Mix artist

Staff Writer
Columbus Alive

Rob Malloy

BoMA, Downtown

Years behind the bar: Nine

Home neighborhood: German Village

Hometown: Vermillion

For the new year, BoMA will be focusing on big events, concerts and club nights. The venue "is turning into something bigger and better than it was before," said bartender Rob Malloy.

What does it take to be a good bartender?

The ability to do more than one thing at a time.

What's the biggest perk?

All the people you get to meet. And you're not getting paid hourly. The better you are at what you do, the more money you'll make.

You're a CCAD grad and illustrator. Is bartending a career or a money-maker for you?

At this point, I'll just have to see where things go. It pays for my art supplies, and I truly enjoy bartending.

Was it hard to learn?

It kind of came naturally. I worked at Cedar Point as a caricature artist - you know, using my hands and having to think quick.

What's your favorite time during a shift?

When we transition from four-star dining, the lights go down and the music starts real low and then builds up to the club, and it just kind of gets your heart aflutter.

Do you have any good stories from behind the bar?

[A couple Saturdays ago], we had a busy night, and a guy spent $500 on champagne, and then he gave me an extra $100 bill and told me to get him 100 ones. And he made it rain off the balcony. It was completely packed to capacity, the dance floor, and money just rained down. It was so cool.