- Compare at least three bartenders in your area. Also inquire whether they are insured to protect yourself from any damages.
- You may not need a professional service to help you with the event. Instead, consult with a friend or family member who may be able to help. Instead of paying $300, you could pay them $50 to $100 instead.