Whether you’re hosting a private party for twenty, or planning a wedding for 200, hiring a bartender for your event has a ton of perks. Not only do they ensure your guests are taken care of, they keep things running smoothly and free the host up to enjoy the event too! However, not all bartenders are the same. Here is why you should hire a licensed and insured bartender for your party (and not a friend or family member).
Protect yourself from liability. Serving alcohol inherently comes with liability, plus regulations that vary based on venue and location. In the State of Washington, a bartender can be held liable for damages if they serve alcohol to someone who causes an accident or inflicts harm to a third party. Known as dram shop laws, this means that anyone injured by an intoxicated person has the right to sue the individual who provided the alcohol. Without an insured bartender, event hosts could be held liable, especially if minors are involved.
Your best friend’s cousin might make a mean cocktail, but you still shouldn’t hire her for your wedding. A licensed bartender is more than a mixologist, they are also well versed in the laws and regulations of your state. They have been trained to spot fake IDs and know when a guest may have had too much to drink. Many venues even require the use of a licensed bartender.
It’s important to know that liquor liability varies widely from state to state – be aware of what your local regulations are so that you can protect yourself, and your guests.
And if you are planning an event in Seattle or the Greater Puget Sound area, consider Party on the Rocks! We take partying (and safety!) seriously. All of our bartenders are licensed, professionally trained, and are covered by our $1 million liability insurance. We offer full-service bartending, event staffing, and we can even supply the alcohol for your party.
Learn more about our services and how they can help you take back your right to party.