Key to success

Staff Writer
Columbus Alive

Jenny Adams

Novak's On High, Short North

Home neighborhood: German Village

Hometown: Groveport

Years behind the bar: seven

What's the biggest perk of being a bartender?

Money. Absolutely, the money. I wouldn't be doing it this long if I didn't make good money.

What would you be doing if you weren't a bartender?

Something with holistic medicine, like herbal healing. I'm really into that. But I decided a few years ago [not to do it] unless I move to Germany - it's not real widely accepted around here. So I want to open my own Irish pub one day.

So do you have any advice on treating a hangover?

Hair of the dog [laughs]. I haven't found any herbal remedies for that yet. A shot of whiskey will usually make me feel better.

What makes a good bartender?

Obviously, you have to pour a good drink. That's always been a hard and fast rule here. And I think you should be funny.

Have you heard any good pickup lines?

Since the Hampton Inn is [nearby], my favorite is when people just leave their room key. [They'll say], "When you get off work, if you're interested ..."

I'm sure you get a lot of out-of-towners in here. Where do you suggest they go for food?

I would say Betty's or Mac's or something that you can't get back home. I just try to show them that Columbus is a cool city, because I think we get a bad rap.

Where do you like to get drinks?

I love Burgundy Room, I love 185.

What do you drink?

Wine or Irish whiskey. Depends on my mood.

What's your favorite drunk food?

Pizza. Hound Dog's, to be exact.

Grape Flavor-Ice

Jenny Adams' signature shot

1 oz. Three Olives Grape vodka

1/2 oz. Grape Pucker

Splash of sour

Splash of 7-Up

Shake all ingredients together with ice and strain into a shot glass

Novak's On High

479 N. High St., Short North