The bartender might be just about everyone’s favorite person on a night out! They can keep people well supplied with beverages – mostly likely those of an alcoholic variety – at any bar or pub they happen to visit, as long as they have enough money to pay for it and aren’t too drunk to be served!

Happy World Bartender Day!

History of World Bartender Day

Bartending is considered by some to be one of the oldest professions known to man. It is said to have appeared on the scene several thousand years ago in various geographical locations such as Rome, Greece and even Asia. At the time, these would have been the innkeepers and owners of alehouses who would make their own brews and liquors that they would serve to patrons. Because of ethical and legal issues, the profession wasn’t exactly held in high esteem. 

It wasn’t until the 1800s that the perception of being a person who tends bar began to develop into something more noteworthy. This was when Jerry Thomas, the “father of bartending”, became popular for the special cocktails he created in his bars in New York City. In fact, Thomas literally wrote the first book on bartending, called The Bar-Tender’s Guide, alternatively referred to as How to Mix Drinks, which was published in 1862.

Since that time, the profession of bartending has begun to gain more respect for the creativity, skill and attention to detail that is involved in creating, making and serving up drinks–often to no-so-pleasant customers. While the trade had a bit of a hiccup in the 1920s and early 1930s when the United States went through a period of prohibition, these tenacious characters were emboldened and came out stronger than ever on the other side.

Celebrating the creative genius and talents of those important people behind bars all across the globe, World Bartender Day was created in recent years. It seems to have started with a cocktail competition that happens in Australia and New Zealand, called The Perfect Blend. Since its creation, the day has only gotten more popular and the impact has grown like wildfire.

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How to Celebrate World Bartender Day

This can be a great day to celebrate as it almost assures that a person can go to the bar! Join in on the fun in some of these ways:

Show Appreciation to a Local Bartender

World Bartender Day is the day to appreciate the staff in your local bar. They work hard to keep their customers happy and often don’t get paid very well! Remember to always be friendly to the bartender, especially by being patient when it is necessary to wait to be served. Give the bartender a smile and say ‘please’ and ‘thank you’ – the bartender will appreciate it and you are more likely to get better service next time you buy a drink.

Leave a Great Tip

Most importantly, if you’re in a country where tipping is expected, make sure you tip appropriately and generously to show how much their service is appreciated. As it turns out, approximately 55% of a bartender’s income comes through the kind tips of customers. Be generous and give something a little extra in honor of World Bartender Day.

Celebrate with The Blend

The Blend is a bartender engagement program meant to inspire and innovate. In honor of World Bartender Day, the site hosts a variety of games, interviews, bartending secrets, video content and more. In fact, they tend to celebrate for a couple of weeks running up to the day, so there’s plenty of opportunity to get connected!

Spread the Word About World Bartender Day

Grab a few friends or coworkers and head out to a bar for an after work drink. And don’t forget to share the day on social media so that other people know about it too. Get the word out so that everyone has the opportunity to thank and appreciate their bartender on this all important day!

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