It’s your big night. The place is decorated to perfection. You are looking fresh in your new outfit. Then guests arrive in one big horde and they all want to know one thing: WHERE ARE THE DRINKS?
You get sucked into making one, then two, then five fizzy cosmo tinis. Next think you know, you’re a sweaty mess, barely able to say hello to anyone much less have a relaxed conversation. And many of your guests are still thirsty! You got stuck in the classic host-turned-bartender role after you promised yourself you wouldn’t.
Huge extravaganzas run well because of the staff, especially the bartenders. How much smoother would your medium or small gathering benefit from having a professional bartender (or two) serve the drinks? And you would be free to act as a full time host.
Companies like Top Shelf have 20 years of experience with corporate events, weddings and private parties. They will send a state certified and knowledgeable bartender in a professional uniform to greet your guests.
Most providers will offer a planning session and different packages, depending on your wants and needs. They can use your own alcohol and/or can offer signature cocktails and soda bars. You can choose to rent, use your own glassware, purchase plastic-ware or eco-friendly disposables. Assistant staffing would be contingent upon your package selection. There is usually a minimum time block and rate per server (maybe 3-4 hours) and time can be extended by the half hour.
KNOW NOW: Depending on your wants/needs, set-up time can run up to two hours and breakdown up to one hour.
Companies like Steve and Sally, LLC and Lyght House Cocktails have bartenders, chefs and other event pros you might need. While they do not impose a mandatory gratuity and/or “tip jars,” gratuity is appreciated and will go directly to the staff, and is at the sole discretion of the client.
As with everything in life, you get what you pay for. Investing in a bartender to go can be the best money you spend on your special occasion because it will free you to enjoy your time and give you the assurance that things are running (and being poured) smoothly.
Have you used a great bartender service? Got any helpful tips for others?