5 Common Myths About Event Bartending Services

22 Sep

When planning a private party or corporate event, proper event staffing can mean the difference between a successful event and a disaster. Before planning and staffing for your next party or event, remember these five common bartending service myths.


Event Bartending Myth 1:

A Beer & Wine Bar is Cheaper than a Full Bar


In fact, a full bar can offer a savings. The reason is simple. A 12 oz. beer is the same alcohol content as a 5 oz. glass of wine or 1 ½ an ounce of 80 proof spirits. Per drink, liquor is cheaper, even after adding the costs of mixers.[LB1]


Event Bartending Myth 2:

Guests Drink Less Beer & Wine than Liquor


When planning for your event or party, it’s important to have adequate alcohol and bar supplies available. However, after many events, up to Half of the alcohol is unused. Using a professional bartending service offers savings for your event budget because you pay only for what you use. This also eliminates waste and the hassle of buying supplies.


Event Bartending Myth 3: Anyone Can Be a Professional Bartender


Movies, music and the media often show bartending as easy or thrilling. In reality, bartending requires skills and proper training just like any other career. A professional bartender needs excellent eye and hand coordination, communication skills and superb social skills. A professional bartender should be certified and trained in the most efficient bartending techniques. Professional bartenders are more than just a body behind the bar; they are a representation of your entire event and will leave a lasting impression long after the event is over.

Event Bartending Myth 4:  1 Pound of Ice per Person

Ice can be a tricky aspect of party planning, regardless of the size of your event. On average, your event will need a pound of ice per guest to start. Then you should consider additional specific event conditions.

  • Will your event be indoors or outdoors?
    • If it’s outdoors, even for a short event, you need double the amount of ice on hand. Be sure to store ice in a covered or shady area if other storage means are unavailable.
    • Offering mixed or blended drinks? Offering chilled beer and wine?
    • How long is your event?
      • You should plan to refresh ice periodically for longer events and at least once halfway through shorter events.
      • At normal room temperature, ice will melt in about 45 minutes

Event Bartending Myth 5: More Bartenders Mean Shorter Lines

A professional bartender, trained with techniques for efficiency and speed, can serve about 75 to 100 guests. Each bartender needs adequate space to be effective in serving guests. The more staff occupying the same working space, the more chaotic the space becomes. With a proper bar setup, sufficient space and supplies, and expertly trained bartenders, your event is sure to be a success with minimal lines. A hospitality staffing service can provide you the right amount of skilled staff for your event.

About Professional Bartenders and Servers, Inc.

Based in Maryland, Professional Bartenders and Servers, Inc., is a premier full service bartending and food staffing company serving Washington D.C., Maryland and Northern Virginia. Their world class hospitality services are available for private parties, cocktail parties, corporate events, political parties, weddings and all types of special events. Excellent food is easy to find but with Professional Bartending Services, our great staff will ensure you have the key to a flawless and impressive event.

Every team member with Professional Bartenders and Servers, Inc. is trained techniques for working from a six foot table. Staff is required to attend and pass this three part training class, regardless of prior experience. Their industry-leading training includes two-handed pouring techniques, proper stocking and setting of the bar, TIPS certification and more. Contact Professional Bartenders and Servers, Inc. today for more details on how they can make your next party or event a success.


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