Mixologist: Kerri Lawrence of Zuey's Roundback Bar

Staff Writer
Columbus Alive

Neighborhood: North Side

Hometown: North Side

Years behind the bar: 13

What's the crowd like here at Zuey's?

It's like a giant living room here. Literally, everybody walks in and makes themselves at home.

I work Tuesday and Thursday nights and I love it because I know I can see the same people every time I walk in. They're just a nice, good group.

What do you do when you're not working?

I have two kids, so they keep me plenty busy. I'm running because I'm training for a marathon in April. I try to get that in as much as possible, but when it's cold ...

I also like to go out to dinner. If I get a chance to get a nice dinner, I try to.

Where do you go?

I like to try everywhere. But the Mohawk in German Village has an ambiance I love. That's one place I like to go to in the winter, because if it's snowing that place is really nice.

Where do you go to get a drink?

I definitely come here because I know I'm going to see someone I can talk to. If I'm not here, I love Brew-Stirs on Weber. It's just a fun little hole to go disappear in for a while.

I'm definitely a local dive bar kind of girl. I think that's why I've stayed here so long. It's just a nice comfy place.

What do you drink?

I'm a beer drinker. Lately, I've been drinking Sam Adams Winter Lager. I'm totally weak when it comes to shots. If somebody says, "You want a shot?" I'm like, yup.

What do you like about bartending?

It's just really fun. I'm not a stand-out kind of girl, but behind the bar, I'm like a different person. I have no problem walking up to someone and being like, "How are you doing, come on in, what can I get you?"

The crowd really helps. It can really make or break it. It can be hard to put on a happy face if you've got a bunch of grumps sitting around.

If you could have a drink with anyone, living or dead, who would it be?

I always thought hanging out with Dean Martin or Frank Sinatra would be fun. They would have a million drunk stories that would be shocking. You'd never leave - three days would go by.

The ZueZue

Kerri Lawrence's signature drink

2 oz. Jose Cuervo 1800

Slice of orange sprinkled with cinnamon

Zuey's Roundback Bar

4955 Arbor Village Dr., Clintonville


Web: myspace.com/zueys

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