Take a great location, add in some fabulous guests, and of course great food and drinks! These are a few key ingredients that go into a recipe for any amazing event. Of course, you can always try to man the bar yourself while doing everything else. But why not hire someone experienced and actually enjoy your next event? Someone who knows how to make the favourites, ensuring all the guests are topped up and happy, and even assist with the clean up? Well, first things first, you need to find some great help! Here are our top tips to look for when hiring a bartender.
The last thing you want to worry about is anyone getting over served or hurt at your event. Ensuring that any bartender you hired is properly certified with the appropriate one for you province or state is paramount.
Don’t be afraid to ask! You don’t want someone who has to ask guests, “what is in that?” Or is going to hold up the line. Make sure they’re experienced, and with the type of event you are throwing. If they’ve only done bar service, and yours is a black tie affair, it may not be the ideal fit.
Ask the bartender if they can come up with a signature cocktail for your event! Most bartenders are experienced with this and come up with some great ideas to suit your theme!
A good number to go by is 1 bartender for every 50 guests, however you may want to hire a hostess or bar back to assist with other areas such as tidying, bussing, getting ice etc.
Make sure the bartender has the appropriate dress code before hiring them. Most bartenders wear a standard all black outfit, however this may not be a fit depending on the theme of your event. If you’re going through an agency they may have a full line of costumes and uniforms in stock for you to utilize!