Bartender: Tracie at Patrick J's

Staff Writer
Columbus Alive

What makes a good bartender?

I make it fun. I may not know all the drinks, but we can make them together. When one regular comes in, we play the shot-book game. I flip to a page and he gives me a number, and that's the shot he's taking.

We've even made up a bunch of shots with the regulars. Some are named after the Buckeye players. And we have the Lindsay Lohan - a Red-Headed Slut with a splash of Coke.

What do you do for fun?

I'm a dancing fool - here and when I go out. If there's music on, I'm dancing.

I'm actually a reality TV junkie. I hate to say it, but I love "Jersey Shore." But my favorite show is "Modern Family." Anything that makes me laugh I'll watch.

What's going on here for St. Patrick's Day?

This is the place to be. It's completely different than your average day at Patrick J's. All the tables are gone. The parking lot is tented. Our kitchen is closed, but we offer deli sandwiches for those midnight munchies.

There will be beer trucks outside, inside you can get liquor. We have Irish step dancers and live music. It's your huge party headquarters - nonstop, all-night, packed-to-the-wall party.

What do you drink?

I like darker beer, so Bass is one of my favorites. My shot of choice is Patron, and my new favorite liquor is gin.

What music do you listen to?

Anything with a beat. I'm guilty of being a little bit of a teenybopper - I do love a little bit of Britney and Christina. Lately I've been into Nicki Minaj, and Snoop Dogg is my homey.

I'm so over Lady Gaga. You came in an egg - you're not a chicken! At least Madonna had cones on her bra. That was kind of cool and had rhinestones. I think she just tries too hard to be different.

Where do you like to go out?

I like Grumpy Troll. I play mad Skee-Ball there. I've won a T-shirt, that's how good I am. I used to live in Victorian Village, so I like Zeno's and Harrison's. I also like to go to Hyde Park because they make a mean blue cheese dirty martini.

Name: Tracie Mahaffey

Neighborhood: Upper Arlington

Hometown: Hilliard

Years behind the bar: 2

Patrick J's

2711 N. High St., Clintonville