After a long week of work, sometimes you just want to unwind and relax, and what better way to do that than to visit your favorite bartender? February 24th marks World Bartender Day, and you should be celebrating it.
Bartenders do so much more than mix tasty drinks and pour cold beers. They look out for us and call an Uber when we’ve had one too many drinks. They help break the ice on a date and talk us through our life problems while giving us that extra tequila shot to help soothe the anxiety. In short, the least we can do is thank them for their hard work.
Here are some ways to show some appreciation on World Bartender Day:
1. Give your bartender a shoutout.
Bartenders thrive off returning customers. Their livelihood comes from whoever comes through the doors, after all. Spread the word on Twitter or Facebook and let others know that your bartender is the best around. Your bartender will thank you for the business, and you might get a free drink in the process. Use #BartenderDay and raise your glasses.
2. Bring your friends.
The only thing better than a customer is a customer that brings their friends. If you’re with people, you’re more likely to stay longer and that means more money for the bar. Introduce your friends to the bartender and tell them how great they are. Your bartender will appreciate the extra company and the new customers. Just make sure your friends aren’t too rowdy. No one likes to clean up after messy customers.
3. Remember bar etiquette.
You should remember these throughout the whole year, but definitely do it today. It’s the simple things that go a long way for your bartender, like ordering all your drinks at once and having your money ready when you order. And most of all, be polite and use “Please” and “Thank you.” They are there to serve drinks but they are not your servants.
4. Sign up for a bartending class.
What better way to honor the bartender community than to take a class? Learn how it feels to be behind the bar mixing drinks. You’ll even learn more about the types of alcohol and how they’re made. Some bartending schools might be able to hook you up with a job if you’re strapped for cash. You can even visit your favorite bartender after and tell them all about how you almost dropped the bottle of Bombay Sapphire. Who even thought of making the bottles rectangular? They’re so hard to grip…
5. Talk to your bartender.
Sometimes it feels like a bartender is like a therapist. You can rant about your problems and ask for advice without the judgement of friends and family. But don’t forget that bartenders are human, too. Ask them if they have any troubles and lend them an ear. Buy them a drink if you can. They might be surprised at first, but if you’re lucky maybe you can share a drink over a nice chat.
6. Don’t forget to tip.
You don’t have to drop a $100 in the jar, but put a little more than usual. Just like everyone else in the service industry, bartenders live off their tips. I know so many servers and bartenders that are nearly reduced to tears from getting a $2 tip from a $90 bill. Don’t be that person that doesn’t tip. Give a little love and your bartender will definitely remember you the next time you walk through the door. You’ll be on a first name basis in no time.
Do you have a favorite bartender? Or do you have other ways to show your appreciation? Let us know in a comment down below!