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Barkeep Confessional: Sawyer Parrott

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 in the moment. When you need to know the best spots to get your drink on around campus and who to chat up when you’re there, we’ve got you.

How long have you been bartending? Since May. I was actually a bouncer for a year, but my 21st birthday came around and I began bartending right after.

When bartender Sawyer Parrott’s not at Out-R-Inn, he’s studying Agribusiness and Applied Econ at Ohio State.

What was the first drink you learned how to make? That’s a tough one… we were sitting at the back bar and some girl asked for a sex on the beach. It was the first night I had been bartending so I was like, “What is a “sex on the beach?!” so they gave me the rundown on a sex on the beach.

What’s been your favorite drink to make? My favorite drink to make is probably the green tea shot. It’s Jameson, Peach Schnapps, Sprite, and sour mix.

What’s your least favorite drink to make? Long Island Iced Teas. So much goes into them, they’re just so much work.

Do you ever work to add any flair to your bartending? Not really. We usually try and serve as many people we can in a night so we never want to get too fancy with making drinks and just stay fast and efficient.

If you could sit down and have a drink with one famous person (dead or alive) who would it be? I think it would probably be Chris Farley 110%. He’s always been one of my favorite actors. He’s the funniest guy I could ever think of to be around.

Do you have any hobbies outside of the bar? So I actually am gonna take over my family’s John Deere dealership. So farming or anything pertaining to it would be my hobby.

Why do you think people should come to Out-R-Inn? I personally think this is one of the most historical bars on campus. It’s got cheap drinks and it’s fun time. I mean this place can get crowded at times, but the people and the age range is incredible.

If you could create your own bar what would it be like? It would be just like this place. I’m a big dive bar person, so this place is very comfortable and fun to me. I’d maybe throw some arcade games in here and a few more pool tables in because everybody seems to really enjoy pool. But, I like getting to know the bartenders here and talk to them more than anything else. They range from early 20’s to 40’s and some of them have families and fun things they all do. It’s a good atmosphere.

What’s your favorite part about this place? Game days. I’m a busy person I like to keep going and it’s nothing for us to get like 12,000 people through the bar on those days. When I was a bouncer I would have to go get ice for the bar and there were some times where I would just be bringing up nonstop and would be like, “Are you guys giving ice away or something?” because they’re just running through drinks all day.

Are there any do’s and don’ts for patrons? My biggest thing is for people to know what they want before I get to them. It’s a big problem when we’re busy and someone flags the bartender down, the bartender asks what they want and then they turn to their six friends and ask what everyone wants to drink. It slows down everything. Basically, just know your order.


Story and photo by Collins Laatsch


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