I hired First String Bartending for a private party I was having at my house, it was my husbands 40th birthday party and I wanted to do something different and fun, and that is exactly what First String Bartending is, My guest and I had a great time, they were so friendly and professional, they made the night incredible, the drinks were amazing, not to strong or watered down, they really take their time to make the perfect drink. I would definitely hire them again in the future.

Susan B. – Santee


Terry bartended my b-day party on may 23rd on the Venue he is wonderful extremely nice an great service. Terry and Richard were awesome super nice bartenders . Next event defiantly will love both of you guys to bartend ūüėÄ Both of u guys deserve 5 stars thank you for making sure everyone was well attended good job.

Ira P. – San Diego


This was an amazing bar service! awesome experience! My guest are still talking about the ice luge!
Richard and his staff are very professional and accommodating! cant wait til my next party!

Frances H. – La Mesa


Grade A bartending Service!! Had a great time on Friday!

M.K.F –¬† San Diego


Thanks for everything Richard, the party was amazing. We appreciate everything. Until the next time.

Matt – Chula Vista


OMG 4 stars isn’t nearly enough! I would give First String Bartending Service 100 stars!! Richard is amazing!! He was very professional through the whole process and on the day of gave my family and friends outstanding service! ¬†Richard kept in constant contact with me and assured me that he would deliver on everything I asked for, and he did just that. He received so any compliments from my guest on how friendly and professional him and his staff were. Richard created special mock tail drinks for my daughter and her friends and they loved it! I could go on and on, but I suggest booking this company so you can see for yourself!

Jennifer C. – La Mesa


We have attended two functions in the last few months where Richard (&Terry) have been the super mixologists…extremely professional and always a personal touch to each drink…Always served with a smile!

Mykeys P. – San Diego


Thanks to Richard my summer party was AMAZING! All my guest were pleased by his exceptional Bartending Services.

Christina R. – San Diego


Our experience with Banessa was unbelievable! She was so professional and just so fantastic!

Sanam A. – La Jolla


Richard and Christopher were fabulous!  I celebrated a big milestone birthday and they came through with short notice. Richard helped me customize a drink menu and get everything prepared. I asked tons of questions and he was so prompt in handling everything.  My guest loved the drinks and chatting up with Richard. I highly recommend them to everyone.

Amara A. – Tierrasanta


Went to a friend’s birthday party this weekend and Richard was serving up drinks all afternoon and into the evening.
Richard is really very friendly and makes really, really great Moscow Mules!  He even made a pitcher of Moscow Mules when we decided we wanted to put a spin on our regular beer pong game.
Richard and First String are A-class. Give them a call!

Ness S. – Tierrasanta


Thank you, Richard, for sending us such a wonderful bartender. Banessa was just so great!

Chinthana – Carmel Valley


The party was a great success!!¬†¬† Mojitos were a big hit as were the ‚ÄúStormy Nights‚ÄĚ shots. All of our guests enjoyed the party and especially the 2-Bartenders from “FIRST STRING.” ¬†All the women enjoyed Jake and all the men really enjoyed Nathalie!! ¬†They served up some awesome drinks which kept everyone in a very HAPPY mood. ¬†First String did it again!! ¬†Score a 10-out-of-10 for them. ¬†That’s why they are called “FIRST STRING”!! ¬†Having a party? ¬†You better call “FIRST STRING” and make it an Epic happening for you!!

Walter – Rancho Penasquitos


Richard was early to set up, professional throughout the entire evening and stayed late to help clean up. Made great drinks all night long and was completely professional. I would definitely use them and recommend them in the future.

Todd B. – Spring Valley


First string bar-tending  is awesome highly recommended for any type of event . Terry and Richard very professional and outgoing. Waiting for next event to hire them again. Reasonable prices and they will help you plan your event.

Carlos S. – San Diego


My bride and I tied the knot yesterday  and First String showed our guest the best service and professionalism. Two thumbs up!!!

