Event Bar Service questions you were afraid to ask

What should you, the proposed client know about our pricing?

We are not on the low end of the price spectrum; I feel you get what you pay for.  Although cliché, our experience, timetables and everything we include in our quotes and services, (Labor. Supplies. Bar Tools. Ice. Garnishes. Mixers.) make a helluve difference and all are included and we carry in everything for all types of public and private events. A few copycat companies purposely underbid us and tell clients they can 'beat any price 608 quotes' and that's okay with me. 

...Their clients eventually become our clients for LIFE.

Clients who base their choice on professional experience with a side humor have come to know our worth.  The work that goes into indoor and outdoor events from 4 hours to 16 hours on our feet and totally dedicated to our clients with a smile and helping hands.  Working with those who'd like to make an informed decision based on quality, reputation and experience vs. price only for their Bartender for hire needs make for a great time.

What is your typical process for working with a new customer?

Once a client calls or completes the brief event inquiry form, they'll receive a response from me through my Honeybook interface which will include a brochure of beverage service options or a proposal from an item they've already selected. Here you may feel free to select the option best for your event and schedule a tasting* for your desired signature cocktail(s).

*Tastings are held in Madison WI.

What education and/or training do you have that relates to your work?

I hold an Associate's Degree in Applied Science in Hospitality; Hotel & Restaurant Business Management with a focus on

  • Marketing
  • Accounting
  • Meeting Management
  • Cost Control
  • and Tourism Law.

I am a member of the Phi Theta Kappa Honor Society and I am Learn2Serve Certified (WI 778408) and, I also hold a ServSafe Manager's Certification (12874207).  All in all, I have over 22 years of hands-on experience behind the wood.

How did you get started doing this type of work?

Growing up in NY, my Grandfather, Mother, and Aunt would have company and card parties and in order to stay up late on the weekends I made myself available to cocktail and tend my Grandfather's bar. I would read the cocktail books so I'd know what went into what drink.  I got pretty good at sizing up what people wanted what type of drink.

Is alcohol included in your quotes?

Alcohol is excluded from our pricing as many venues allow only Open bars and not Cash bars. where beverages can be purchased.  We can always assist with your shopping list of spirits!

Do you carry an Operator's (Bartender's) License and Insurance?

Yes.  We acquire a license for each and every county/district where we will be serving.  BE AWARE of bartenders for hire that say that tell you they're licensed in Madison--that's cool but won't help you in Elgin IL for example.  We carry insurance through Event Helpers.  This is OPTIONAL and on a per event basis; if you would like to add it the rate will be given to you within the brochure we send you; if you want to omit it because you don't want it, that's okay too.  Just remember, your personal home owner's and renter's insurance will not cover certain events so Check Your Coverage!

What types of customers have you worked with?

Our top five (5) include:

1.) Weddings
2.) Holiday Parties
3.) Cocktail Parties
4.) Corporate Event Brunches
5.) Luncheons/Family Reunions (TIE)

What advice would you give a customer looking to hire Bartender 608?

Please call or, better yet, complete the brief "Get-A-Quote" online--this gives me all the information I need. That is the prime place where you can let me know the carefree beverage service you envision!

What questions should customers think through before talking to professionals about their project?

See what type of beverage service your venue permits, if applicable; is it beer and wine only or, is a full bar allowed? Do they require event insurance (we can offer you this.) What type of drinkers are your guests; whisk(e)y? Beer? Wine? Old Fashioneds? Vodka Tonic? This last question will help keep your bar bill in check purchase-wise.

Thanks for reading; if there's something I missed that you would like answered please ask herein or drop me a line!  Thank you to those who support small businesses like mine!