Seattle Bartending Co. Bartenders

We have an accomplished & experienced team, industry leading equipment,
and renowned services to ensure your event is great success!

Bartender service

Beer & Wine (incl. Champagne) Service | $40 per hour, per bartender
Mixed Drinks, Beer, & Wine
(incl. Champagne) Service | $45 per hour, per bartender

includes…

  • Professional, Licensed Bartender with all necessary WA State permits

  • Insured service with General Liability and Liquor Liability

    • Additionally-insured certificate available with advance request, must be requested at least 10-days prior to event date to allow for turn-around time from broker

  • Standard Barware (drink-making) Equipment:

    • Beer & Wine service | wine keys, bottle openers, bar mats, bar towels, and bar caddy with beverage napkins

    • Mixed Drinks, Beer, & Wine service | wine keys, bottle openers, shakers, muddlers, strainers, jiggers, bar spoons, pour spouts, cutting board, paring knife, garnish peelers, cocktail glass rimmer with suger & salt, bar mats, bar towels, and bar caddy with beverage napkins & garnish picks


STAFFING REQUIREMENTS

Beer & Wine (incl. champagne) Service Events | 1 Bartender per 100 guests
Mixed Drink, Beer, & Wine (incl. champagne) Service Events | 1 Bartender per 75 guests

Minimum Event Booking
We have a 4-hour Event Booking Minimum, including the required 1-hour setup time. Event does not need to take place for 3 hours, however bartender service will not be charged on less than the 3-hour service time and the 1-hour setup.

*Standard Event Duration Maximum & Required Bartenders
Standard events hold a maximum of 5-6 hours of alcohol service time, depending on event timeline for meal service (ie. Weddings, Corporate Dinners, Birthday Celebrations, etc). Should the event have a longer than 6-hour duration an additional bartender will be required in order to comply with State of WA employee break requirements.


GRATUITY

TIP JAR DISPLAYED | A tip jar will be tastefully displayed at the bar for gratuity throughout the event. Should the Host request that a tip jar not be displayed for the event, Hosted Gratuity will apply - request must be made in advance of final payment.
Tip Jar display required for Cash Bar events.

HOSTED GRATUITY | If a tip jar is not to be displayed Hosted Gratuity will be applied to the service total based on $1 per guest of 21+ years, with a minimum of $50 per bartender. Request for tip jar to not be displayed must be made in advance of final payment.


Hosted Bar Service vs Cash Bar Service

HOSTED BAR EVENTS | All selected beverage offerings are paid-for by the Host along with the service rate, additional rentals/services, tax, service charge, and applicable gratuity. These events require a deposit to be paid with contract, which varies depending on selection between on-consumption & per-person pricing selections.

CASH BAR EVENTS | All selected beverage offerings are paid-for for each drink, as they are ordered. Tax and service charge are included within the beverage pricing, tip jars are displayed (and payment device for credit/debit purchases provide option) to allow for gratuity to bartender(s). Service rate and additional rentals/service are paid-for by the Host, along with applicable fees: A Setup & Materials fee is applied to all cash bar service events - $100 per bar that is setup (max 2 bartenders per bar setup). We require a $500 beverage minimum per every 100 guests, if minimum is not met in cash bar sales the difference is charged as event service fee to the Host of the event.


BANQUET PERMIT REQUIREMENT

For the State of WA, an event with alcohol service at a business / commercial location requires purchase of a Banquet Permit through the WA Liquor Control Board. This is a simple and inexpensive permit and can be obtained online at this link: https://lcb.wa.gov/licensing/banquet-permits. This permit must be printed, signed, and displayed at the bar during your event and is purchased by the Host - cannot be purchased by SBCo. For questions, please contact the WA State Liquor Control Board directly.