Fri. Jul 12th, 2024


As Nigeria joined countries across the globe to observe the World Bartender Day, customers, bartenders and pub owners have called on the government and major stakeholders for support to local bars and bartending establishments to help them stay in business and provide jobs for those who depend on them.

World Bartender Day, celebrated on February 24, serves to recognize and appreciate bartenders globally for their craftsmanship and service.

The celebration is coming when there is an upward review in the prices of some products in Nigerian Breweries (NB) Plc stock-keeping units (SKUs) and other breweries to mitigate the impact of rising cost of input, which took effect from February 19, 2024.

Interacting with our correspondent, one of the pub owners in Umuahia, Abia State, Chief Darlington Egwuonwu, decried that poor power supply and high cost of alcoholic drinks have remained their major challenges as most of them depend on ice blocks bought at exorbitant price, just to meet the demands of customers.

He pointed out that World Bartender day should create the perfect chance to recognize the many skilled and talented individuals who dedicate their lives to this profession.

Egwuonwu, who observed that the day is all about honouring the hardworking bartenders who work tirelessly to make sure customers have a good time, encouraged customers to use the opportunity created by the celebration to make a toast to their favourite bartenders and show them some love with gratitude and appreciation.

Speaking also, a concerned citizen who is also a journalist by profession, Mr. Emeka Okafor, described a good bartender as one who has pride in his business, passion, preparation, professionalism and presentation and must be friendly, personable, and able to engage with customers in a genuine and engaging manner.

Okafor, who said that, “Taking a second to say welcome, or even a quick smile to a guest who left his home or office to the bar probably to rest his nerves, prevents the guest from feeling neglected and prepares them to be patient, also advised that bartenders should be able to read people and understand what they need to create a memorable experience.

Also a concerned Abian who spoke to our correspondent, Lady Ngozi Ogbonnaya, who also observed that Bartenders love people they serve, advised guests and customers to celebrate their favourite bartenders by visiting them, tipping them generously, buying them a drink and as well as telling them thank you after service delivery.

World Bartender Day is celebrated across the globe every year on February 24. Bartenders are indispensable to the hospitality industry. Today, we cannot imagine a pub, bar, or nightclub without a bartender.


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