National Bartender Day 2022: History, Significance and Activities

National Bartender Day which is also called as Bartender Appreciation Day is annually celebrated on every First Friday of December which means it falls on 2nd December this year. This day celebrates and honors the bartenders for their hardwork and contributions.

Most occupations have a day dedicated to them and the job of tending a bar is no exception. National Bartender Day aims to make customers realize about the important role that bartenders play in our lives today and hence they must be appreciated!

So, whether you go out to a bar or restaurant in your neighborhood, make a trek to a new spot in town, or share a drink with your favorite bar tending friend, December 2 is the day to show your appreciation for all the mixologists out there. 

Event National Bartender Day
Date December 2, 2022
Day Friday
Significance The day celebrates and honors the bartenders
Observed by United States


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National Bartender Day History: 

Bartenders have been around forever. Maybe not literally, but it seems like it. Bartenders or atleast some version of them have been in existence for hundreds of years in all different cultures. There were more than likely some versions of bartenders in ancient cultures. Documentation, though, goes back to at least the 1400s in Europe. Innkeepers not only ran their inns, but they also ran the bars. They also made their own ales and spirits to keep their guests happy and comfortable.  

Historically, bartending was a profession with a low reputation. It was perceived through the lens of ethical issues and various legal constraints related to the serving of alcohol. In the late 1800s, bars in the U.S. became popular places to socialize. (Formerly, they had been seedy, untrustworthy spots) Bartenders began concocting their own recipes and dressing up for work. A man named Jerry Thomas was one such bartender and saloon wonder established the image of bartender as a creative professional. He wrote the first cocktail book in the U.S., called The Bartender’s Guide. 

At the turn of the 20th century, slightly less than half the bartenders in London were women, such as Ada Coleman. “Barmaids”, as they were called, were usually the daughters of tradesmen or mechanics or, occasionally, young women from the “better-born” classes who had been “thrown upon their own resources” and needed an income. This view of bartending as a career is changing around the world, however, and bartending has become a profession by choice rather than necessity. It includes specialized education like European Bartender School operates in 25 countries. 

National Bartender Day originated in America and is linked to the drinks brand, Sailor Jerry. They aim to spread recognition of the day around the world and recently organized a petition to give to the British government that asks them to make National Bartender Day a recognized holiday in the UK and a day off for all bartenders. Their main argument is that bartenders do much more than just mixing drinks, offering a kind of quiet support to troubled, frustrated customers and making them feel like someone really does care about what they’re going through.


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National Bartender Day Significance: 

Where would we be without our bartenders? From serving up interesting cocktails to greeting us at our usual haunts, bartenders make our weekends that much better. Bit still it is often seen that sometimes we don’t think about all the hard work that our bartenders do for us although we can say the huge improvement has happened since the last century in terms of appreciation and respect but there is still some people who doesn’t value the importance of bartenders or disrespect their profession. So this day makes people aware about this issue.

A bartender is a person who formulates and serves alcoholic or soft drink beverages behind the bar, usually in a licensed establishment as well as in restaurants and nightclubs, but also occasionally at private parties. Bartenders also usually maintain the supplies and inventory for the bar. Bartenders are also responsible for confirming that customers meet the legal drinking age requirements before serving them alcoholic beverages. In certain countries, such as the United States, Canada, the United Kingdom, Ireland and Sweden, bartenders are legally required to refuse more alcohol to drunk customers. So you can see that they have a lot of duties not just serving alcohol. 

The bartender culture in the United States encourages bartenders to be inviting and friendly to their patrons. Their customers’ needs and wants become their priority, as well as their safety and enjoyment of their time at the bar. Bartenders are urged to take care of their patrons however they can. Bartenders may attend special schools or learn while on the job. Bartenders in the United States usually have on-the-job training, from the owners, management, or other superior staff with experience.

Now, bartending is a common and admirable profession. Bartenders train hard for their job, and they often have to work their way up to more prestigious bars. They’re also constantly learning and creating new drinks in order to keep your drink options vast and delicious. Still, bartenders earn an average of just $11.64 an hour (not including tips). Hence this day gives an amazing opportunity of a great time to support these bartenders who makes our drinking much more fun and exciting.  


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National Bartender Day Activities: 

There are many different ways you could go about celebrating this day, but all of them boil down to the same idea: showing some appreciation and gratitude to the bartender you’ve met in your life that have helped make your unpleasant evening better by listening to what you had to say when nobody else would. So don’t forget to offer appreciation for all of these hardworking bartenders! 

Buy and offer your bartender a drink or two, enjoy a few laughs together. In fact, if you have a bit more time, you could reverse the typical bartender-listens-to-frustrated-patron scenario around and ask your bartender if there’s anything he or she would like to talk about. So yeah do a little role reversal for the day as it will help you in understanding through their point of view as well. 

You can also use this opportunity to offer some extra tipping to every barteveers whom you meets for the day whether at any bars or restaurants. Or if you know someone like a friend who is a bartender then use this occasion to give him some sort of gift and if you are a bartender yourself then use this day to celebrate yourself by having fun! 

Most Searched FAQs on National Bartender Day: 

1. When is National Bartender Day celebrated? 

National Bartender Day is annually celebrated on every First Friday of December. 

2. Who founded National Bartenders Day? 

Drinks brand called Sailor Jerry founded National Bartender Day. 

3. What are the skills required for being a bartender? 

Bartenders do a lot more than pour drinks, they take orders, wait tables, deliver orders, perform cash transactions, monitor inventory and restock the bar. Varied job responsibilities call for learning to handle job duties in an efficient manner to complete tasks in a timely manner without sacrificing customer service. 

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