The easiest way to start the booking process is to browse our marketplace and find the best package for your event. Add or edit services as needed, then click “Submit Proposal,” and standby. A Hodde Bros representative to reach out to you!

As many as you need! We’ve done it all, from intimate gatherings to large-scale corporate events. No soirée is too big (or small) for us to handle.

It takes a lot of time, effort and people to bring your event to life. So the earlier the better! The majority of our events are booked 3-6 months in advance, but we can accommodate bookings with less notice. Don’t wait to reach out! It’s better to get on our calendar early, so we can hold your date for you.

We require a 50% deposit for catered events and Airstream events. The remaining balance is due 30 days before your event.

We require a 50% deposit to confirm your reservation. You’ll receive a full refund (minus a $500 administration fee) if you cancel more than 90 days before your event date. Cancelations within 30-90 days of the event forfeit their deposit.

Cancellations made within 30 days of an event are not eligible for a refund, and full payment is due. Postponements are allowed, but the refund policy is still based on the original event date. Postponements are subject to availability and must be approved.

We expect there to be changes to your event as you work through the planning process. Contracted services cannot be removed from the booking, but services can be added. If they are added post booking, an additional deposit may be required. 

Your final guest count is due two weeks prior to the event and may not fluctuate more than 20% above or below the initial number provided, or additional fees may apply. We reserve the right to bill at a higher rate for guest counts that have more than a 20% change in either direction.

Yes, our staff is available during all holidays, except Christmas and Christmas Eve. Holiday rates apply to the following days: St. Patrick’s Day, Cinco de Mayo, Memorial Day, Fourth of July, Labor Day, Halloween, Thanksgiving Day and New Year’s Eve.

We’ve done it all! Everything from birthday parties and weddings to corporate events, product launches, wrap parties, galas, art openings and brand activations. Whatever you want to celebrate, we’re there.

We are a dry-hire service and don’t carry a liquor license. That means we can’t participate in the sale of alcohol. We can, however, serve alcohol that is supplied by the event host. 

But don’t worry! We have a retail partner who will manage that process for you. We’ll send them your bar breakdown, and they’ll invoice you directly. Yes, it’s another bill to pay.  But you save a ton, get to keep the leftovers, and they’ll deliver your order to the venue! Easy peasy!

Definitely! Let us know what you’re looking for, and we can curate a menu for you. If you don’t know where to start, schedule a tasting with us and we’ll figure it out together. Additional fees may apply.

Yes! Our tastings will give you a chance to sample our drinks and decide what you want your menu to look like. If you’d like to schedule a tasting or learn more, just reach out.

If you want to go big, our Airstream Mobile Bar is ready to be the focal point of your event! We also offer a 6-foot white, wood bar that can be customized to fit your needs. Or, you can work with a local rental house to supply the bar.

Our bartenders must work behind a bar. To make delicious craft cocktails, we need professional equipment.  So no kitchen islands, 6-foot tables or bar carts.

A stand-alone or satellite bar station that produces a curated cocktail experience for guests. Our cocktail activations include ingredients, equipment and staff. Select from the options below:

  • Bloody Bar – Make your own Bloody Mary or Maria.  Choose your spirit & ‘Mary mix’, then garnish it with as many goodies as your glass can hold.
  • Bubble Bar – Champagne bar featuring the classics – Mimosa, Bellini, Kir Royal, Champagne Cocktail & French 75.  Fresh juices, craft syrups and garnishes provided.
  • Make Your Own Bar – Interactive activation where guests ‘make their own’ drink with guidance from a bartender. Options include a Margarita, Moscow Mule, Mojito or Old Fashioned.
  • Infusion Bar – House-made instant spirit infusions made to your guest’s preference.  Enjoy on the rocks, make an Old Fashioned or request a craft cocktail.