Lou F. – San Diego


I hired First String Bartending Services for my fine art show. ¬†They immediately returned my inquiry and were prompt with all my communications, which gave me assurance that they were focused on their clients. ¬†They provided tips, a shopping list, and much more than I expected, which really helped me plan a successful event. ¬†When it came to the actual week of the event, they followed up many times, inquired about my beverage choices to prepare for what they were serving and to even learn about the wineries for the wines we had chosen in case guests inquired. ¬† I communicated with Richard for much of the planning and Terry was the bartender at the event. ¬†The day of the event FSBS arrived on time and they were all business when setting up and preparing the bar. ¬†The bar set up was beautiful and professional. ¬† Terry was all smiles, so pleasant and the guests definitely enjoyed the vibe at the bar. ¬†I had 2 signature drinks that Terry made spot on and everyone loved. ¬†And lastly, their rates compared to the service they deliver, it’s high-end classy delivery at an affordable price, I feel so lucky to have found them for my event and will be only hiring and recommending FSBS in the future!

Holly S. – San Diego


First String helped us out with our Halloween party & they were awesome!! So friendly, professional & helpful. We didn’t have to worry or deal with the bar & could enjoy the party. They were the talk of the party. So worth it. ¬†Will definitely be using them again & recommending to my family & friends

Katrina B. – San Diego


I would highly recommend First String over and over again.  I hired them to bartend and serve for my wedding this October and they went above and beyond my expectations.  They are extremely professional and so very friendly.  I had so many people comment on what great service they provided throughout the entire evening.  They called myself and many other guests by name and remembered everything we were all drinking.  Nobody was left empty handed during our cocktail hour;  the waters and beverages stayed full during the reception, and the tables were kept clean.  I have worked as a server and a bartender for many years myself so I may have had a little higher expectations going into it and they blew me away.  I would hire them again in a heartbeat.

Kelly D. La Mesa AZ


Richard and Banessa helped us out big time at our wedding in September. ¬†After our last rental service/bartender ran off with our money just a few days before our wedding, we weren’t sure what we were going to do! ¬†I’m so glad that we found First String Bartending Services!

From the first phone call to Richard, while still being professional, it was like talking to an old friend.  Even with just a few days before our wedding, he was willing to help us out with very reasonable rates for services!  He even printed out a personalized menu with our invitation image and drinks on it.

Richard was a class-act from start to finish of our special day.  Our friends and family told us only good things about his services.  We were very impressed and look forward to working with them again.

Thanks so much you guys!

Nadia G. – La Mesa


Today I was the photographer for a wonderful wedding.  I had the honor of working  with First String Bartending Services. There wait staff was extremely professional, and keep the party move along. The drinks were flowing and all the guest had a wonderful time.  The next bride I work with I will diffidently recommend First String Bartending  Services.

Tammy R. – El Cajon


We hired FSB based off of a friends reference for our wedding on Friday at Luce Loft. Richard was AWESOME! Ever since our initial emails about the service he has been nothing short of amazing. He is prompt and happy to answer any questions you have. He even creates a list of what you need to purchase and how much- which was extremely helpful. Richard and his staff were a hit at the wedding- all of our guests raved about how friendly they were and the delish drinks- and tricks he provided. I would recommend them again and again- it was such an excellent experience and I cannot wait to see what other events we can use them for! Two thumbs up and 5 stars across the board!

Megan W. – San Diego


They bar tended and waitressed my dad’s wedding and were amazing!!!! Couldn’t have asked for friendlier more fun wait staff. Even going above and beyond they let me know when my baby woke up in the back room. Such sweet girls kept the house clean while people ate (and danced a little) and our incredible bartender made delicious drinks (I’m picky) with the biggest smile. I will tell anyone and everyone to use you guys for any event. Thanks for helping us make my dad’s day so magical.

Cassandra F.


