Hire a Bartender – A FREE GUIDE to find the right company

Looking for Bartender Hire ? With there being just so many event companies out there offering Bartenders, Cocktail Bartenders to hire & Flair Bartenders etc. How do I know which companies are providing quality Bartenders for Hire? And how to spot the companies you should be avoiding?

To hire a Bartender is very easy, It is exactly the same, whether you’re hiring a bartender in London, Manchester or anywhere else in the country. Or even any other product online that you’re about to spend money on, do some research. Check Reviews & Dont part with any money or pay any deposits until you’re completely happy that you’ve found the right bartender hire company.

How to Hire a Cocktail Maker Bartender for your Party or Event


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Why do I need to hire a bartender for my event?

A Bartender is a fantastic way to make your event just one level higher. Whether it’s for a small gathering of 12 girls in a rented apartment booked short term for a Hen Weekend away. A birthday or Christmas party of 50 guests in your very own home. Or a relaxed Dinner party, right through to the massive plush Marquee wedding catering style events for 250/300+ guests. Hiring a Cocktail Bartender can certainly offer a huge elevation to the event, but not just that. They can also provide Entertainment, Hospitality & a fantastic service to all of your guests.

Should you look to exclusively Hire a Bartender local to you?

The truth is, the Bartender for hire will almost ALWAYS be local to you, they’ll certainly be within an hour away in a car. It is highly likely that, regardless of what Bartender Hire company you book through. You’ll end up with the same bartender as many of the bartenders on these event circuits are Freelance.

There are these freelance Cocktail Bartenders to hire all over the country based in their appropriate hometowns. These companies based on the internet, very much like us which you can enquire through always send not only the nearest bartender possible, but also if the companies are any good & care about your event. The most appropriate one to the style of your party. A lot of these hire bartenders are registered on almost all the Bartender Hire companies systems so they can increase the flow of their own work.

So what you’re really looking for when you make these searches, is the quality of the bartender hire company you’re booking through. It’s so much more to it than a pretty website. Yet at the same time, its not difficult to choose the right one at all. It will all come down to a Gut Feeling.

You need to know the people in the office which you speak too are more than competent, That they’ll be giving you the Correct Hire Bartender & just make you feel safe & secure in why you should book a bartender with them.

So how do I know which Bartender Hire companies to trust?

Simple. Go with the feeling in your gut…. There are some companies out there that exclusively deal with Email Only.

We have absolutely no idea how they are in business. If they can’t speak to you, then they have no idea what kind of event a client is having. Or to be able select the correct style of bartender you would like to hire based on what a client is telling us. How can these companies be any good?

We find that the Bartender hire companies whom only deal in email, is just outright lazy & showing how little they care for your event, what you as a client requires & would advise very heavily to steer well clear of these email only companies.

I have even been told while out on an event one night by my client. That one Bartender Hire company out there, refuses to even call potential clients until a deposit is laid down. Like the email only companies above, we have no idea how this Bartender Hire company is in business. If I had to put money down before I even got to talk to someone about my event… They wouldn’t get to talk to me.

So I’m hiring a bartender from these above companies, how do I know they’re legit?

These above companies also do not work the events themselves, were never at any point Bartenders in their lives & are just simply not equipped to answer your questions or in my opinion, event be trusted to run your event. We covered a much more in depth blog Click Here to read it about how to identify these above companies that farm your event out after booking to complete strangers that they have never met through public forums.

Whether you’re hiring a Bartender in Gloucester, Bristol, Birmingham, Manchester, Brighton. Doesn’t matter, all these above companies claim they are nationwide, but they don’t have bartenders in these locations, they just take to the bartender forums in force paying pennies for staff while charging you hundreds. Definitely worth checking out that guide.

How do I make sure I dont book one of these dodgy Bartender Hire Companies?

Before I go too much into how bad some of these companies are, these are just finds from experience of seeing how so many of them operate. But there are some excellent companies out there too, of course I would recommend my own, this is why we are writing these guides. Because we know we are one of the Bartender Hire businesses that is there for the client above all else. But we’re not the only ones. There are LOADS of great bartender hire businesses out there that are doing a fantastic job. You can find them.

Simply find the companies, that will TAKE TIME TO LISTEN to you talk about your event. Each Bartender hire company is very different. Yet each event is extremely special to the person hosting it.

When sending an enquiry into us, you will speak to someone in our office within 2 working days. this person is also not there to sell you anything. Just listen to your requirements. So we can put the perfect package together for you. Fill out the Enquiry form at the base & someone from our office will call to find out all about your event. Then we send you the quotation paperwork, a List of cocktails to choose from & leave the ball completely in your court. No salespeople.

Im seeing lots of companies offering Cocktail Makers for hire, or Mixologists for hire. Is that the same thing? 

YES, in short. But like many trades in the world, Bartenders are also called many different things. 

The most common terms we have & google reports that more people find us through searching “Cocktail Maker For Hire” than they do “Hire a Bartender”.

Mixologists is also another term thats used heavily, however this is more a term used by the event companies. Far more than our domestic side of our business. 

So a Cocktail Maker is definitely the same as a Cocktail Bartender & a Mixologist, you can hire all of these with us. 

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But I want to hire a Flair bartender?

Thats fine. Plenty of companies do this. We do & you can check this page out here. 

But dont let a company talk you into this because they want you to have it, Flair Bartenders are more expensive to hire. you should only book it, if you think it will really add value to your event.

The best way to approach this, is very straight forward. Gather as much information as possible from all the different companies. Send as many enquiries out as you have time to request. Then very simply go through all those company quotes for Bartender hire & whichever you feel the most comfortable with at the end of your research. Book that one.

You can get a quote from us by filling out this Enquiry form & someone will call you back in 2 working days to talk about your plans for your event.


Stu Hoyland – Director. @ cocktailhire

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