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boutique bartending

 in the Nc triangle & triad Areas

serving up fun & cocktails since 2013


Providing exceptional bartending services for your next event.


On the Rocks Bartending is a boutique bartending service which provides all inclusive, full service bartending for weddings, corporate functions, and social celebrations. We treat ever event like it's our own.

We accomplish this by:

  • Personalizing each bar package to our client's specific needs

  • Taking care of everything bar related so that you don't have to

  • Providing exceptional guest service

  • Going above and beyond what is expected of us


New York native, Nicole Clayton, first found her place behind the bar as an undergrad student at the University of Tampa.  Chatting it up with bar patrons, and mixing drinks that they enjoyed came quite naturally, and Nicole quickly realized that a listening ear and a well-made cocktail would always be something that would bring people together.  

Realizing the need for a full service, all-inclusive bartending company, Nicole decided to raise the bar, and launched On the Rocks Bartending in 2013.  She knew that professional staff, personalized service, and well-made cocktails, mixed with a lot of fun, would establish On the Rocks as Raleigh's premier bartending company. 

Nicole remains dedicated to raising the bar, and a glass, to provide a boutique bartending service which provides all inclusive, full service bartending for weddings, corporate events and social celebrations.

Photograph by Richard Barlow Photography

Photograph by Richard Barlow Photography

The On the Rocks team was amazing - not only were 2 signature drinks of our choice included in the package (I highly recommend the white wine sangria), but they also included in the champagne and glassware for toasts, plus great signs and decorations for the bar. They brought a very capable team, were very easy to work with when I decided to add on a little extra bar time last minute, and made drinks just how I like them - tasty, but with a little bit of a kick! For the price, you can't beat the amazing service we got from On the Rocks - plus, they've got some great local beers to choose from on their list!”

Katie H. married 3.23.2019

“Nicole and the OTR team did a great job for our October 20th wedding! There were lots of packages to choose from and I was confident that they would provide a professional service, which they surely did. The two bartenders that we had were so friendly and had great attitudes. I would definitely recommend OTR for their wedding services and they would be the first people I would contact for any future bar-tending needs.”

-Lynn H. married 10.20.2018

"We had a great experience with Nicole and the OTR team! Nicole responded to our inquiry and follow-up e-mails quickly, accommodated our requests for craft beers, and was super easy to work with. We thought about buying all of the alcohol ourselves and using our caterer for bartending - this was much easier and I think about the same cost or cheaper than it would have been otherwise. I would definitely use their services in the future and recommend them highly!"

-Jessica F. married 5.28.2017

"On the Rocks was the perfect choice for our wedding. Nicole was easy to work with and responded quickly to emails. Everything went smoothly and easily while planning and the day of was perfect. The two bartenders were AMAZING (I forgot their names) they were cute and nice and just fit in perfectly with all our guests. They were professional but seemed to have a great time as well. They even helped the venue people clean up tables and chairs at the end. Our timeline got a little off (we were way earlier than expected) but the bartenders put together our sparkling grape juice toast within a few minutes and all went well. We couldn't be happier with On the Rocks!"

-Megan B. married on 4.29.17




(919) 594-2832

business Hours

M-F 1 pm-6 pm



Do you provide bartenders if I want to supply my own alcohol?

No, we do not offer bartender only packages, On the Rocks Bartending is an all inclusive, full service bartending company. We believe in taking care of all your bar needs so that you don't have to. We want you to enjoy your wedding, holiday party, or event and not have to worry about getting more ice or going for a beer run in the middle of your event.


Yes & No. In accordance with bylaw 18B-1002 of the North Carolina Alcohol Beverage Commission; "a permit may be issued to a unit of local government, or to a nonprofit organization or a political organization to serve wine, malt beverages, and spirituous liquor at a ticketed event held to allow the unit of local government or organization to raise funds". Therefore, it is unlawful to have a cash bar for event unless you are at a venue with a retail permit which permits sales of alcohol. 

On the Rocks will never do a cash bar for a wedding or party, unless they fall under the approved organizations listed above.


On the Rocks has full general and liquor liability insurance which covers their bartenders and staff. On the Rocks is responsible for every single person we serve alcoholic beverages to. Please note, that if you are hosting an event where alcohol is being served, you are still liable for all of you guests; because it is your event. For further information about why you are still liable click here.

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Need the perfect venue to enjoy our creative cocktails? Check our sister business, Patterson Hall in Graham, NC.