World's Oldest Bartender Calling It Quits
By Harry Kimball, Newser Staff
Posted Aug 29, 2009 2:45 PM CDT
Angelo Cammarata talks with a patron at his bar in West View, Pa.   (AP Photo)

(Newser) – The longest serving bartender in the world—that Guinness-certified honor came 10 years ago—and slinger of one of the first beers after Prohibition ended is hanging up his cocktail shaker, the AP reports. Ninety-five-year-old Angelo Cammarata, owner of the beloved Cammarata’s Café in Pittsburgh, is selling after more than 70 years behind the bar. It’s bittersweet, he says. “This is a good bar. All my customers here are family.”

“We're a local bar, shot and a beer,” he says. That tradition goes back to just before midnight on April 6, 1933, the night before beer became legal again. “The first strike of the clock, I took a case of beer off, took it in our grocery store, took bottles out, and started selling them, 10 cents each.” The venture was so successful the store became a bar. Not that Cammarata himself is much of a drinker. His father told him, “'Beer is made to sell, not drink. Don’t be your best customer.' And I took that to heart."

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jagerhans
Aug 30, 2009 9:29 AM CDT
Angelo Cammarata ! A name which is as purely Sicilian as it can be . Even better if his first name was Carmelo or Calogero. Well we can rejoyce for a positive record, every now and then.
Riffran
Aug 30, 2009 7:41 AM CDT
Great story...but Neeley don't forget the occasional shot of ice cold Patron...lol
brawne
Aug 29, 2009 10:04 AM CDT
Happy story and proof that listening to your parents ain't a bad thing. I've always tried to have a neighborhood bar--not for the drinking but the neighborhood. Nurse three beers; talk all night with people you'd never meet elsewhere and leave a twenty-dollar tip. You're always welcome.