Molecular mixology injects a little science into your shaker tin to create new flavors, textures and engaging presentations that provide a sensory drinking experience. We use a variety of techniques (and a little magic) to create these amazing concoctions:

  • Aromatic Cocktail Bubbles
  • Adult Slushies
  • Boozy Snow Cones
  • Branded Cocktail Foam 
  • Cocktail Bombs
  • Cocktail Caviar
  • Color Changing Cocktails
  • Edible Alcohol Bubbles
  • Infused Spirits & Syrups
  • Smoked Cocktails


Click here to learn how you can add a little magic to your menu.

We carry both general and liquor liability insurance. Clients and venues can be added to our policy as “additional insured.”

A Temporary Special Events Permit is required for events that meet any of the following criteria:

  • Tents or canopies larger than 450 square feet on a residential property
  • Tents or canopies larger than 12 feet in length or width on a commercial property
  • Stages or platforms more than 30 inches
  • Grandstands or bleachers
  • Structures higher than 12 feet
  • Temporary Change of Use (i.e parking lot events or the use of a building for a special purpose)


For LA events, you can get additional information and submit your application on the LADBS website. (Applications require approval from the LAPD & LAFD.)

We do not manage the permitting process. If your event needs permits, we recommend Jimmy’s Permit Services.

Bartenders are certified (TIPS/STAR) to serve alcohol in CA as recommended by the Department of Alcohol Beverage Control. 

We also carry both liquor liability and general liability insurance. (Clients and venues can be added to our policy as “additional insured.”)

Our team includes bartenders, barbacks, cocktail servers, photo booth attendants and brand ambassadors. Staffing requirements are based on event details. (i.e., cocktail menu, guest count, hours of service and event layout)

No, we do not provide staffing-only packages. The quality of our drinks is important to us, so we like to manage the entire process. It’s hard to make good drinks when someone forgot the simple syrup, or got the wrong type of lime juice. (It happens a lot!) So leave it all up to us while you sit back and enjoy the fun.

Your booking includes at least 1 hour of breakdown and clean-up time. This is limited to the bar area and does not include bussing tables unless the client rented glassware. Venue requirements for cleaning must be communicated prior to the event.

Our regular service area ranges from San Diego to Santa Barbara. Travel within LA’s TMZ (“Thirty-Mile Zone”) is included. That’s a 30-mile radius from Beverly Hills.

Travel beyond this zone is charged at $1 per mile, round trip. Travel outside 250 miles must be approved, and additional fees may apply.

Most bookings are between 4-6 hours of service, plus 3 hours of setup/teardown time. We can also accommodate shorter events as long as they meet our minimum.

Yes. Our minimum for beverage catering is $3,500, and our minimum for Airstream events is $5,000. Minimums include catering, staffing and rentals.

We accept payments by check, credit card, PayPal and wire transfer. Online payments may be subject to an additional fee.

The client is responsible for event weatherproofing. We are happy to work with your vendor to select the appropriate sized tent. Unfortunately, we cannot accommodate rain dates due to our advance bookings.

Our staff members are vaccinated and follow all health guidelines for service. Masks can be worn upon request, or at the discretion of the vendor.

Since COVID is a known risk, event cancellations due to city, state or federal COVID mandates will follow our normal cancellation policy and are not considered “force majeure” or an act of God. We are happy to work with you on rescheduling your event, subject to availability.

Gratuity is at the discretion of the client. We do not include gratuity in the price. Our online payment system allows you to add gratuity at the time of payment. You can also tip in cash or via Venmo. Tip jars are removed from the bar if client provides gratuity.

A standard package includes all non-alcoholic ingredients for bar service, such as syrups, juices, mixers and garnishes. We also provide staffing, bar equipment, cocktail napkins, ice, infused water, eco-friendly straws, and disposable glassware.

Heck yes, we do! We’re all about inclusivity. Everyone will be able to enjoy an amazing drink, with or without the booze.

Depending on the specifics of your event, we typically require 1.5-2 hours to set up a standard bar. Events involving our Airstream Mobile Bar need 2.5+ hours for setup. All bars need to be set at least 30 minutes before guests arrive.

If your venue doesn’t have a designated bar space, we can create one. We have bars available for rent, or we can refer you to one of our preferred rental companies.

