The Bartender Hire Company

Frequently Asked Questions

Can I hire just a bartender and nothing else?

Cocktail bartenders are priced at £50 per hour + VAT. This rate reduces based upon the number of hours and bartenders that you book.

This covers your professional cocktail bartender(s), all cocktail making equipment and menus, all of our assistance with helping you choose cocktails, writing up your shopping list, full insurance and a back-up bartender in case anything goes wrong with yours on the day.

You’ll need to add on at least one hour for setting up prior to drinks service. If you’d like drinks served from 7pm, you’ll need to book from 6pm.

Can we provide our own drinks?

Yes of course. We can provide you with a comprehensive shopping list based on cocktails required, guest numbers and hours spent serving.

Can you provide all the drinks?

Of course, we offer a complete cocktail solution. We ask you to choose the drinks, let us know what time you want us to arrive and we’ll take care of everything – we’ll even bring the kitchen sink! See our Complete Cocktail Service page for more information.

How many cocktail choices do you recommend for a small party?

Between 4 and 6 is the most successful. Too many and your guests will panic and choose something they recognise, leaving a large selection untouched. Also you will need to provide the bar with all the various spirits, liqueurs, purees, syrups and other mixers to accommodate all these drinks. Too few and your guests may get bored.

Realistically, how much will it cost me to put on a cocktail party at home?

If we base the question on a 4 hour service, for 40 people with you providing your own drinks and bar, with us supplying bartender, equipment, glassware, ice and management, you’ll be looking to spend between £500 and £800, all dependent upon drinks choices and quantity.

What is ‘flair’?

Flair, or flair bartending is the art of throwing bottles and cocktail equipment whilst drinks making for the entertainment of guests. Referring to it as ‘juggling’ is an understatement.

How much room do you need to ‘flair’?

The more room the better! The smallest floor space we require would be 3 metres by 2 metres per bartender. If you want us to work on some marble floor or any other very hard surface we may limit the moves that we do to minimize any chance of accidental drops. If we are in a garden or a marquee however, drops can’t be heard so much and bottles have less chance of smashing so we can perform larger moves. Head space is important too, anything below 8 foot can be tricky.

Do you charge for setting up

Not any more. We’ve found that because some events require more setting up time than others, we have now waived setting up charges completely.

Do you have insurance?

Yes, we have full liability and employers insurance up to £10 million. Please email us if you would like to view a copy.

Do you charge VAT?

As we are a UK wide company operating hundreds of events per month, legally we have to be VAT registered and as such need to charge VAT on all jobs.

What’s your poison?

A Sazerac. Essentially rye and bitters in an absinthe rinsed glass.

Where can I get cocktail shakers from?

For your event, we always provide all of our own bartending equipment. This includes shakers, strainers, pourers, muddlers, juice containers, chopping boards, knives etc. If you wish to purchase some equipment for hosting your own party, send us an email and we’ll point you in the right direction.

How long has TheBartender been running?

Since September 2005. We have organised and managed over 10,000 events (as of June 2021).

What happens if my bartender is sick on the night of my event?

We have backup bartenders fully equipped with access to all event details, equipment and transport.

Can I ask my bartender to stay for extra time on the night? Does it cost more?

Yes you can, as long as they are still drinks to serve! This is down to the bartenders’ discretion, and is charged at a fixed hourly rate of £50 + VAT per bartender. This is payable at the event using Apple / Android pay – your bartender can provide you with a link to follow.

So why choose you over other cheaper companies?

You may find cheaper options out there but be assured that what we offer is built on over a decade of experience in private events and even longer in the bar industry. We have seen it all from last minute cancellations to poor execution of the promised service. We price ourselves fairly on guaranteeing experienced bartenders (plus a back up bartender should the need arise), using premium spirits and drinks catered to your tastes (no nasty surprises), a dedicated office space to ensure your booking gets our full attention, full liability insurance (you can request a copy) and the ability to offer a hassle free service from start to finish.

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