Top-Notch Licensed Bar Services in Seattle

Shake Bars and Event Planning is the area’s best solution for licensed bar services. If you’re planning an event and want to provide alcohol, one of our licensed bartenders can help. To distinguish ourselves from our competitors, we offer superior bartending and customer service at affordable prices. Your alcohol service couldn’t be in better hands!

What's involved in hiring a bartender for a corporate function?

You must decide the kind of bar you want at your event, whether its a cash bar, tokens or fully paid. You can also choose to buy wholesale and take the leftover liquor home or choose a consumption-based system. Also, you should make sure your bartenders are fully licensed and permitted to work in the state.

Our Licensed Bar Services

Shake Bars and Event Planning is excited to be one of just a few companies in the Seattle area to possess a Washington State Catering liquor license. This allows our team to handle all aspects of your bar planning needs and to sell alcohol to our clients. While we specialize in craft cocktails, we do it all—beer, wine, and full bars. Other full-service liquid catering options include:

  • Alcohol
  • Mixers
  • Garnishes
  • Plasticware and Glassware
  • Napkins
  • Ice
  • Event Rentals
  • Staging
  • Coffee and Tea

We pride ourselves on providing local beer, wine, and spirit options. Because we secure our alcohol at wholesale rates, it is often cost-effective for our clients to have us deal with all aspects of the event! We’ll happily provide a detailed bid if needed.

We also offer mimosa and Bloody Mary bars, hot cocoa and coffee bars, ice cream sandwich bars and spiked shave ice.

About Cash Bars

When offering a cash bar, our clients pay for just the service and insurance costs. Your guests will pay (cash or credit card) per drink. We offer a standard bar that includes a selection of local Washington s and wines, as well as basic cocktails, top-shelf options, specialty cocktails, and more. Drinks range from $5 to $9, depending on your preferences and brand selections. This method can be combined with drink tokens or a bar tab cap. For example, you can choose to give your guests two free drinks and afterward they would have the option to purchase additional drinks themselves.

Some Of Our Clients


Wholesale or Per Drink Purchase Options

Our licensed bar service offers wholesale purchases and price per drink liquid options in Seattle and surrounding areas. With the wholesale purchase system, our clients keep the leftover alcohol. The other option is a consumption-based system, in which the consumption is tallied and the client is billed for that alcohol only. This method works really well if you don’t want leftover product. It’s also best if you’re unsure of the consumption rates and don’t want to run out. Although these two liquid catering options are most common, we are here to customize a system that is best for your event!

Forget the Banquet Permit!

The state of Washington prohibits any party from profiting from the sale of alcohol unless the coordinator has a liquor license or is a non-profit and has applied for a Special Occasions Permit. This type of permit can only be obtained through the Washington liquor control board and the approval process can be lengthy. Fortunately, when you choose Shake Bars and Event Planning for licensed bar services, you’ll be covered under our company’s liquor license.

You can also count on us for expert event planning and food catering services for your upcoming special occasion.

Let's start planning!

Drop us a line today for a custom quote!


Fall In Manhattan (AKA Brosé All Day)
Bourbon, Lillet rosé, orange bitters (angostura), garnish with ruby red grapefruit zest

Whiskey Smash
Whiskey, fresh lemon juice, simple syrup, shaken with blackberries & fresh basil leaves

Spiced Cranberry Moscow Mule
Vodka, elderflower liqueur, fresh lime, ginger beer

Vodka, pear liqueur, fresh lemon juice, one dropper of tarragon concentrate, club soda, garnish bartlett pear slice and lemon zest

Garden Paloma
Tequila, fresh ruby red grapefruit juice, jalapeño agave syrup, splash soda, garnish lime wedge/thyme sprig

Silver rum, ginger liqueur, simple syrup, fresh lime, angostura bitters, garnish with ginger slice & mint leaf

Georgetown G & T
Gin, kina tonic, top with soda, garnish orange zest


Rice Paper Spring Rolls
Peanut & sweet chili sauce

Seasonal Charcuterie Board
Selection of gourmet cured meats & cheeses
Artisan Breads & crackers - Dried Fruits - Nuts

Triple Cream Camembert Cheese
Washington honey comb

Mezze Platter
dolmas - feta - greek beets - mushrooms - olives
artichokes - roasted zucchini, eggplant & squash

Northwest Smoked Salmon Board
Maple Smoked salmon & accoutrements

Ahi Poke Boats
Shoyu, onion & sesame with taro chips

Balsamic Beef Crostini
marinated steak and fresh arugula perched atop
herbed-whipped goat cheese on a baked garlic crostini

Anti-Pasto Veggies
olives - mushrooms - artichokes

Mini Donut Tower & Hello Robin cookies

Includes compostable plates / cutlery & non-disposable serving ware

$30PP, $850 min


Seasonal Cheese & Meat Board
Selection of gourmet cured meats & cheeses
Artisan Breads - Dried Fruit - Nuts

Anti-Pasto Veggies
olives - mushrooms - artichokes

Mezze Platter
dolmas - feta - greek beets - mushrooms - olives
artichokes - roasted zucchini, eggplant & squash

Camembert Cheese
methow valley honey comb 

Beecher’s Mac & Cheese
With kettle chip crust
(on-site oven required)

Northwest Smoked Salmon Board
Maple Smoked salmon & accoutrements  

Mini Donut Tower 

1 server per 50 guests required 

includes compostable cutlery, plates & napkins.
Flower arrangement & menu signage.

$18 PP, $850 min

What People Are Saying

We have used Shake Bartending for the past two years for our Corporate Events. They are Pros! Very accommodating & efficient, offering their creative input on specialty items customized to our party’s theme. I highly recommend their services, you won’t be disappointed!

—Jen W. (Bellevue, WA)

Shake Bartenders ran our bartending and food service at Facebook Seattle for more than 200 people. I recommend her to other non-profit orgs that need a dependable, competitively priced vendor to run major charity or fundraising events. Tara has a process down which added high-value to our event!
—Al Y. (Seattle, WA)

Shake Bartender's fabulous staff took such great care of all of our guests and exceeded our expectations!
—Christie M. (Seattle, WA)

I used Shake Bartenders for my 30th High School Reunion this summer on the recommendation from a friend. I worked with Tara for all the logistical aspects of our event and she was so easy to work with and quick to respond to all of my questions.

—Dianne U. (Seattle, WA)

The preparation with Shake Bartenders went smoothly and the experience with organizing with them was seamless from beginning to end.

—Corey R. (Seattle, WA)

Professional Licensed Bartending Services in Seattle

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