FAQ

What can I expect from Austin Bartending Co.?

Austin Bartending Co. offers a full service, customized bar experience for you and your guests.  We provide a consultation prior to the event date in order to create a customized drink menu for your event.  Our bartender(s) will arrive 30-60 minutes prior to the time of the event in order to set up the bar area.  Set up includes preparing garnishes (e.g. cutting limes), icing beer, wine, champagne, etc.  Our bartender(s) will also be there up to an hour after the event is scheduled to end for clean up of the bar area.   

What equipment will Austin Bartending Co. bring to my event?

As a courtesy to our customers, Austin Bartending Co. will provide:

o Cocktail straws
o Cocktail napkins
o Cocktail picks
o Plastic shot glasses

In the Mix bartender(s) will bring the following equipment:

o       2 Shakers
o       2 Pint Glasses
o       1 Ice Scoop
o       1 Wine Opener
o       1 Bottle Opener- Flat Bar
o       1 Strainer
o       1 Paring Knife
o       1 Cutting Board
o       1 Garnish Tray
o       1 Serving Ice Cooler
o       Bar Towels
o       Long-Handle Spoon
o       Margarita Salt Tray
o       Pour Spouts to fit 750 ml bottles
o       Bar Mats
o       Juice Pourers

How many bartenders do I need? Do I need a bar-back?

The following is simply a guideline and not requirement.

Usually bartenders can handle 1-100 people per bartender. However, in order to ensure proper tending of the bar area and minimize the waiting time for your guests, we recommend 2 staff for 75+ guests.  This may be 2 bartenders or 1 bartender and 1 bar-back.  The number of staff for your event will be discussed during your personal consultation.

A Bar-back stocks the bar with liquor, ice, glasses, beer, garnishes, and so on.  The bar-back receives a portion of the bartender’s tips.  A bar-back helps the bartender.  Often, a bar- back may be responsible for supporting bartenders in pouring beers, wines, and simple mixed drinks.

What about tips?

Our bartenders are professional service providers and tips are customary.  Gratuity is not included in our general fees posted above.

We offer two options for handling tips:

  1. Guest-Gratuity – This option allows for a tip jar on the bar.
  2. Host-Gratuity – The will be no tip jar on the bar and the host will pay a minimum of $2.50 per guest.

Some say: TIPS is an acronym for -To Insure Prompt Service-.

What drinks should I serve on my event?

Austin Bartending Co. will help you create a customized drink menu for your event.  We will take your likes and drinking customs and those of your guests into consideration when creating a customized drink menu.

What do I need to provide?

You will need to provide everything that is to be served to your guests as well as cups.  Austin Bartending Co. can provide you with a customized shopping list based on information gathered about your guests and event.  This will include beer, alcohol, mixers, cups, garnishes, etc.

Can Austin Bartending Co. buy everything for us?

Yes and No.  Please refer to our Pricelist Page for everything (mixers, juices, plastic cups, garnishes, etc) except alcohol.  Unfortunately, Austin Bartending Co. cannot sell alcohol.  However, Austin Bartending Co. can buy it for you through our Concierge Service. Our Concierge Service carries a 20% service fee. A 50% deposit is required when using the Concierge Service.

Do you offer any additional party rentals?

Yes, we offer keg dispensers, glassware, tables, chairs, linens, and patio heaters for rent.  Please see our Products Page for further information.

Do your bartending service include a bar?

Our basic fee does not include a bar. We can bring a portable bar for an additional $65. 

Will the bartender be wearing a uniform?

Our standard -uniform- is dark jeans and a black long-sleeve (dress) shirt — simple and to the point.  If you would like something different, please contact us directly.

Which forms of payments do you accept?

We accept Cash, Check and Credit Cards. Credit Cards are accepted via PayPal.

Do the bartenders have their own gear?

Yes, our bartenders will arrive fully equipped to tend the bar you provide.  Please see -What equipment will Austin Bartending Co. bring to my event?-

Do you require a deposit?

We require a $50 deposit and credit that amount to the final balance due. That amount will be refunded to you if you cancel, up to seven days before the event. If you cancel within seven days of the event, we will keep the $50 deposit.

Returned Check Fee

A returned check penalty fee of $25 will be charged to a client’s account for any dishonored check. This fee will be waived if the check was returned in error, providing supporting documentation is submitted. Cash, credit card or money order must pay the returned check and penalty fee.