Bartenders Association of Ghana, an association of professional bartenders on August 19, 2016, was inaugurated at a ceremony held at the Mövenpick Ambassador Hotel in Accra.

Speaking at the launch of the ceremony, the chairman of the association, Daniel Raymond Tetteh said “bar tending is war, art and science. It is not a profession for dropouts but a vocation reserved for those with the natural acumen of customer service. Most of the Bartenders in ‘Blue Kiosks’ are ladies and they sell a lot and earn a lot of tips but it all come at a cost: they are prone to being touched and groped by drunk customers both new and regulars…and their partners understand that it is part of the Bartending Service Culture, not an offence. But please don’t try this at a 5-Star Hotel!”

He explained bar tending as “is an aspect of molecular gastronomy, measurement and use of colour, culinary technology and cooking. Bar tending is Social. Bar tending is about Love, Art and Technique. Bar tending investigates recipes, explores old recipes, invents new recipes, introduces new tools, ingredients, and methods to show how wonderfully scientific the profession is.”

According to the Daniel Raymond, the association is working to become a member of the International Bartenders Association (IBA) with the goal of giving Ghana International representation in the Global bar tending Community.

Osei Bonsu, Executive Director of Ghana Tourism Authority also urged the association to be professional and creative in their dealings. The ceremony was graced by some stakeholders in the hospitality industry and hosted by AJ Sarpong of GH One TV

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