Your meetings and events aren't confined to one place, so why should your bar be? Take your tap to go with a mobile bar at your next shindig.
Hitch & Sip
Hitch & Sip first opened its restored 1970s trailer in May 2018 and has been serving corporate happy hours, trade shows, client appreciation events and more ever since. The cash bar can be set up indoors or outdoors and is entirely customizable.
“We did an Oktoberfest once where we served nothing but German beer, pretzels and brats,” says Jordan Feist, Hitch & Sip’s director of bar operations.
The trailer offers specialty drinks, beer, wine and liquor, which can be included in a prepaid, unlimited service for two or five hours. Currently, Hitch & Sip only has a liquor license in Minnesota, though they are hoping to expand to Wisconsin soon.
“All of our alcohol is sourced properly through Minnesota liquor laws, and we are fully insured, so planners never have to worry about liability issues,” Feist says.
The Tiny Tap
Like Hitch & Sip, The Tiny Tap only operates in Minnesota. “We travel anywhere within the state of Minnesota, but our ‘sweet spot’ is within a 20-mile radius of Minneapolis,” says Colin Mihm, co-founder of The Tiny Tap.
The Tiny Tap is a prosecco truck, which offers prosecco on tap and mimosa bars, and is popular at corporate offices, business meetings and launch parties. Mihm says they recently did Wine Fest for 1,300 people and can serve groups of any size.
Mihm says they have several prosecco trucks, so for larger events, they can bring them all.
“It’s a surprise and a delight. No one is really expecting this at an event, so when they show up, it attracts every person who walks in the door,” Mihm says.
The Tiny Tap package starts at $1,500 and includes one keg of prosecco (approximately 150 pours), glassware and bartending for a three-hour service.
BĒT Vodka Travel Bar
Since opening in June 2019, the BĒT Vodka Travel Bar has become a staple to events rang- ing from baby showers and weddings to pri- vate events and business openings.
“The BĒT Vodka Travel Bar is an easy turnkey solution for anyone’s event planning; it provides an on-site bartender, barware and serving supplies, and a choice of craft cock- tails available in three packages, defined as ‘Simplified,’ ‘Sincere’ and ‘Social,’” says founder Ben Brueshoff.
Served from a 1951 Dodge farm truck named “Henry” after American sugar beet connoisseur Henry Oxnard, drinks range from BĒT Vodka-based cocktails to beer and wine.
Brueshoff says they’ve “perfected a number of craft cocktail recipes that complement the smooth, all-around flavor of BĒT Vodka.” But the menu isn’t limited to their recipes. “If there’s a specific cocktail request that is not on the menu, we are happy to discuss!”
Prices range from $400 for rental of the Travel Bar or Henry (the vintage farm truck) up to $1,000 for events of 100 guests. Additional bar staff or hours of service, glass- ware rental and other add-ons are also avail- able for purchase.
Equal Parts Cocktail Company
With hand-built bars and custom curated cocktail menus, Equal Parts Cocktail Company is as unique as each guest at your event.
“We are always creating new signature reci- pes based on specific events and our clients’ desires. We love to offer tastings, to make the entire cocktail creation process interactive and to highlight specific flavor profiles that our clients may want,” says founder Simeon Priest. “A cocktail can tell a story and convey a feeling … no two events are the same when we’re involved.”
The prices vary depending on head count, number of signature cocktails, num- ber of service hours, and other factors. Packages start at $350, and Priest says they often offer special discounts to nonprofits and charitable organizations.
“Our focus stems from the fundamental elements of hospitality, ensuring that our cli- ents are cared for every step of the way,” Priest says. “We love cocktails (who doesn’t?), but we especially love well-made cocktails. We believe that the world of private parties and special events deserves the best of the cocktail world. We’re here to bridge that gap.”