Bartenders have a rich history: They have been around since ancient times across cultures. And with over half a million bartenders in the U.S., National Bartender Day is a big holiday to celebrate. 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 bartending friend, December 8 is the day to show your appreciation for all the mixologists out there.
National Bartender Day - History
Bartenders worked hard — even during Prohibition
In fact, the bartending profession was alive and well in underground speakeasies during this time. The "dry" era even gave birth to an iconic drink: the gin and tonic.
Jerry Thomas published "The Bar-tender's Guide"
The popular American bartender and saloon owner wrote the first drink book ever distributed in the U.S.
Innkeepers as bartenders
Throughout Europe, innkeepers were their own bartenders. They usually made their own ales and spirits to serve to their guests.
National Bartender Day Activities
1. Leave your bartender an extra tip
About 55% of a bartender's take-home pay comes from tips, so give them something a little special.
2. Try a new cocktail at your local bar
Mix it up with a new drink! Whether it's a Salty Dog or a Pisco Sour, take a sip of something you've never tried before.
3. Be your own bartender for the night
If you can't make it out tonight, try mixing a new drink at home. There are tons of recipes online to try.
Cocktail Trivia To Share With Your Bartender
1. How popular are margaritas?
Actual research shows that, on average, Americans consume 185,000 margaritas per hour.
2. Raise your glass for a (piece of) toast
Ancient Romans would put a piece of toast in their glass for good health, which is where we get the term "to toast."
Every bottle of champagne has about 49 million bubbles!
Why We Love National Bartender Day
A. Bartenders are some of our favorite people
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.
B. It's a time to party
If any of us need a reason to raise a glass, celebrate National Bartender Day! Patronizing our favorite bars and getting together with our friends is a fun time for all involved.
C. We're appreciating someone we often take for granted
Sometimes we don't think about all the hard work that our bartenders do for us. Today we can take a moment to think about who's mixing our drinks.