Our caterer doesn't provide a bartender and we're having our wedding at a private location (our camp ). Is there a way to hire just a bartender? I searched kijiji but nothing came up. I know they'd need a smart serve but does a bartender mean a liquor license as well? We just need someone to pour mixed drinks, any suggestions??
Serving alcohol does not necessarily mean you need a liquor license. Check out this site for info about a liquor license in Ontario. As for the bartender, I agree with everyone else that your caterer should know of someone in the area that either works with another caterer or that they have hired in the past.
I would ask the caterer if they have any contacts. Even if they don't provide any, they should have an idea of who to use. I would also ask the venue. There are people who do it and if you can't find anyone through the more conventional means, I would call up some local restaurant and bars to see if they can find anyone. You can also ask your friends if they know anyone who bartends. If you're having a simple bar set up (wine and beer for example), you don't really need a lot of skill.
With a private vendor for a venue you don’t need someone with preserve. Just a liquor license.