The 7 Things to Look for (and Avoid) When Hiring a Private Event Bartender
DISCLAIMER: After writing this article, it’s really really informative but only medium entertaining. I’m starting to face that I might suck at writing fun + information packed blog posts. My older posts, and me in person, are a lot more fun. **pinkyswear**
That’s why I came up with this guide.
Number 1: You Like Their Personality
There are two tried-and-true ways to do this. First, are they sufficiently professional in an email correspondence you have with them?
Second, are they cool when you talk to them? Do they seem to know how talk talk to people? Friendly? Do they instill confidence in you? Are they enthusiastic?
Number 2: They Have Experience Bartending in Real Bars (Not Just Catering or Bar Backing)
Number 3: They Have Resources to Help You Prepare The Bar at Your Event
Number 4: They Demonstrate They Know How To Make Drinks
Number 5: Do They Have Proof Of Happy Customers?
Number 6: They Don’t Flinch When You Ask Them For Specialty Cocktails or a Custom Menu
One way to tell is if they are able to start coming up with ideas on the spot.
Number 7: You Get What You Pay For
Last, here are a few questions you can ask a bartender to help find out if they are good:
(I put this question at the top of the list because I have found that knowing how to make this drink is an excellent indicator if the bartender knows their stuff or not. You don't actually have to know the answer yourself, but the level of confidence and enthusiasm in which the bartender answers will tell it all.)