Bar Service

Bar Service for the Harding Mott University Center is arranged by contacting Event and Building Services (EBS).  All alcohol must be dispensed by EBS staff that have been trained and certified in alcohol management.  Our staff will efficiently and professionally arrange, supervise and tend to the bar service at your event.  Service can easily be tailored to meet your needs whether your event is a small meeting, a reception, or a banquet for hundreds of guests.

Bar Service Policy

  • Alcohol may be dispensed at events that are designated as 'by invitation only'.

  • All shots of liquor must be combined with a drink mixer; straight shots are not permitted nor are 'shots on ice' permitted.  Shots of liquor are not permitted as part of a wedding reception 'dollar dance'.  The bar serves only a measured, one-ounce shot per drink.  Drinks are supplied to guests by the cup; no pitchers.  Customers are permitted one serving per visit to the bar.

  • Bar service is for a minimum of 2 hours and maximum of 4.5 hours.  Bar service must conclude 45 minutes before the scheduled event ending time.

  • An individual must be 21 years of age or older to consume alcohol.  Upon request for identification, if the guest is not able to produce valid picture identification, by law alcohol service cannot be provided.

  • Alcohol service will cease to anyone who appears to be visibly intoxicated.  Only trained EBS staff will determine if a guest is visibly intoxicated.  The staff decision to cease alcohol service to anyone is final.

  • Bringing alcohol into a licensed facility by anyone is prohibited by law and will be confiscated and will not be returned to the guest.

Open Bar Service

Bar service is charged per guest 13 years of age or older.  The charge includes the following:

Full Bar Service

(liquors, wines, draft beer, soft drinks)
  • Labor (setup, cleanup, tear down)
    • Bartender(s)
    • Event Manager
    • Manager On Duty
  • Gratuity set at 18%
  • Supplies (plastic cups, beverage napkins, stirrers, mixers, soft drinks, water, and ice)
  • Second bar setup (for groups larger than 225)
  • Table-side (one-time) pour to bridal table and reserved tables - maximum 6 bottles
  • Add $4/bottle service fee when one-time pour is over 6 bottles.

Partial Bar Service

(wines, draft beer, soft drinks)
  • Labor (setup, cleanup, tear down)
    • Bartender(s)
    • Event Manager
    • Manager On Duty
  • Gratuity set at 18%
  • Supplies (plastic cups, beverage napkins, stirrers, mixers, soft drinks, water, and ice)
  • Second bar setup (for groups larger than 225)
  • Table-side (one-time) pour to bridal table and reserved tables - maximum 6 bottles
    • Add $4/bottle service fee when one-time pour is over 6 bottles.
  2 hours 3 hours 4 hours 4.5 hours
Full Bar Service $3.00/person $4.00/person $5.00/person $6.00/person
Partial Bar Service $2.00/person $3.00/person $4.00/person $5.00/person

Add an additional $50 for guest counts of 300 or more.

Cash Bar Service

A cash bar is a bar at which guests pay for their own drinks. Customer billing is based upon the total amount of sales determined after the event or minimum guarantee, whichever is larger. Minimum sales guarantee will equal the total contract amount. The only UM-Flint facility that is licensed by the State of Michigan for a cash bar without a special permit license is the Harding Mott University Center.

Full Cash Bar Service

(house & premium liquors, house wines, draft beer, soft drinks)
  • Labor (setup, cleanup, tear down)
    • Bartender(s)
    • Event Manager
    • Manager On Duty
  • Gratuity set at 18%
  • Supplies (plastic cups, beverage napkins, stirrers, mixers, soft drinks, water, and ice)

Partial Cash Bar Service

(house wines, draft beer, soft drinks)
  • Labor (setup, cleanup, tear down)
    • Bartender(s)
    • Event Manager
    • Manager On Duty
  • Gratuity set at 18%
  • Supplies (plastic cups, beverage napkins, stirrers, mixers, soft drinks, water, and ice)

A minimun sales guarantee of $80 per hour is applicable

There is an additional $4/bottle corkage fee added to the per bottle cost for table-side service.

Confirming a Bar Service

  • One-half of the total contract amount is due at contract signing; contract signing must occur no less than 30 days prior to the event. The remaining balance is due 14 days prior to the event.
  • The guest count for the bar service may only be adjusted upward after the contract is signed.
  • If the contract has been paid in full and additional guests are added, the amount owing must be paid in full in order to confirm the increase in number. Guest counts can go down and previously assessed fees will remain the same.
  • An additional fee will be assessed if bar services is added within five business days of an event.