Explore some of the best bar and staff hire companies in Cape Town and the Western Cape. Here is our selection of the top wedding bar and staff hire companies, recommended by wedding professionals and real couples.
Happy Apron is a dynamic, fast-growing event staffing agency based in the Western Cape, specializing in supplying high-calibre, personable staff for weddings, private parties and corporate events.
If you’re planning high-profile private parties, charitable events, or an off-the-charts weddings, look no further than Happy Apron. Our team specializes in bringing an element of class to the most elegant of events. Happy Apron would be happy (pun intended) to help, whether you are hosting a 5-course event or intimate, casual dinner party. Our staff will tend to your guests’ needs to ensure a relaxed, enjoyable event. Our bartenders are experienced and ready to impress your guests with knowledge, charm and delicious beverages.
I have used Happy Apron for over a year now for waiters and bartenders and their staff is always professional and go the extra mile to be of service. They are definitely a company I can count on to always provide top class service! – Stellenrust Wine Estate
With a remarkably diverse and attractive range of mobile bars solutions, Thirst Bar Services is unequaled when it comes to enhancing occasions. Whether it’s a bespoke event or a large-scale launch, our rich experience, intimate knowledge and deep passion have become firm favourites with delighted clients.
As South Africa’s number one choice for mobile bar solutions, we take it upon ourselves to raise the bar higher than it has ever been when it comes to creating sophisticated bar experiences for our clients. Thirst breaks the bonds of normality by relying on dedication, innovation, flexible technology and (perhaps most importantly) the extremely hard work of our team.
Thirst offers a great variety of mobile installments to make any event one that will never be forgotten. We offer a host of branded mobile bar solutions, including: full alcohol bars, signature cocktail bars, action shooter bars, coffee and tea infusion bars, smoothie bars and juice bars. We also offer a variety of innovative services such as welcome cocktails, specially crafted champagne towers, team building events, bartender hire, flair bartenders and Las Paletas artisan ice cream lollies. We pride ourselves on offering you the ability to take your event to the next level.
Each event comes with an experienced event manager to ensure that the client and event expectations are met and surpassed. The event manager conducts tasks such as site visits, menu and cocktail designs, drink selection, staffing requirements etc. This hands-on service provides an intimate and personalized guide to ensure the client is assisted every step of the way.
WOW, WOW, WOW! That is what we have to say about the Thirst team. I initially thought that such a service would be a luxury and too expensive, but took a chance and requested a quote. From the start, Julia was so professional, responded to all our questions immediately and assisted us in developing a package that suited our budget. We then realized that the service Thirst offers is real value for money, as we did not have to worry about renting glasses, buying ice, having someone monitoring consumption, serving guests etc. – Delene Willemse
Blank Canvas Event Design is a wedding and event planning company, operating in Cape Town from 2010. Our love for the industry and our passion for excellent service showed us a gap in the market for quality service staff that are trained specifically for weddings or events and in 2007 we started up Blank Canvas Staffing. Our staff undergo training, not only on the technical aspects of waitering and working behind a bar, but we also train them to be our ambassadors on the floor and provide service with excellence. The Blank Canvas team always strives to be neat, professional, friendly, on time and to go the extra mile. We take pride in treating every wedding or event as a special occasion that deserves only our best service.
Well done Blank Canvas, there are not many waiter companies that send their staff on professional waiter training BUT YOU DO! – Karin Koch
Shake and Serve is a dynamic company that offers a mobile bar service and a full range of staff for any event. From cocktails and mocktails, to waitrons and bartenders, as well as bar and floor managers, Shake and Serve is all about flawless service, smart presentation and innovative thinking.
Our premier service offering within the hospitality industry includes a superior mobile bar service and professional personnel for all high-end events in the Western Cape; as well as staff training for all formal food- and drink service settings. We believe that event staff should be an extension of the host or hostess’ hospitality and we therefore mandate flawless service, a nifty presentation and a touch of James Bond- style savoir-faire.
Hello all, Exceptional service from Jaco and his team! Professional, friendly and a pleasure to work with. Thank you for being so good to us and all our wedding guests! PS: The G&T and craft beer stations were superb! Thank you Shake and Serve. – Engetani Long
We are proudly South Africa’s fastest growing bar company. We pride ourselves in providing innovative by design bar and bar related services. Sip Exclusive was founded in 2015 by Owen O’Reilly – a master mixologist with a lifetime of experience in the hospitality industry. Now, many cocktails later, his movement has been joined by two partners and an entire team of highly skilled and qualified artists.
Their team has multiple years of experience and have a multifaceted range of skills. The interesting blend of diverse partners has come together to create a brand focused on providing premium bar services, no matter the occasion. Their shared passion and values continue to drive team SIP ever forward to lead the development and change of the industry. Their imagination has no bounds and their creativity is what inspires clients and protégés alike. You are at the center of their universe – they go above and beyond to create the experience of your dreams. They will delight you by immersing you into their colourful world of carefully curated bar experiences. It builds lasting relationships that turn into friendships, because it connects everyone, not only as companies, but as people.
With a Head Office in Cape Town, a branch in Johannesburg and satellite partners throughout Africa, the Sip Exclusive Team continues to raise the bar and set new standards throughout the African continent.
I just wanted to say a big thank-you for the groovy service and awesomely entertaining mixology! The HOPE drinks were “bang on brief” sophisticated, fresh, colorful and chic! Please say a big thank-you to Peter, Decks and Bradley, they were a great team on a very HOT evening. – Sarah Lamond
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Most couples planning a wedding often have this one vital question from guests: “Will it be an open bar?” Now while everyone enjoys a good lively celebration, bar options are again down to your preference as a couple and the formality of your wedding.
Some venues may offer a full bar service and waitering staff as part of their wedding package. This really simplifies your planning process as they will ensure everything pertaining to bar and service are in place according to your needs. If your chosen venue does not have that in place you will need to select an external bar and staff hire company.
Information your bar and staff hire company will need to compile an accurate quote:
• Wedding date and venue
• Size of your wedding – how many guests are attending
• Start and end time and perhaps a rough timeline of the day (all other details can be discussed and confirmed closer to the date)
• Does the venue have a bar structure or should it be hired in? If so, for how many areas?
• Is it a cocktail event or a sit-down dinner?
• Do you need staff to assist with set-up and strike too?
• Any other requests you may have
Considering the many options from cocktail lounges, to wine options, to mixologists – and many more, you can really have fun with these choices. There are also plenty of arrangements you might not be aware of so communication between the venue and suppliers is critical to have your day go off problem free, with everything that is needed on hand.