It turns out that bartenders have their own professional holiday. International Bartender Day is celebrated on February 6 in many countries around the world. This profession appeared in the middle of the 19th century in the United States of America, during the "Gold Rush". The man behind the bar was busy pouring drinks and preparing cocktails. And in 1862 Jerry Thomas published the book "Bartender's Guide" - a kind of guide to drinks, cocktails and the rules of bartender behavior.
In the USSR, a similar edition came out much later - in 1978. The author of the textbook “Technology of Mixed Drinks Preparation” was Alexander Georgievich Kudryavtsev, who worked for many years in the best bars in Moscow. A.G. Kudryavtsev himself assured that it was he who ensured that people who worked in Soviet bars were called bartenders, and not bartenders, as was customary before.
The oldest bartender in the world is Angelo Cammarata from Pennsylvania. At least that's what the Guinness Book of Records says. Angelo stood behind the bar of young men in 1933 and remained faithful to his chosen profession for 79 years. There was a break in his career for several years, when, during the Second World War, the bartender was drafted into the army. The veteran bartender went on a well-deserved rest when he was already well over 90 years old. And he started writing memoirs. He had something to tell about.
Visitors naturally notice that there are far more male bartenders than women. However, women also have their own record holders: the Englishwoman Dolly Savile worked as a bartender for 74 years. Over the years, she has bottled over 2, 000, 000 pints of beer. Dolly Savile died at the age of 101. Only a few weeks before her death, the old woman stopped going to work, while she was on the staff until the last days.
German bartender Michael Sturm set a world record for carrying beer glasses in 2017. He managed to carry 26 glasses in his hands at a distance of 40 meters. In order for the record to be fixed, the participant was required to keep at least 90 percent of the drink during the trip. The indefatigable bartender decided not to stop there, and outlined a new milestone - 29 glasses.
But Belgian Bart Wayne is rightfully considered the toughest bartender in the world. He worked at the counter for 102 straight hours. An unusual achievement was registered at the Pleintier Cafe (East Flanders). Wayne was allowed five minutes of rest after every hour of work. If the record holder refused to take a break, then this time was postponed to the next hour. Thus, Bart Wayne was able to even get 45 minutes of sleep.
Even world championships are held among bartenders. The organizer of this competition is the International Bartenders Association. The main goal of the competition is not only to show your skills, but also to exchange experiences. In 2018, the world championship was held in Estonia. The live broadcast from Tallinn was watched by about 200, 000 viewers around the world. Traditionally, bartenders compete in two categories: "Classic" and "Flaring". Classic bartenders are required to be proficient in making cocktails. But in the second category, artistic abilities are assessed: for example, juggling with bottles.