5 Reasons You should Hire Pearl, the Mobile Bar at Your Next Fundraiser

The On The Rocks luxury mobile bar is perfect for corporate events, birthday parties, weddings, concerts, mixers, and fundraising events for nonprofits – and we’ve got five big reasons why!

At The Family Center/LaFamilia’s spring fundraising event this month, our TIPS-certified bartenders served a selection of wine, beer, and hard seltzer for the adults, and sparkling water, fruit juice, and even ice cream for the kids!

Adults and children line up at the On the Rocks mobile bar for drinks and treats at The Family Center/La Familia’s annual BELONG spring fundraiser.

Our bartenders collected hundreds of dollars in donations on behalf of the nonprofit organization at our mobile bar alone (plus rave reviews from a few toddlers slurping ice cream).

Here are five reasons your organization should have a mobile bar at your next fundraiser.

Portability & Flexibility

Our trailer, Pearl, can travel just about anywhere – if you have access to a parking lot, empty lot, street, or lawn, our mobile bar is perfect for you. We’ll be there rain or shine, which is a must in beautiful, temperamental Colorado.

And if you do choose to book a venue for your event, you won’t have to look for one with a fixed bar or bartending staff. (Check out our list of Colorado venues where you can bring your own alcohol.)

Flexibility means you only pay for what you need, and we can cater our services to your event vision. We have affordable packages plus an extensive list of a la carte add-ons, including:

  • Extra bartenders/extra hours
  • Popcorn machine
  • Margarita machine
  • Hot chocolate service
A selection of wine, beer, and non-alcoholic drinks lines the shelf in our mobile bar, Pearl.

Cost Effectiveness – and Better Fundraising

On the Rocks has some of the most affordable mobile bar services in northern Colorado. On top of that, our business model means you choose what you want to spend, by building off one of our packages or selecting a la carte options. 

You’ll also save money by purchasing bottled alcohol for your event from a liquor store, rather than from a venue by the bottle or glass. 

It’s a well-known fact in the fundraising world: Guests who drink alcohol spend more. While we’re happy to serve a non-alcoholic menu, guests who have had a cocktail or two are more likely to donate to your fundraiser, and that’s good for your bottom line.

Our TIPS-certified bartender, Shawna, pours a drink for a guest at a fundraising event in Fort Collins.

Value and Enhanced Guest Experience

A mobile bar adds value to your event just like any other entertainment or culinary experience. Guests are willing to spend more for a ticket that includes event amenities like a free bar, and you can use this in your organization’s favor. 

Guests appreciate anything that adds to their experience, making your organization more likely to receive both donations and positive word-of-mouth in your community.

TIPS-Certified Bartenders

Not all mobile bars hire TIPS-certified bartenders, but we do. Not only does this add to your guests’ experience, but it protects your event and your organization. 

TIPS training is designed to prevent intoxication, drunk driving, and underage drinking. The course gives servers the knowledge and confidence needed to recognize potential alcohol-related problems and intervene to prevent alcohol-related tragedies. 

TIPS servers are versed in:

  • Identifying fraudulent IDs
  • Recognizing the signs of intoxication
  • Proper incident reporting, should the need arise, and 
  • The “people skills” needed to enforce safe service while de-escalating difficult situations

Read more about why our TIPS-certified bartenders are so important.

Branding & Messaging

Branding and awareness are key for any organization, whether non-profit or for-profit. With On the Rocks, you have total control with drink and food choices, down to the brands you serve and the color of mixed drinks. 

Consider also incorporating organization logos, colors, and messaging into your bar signage, balloons or other decorations, and even custom napkins and drinkware.

Read more about how to make our mobile bar, Pearl, your own here.

Book On the Rocks for your next fundraiser now. For nonprofit, corporate, wedding, and private party news and tips, follow On the Rocks on Facebook and Instagram. You can also find bar decor and drink ideas on our Pinterest board.

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