Bartenders come in all shapes and sizes, and from all walks of life. Who’s to say who is best equipped to give you what you need when you sit down across the bar? Bartenders. Professional babysitters, part-time psychologists, and a drunk’s best friend. When you need to know the best spots to get your drink on around campus and who to chat up while you’re there, we’ve got you.
What’s the craziest or weirdest thing you’ve seen as a bartender?
I’ve only been at Leo’s, and I haven’t seen anything too crazy. Just watching drunk people at the end of the night is always funny though. There are drunk guys trying to hit on girls and drunk girls who think they’re really good at dancing, but really they’re just really drunk.
What’s the best way to get your attention on a busy night?
Eye contact. You don’t have to hold your card out. Usually, if you’re just waiting for a drink and you’re respectful, I’ll get to you as soon as I can.
What’s the worst way to get your attention on a busy night?
Leaning over with your card out or waving your card.
What’s the one song that is overplayed at the bar?
Oh, “Mo Bamba.” 100%, it’s just playing constantly now.
What’s your go-to cocktail lately?
It changes with my mood, but I’ve been drinking Jameson and ginger ale a lot lately. I never thought to try ginger ale as a mixer until I started working at Leo’s and people kept coming in and asking for ginger ale drinks.
What’s your go-to beer lately?
I’ve been drinking Great Lakes Christmas Ale and Barley’s Bloodthirst Wheat lately.
When you aren’t at Leo’s, what bar are you typically found at?
I’m at Leo’s and Oldfield’s a lot. If I’m staying around campus, I’ll go to Out-R-Inn or Ethyl a lot, too. And if I’m going to the Short North, I usually go to Pinthouse or Standard.
When you aren’t drinking at all, what do you like to do with your free time?
Hang out with friends. If it’s warm out I try to go outside, so, hiking and things. If it’s cold out I’m just watching movies. I’m not really picky about genre, but I’ve been watching a lot of cheesy Christmas movies lately.
If you could drink with anyone—dead or alive—who would you drink with and what would you drink?
I’ve been watching a lot of Game of Thrones and I would love to drink with Tyrion Lannister, so, I guess I’d drink with Peter Dinklage. We’d drink wine—you have to drink wine with Tyrion Lannister—and it would be a Cabernet.
Finish the sentence: Leo’s On The Alley is the bar on campus because…
It’s like getting a drink in your living room with all your friends with good music playing.