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KNOW YOUR BARTENDER: Nate from Formaggio’s

PHOTO BY ETHAN CLEWELL

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.

How did you get into bartending and how long have you been doing it?

I’ve been bartending since November of last year. Basically, my friend and I were out one night and we got talking to the owners and they hired us on the spot. I hadn’t had any experience bartending before that, so I guess I just kind of stumbled into it.

What’s the craziest thing you’ve seen while bartending?

Literally, my first week on the job, two strippers came in and started dancing on the bar top. Another time, a girl was basically falling asleep on the bar, when she woke up, she vomited into her hands and sighed that she had done it again.

Have you seen any Tinder dates come? If so, what’s been the funniest one?

We have so many Tinder dates come in. One time I remember a girl was waiting at the bar with a drink, and when the guy walked in and saw her, he walked right out. But also a lot of my friends come in to bring first dates so that I can help be their wingman.

What’s the worst way for someone to get your attention at the counter?

Snapping. And flashing cards. Like, if you snap at me, I will not serve you.

What’s the best?

Just make eye contact, know what you want by the time I get to you, and have your payment ready, and I’ll be the best bartender for you.

What’s the most overplayed song at the bar?

“Mr. Brightside” by The Killers. Also, “Truth Hurts” by Lizzo.

What’s your go-to cocktail lately? Go-to beer?

I love old fashioneds when I’m in the mood for cocktails, but usually I’m down with drinking White Claws with my friends.

When you’re not bartending, what are you doing?

I’m a student at Ohio State and I’m a biology major, so most of the time I’m studying or working, but I do like to make time to go out when I can. I also volunteer at the Wexner a lot.

When you’re not here, what bars do you like to go to?

I love Out-R-Inn, Ethyl & Tank since it’s right across the street, and if I’m going to the Short North, I really like Julep.

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

Frank Sinatra. Easy. My roommates and I love his music; we have a poster of him up in our house.

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

It’s all about having a good time, it’s laid back, and not worried about being flashy.

Thanks again to Nate for talking to me about his experience! And remember kids, drink responsibly so you don’t end up barfing into your hands at the bar…again.

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Diana Verde

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