Mobile Bar Hire Guide
Whether you fancy a draught beer, a glass of wine, a fruity cocktail or even a non-alcoholic thirst-quencher, we’ve got all bases covered with our extensive and exciting array of mobile bar suppliers.
Mobile bars allow you to be extremely flexible when considering the size, style, and content of the bar as well as the number of staff serving your guests. Our suppliers offer anything from fully staffed wedding bars, to unique circular shaped bars and even converted taxis and buses! Once you’ve made your choice, you can relax, safe in the knowledge that your guests will be fully refreshed for the duration of your event.
A bar at an event is often something that blends into the background and is taken for granted, and that’s fine as long as you pay attention to the details that allow everything to run smoothly. However, there’s also a great range of specialist bar options like the The Gin Box for gin lovers, the Brew Bar for a good old cuppa and the Champagne Bay for a little sophistication; these feature bars definitely won’t be overlooked.
First Things First
Before making any decisions, ask yourself a few questions.
What is your vision? Perhaps you're organising a swanky party where your guests will be tuxedo-clad men and elegantly dressed women. Or is your event a more rustic affair? Perhaps an outdoor festival style celebration? With the choice of bars out there it’s easy to select a bar that fits in with your theme.
Do you intend to pay for drinks so your guests can enjoy a free bar, or will guests pay for drinks on the day? The payment method is often determined by the scale of the event. If you want guests to pay at point of sale, but are concerned they may be put off by high drinks prices, contact suppliers individually to find out how much the different drinks cost.
How many staff will you need? Larger scale events will naturally require more staff to be working at the bar. Once suppliers know roughly how many guests you're expecting they can suggest a suitable number of staff.
How long will you require the bar? For an all day event or wedding you will need to book the bar in for a longer period, often into the evening. Or, you could hire a bar only for a couple of hours for a drinks reception or special cocktail making session.
Types of Mobile Bar
From big bars with lots of choice to specialist bars dedicated to your favourite tipple.
Many mobile bars will have an extensive drinks list including beers, ales, ciders, wines, spirits and soft drinks to keep all your guests happy.
Other bars will specialise in cocktails, providing expert mixologists to create mouth watering concoctions, or flair bartenders for some bottle-spinning entertainment. Some companies will also cater for children’s parties by offering non-alcoholic ‘mocktails’.
With 360 degrees of liquid refreshment, circular bars can be an eye-catching centrepiece for any event.
Something a Bit Different
Wow your guests by booking something truly unique. A converted London bus is a striking statement that will get guests talking. Other suppliers have created bars from London taxis and caravans!
Things to Look Out For
Get the details sorted to make sure your event runs smoothly.
- Licensing and Insurance - do you need a license for your mobile bar? The company should arrange this for you, but make sure you check with them before booking.
- Public Liability Insurance – again, they should have it covered but check with the supplier before booking.
- Get it right – make sure you’re getting what you want and be specific about your drink choices when booking, ask suppliers for a sample drinks menu to get an idea and if you have a specific brand in mind which is not on the menu why not request it?
Advice from an Expert
Richard from the Bespoke Bartender Company shares some of his tips and advice for hiring a mobile bar service.
“Always use professionals when planning to do a cocktail event and check their reviews, it's painfully obvious when someone who doesn't know how to make cocktails is hired to do a cocktail party. I guess it's a bit like the difference between a cook and a chef, both can put the same ingredients together but one will do so in a much more magnificent fashion.”
“Always check a mobile bar company's reviews and photos of their previous events to see if they fit with the theme of your party, that way you know the service they provide will be up to your expectations, or those of your client. There are many mobile bar companies spread across the UK, so it's worth having a look around for the one that's right for you (not necessarily the closest or cheapest). There are a lot of small start up companies that will quote incredibly cheap prices for their services, it's worth doing a bit of digging on social media etc to see if what they provide is what you want, or what your client is expecting. Sometimes paying a little more ensures you receive the quality of service you'd like for your event.”
Featured Mobile Bar Suppliers
Check out some of our exciting mobile bar suppliers.