The Star (Jamaica) - - FEATURE - CARL GILCHRIST STAR Writer

For 21 years, Dwayne’s Tav­ern, lo­cated in the heart of Bam­boo district in St Ann, has served the peo­ple’s favourite bev­er­ages. And the tra­di­tion con­tin­ues.

“Busi­ness has been rel­a­tively good,” ad­mit­ted owner and op­er­a­tor Garfield Ever­ing as he spoke with THE STAR on Tues­day.

Ever­ing im­plied that his bar is in an ideal lo­ca­tion as, ac­cord­ing to him, his bar is “picked out” as the place to drink be­cause of it strate­gic lo­ca­tion — in the town square.

He said this ac­counts for the high num­ber of passers-by who sup­port his busi­ness, in ad­di­tion to the count­less res­i­dents in the im­me­di­ate and nearby com­mu­ni­ties.

The sur­pris­ing thing, though, is that Ever­ing picked Sun­day as per­haps the busiest day for his bar.

But ir­re­spec­tive of the day, one thing is cer­tain: “The dom­i­nant prod­uct is Wray & Nephew white rum, which they usu­ally con­coct with Cam­pari and some­times other chasers.”

Out­side of the wide as­sort­ment of al­co­holic and non-al­co­holic bev­er­ages served at Dwayne’s Tav­ern, there are lots of other rea­sons why the spot is the pre­ferred one to chill at.

Ever­ing ex­plained: “When peo­ple come to Dwayne’s Tav­ern, they can en­joy good ser­vice [and] they can have mean­ing­ful con­ver­sa­tions. We dis­cuss top­i­cal is­sues such as pol­i­tics or sports.” But there’s more. “In ad­di­tion, we have gam­ing ma­chines, so peo­ple can en­joy them­selves and may even get lucky. We have mu­sic, we have ca­ble, peo­ple come here to watch Cham­pi­ons League and Premier League foot­ball, stuff like that,” he said. “We have aver­age amount of entertainment here. So it’s more than just hav­ing a drink; we drink, we watch TV, we chit-chat.” Dwayne’s Tav­ern also caters to non-drinkers. A gen­tle­man who sat at the counter through­out the in­ter­view, who gave his name as Leroy, said he doesn’t drink, but he still vis­its the bar. “I’m not a drinker, but I al­ways like to come to this bar be­cause, as you see, him al­ways buy pa­per for peo­ple to read. So I read the pa­pers, we talk pol­i­tics or what­ever is tak­ing place in the coun­try,” Leroy said. Ever­ing, mean­while, has ex­pressed ap­pre­ci­a­tion to Wray & Nephew for the pro­mo­tion that high­lights com­mu­nity bars is­land­wide. “I ap­pre­ci­ate it be­cause I sup­port them well, you know,” he said.


Dwayne’s Tav­ern in Bam­boo, St Ann.

Have a drink at Dwayne’s Tav­ern.

It may be your lucky day on the gam­ing ma­chines.

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