Basic plastic glassware is included in your booking. We also offer Tossware; a shatterproof, recyclable, BPA-free glassware that is made from recycled, single-use plastic bottles. They look just like the real thing and are dance floor friendly. Ask us about upgrading.

Real glassware is an entirely different beast. If you use it, be sure to factor in the following:

  • ​Space to store the boxes the glasses come in
  • Additional back bar space to display the glasses
  • Staff to bus, wash and reset glasses
  • ​Additional rental items and space to set up a scullery area

Other rentals include our selection of oversized games to keep your guests entertained – Giant Jenga, Tipsy Tower, Giant Connect 4, Golf Beer Pong, and Brandable Cornhole Sets! We also have bar tools and equipment, Tossware glasses, photo booths and more.

A Full Bar includes 6 spirits (vodka, gin, rum, tequila, bourbon, scotch) and 3-6 liqueurs (Aperol, Campari, Cointreau, St. Germain, Sweet Vermouth, Dry Vermouth). The menu focuses on classic cocktails, highballs, and a wide variety of beer, wine and bubbles.

 A Limited Bar means you are offering beer & wine only, or offering limited liquor options (e.g., vodka, tequila, bourbon). This is a pared-down menu with a few classic cocktails (maybe a signature drink or two), highballs, and a limited variety of beer, wine and bubbles.

 A Craft Bar focuses on 3-5 signature drinks handcrafted with fresh ingredients, specialty ice, premium liquors, and ornate garnishes. Cocktails can be sponsored, branded or themed. The menu can be cocktails-only, or include a variety of beer, wine and bubbles.

 A Dry Bar features delicious and complex alcohol-free or low-ABV drinks that can compete with any cocktail. Round out the bar with non-alcoholic spirits, beer & wine.

All options come with syrups, juices, mixers, garnishes, non-alcoholic beverages and ice. You can make additions and substitutions to all of our packages.

No, we only offer hosted bars for private events.

Currently under the California Alcoholic Beverage Control Act you DO NOT need a liquor license to serve alcohol if you’re hosting a private party that meets the following requirements:

  • The event is private (i.e., a bona fide guest list restricts access to invited guests only)
  • The event is held on private property
  • The host is providing all of the alcohol
  • All drinks are complimentary (i.e., hosted bar)
  • There is no admission cost for the event (i.e., no ticket price, donation or door charge)
  • The event venue does not require an ABC permit


A liquor license is required when your event meets any of the following criteria:

  • The event is open to the public
  • There is any admission cost for the event (i.e., ticket price, donation or door charge)
  • Any other fundraising activities are being held at the event (e.g., silent or live auction)
  • Drinks are being sold at the bar (i.e., a no-host or “cash” bar)
  • The event venue requires an ABC permit to be in place for the event
  • The event is held at a location that is not classified for use as a “Place of Assembly” 


We are a dry-hire bar service and do not carry a liquor license. If you need one, we recommend you work with a licensed caterer.

If your event is a fundraiser and your organization is a registered Non-Profit Organization (501-C3), you may apply for a 1-day liquor license (ABC 221) directly through the ABC.

The guest count, cocktail menu and number of bars/activations will determine how many bartenders you need. Generally, we recommend 1 bartender for every 50 guests.

We require an event manager and lead bartender for all of our events. The event manager will run the team, manage breaks, communicate with the event planner/vendors and do light bussing. The lead bartender is responsible for managing the bar team during service.

  • Lead Bartender | 1 per every 250 guests (or 1 at each bar)
  • Bartenders | 1 per every 50 guests
  • Barbacks | 1 per every 150 guests (or 1 at each bar)
  • Cocktail Servers | 1 per every 25 guests
  • Brand Ambassadors | 1 per each activation (more as needed)

Yes, bar tools are included in our packages and required as part of your booking. Any large items needed for your requested bar or activation (e.g., coolers, trash cans) will be added to your proposal. Additional items like upgraded glassware or party games are also available.

Our standard uniforms are a black button-up, black pants and black shoes. That said, we love to play dress-up, and most requests can be accommodated. (Wanna provide the team with logo shirts or matching bow-ties? Go for it! We’ll make ‘em look good!)

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