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Barkeep Confessional: Lindsey Fester of Lucky’s Stout House

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.

Photo by Collins Laatsch.

What do you have going on for St. Paddy’s Day? 

St. Paddy’s Day is huge here, it’s so much fun. We have Irish step dancers come in, and a bagpipe group comes in; we’ll have stuff going on all day. We even have a countdown for it [points to countdown clock on the wall].

What’s the craziest or weirdest thing you’ve seen as a bartender? 

Honestly, that’s impossible. The list is endless. After the national championship game, a bunch of people got tear-gassed and came running in here with burning eyes. That was pretty crazy. 

What’s the best way to get your attention on a busy night? 

If it’s busy, you shouldn’t have to get my attention. If you’re patient, I’ll get to you. 

What’s the worst way to get your attention on a busy night? 

Walking behind the bar. You’d be surprised, it happens all the time. 


What’s the most overplayed song at the bar? 

This is gonna sound crazy, but “All I Want for Christmas is You” by Mariah Carey. It’s on year round here. 

What’s your go-to cocktail lately? 

My go-to is Pink Starburst. It’s whipped vodka, Watermelon Pucker, and lemonade, and it can be a shot or a mixed drink. 

What’s your go-to beer lately? 

White Claw, I’m not really a beer drinker. 

When you’re not at Lucky’s, what bars do you go to?

I’m always at Lucky’s. Even when I’m not working, I always end up here somehow. 

What do you like to do in your free time? 

I like to gamble. I go to Hollywood Casino and Scioto Downs with the horses. I like Scioto Downs over Hollywood—there’s no table games at Scioto Downs though, just slots.  

If you could drink with anyone—dead or alive—who would it be and what would you drink? 

Taylor Swift, I know it’s such a basic answer. We’d drink whatever Taylor Swift wants to drink. 

Finish the sentence: Lucky’s is the best bar on campus because…

We’ve got a little bit of everything—we have euchre night, club night, there’s game days—there’s something for everyone here.

Kevin Keaton

Kevin Keaton


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