"Most professions are either physical or mental. Bartending is both."
So I was chatting with my homie and fellow bartender Jeff a couple of weeks ago, (sorry for my hiatus), and he asked me, "Ive always wondered who the first bartender was....What is the history of the bartender?" This inspired me to do a little research.
Well as most could conclude, Bartending is one of the worlds oldest professions. "Historical accounts from the time of Julius Caesar show that inns situated along the major transportation routes served wine and provisions to travelers. In Rome, neighborhood taverns were meeting places for locals to enjoy drinking and gossip. There is evidence that even earlier the ancient Greeks had such places of entertainment and refreshment for travelers. No one knows how far back in time the notion of a tavern was first introduced. Initially, perhaps, someone found it profitable to provide his friends or neighbors something to drink in a room somewhere people could comfortably gather and relax or play." During ancient times in Rome, Greece and Asia the bars were referred to as public drinking houses where people would gather to relax and socialize. I personally believe the roots of bartending probably dates back to the continent of Africa as well due to the abundance of intelligent societies in those times. Prior to the 15th century the majority of bartenders were alehouse owners and innkeepers, a large number of whom were females. Bartenders were of high social and economic status and were held high in regard in society. They owned land, collected art and were trendsetters. This tradition and status of bartending was passed on to the New World.
"A New Beverage is the pride of the Bartender, and its appreciation and adoption his/(her) crowning glory. In this entirely new edition will be found all the latest efforts of the most prominent and successful caterers to the tastes of those who patronize the leading Bars and Wine-rooms of America, as well as the old and standard favorite beverages, always in general demand."
- Jeremiah Thomas
He died December 15, 1885 in New York City.