Bar psychologist

Staff Writer
Columbus Alive

Larry Schulman

Elevator Brewery, Downtown

Years behind the bar: Five

Home neighborhood: Pickerington

Hometown: Pittsburgh

Where did you learn to bartend?

Max & Erma's on Nationwide Boulevard.

How hard is it to learn?

Learning the drinks isn't necessarily the difficult thing. ... If you don't know how to move around the bar and be able to carry on conversations with patrons and also worry about servers' drinks, it can just become a complete mess.

What's the biggest perk of bartending?

Getting to develop relationships with all the different people that come in and sit at the bar. With regulars, they come in and you can pick up a conversation with them just like that. It makes you feel good.

Do you ever feel like a psychologist?

Sometimes. There's times somebody just had a really crappy day at work or something, and they just need ... to vent off to somebody. If that makes them feel better, then hey, I'll be more than happy to lend my ears.

What do you think you'd be doing if you weren't a bartender?

Man, probably just doing a desk job somewhere while I'm finishing up school.

What are you studying?

Financial management

Where do you like to go for drinks?

I usually come up to the bar here. Other places I like are Mac's, Coach's, Winking Lizard, Brew's Caf in Granville.

Elevator brews its own beers. What's your favorite?

I really like our Procrastinator Doppleboch.