Why should I hire an event bartender?

If you are hosting a party or planning an event, there are many reasons for you to consider hiring a professional bartender to come in and take charge of your beverage service.

As a host, the last thing you want to do is have to worry that all of your guests are comfortable and have what they want, when they want it. Ideally, you would like to be able to actually enjoy your party. If you have a bartender in charge of the drinks, that is one less thing for your to worry about.

Impress your guest and make your event look well organized and put together. Because a bartender will know how to make a proper cocktail, your guests will be able to order their favorite cocktail, or be surprised by a custom cocktail that you and your bartender have designed for the event!  Your bartender will also keep the bar area neat and tidy. Instead of having a mess of bottles strew across the counter, the bartender will keep it all organized and clean.

Have you ever hosted a party and ran out of alcohol?  By having a bartender at your party, they can regulate the amount of alcohol poured in each drink, as well as keep track of what is being used the most and what is about to run out.

Tips for finding a good professional bartender

1. Check that the bartender for hire has his or her own bar kit. Pros travel with their own wine opener, pour spouts, cocktail shaker, strainer, long-handled spoon, towel and knife for cutting garnishes. You provide the blender, beverages, glasses and ice.

2. Test expertise, since good bartenders for hire know traditional drink recipes by heart. Ask how many years of experience the bartender has and of what kind. 

3. Quiz prospective bartenders for hire on how they set up their bars and how they cope with nonstop drink demands and empty glasses and bottles. They should be in command of their work space, trash containers, and supply of glassware and beverages.

4. If you're planning the party, ask the bartenders for hire advice on what to order. An experienced bartender can help you calculate how much and what alcohol you'll need.

5. Avoid novice or anyone fresh out of bartending school. Look for a tidy appearance and attire.

Overall Tip: Good bartenders for hire ask about guests' ages and tastes, and know which drinks different groups favor. 

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