What are your rates? You can see what are rates are here by clicking on the images
What are your bartenders like?We pride ourselves on having selected a beautifully diverse roster of amazing humans to serve your most special events. Each one brings their unique personality and style and all work within our credo, “People will never forget how you made them feel”. They are professional and fun, the great reviews we receive are a testament to this
How many bartenders will I need for my event?The industry standard recommends one bartender for every 50-75 guests when serving beer, wine, and mixed drinks or one bartender for every 75-120 guests for beer and wine service. We recommend one bartender for every 20-40 guests when serving craft cocktails
How much time does it take to set up and break down a bar?It typically takes a minimum of one and a half hours to get the bar set up efficiently and your drinks cold. This is, however, dependent upon the event. Having more than one bar or managing glassware for a large event will require more time to set up. Breakdown typically takes anywhere between 30 minutes and one hour
Can I mix and match packages for multiple bar set ups?Yep! Say you’d like to have two bartenders serving beer, wine and cocktails at one bar, and one bartender serving beer and wine only at another bar and you’ll need us to provide the bar set up - you would get the “Standard Slinger Plus” and the “Standard Slinger” package as well
Do your services cost more than a bartending package add-on from a caterer or other multi-service company?Our market research indicates that our pricing is extremely competitive. What we do know is this: we have chosen one service to specialize in and to do it extremely well—bar services. Our consistent 5 star reviews speak to our expertise and our integrity. We are laser focused on getting our clients the most detailed bar services possible because we understand that the bar is often a focal point of an event. And we are quite selective when hiring our bartending staff, and we also compensate them well, ensuring consistency and continued integrity
Can I add on any services? Yes! You can add on such items as a recommended shopping list, a custom framed menu, mixers, cups, glassware rentals, ice delivery and other “supplemental services”
If I add on a recommended shopping list, when will I receive the shopping list? After booking with us, the next step is to schedule a phone conversation to go over the specifics of your event. This conversation illuminates for us what you’d like for us to serve and who your guests are so that we can craft as accurate a shopping list as possible. For larger events like weddings, we like to have this conversation about three months out - this gives enough time for you to get an accurate guest count and decide on your drink choices (which we are happy to help with) while still giving you enough time to place the order with the retailer of your choice. Please note that our shopping list is a guide, we cannot precisely predict how much your guests will drink. It is our feeling (and our clients agree) that it’s better to have leftovers -that you can either use later or return- than to run out of alcohol at your event
Can you pick the package I need so that I don’t have to think about it?Absolutely! You give us the information about your event and we will pick a package that is just right for you, or build one for you using our supplemental services
I might want Drink Slingers to provide the alcohol. How does that work? Under special circumstances, Drink Slingers can provide alcohol for your event through one of our beverage partners. To determine if your event is a candidate, see our article here
Do you offer coffee or tea service?No, we don’t. We do have some lovely cocktails featuring cold brew coffee, and we can serve bottled waters, teas and sodas from the bar, but we don’t do large format catering of these items
Do you do tastings?Unfortunately, not at this time. We can, however, provide you recipes and instructions to try the drinks at home
Do you meet with couples to discuss their options?Because we facilitate around 500 events a year and are still a small business, at this time we do not have the bandwidth to do in-person consultations, only phone consultations
Do you charge sales tax? We charge sales tax on applicable rental items (such as our set up packages) and some resale items (such as sodas). There is no sales tax on our service items
What other fees can I expect?We charge fees for transporting ice, glassware and mixers. We also charge a coordination fee to manage your event and a mileage fee which covers the drive time for the bartender to and from the venue
Do you require a deposit?Yes, we require anywhere from 25%-50% upfront, depending on the services you hire us for, to secure the booking.
Can I pay by credit card?Yes, you may pay securely through your online event portal, or you can send a check by mail. Our services are not confirmed until we receive your deposit
What happens after booking?After we have received your deposit, you will be officially on our calendar and the planning process will begin. If your event or wedding is several months out, we will inform you that we will reach out to you closer to your date (usually 3-4 months prior) to schedule the phone conversation. This scheduled phone conversation will allow us to fill in all the blanks about your event and ultimately determine the best strategy for it. Please keep in mind that many events have variables that will alter during the life-cycle of the planning process which may adjust arrival and departure times, equipment needs, and/or the number of bartenders needed, which may in turn adjust your quote.
What if all I need is a bartender, but none of the other stuff?Our rate for a bartender to “show up and sling” is $50/hour plus a mileage fee. We have a four hour minimum. Host must supply all equipment and bar tools, and set up and break down fees may apply. This option cannot be used for weddings. If you’d like a quote for this package you can get one by going to our Show up and Sling page
I have more questions! Can I contact you directly? Absolutely! Shoot us an email and we will respond to you shortly
Where do I go to fill out a quote request?Great question! Click the green button below!