Last Call: Struggling Bar Asks For Patrons To Help, They Respond By Buying Every Last Beer


A Toronto pub put out a call for help: they were worried that they weren’t going to make rent at the end of the month so they asked their community to help. Not soon after the owner’s post, their beer stock was bought out.

Owner of the Swan Dive pub, Abra Shiner explained that her bar was operating mainly as a bottle shop during the height of international lockdowns. As the year went on, the cost of running the bar began to prove too expensive for the business they were getting in.

Shiner asked her loyal customers and others in the community to help save her bar and posted on social media for help.

“We were blowing through our savings and I wasn’t sure if I was going to be able to pay rent towards the end of the month,” she explained to CNN, “So, I wrote on Facebook asking people to come buy the beer we had in our stock room… and it worked. The post went viral.”

The post was seen over 20,000 times and people began flocking to the pub to do their part. It only took a couple of days to get all 90 cases of their beer stock sold.

Shiner told CNN, “People just started coming out of the woodwork, some people we hadn’t seen in years.”

The bar will be closed for a while as coronavirus cases surge. But, the Canadian government has helped their local businesses by providing government subsidies. With that and the money made from their beer stock they can breathe easily above water and open back up in March. 

The owner told CNN, “Our community completely saved us.”

Lead image via Facebook.

Moises Mendez II

Written by Moises Mendez II