Mixologist: Sara Ferrell of Fats Bar & Billiards

Staff Writer
Columbus Alive

Neighborhood: Northwest Side

Hometown: Northwest Side

Years behind the bar: 8

What do you like about bartending?

I like the customer interaction and just being able to talk to people. You can kind of do what you want - talk to people and hang out. It's kind of like working with my friends.

People will open up to you. They think you're, like, a mini-therapist. If they feel like they can open up to you, that means you're doing something right.

What else does it take to be a good bartender?

To me, bartending is not just opening beers. It's also getting your atmosphere right - music, lights, chairs. I'm a freak about my chairs around the bar. They have to be inviting. Wiping the bar down is huge. I hate when you sit down at the bar and get crap all over you.

What would you be doing if you weren't bartending?

I don't know. I tried the whole office thing and it wasn't for me. I just couldn't handle being on the phone for eight hours a day.

I still want to go back to school and become a nurse. I want to accomplish that.

What do you drink?

I'm a beer girl. Beer and whiskey. I like Miller High Life with a lime. It's like a non-skunky Corona.

I drink High Life. I'll have to try that.

It's good, but it violates the Man Law - you're not supposed to put fruit in your beer.

Where do you like to get a drink?

Just hole-in-the-wall bars. I don't like crazy busy atmospheres. We go to Rendezvous a lot.

What music do you listen to?

I'm pretty open, but I love country. Aerosmith is my favorite band and I love Jessica Simpson. I just adore her, I don't know why.

Do you play pool?

Not well. I've always worked at a "pool place," and I've never picked it up. When it comes to pool, I have my stages. After two beers, I'm really good, but by my third beer it's over. I suck. [laughs]

Do you have any bartending pet peeves?

The hours, sometimes. Especially weekends, because I can't go out or go to games because I have to work. Missing out on things that my friends who aren't bartenders can do is my biggest pet peeve. But it's probably my only one.

Pink Nipple

Sara's Ferrell's Signature Drink:

1 oz. vanilla vodka

1 oz. Apple Pucker

Splash of Sprite

Splash of grenadine

Fats Bar & Billiards

2992 Hayden Run Plaza, Northwest Side

614-761-9939

Web: fatsbilliards.com

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