The average cost for a wedding bartender is $40 per hour. Hiring a bartender for your big day, you will likely spend between $180 to $250 for the whole event. The price of a wedding bartender can vary greatly by region (and even by zip code). Get free estimates from local bartenders near you.
Bartenders come in handy for all types of events. From a game day party in a basement to a large-scale convention for a corporation, a bartender offers extensive alcohol handling experience, knowledge of popular cocktails and mixed drinks, and often excellent people skills for managing a crowd. Bartender pricing fluctuates based on several criteria.
The basic pricing factor for a bartender is how many hours they're at the bar. Clients hiring bartenders should look beyond the set hours of the event. Setup and teardown time requires that a bartender come in early and stay later, so account for buffer time for the hours.
A casual game day party has a lot fewer requirements than a wedding. Specialty events, such as wine or whiskey tastings, need a bartender with extensive knowledge in that area. These specializations can increase the overall cost of the services, especially if they require some sort of certification.
Larger events place greater demands on the bartender. The client may need multiple people working at the bar to fulfill the attendees' needs. If too many people have to wait around for a long time to get served, they could end up being frustrated at the event organizer and the bartender. Clients should consider how many people may go to the bar and the peak demand that could occur.
Some venues are better equipped than others for bartending. If the bartender lacks access to basic bar tools, adequate preparation area or otherwise doesn't have what they need, then additional equipment gets brought in. Clients should have an idea of the potential bartending area and what the venue may have available before asking for a quote.
The cost of living in an area can account for fluctuation in prices, so a bartender living in an expensive city may have a higher cost than one who lives in an area that's more affordable. The location also comes into play when considering how far the bartender has to travel to get to a particular venue.
Certain times of year are filled with events, such as wedding and convention season. Highly skilled bartenders are in-demand and frequently have packed schedules. Holidays such as New Year's Eve are another period where it may be more expensive to arrange for this service.
Is the bartender bringing everything to the venue, down to the alcohol itself? They may need to rent catering equipment, put in purchase orders for rare liquor and work with a party supplier to get barstools and other furniture.
Bar backs offer invaluable assistance to a bartender, especially in fast-paced environments. However, someone needs to act as a manager or supervisor and direct the crew members. Larger teams require experienced managers who can keep things running smoothly.
Sometimes the bartender needs to coordinate with caterers and other service providers. When they need to work with other people, that takes up additional time compared to them working on their own.
Bartender pricing may be a simple process with a base hourly rate or a massive calculation. By understanding the factors that can cause the price to go up, clients can make the best decisions when they hire bartenders for their upcoming events.
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