How Does Bar Hire Work

 If you have ever came across with the bar hire jargon like 'cash-bar' or 'free-bar', worry not as we cut through the mess and offer the most straight-forward and hassle-free bar hire service.

From the bars to the finest spirits and ingredients, from the professional staff to the last ice cube we provide you with everything so you can focus on other important things and rest assured that the drinks service is safe in our (cocktail shaking) hands.

The only thing we need is to fill us in with all some basic info like where and when the party takes place, how many guests you expect, how long the party should run and also, what ideas and requirements you have. Following this we provide you with a provisional quote along with our suggestions and ideas to make your party a truly memorable one.

Your dedicated Event Bar Manager will be at your disposal both before and during your event and will happily answer any questions as well as ensure that everything goes smooth on your event.  

How much does it cost 

All of our packages are designed to be all-inclusive, and comes complete with everything you would ever need to throw an unforgettable party. The main question you have to decide on is whether you want to treat your Guests with unlimited drinks on the party or go for a set number of drinks per person to keep things a bit more under control.

Below you can find a detailed breakdown of what is included in these two different bar hire formats as well as their costs along with some real-life price examples.



For as low as six and a half pound per person per hour you can treat your Guests with unlimited drinks from your chosen menu and this price includes everything from bar hire to delivery to the last piece of garnish (see all features further below).

As a non-alcoholic option, the Vintage Lemonade Bar comes at £4 per person per hour, again, with unlimited supply of fresh and healthy drinks.

It's not only incredible value for money (in many places in London this amount only covers one double G&T) but it also makes the calculation of the costs quick and easy.

Jade and Simon are about to tie the knot and fancy our Signature Cocktail Bar to add a bit of an extra touch to the otherwise dull drinks selection offered by the venue. They've 40 guests and, including the reception, their party lasts for 5 hours. Our Unlimited drinks service did cost the newly-weds £1300 (40 x 5 x £6.5). Jade and Simon are living happily ever after.




We understand that despite the great value of our unlimited packages, on some events the option of unlimited booze isn't the best.


Staff parties are perfect example for these, and basically any occasion where keeping the party (and the budget) under control has priority.

All of our set-number drink packages are all-inclusive as well, meaning that the cost of the bar hire is covered by the previously agreed number of total drinks. 

Sue works for a busy design agency in Central London and like most of her 35 colleagues loves to have a well-deserved drink after work. Sue hired us for a laid-back office party and went for our Classy Wine Bar in package that included 3 drinks per person. The cost came to £12 per person and has been equally shared by the team, resulting in a great after work party for the half of the price of a traditional bar.


What's Included

Whether you choose our unlimited or set-number drinks packages, you can rest assured that virtually everything that is required for a professional drink service is included.


  • Unique and cosy pop-up bar, fully equipped with all the necessary bits and pieces.

  • Quality glassware, ice, fresh fruits and other goodies to serve amazing drinks for you

  • Sufficient stock of the finest ingredients, mixers and spirits.

  • Unlimited or Set number of drinks per person from a previously agreed drinks menu

  • Adequate number of highly trained, professional and passionate bartenders

  • Free delivery and collection of the bar and its accessories within 50 miles of London

  • Quick set up and even quicker breakdown

  • Collection of all empties and waste, complete clear up of our bar area after finishing service - we never leave mess behind

  • Relevant licenses and insurance for your peace-of-mind

Can't find what you are looking for or want to get the ball rollin' and book us right away?

Don't hesitate, get to the action and secure us for your party now!


Fill in our quick contact form and one of our friendly and helpful Event Managers will get back to you right away!

We look forward to hear from you and we hope we will have the opportunity to serve you soon.

The Cocktail Arts Team

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