Bartending Service

Tasty craft cocktails, delicious local brews

Every celebration can be paired with a fine wine, champagne toast or masterful themed drink. To help celebrate your special day, we offer flexible bartending options, such as Cash Bar, Open Bar (with fixed menu or not) or a combination of the two. 
 
We can suggest a “house brand” of wine that we love, or choose your own favorite. And the same for beer: we can arrange for your favorite local brewery to bring the on-tap(s), or we can offer our local favorites. Maine has an awesome beer scene, by the way! (Read this article at Bangor Daily News.)
 
Lastly, you may like the idea of a special themed drink for your wedding! See below for ideas; you can mix-and-match options, too. 
 
Because we have our own inside bar, affectionately called the Watering Hole, there is no setup fee to host a cash bar (unlike other places!). And, our  “per drink” prices are modest, like a normal Maine restaurant. We offer local craft beers as well the usual bartender cocktails. (We offer the usual range of tasty liquors and spirits, ranging from “good, better, best”.)
 

Contact us to design your beverage menu!

Bar Options

We provide a bottle of bubbly that suits your budget, and service to the tables. We're not wine snobs—a bottle of Pink Barefoot Bubbly is as fun and meaningful as a pricey French Champagne. You can decide how many refills per guest.

Champagne Toast

We provide a bottle of bubbly that suits your budget, and service to the tables. We’re not wine snobs—a bottle of Pink Barefoot Bubbly is as fun and meaningful as a pricey French Champagne. You can decide how many refills per guest.
Wouldn't it be fun to design your own signature cocktail, complete with unique drink flag? Maybe it's a decadent SteamPunk-style "english tea and egg whites" concoction, or a tropically savory-sweet drink, or a bitter-sweet shrub-based sensation… it's your day, you decide!

Themed Custom Cocktail

Wouldn’t it be fun to design your own signature cocktail, complete with unique drink flag? Maybe it’s a decadent SteamPunk-style “english tea and egg whites” concoction, or a tropically savory-sweet drink, or a bitter-sweet shrub-based sensation… it’s your day, you decide!
Some wedding couples offer a fully-paid open bar for their guests. This means that guests only need to tip the bartenders for their drinks, because the wedding hosts have pre-paid the bar tab for all their guests. To cap your budget, you can elect to provide an open bar from a certain time range, and convert to a cash bar afterwards (or before). There are many options to be generous to your guests but to also conserve your budget!

Open Bar (Pre-Paid)

Some wedding couples offer a fully-paid open bar for their guests. This means that guests only need to tip the bartenders for their drinks, because the wedding hosts have pre-paid the bar tab for all their guests. To cap your budget, you can elect to provide an open bar from a certain time range, and convert to a cash bar afterwards (or before). There are many options to be generous to your guests but to also conserve your budget!
The most budget-friendly option, where your guests order and pay for their drinks themselves, as if they were at a restaurant. Our drinks range from house-brand to premium spirits and liquors, so there is wide variety to please everyone. You can even provide a Champagne service or a Themed Signature Cocktail to your guests that you cover for them.

Cash Bar

The most budget-friendly option, where your guests order and pay for their drinks themselves, as if they were at a restaurant. Our drinks range from house-brand to premium spirits and liquors, so there is wide variety to please everyone. You can even provide a Champagne service or a Themed Signature Cocktail to your guests that you cover for them.

About Maine Food & Alcohol Taxes

Many of our wedding couples ask about Maine taxes: there are just two taxes that apply to event venues: (1) prepared food & beverage sales tax (catering, bartending) and (2) lodging tax. To quote a Maine.gov source:

The tax rate is 8% on sales of prepared food and alcoholic drinks sold in establishments that are licensed for on-premises consumption of liquor. The tax rate is 9% on certain rentals of living quarters.

For the catering and bartending the 8% prepared food sales tax would be calculated on these service costs (not the venue rental price). Let’s do an example for catering: the typical food cost per plate range is $30–$100 (depending on how fancy the menu offerings), so let’s say $30 x 100 guests = $3,000. So the sales tax of 8% = $216.

There is no Maine sales tax on venue rentals as of 2019.