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Frequently Asked Questions

  • How many bartenders do I need for my event?
    For a beer and wine bar you will need about 1 bartender per 80 guests as beers are opened quickly and wines are poured fast. This may result in a small line at the very beginning of the cocktail hour/reception but smooth sailing from then on. If you are opting for a limited bar with signature drinks, one bartender per 75 guests is sufficient to make everything run smoothly, although depending on the difficulty of the signature drinks (and the time it takes to make them), it might be good to add a barback! ​ If you are working with a full bar, we would recommend one bartender per 50 guests to accommodate everyone's individual requests. Yes, there may be some who order just beer or wine, but others will take a few minutes to decide.
  • Do you provide other staff as well?
    Besides our certified bartenders, we can also provide you with professional servers, barbacks, bussers, and other event staff who will ensure that everything goes smoothly.
  • What is included with the bartenders?
    Our bartenders will bring along a full bar kit that includes shakers, strainers, pourers, etc. to make sure that they can make all your favorite drinks (please note that this does not include any equipment that requires power, such as margarita machines, blenders, power chords, etc.).
  • What does the barback do vs the bartender?
    The bartender will focus on serving your guests - whether that is cocktails, beer, wine, or other drinks. The barback usually helps out behind the bar where needed, such as restocking drinks, opening bottles, or even serving customers simple things like beer, wine, or soft drinks if needed.
  • What's the dress code for your staff?
    The standard attire for all of our event staff is black bistro: black shirt, black pants, and black shoes. Of course, we know that doesn't fit in a Hawaii-themed party, so please let us know in case you would like the staff to wear something different.* *additional fees may apply
  • What tasks can the servers and event helpers do?
    Our servers can do any and all tasks to keep the party running smoothly! From clearing tables, throwing trash, serving and refilling a buffet, to serving seated dinner or passing hors d'oeuvres, our wait staff is truly multi-talented!
  • What's a full bar vs. a limited bar?
    A full bar usually refers to a bar stocked with all common types of liquors, mixers, and garnishes. This means that we would be able to make pretty much any cocktail you can think of (unless they require some rather unique ingredients, like Kahlua, for example). A limited bar refers to a limited number of signature drinks in addition to basic mixers. This is usually the standard for events as you don't want to have a ton of ingredients leftover at the end of the day (which would be the case with a full bar). However, after all, the choice is yours to make and we're happy to work with either bar configuration!
  • Do you provide headshots / pictures of the staff?
    As we are specialized in providing an excellent guest experience and don't focus on model staff or flair bartenders, our staff will be professionally dressed and well groomed. However, we do not provide headshots or pictures of the staff upfront. If you have any preferences for your staff, we will do our best to accommodate this, but we cannot guarantee the final staff pick.
  • Can we meet with our staff beforehand?
    As we begin the staffing process usually about 2-3 weeks ahead of time, we don't know who will be your assigned staff before that. All communication about your event would be handled by our admin staff that will relay any important information about your event to the staff that will be working when it is time. In addition, your staff will be in direct communication with you via email and/or phone before the event for introductions and for any last details leading up to your event. However, if you would still like to schedule an in-person meet with your staff, we can certainly arrange this for you, but please keep in mind that additional fees will apply.
  • How much does it cost to hire a bartender? Or servers?
    Mobile Bartenders United offers the most competitive price in the industry. Whether you need to hire a bartender by the hour, just need a few bussers or servers, or have us provide a complete bar package, we have it all at the most affordable rates. Get a quote in less than five minutes!
  • How much is a bar rental for my event?
    We offer a 6' bar rental with black linens and a 6' back bar with black linens for a flat rate of $80 per day. For $15 a piece, we also have large, clean ice tubs available to hold common ice and chill beer, wine, champagne, sodas, etc.
  • How do I pay the deposit? What payment methods do you accept?
    We accept all major credit cards to put down your deposit and pay your balance payment. The deposit is part of your service agreement and we use Stripe to securely process your payment via PandaDoc (similar to DocuSign).
  • When is the balance payment due?
    Your balance will be due 7 days prior to the event date. If you complete a booking that is fewer than 7 days out, the full payment will be due.
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