private event bartending: a profitable side gig in 2023

By Toronto Bar School, 09/24/2023

Bartending at large corporate gigs may sound like a glamorous way to make some extra cash away from your 9 to 5, but it’s not what it’s cracked up to be.

Most patrons at these events expect everything to be comped. That includes the gratuities. By the end of the night, your tip jar might not be empty, but it probably won’t be full either. 

So how do you make real money with a bartending side gig in 2023? 

The answer is private event bartending. 

People are looking for expert bartenders to work at all kinds of private events. Demand is booming.

It’s something we know a lot about at Toronto Bar School as we staff a lot of them through our sister site

At these more private intimate events, bartenders get a lot more time to interact with and develop friendly relations with bar patrons.

That means more tips in the tip jar and more money is the reason we take on any side hustle these days so that’s a big plus.

After all, you need a reliable way to earn on the side if you’re going to beat the never ending upward spiral of inflation. 

If you’re an ambitious 9 to 5er looking for a flexible and lucrative side gig, private event bartending is a great choice.

Let’s take a closer look at why. 

why bartenders are the life of every party

Bartenders Are The Life of Every Party

Some industries are more evergreen than others and bartending is one of them. Alcohol is always in demand no matter what the economy looks like.

At the private events we work, we’re always at the center of the action. We’re like the social conductor of the evening. If we can do our job with a smile on our face, have positive interactions with patrons and of course mix great cocktails, the night is bound to be better. 

Put simply, bartenders are the life of every party.

That’s because we’re not just mixing drinks. We’re cultivating an experience to remember for each patron.

The hosts of our events want their night to be memorable and that starts with us. They know that the right bartender can make or break their event.

That’s why Toronto Bar School is so committed to bartender training in hands-on situations behind real bars. It’s what a professional cocktail course should be. There’s no better way to learn the craft. 

Think about it.

Private events can be weddings, birthdays, family milestones or an intimate anniversary between old friends. The host wants the best and they’re willing to invest a little extra to make sure that happens. We only train the best.

Graduates of our bartending training course are true entertainers and experts at developing genuine human connections. We’re a big part of whatever special day’s being celebrated. That makes it our responsibility to be the life of the party.

If you’re looking to break free of the cycle of financial stress because the 9 to 5 just isn’t enough, this is the side gig you’ve been searching for.

With tips, a private event bartender can easily make more than $100 per hour

It gets better.

earn more with tips and gratuities

Every good bartender at the events we work goes home at the end of the night with a pocket full of cash. Even when the tips aren’t consistent, our staff do well in gratuities. 

Picture this. 

You’ve just finished bartending at a wedding where people were laughing, smiling and having a great time. Sure, part of that was because of joy for the happy couple, but a lot it was because of the captivating and entertaining way you tended the bar.

People were lined up the whole evening and you were the center of attention. In that scenario it’s not unusual to go home with $150 in your pocket from gratuities alone. 

That’s because people appreciate it when you go that extra mile to make their night special. Nine times out of ten, they’ll show their gratitude by making sure their favorite bartender goes home well compensated.

the most fun you can have while working

While earning extra cash to lead a better lifestyle may be the number one reason you pick up a side hustle as a bartender, there are some other great perks as well. 

You’ll experience great crowds and places with amazing atmospheres. Most nights it won’t even feel like work. 

You’ll meet a ton of fun new people and you’ll have the opportunity to engage with some influential ones as well. It’s a chance to interact and socialize while you’re working the room and making money at the same time.

There are always extra perks that come your way as a bartender. Where else can you fill your wallet and boost your resume credentials and not even feel like you’re working? 

That’s what private event bartending looks like. 

There’s more.

leave inflationary worries behind

No one’s immune to worries about inflation these days. It’s possible to avoid thinking about it when canada’s inflation has risen above 6%. That’s enough to take the wind out of the sales of even the most optimistic among us.

Everything costs more, but wages have barely budged in 20+ years. Without a profitable side hustle, you’re going to get left behind.

You have to have some way to make extra income. 

Freelance bartending on weekends at private events is one of the best solutions if you’re driven to succeed. 

As a freelancer you get to maintain the flexibility you need in your life and earn extra money at the same time. 

If you need a weekend off to attend your own private event you can do that.

You’re not an employee, you’re a free agent.

Think of Toronto Bar School as your booking agent.

We’ll train you with the expertise you need and provide access to work at exclusive private events. You just let us know when you’re available and we’ll find you gigs.

As long as you’re a good bartender and show up when expected we’ll always have a spot on our team for you. We’ll help you access the tools you need to succeed and leave financial stress behind for good.

time to book your first event

The ideal side hustle gives you financial freedom while having a great time – what’s not to love about that?

That’s what private event bartending is all about. It’s much more intimate than large corporate gigs and financial rewards can be amazing.

This isn’t just another side gig, it’s a lifestyle choice. One that can help you leave stress and inflationary worries in the past.

If you’re ready for work that doesn’t feel like work and the financial rewards to match it’s time to join the Toronto Bar School team. Sign up here to get started today.