Fairhaven Woman Ditches Day Job to Start Chic Mobile Bar Service
This new business based in Fairhaven will have you raising a glass in style at your next special event.
Kristen Gomes grew up on the SouthCoast, working in the restaurant industry and eventually working full-time as a real estate agent. Recently, she kissed that goodbye to pursue her own venture and hone her craft in hospitality with a modern twist called The Wandering Pour.
Last summer, Gomes attended a backyard wedding, and that one day inspired her entire career change.
“It was a very traditional, black tablecloth setup, and I thought to myself, ‘How can I make this better?’” she said. “I ended up looking around and there weren’t many options, and when I can't find something, I make it myself.”
What Is the Wandering Pour?
The Wandering Pour is a mobile bartending service that brings life to any event, specializing in making beautiful event bars easy for weddings and other private parties.
It’s not your typical plastic bar like you see at a catered backyard party. At Wandering Pour, you have options.
Clients can choose one of two beautifully designed mobile bars to complement the festivities. “The Ruby” was Gomes’s first bar and was lovingly named after one of her dogs. It offers a classic look with a rich, natural stained bar top and white sides, and can serve up to 100 guests.
Recently, Gomes completed a massive renovation project to bring her clients The Patsy, a 1990 Sundowner horse trailer converted into a mobile bar by Gomes and her team.
“We recently unveiled The Patsy and finally having it ready, from idea to reality, was a huge milestone and I’m so happy to just get it out there,” Gomes said. Complete with an 8-foot serving window and a photo backdrop, The Patsy takes the term “mobile bar” to an entirely new level.
Supporting Small Business, One Pour At a Time
A fire was lit for Gomes after attending that wedding last year, and she has taken her little idea and made it into a huge business plan.
“We truly love our craft,” she said. “At parties, everyone starts at the bar and ends at the bar, so we want to bring personality, experience and hospitality to every party.”
Gomes’s goal is not only to make life easier for the party host but to also bring life to the special day, whether it's with signature cocktails or a lemonade stand.
Gomes is proving that not all mobile bars are created equal and the demand for Instagram-worthy add-ons for any event is always welcomed.
The Wandering Pour was officially established in 2022, and Gomes has already put together a loyal team, two beautifully curated bars, and a business model that encourages creativity and ease for the host.
The next time you’re getting ready for a backyard shindig, ditch the Solo cups and consider supporting local.