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Can I sell drinks at my party to recoup my cost? Why or why not?

by Jeremy on 08/27/13

Can I sell alcohol or drinks to recoup cost of my party, wedding, or company event? Why or Why not? Alcohol and Insurance tips from the nations fastest growing private bartender and hospitality staffing company.

The short answer: unfortunately no. People cannot pay for drinks in a private setting. Alcohol Tobacco and Firearms (ATF) requires the sale of alcohol must be done through a licensed establishment by the state of Georgia. There are ways around this law, but it requires an entirely new set of permits, licenses, and headaches.  I would highly suggest steering away from that option; mainly because it’s not a feasible option. There can be absolutely no money in exchange for alcohol unless you have a liquor license. And yes, the government officials specifically site "charging for food/entrance tickets with free alcohol". The only people allowed to have a liquor license are establishments/actual places; i.e. bars/restaurants/liquor stores, or catering companies at a facility. An example of corporate catering is a Georgia Dome catering company businesses serving alcohol and food for large conferences and events.

You may be able to acquire a temporary permit from your county. There are costly fees associated with this permit and it's only beneficial for large scale events, such as Music Midtown. To acquire one of these permits, you generally have to possess a liquor license (think restaurant again) to be able to extend the "alcohol reach" temporarily to other private venues. If able, you would then have to acquire special stickers which must be put on every bottle for transportation. Contents must be recorded to assess proper local and state taxes, and the venue is approved by a government official prior to the event, and then (many more steps)....... Well, I think you get the point.

Venues hosting private events (like weddings) serve alcohol (through an insured bartender) free to its guests. In this case, all you need is liquor liability insurance, general liability and workers compensation insurance (if you have more than one bartender) which Bartender Atlanta and carries for every event.

So in general, if you are having a private event at a public venue, the alcohol must be served freely only by an insured bartender. You may elect to personally insurance your party with event insurance. Event insurance for a single occasion is priced around five hundred dollars. Buying event insurance is typically more expensive than the total cost of a bartender service with insurance. Reputable and insured bartender services (very rare in all cities) will cover liquor liability and general liability. Make sure you ask the company for a copy of the insurance certificate. Most companies will claim they have the necessary insurance, but when you ask for specific documents the will suddenly become unavailable. Be very careful with this. You don’t want to unknowingly self insure your own party and all your guests.  Alcohol law is extremely complex. You should seriously consider a bartender company educated in alcohol law and insurance. 

The Elite Private Bartender Group wishes you a great time for your guests and piece of mind for the hosts. We hope this information helps!

For more information on how to acquire an insured, professional bartender for your next event, go to ,or a different member for the Elite Private Bartender Group at  

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Flair bartenders at the Toyota World Conference in Atlanta

by Jeremy on 08/11/13

August 7th, 2013 ~ Bartender Atlanta, a member of the Elite Private Bartenders Group, just finished providing entertainment and cocktails for Toyota's World Conference. Complete with concept cars, new car models, and around 5000 guests, Toyota selected the Elite Private Bartenders Group for the main bar attraction. Guests were amazed by the bartenders doing tricks, flipping bottles, and making the tastiest cocktails at the show. In addition, they also had 4 beautiful model bartenders.  

"This is the most incredible bar show I have ever seen. Every time I order a drink, it comes with a scene right out the movies" - stated one Toyota executive. 

The Elite Private Bartender Group is one of the fastest growing specialized event staffing companies in the nation. Focusing mainly on specialized event bartenders, Bartender Atlanta and the Elite Private Bartenders Group has rapidly expanded to New York, Miami, Nashville, Charlotte, Jacksonville, Orlando, and Tampa. According to one of their members of management, they now can supply a flair bartender anywhere in the country.

For information on flair bartenders for your next corporate party, you may email their national event director Jeremy Bodechon at [email protected]

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Private Bartender Services: An indicator of economic bounce back?

by Jeremy on 07/25/13

Private Bartender Services: An indicator of economic bounce back?07/25/2013

The sting of 2008 is finally beginning to subside. Corporations are beginning to grow their employee base and cash reserves. These long awaited positive effects have come at the hand of severe cuts in pay and employees. As the economy takes a turn for the better, an increase in extravagant spending is fractionally returning. Specialized bartending companies are offering unique services to entertain companies who wish to show their success and vitality.

Many companies are now emerging leaner than ever; retaining only the best. This "cutting of the fat" resulted in corporate America placing a much higher value on their current staff.  We learned a valuable lesson in the past few years: quality over quantity; and the importance of needs verses wants.

In 2013, almost 5 years since the beginning of the Great Depression, companies are beginning to loosen their grip on expenditures. Businesses are rewarding their loyal members with extravagant parties. With the growth of requests for additional entertainment, a new type of corporate vendor has emerged: private bartending companies.

Professional bartender services protect the client against liability and add incredible flair and fun to parties. Higher-end bartender services provide consultation on guest to alcohol ratios, additional vendor guidance, insurance, and a level of planning you wouldn't expect from a Bartending staffing business.

Jeremy Bodechon, an event director for Bartender Atlanta, has seen tremendous growth.

"In 2013 alone, we have seen an incredible rise in corporate and private events. Corporate and private event planners now have access to specialized bartender entertainment.” - Jeremy Bodechon -

“Ever seen the movie cocktail? That is nothing compared to what our staff can do! Unique service offerings and quality is the key to our success."-Management –

If there ever was an indicator of growth, it’s the corporate party budget. The job market is opening up and demand for valued employees is increasing from competitors. To help offset this demand and retain their skilled employees, corporations are bringing back some "perks" they cut in 2008.  So if you are considering going "all out" for this year’s company party; you may consider a fire blower, flair, or trick bartenders. It displays your success; and more importantly entertain your guests.

Seeing small business succeed is the heart and soul of the American economy.  We hope it’s an indicator of expansion across the USA for years to come.


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