frequently asked questions

Booking + Pricing

  • How far in advance do I need to book my event?

    Due to California state liquor laws, all events require an alcohol catering permit (Don’t worry! It’s only $25 and we take care of securing the permit for you.) All permit applications must be submitted a MINIMUM of one month in advance. We can always apply in less time than that. However, an approved permit is not guaranteed.

    In addition to the permitting, there are certain seasons and times of year that are busier than usual. To start, contact us to see if the trailer is available on the date of your event.

  • How much does it cost to rent the trailer?

    Our straightforward pricing model is very simple. We require a certain minimum purchase of product (i.e. kegs) depending on the number of hours you would like to reserve the trailer for. You are only required to meet that minimum in order for us to bring the trailer out, but the total could increase depending on a variety of factors such as the number of guests and other liquor being served.

    Please contact us for additional information about pricing.

  • What are potential additional charges I may incur?

    Additional charges may include:

    • Glassware and/or disposable champagne flutes
    • Travel fees for destinations more than 10 miles outside of Santa Monica, CA
    • A 3% credit card processing fee if you choose to pay by credit card
    • Hourly charges if your event goes beyond 3 hours

    Please inquire for more information.

  • I'm sold! How do I book the trailer?

    Bookings are reserved on a first come, first serve basis. A 50% deposit is required to secure your date. Click here to start the process.

The Bubbly

  • How much bubbly is in a keg?

    One keg contains 27 bottles of bubbly or roughly 110, 6-ounce glasses of bubbly. Typically, a few glasses of bubbly are lost (we know, tragic) when hooking and/or switching out a new keg.

  • How do I estimate how many kegs I need for my event?

    The standard catering calculation for alcoholic beverages at an event is one drink per person, per hour. However, certain variables, such as additional beverages being served, ratio of men to women, etc. will affect how much bubbly you should order. We can tell you we tend to be quite popular at events 🙂 One of our Tap Trailer experts will be able to help you figure out how many kegs you need.

  • What bubbly do you serve?

    It’s top secret! We had to do A LOT of tasting to find one that was “just right” (it’s a tough job, but someone has to do it.) Our bubbly is made from Albariño grapes. The taste is light, crisp, and refreshing. It would be considered on the drier side, which suits a variety of palates and makes it perfect for multiple glass consumption.

  • Do you offer tastings?

    Unfortunately, the bubbly we serve is only offered in kegs.

The Trailer

  • How much space does the trailer need?

    The Bubble Tap Trailer is about 13 feet long, 9 feet high and about 7 feet wide. Add roughly five feet in each direction for maneuvering and we’re good to go! Our parallel parking skills are quite impressive if we do say so ourselves. Additionally, we suggest about 6 to 8 feet in front of the tap window for guests to stand comfortably while waiting to be served.

  • Does the trailer need access to electricity?

    The trailer needs access to an outlet to run. We bring plenty of extension cords, so it’s not usually a problem, but if you do not want cords showing, or there is no access to an outlet, a generator may need to be rented.

  • Can guests serve themselves?

    Due to California liquor laws (damn liquor laws always be gettin’ in the way!) we are unable to let guests serve themselves.

  • Are bartenders included with trailer?

    Yes! The trailer includes two bartenders. In rare cases where a guest count exceeds 500 people, a third bartender will be included at no additional cost.

  • What do the bartenders wear?

    Our bartenders wear the official Bubble Tap uniform consisting of blue denim jeans (no rips or worn areas) with a white button up, matching white waist apron and clean white tennis shoes.

  • Is glassware included?

    Glass champagne flutes may be rented for 99 cents per glass and disposable champagne flutes are offered for 75 cents per glass.

The Fine Print

  • Do you carry insurance?

    We do have insurance for our trailer and employees. However, it does not extend to you, your guests, the venue or any other aspect of your event. Event insurance is available for a nominal amount and we highly suggest getting it (no one wants to be caught with their pants down!) Ask your Tap Trailer Co. representative for more information. We would be happy to point you in the right direction.

833 827-8428