I do not know where to start. First string bar tended my rehearsal dinner. They were so professional, and positive the whole time.  they went above and beyond the services that we originally agreed upon. My guests loved them!!! Such professionalism. I would hire them to work any other party I have! I recommend First string to everyone that wants complete friendly professional service!!

Suz M. – Carlsbad


We had a party months ago and Richard was so great to work with. He worked with me to customize a drink menu and his staff is soooooo professional! Fast, nicely dressed, courteous and extremely thoughtful! Our event was flowing smoothly all night and their prices were very reasonable!! I was very happy with their services and they will be my go to in the future !!

Samatha – La Jolla


Let me start with …..AMAZING..AMAZING…AMAZING! Abraham was so awesome and we could of not been happier. Please letl him know again how much we appreciate him.

Victoria C. – San Diego


My Holiday Cocktail Party was a complete success due to the AMAZING and PROFESSIONAL Bartending services of First String! Terry was perfect tending the bar and the guests loved his wonderful drinks and fun spirit. Eli also went above and beyond working behind the bar making things run so smoothly. Oscar was the DJ and he was AWESOME with such a great set up with light effects and great sound. I would highly recommend the ICE DRINK LUGE! I can’t wait until my next party and the first call I will make is to Richard at First String to have them all back again to ensure that it will be a COMPLETE SUCCESS! Thank you, thank you, thank you!

Jane B. – Poway


Richard and his staff did a wonderful job at my Mad Men themed 40th birthday party.  The girls happily dressed the part.  The bartenders looked great.  They were incredibly flexible and easy to work with.  Everyone had a good attitude which made them part of the party.  I received several compliments on the drinks we served.  They left the glassware rinsed and the  bar counters clean.  That made overall cleanup in the morning so much easier.  I thought their pricing was reasonable.  I would definitely use them again and would recommend them to anyone looking for bartenders and wait staff.

April G. – San Diego


Hi Richard,

Thank you so much for all your help. You and your staff make such a great team. You all did a remarkable job at my daughter’s quinceanera. After seeing your excellent work I will not hesitate to recommend you to my friends and family.¬†Once again thank you for all your hard work and I look forward to working with you again in the future.
Marcha Pelaez – San Diego



If I could give these guys 10 stars, I would! ¬†Our 4th of July Vegas-style pool party was a huge success thanks to First String. ¬†I’ll start by saying this is not the first time I’ve hired bartender and server help for a party so I’ve worked with a number of vendors in the past. ¬†The difference with Richard and his First String staff is the PROFESSIONALISM, attention to DETAIL, and LOVE they have for what they do. ¬†We hired Richard (bartender), Vasthi (server), and Alex (buser +) for our event. ¬†Prior to my event, Richard kept good communication. ¬†He took the time to create a drink shopping list for my headcount and drink selection making it extremely easy to buy exactly what we needed, down the to stir straws. ¬†On the day of the event, he and his team arrived right on time in uniform and began setting up immediately. ¬†We made sure they had everything they needed and from that point forward, I was able to sit back and enjoy.

Alex bused but also manned my front door to show guests in as they arrived. ¬†He also helped with some setup and made sure my guests took their gift bags. ¬†When the caterer arrived, he showed them to their designated spot so they could set up, I didn’t have to lift a finger. ūüôā

Vasthi was an outstandingly attentive server. ¬†She was very friendly and our guests all commented (even the following day) on how good she was. ¬†It’s great to have a server that smiles all the time! ¬†She walked around frequently, checking on guests and making sure they were well treated.

Richard, aside from being an awesome bartender, is a real people person. ¬†He made conversation with guest and everyone LOVED him. ¬†He was also extremely attentive and knowledgeable. ¬†His branded light up bar is the way to go. ¬†It’s a full pro setup in excellent condition and really gives a professional feel.

Overall, I cannot stress enough how excellent First String was and how thankful I am for their service. ¬†My advice to other Yelpers is take a few moments to put together a list of instructions/directions and give it to them like I did. ¬†They are so good at what they do, they’ll make sure everything goes off without a hitch.

Michelle G – Escondido