Planning a wedding is no small feat. From selecting the perfect venue to choosing the ideal décor and entertainment, there are countless details to consider. However, one aspect that often gets overlooked is the bar service. Bartenders are often the last vendor booked, but the bar can be the heart of any event, providing a space for guests to socialize, relax, and enjoy a drink. That’s where mobile bars or private event bar services come into play, offering a fantastic solution to elevate your event. In this blog post, we’ll explore the top reasons why a mobile bar is a great idea for weddings and corporate events and how to find the best mobile bars and bartenders for hire for your needs.
7 Reasons Why You Should Choose a Mobile Bar + Hire a Professional Bartender for Your Wedding
1. Convenience and Flexibility
Mobile bars are all about convenience. They can be set up virtually anywhere, whether it’s a stunning outdoor wedding venue or a corporate office space. This flexibility allows you to choose the perfect location for your bar, ensuring that it complements your event’s overall theme and aesthetics. With our bars, and also many Bartenders for hire, we offer a variety of sizes to fit virtually in any wedding and event venue, service needs, and many aesthetics.
2. Seamless Service
A mobile bar, combined with a professional Bartender, offers a seamless and efficient bar service. You can count on expertly crafted cocktails, quick service, and the assurance that your guests will be well taken care of. When you hire a mobile bar, you’re not just getting a bar; you’re getting experienced Bartenders who can craft exquisite cocktails and serve your guests with professionalism and a smile. These Bartenders are skilled in serving large amounts of guests all at once, so not only will your drinks taste great, but your guests won’t be standing in line all night waiting for another beverage.
3. Save Time and Effort
Organizing a bar service can be time-consuming and stressful. Mobile bars handle everything from setup to cleanup, and help with menu planning, tips to save money, and provide all the supplies needed, allowing you to focus on other aspects of your event. This saves you time and effort, ensuring a seamless and enjoyable experience for you and your guests.
4. Guest Interaction
A mobile bar encourages guest interaction. It serves as a focal point for socializing and provides an opportunity for guests to connect over a shared love for great drinks. This will enhance the overall atmosphere of your event.
5. Variety of Beverage Knowledge
In addition to crafting cocktails, a professional Bartender should be knowledgeable on a variety of beverage options; including beer, wine, and other spirits provided. They can make suggestions from the provided ingredients and beverage options to your guests, and find something for everyone to suit their taste.
6. Troubleshooting and Problem Solving
A true professional, with experience working in real bars and in a mobile bar setting will be able to troubleshoot a variety of issues. Let’s face it, with all the workings of a wedding, nothing always goes as planned. Sometimes the keg doesn’t arrive cold enough, or a guest is trying to overindulge, or a key ingredient doesn’t show up. A Bartender can focus on the bar, and find a solution if any problems arise – or better yet, prevent them from happening in the first place.
7. Professional Equipment
Mobile bars and bartending service companies almost always come equipped with all the necessary tools and equipment for a top-notch bar service, including glassware or disposables, ice, and bar tools, and . You won’t have to worry about the logistics of acquiring and maintaining these items. If you’re using our stand-alone bar services, or services with The Bustender, please visit our Services and Pricing Page to verify all the equipment and supplies included. If you are choosing another bar service, please confirm what they include when comparing pricing.
FAQ: Mobile Bars and Professional Bartenders for Weddings and Corporate Events
There are a few questions to ask before hiring your Private Event Bartender or Mobile Bar. More times than not, hiring the cheapest option is RARELY the best strategy for hiring any vendor for your biggest day – but especially when it comes to the person or people serving alcohol. Here are a few FAQ’s to ask before booking your Bartender:
Q1: How do I find the best mobile bar and professional bartender for my event?
- Research online for reputable mobile bar and bartender services.
- Check reviews and testimonials from previous clients on Yelp, Google, and even Facebook. Avoid review sites that let businesses remove or highlight specific reviews, like many wedding directory sites (WeddingWire and The Knot)
- Contact potential vendors to discuss your event’s needs and get detailed quotes. Review their website for their own FAQ page, get ideas on their overall look and feel, and confirm their photos are not stolen images from Google Search with reverse image search – this will help prevent scams or misrepresentations of their own business (sadly, it happens often).
Q2: Can I request a specific cocktail menu for my event?
Absolutely! Professional Bartenders are more than happy to work with you to create a tailored cocktail menu that aligns with your event’s theme and your guests’ tastes. We have a recent blog post about our Old-Fashioned Paloma that is sure to WOW your guests.
Q3: Are professional Bartenders licensed and insured?
Reputable professional Bartenders should be licensed and insured. Sadly, many are not. Ask your venue for suggestions, and also confirm with the vendor with proof that they are licensed and insured. If a venue has a preferred bar service, they often already have their documentation on-file, so that also means you get someone they trust, but also less legwork gathering documents. Cross-reference their preferred vendor list with your Coordinator’s preferred list, and also the review sites linked above. Ideally, you’ll find a company that is on both lists and has positive reviews, and fits your vision.
Q4: What experience do you have with weddings and large events?
Even the most seasoned and trained Bartenders and Mixologists are not always prepared to get slammed with 100+ thirsty guests all at once. Although, an experienced Bartender is always better than an inexperienced one, finding an experienced bar staff that regularly works weddings is vital to a successful bar. Not only can they help you plan a menu that is delicious, but one that can be served quickly to a large crowd. Many times when couples ask their local Bartender for a signature cocktail idea, they often suggest something that just doesn’t work for a large crowd (with complicated builds or numerous ingredients), or for the setting (i.e. an Old Fashioned or Martini for an outdoor August wedding). Not only will checking a company’s reviews be helpful, but also ask them how many weddings they’ve served. If it isn’t a high number, don’t pay premium prices.
Q5: How much should I budget for a mobile bar and professional bartending service?
The cost depends on factors such as the number of guests, the beverage menu, and the event location. It’s important to discuss your budget and requirements with the service providers to receive an accurate quote. Many bar services list their prices on their website, or you can usually fill out a questionnaire for a quote.
Q6: What happens if you find a bar service and they get sick or have an emergency?
While no one wants to plan for the worst, sometimes an emergency happens or they get sick. If you and/or your Bartender don’t have a an emergency back-up, you may have an unintentional dry wedding. Ensure your bar service has a back-up plan. With our services, we have a full-staff that will step in and take over – oftentimes without you even knowing an emergency happened. We have a large team of Bartenders, that are all licensed, insured, and experienced and we can always fill-in in-house if needed – whether that is a few days before, or halfway through service. Be sure to ask your hired bar service if they have a plan in an emergency situation because the last thing you want to be doing the night before your wedding is scrambling to find a Bartender.
For weddings and corporate events, combining a mobile bar with a professional Bartender is a winning formula. This dynamic duo provides not only convenience but also a high level of expertise, ensuring your guests enjoy top-notch cocktails and exceptional service. The flexibility to customize your drink menu and engage your guests in the art of mixology is an invaluable feature of this combination. So, whether you’re planning an elegant wedding or a corporate gathering, consider the many benefits of incorporating a mobile bar and professional bartender into your event. You’ll undoubtedly raise the bar on the overall experience, leaving a lasting impression on your guests.