There’s an old saying that goes, “Sometimes you meet someone that makes your life better — these people are called bartenders.” In films and on television, these characters have served to offer advice, friendship, or just a simple place to go and relax, usually as supporting players to the main characters (though there are exceptions to that rule). From the mountains of Nepal, to a luxury cruise ship, and even an abandoned resort hotel in Colorado, some of pop culture’s most beloved characters have stood behind a bar serving drinks. In honor of National Beer Day, here’s a look at our favorites.
12. Gary – The Big Lebowski
You don’t see much of Gary (Peter Siragusa) throughout The Big Lebowski, but he’s always there to keep the beers cold and The Dude’s (Jeff Bridges) glass filled with White Russians. There’s something to be said for a bartender who doesn’t hog the spotlight, though he makes it in at the buzzer thanks to his note-perfect response of “That’s right, Dude,” which was exactly what The Dude (Jeff Bridges) needed from him.