A guide to making sure you get the most out of your hire
You’ve decided you want to hire a bartender for your birthday, the big wedding, a hen party or just a simple summer barbecue! But how do you decide which bartender hire company will be best?
This guide will help you work out what you need, how to avoid the crooks of the industry, and more importantly, ensure that the bartenders you hire are suitable for the gig, and, well known!
You’re taking the plunge and deciding to rent a Mobile Bar for your event – Be it a birthday, wedding, or even a barbecue.
After looking around online it’s a struggle to know what options you should be looking for.
See our video explainer about what you should be looking for with mobile bar hire below.
Some of the mobile bar sites have fantastic images, while some.. Don’t.
Should you be focusing on going with companies that have great looking pictures though?
No, of course not. If you are just looking for a pretty bar, you can get those anywhere. But for the same price as a bar that's been DESIGNED to make your bartender better at their job, isn’t it worth spending just a few more moments finding a better value product for the same price that will actually make your event run smoother, as well as look the part?
If you’re going for a mobile bar, you need to consider functionality too. It's so important. Usually, this would be requisite for high volume parties where a bartender is working up against their maximum capacity for guests.
Your bartender will work faster, with more confidence and be able to keep not only a cleaner workstation behind a mobile bar, but most importantly serve your guests much faster & be so much happier while doing so, versus a table in the corner.
To pick out the right provider for a mobile bar, we start by looking for things your bartender would need to be able to do their job effectively.
Look at what the bar is made from. Believe it or not, this is a huge giveaway as to the kind of company you are looking to hire.
A wooden bar - including labour - can be put together for less than £100, yet some companies hire them out for £165 + V.A.T. or more, literally DOUBLE the production value, for a matter of hours it will be in your event, which also gives these companies a product they can re-use 4 or 5 times before it wears out.
This practice isn’t right and we highly recommend avoiding these companies as you never know what else they are overcharging for.
Here at Cocktail Hire, we offer Mobile Bar Hire too, and whilst one of our options is for wooden fascias for people who desire that look, the frames behind our facias are made from hard-wearing custom-built steel and aluminium.
Firstly you should be looking at whether or not the bar has a sink with drainage for the ice? A well made mobile bar would have been designed by a bartender, or at the very least had bartenders involved in the design process. A working sink with drainage is essential for a good bar. We have to put the ice somewhere that isn’t in the way or a hindrance to the operation of the rest of the bar as well as utilising the drainage to strain water away from the ice, this makes the ice last much longer & creates the finished product of a far better quality drink.
Sunken ice wells, built into the mobile bar, really help to minimise clutter while also ensuring that the bartender can do their job seamlessly. Watch out for companies that don’t offer this as they are just hiring you a glorified table with a shelf for an over the top price.
Speed rails. Most people might not know what these are unless they see them! These are metallic rows that typically fit next to the ice well and house all the bottles in positions that make it very easy for the bartender to grab. They also, more importantly, free up workspace & surface space behind the bar for the bartender to put their ingredients, glassware and other items that they need to make your drinks.
Not many mobile bars on the market have these, but if a company has made this investment into their mobile bars, it’s a sure-fire way to be certain that they know what they are doing and will usually provide a first-class service.
To sum up, you should ask to see photos of not only the front of the bar but the rear too. Look for sinks built into the unit (not just buckets placed on the work surface) and also whether they have rails for the bottles to fit in. If they have these, you can be sure you’ve found a good bar for your event.