A toast to bartenders


Behind the counter at Tonicx Bar and Patio, a curly haired bartender named Heather runs back and forth, a yellow towel hanging from her pocket as she fulfills everyone’s drink orders. A minute later she walks over to the table, one hand carrying a pitcher while the other balances a tray with four beers.

Heather is one of many bartenders who spend their Saturday nights serving the patrons who come to the bars across Spokane.

In some ways, bartenders like Heather act like a therapist. They listen to our problems, they console us by saying that “everything will be all right,” and they give medicine to help make our problems temporarily go away. In some ways bartenders are also like parents. They break up fights, discipline us if we get rowdy and make sure we are safe before we leave.

I have come to know a lot of great bartenders over the years. Some of them would talk to you as i you were a close friend. Others would go out of their way to make sure you have a good time whether it is entertaining you or adding a little something extra to your drink. There are some who will have a drink with you at the end of their shift.

I have had the opportunity to attend a class with bartender at Goofy’s, who is a talented graphic designer.

The next time you are at the bar, make sure you give some love to the bartender. I’m not saying you have to tip them your entire paycheck, but pay them with a compliment; one that will not result in you getting slapped with a sexual harassment lawsuit. At the very least, say “thank you.”
Do you have a favorite bartender? Tell me in the comment section below or send a tweet to @alstover.


About Al Stover

I graduated from Eastern Washington University with a bachelor's degree in journalism. I currently work as a Staff Reporter for the Cheney Free Press. I have interviewed characters like cage fighters, drag queens and dungeon masters. I like Batman, coffee, MMA and beer.

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