Bartender: Monty at Fado
How did you come to live in the U.S. ?
My wife is from Upper Arlington, and she lived in London and Dublin. I met her over there on St. Patrick's Day.
When she quit her job to move back to the States, I was in the Irish police force, and if you work for the government there you can take a five-year career break to travel.
What was it like being a policeman?
It was cool. I worked presidential and U.S. ambassador protection for three years. I did normal beat work, and I did an office job for the last year. I enjoyed it.
I was doing protection when President Clinton came over. That was cool.
Was it serendipitous me e t ing your wife on St. Patty's Day?
It's kind of funny because I was supposed to work that day, but I was playing in a Gaelic football match the day before and got my nose broken.
I had a big bandage around my head, so she didn't see me until our third date. The pressure was on for that date. [laughs]
What do you usually drink?
Guinness, and in the summer I'll drink a lot of Magners cider over ice. Sitting on the patio - it's perfect. Normally, Guinness, because it doesn't fill me up.
That's always been a misconception about Guinness.
Yeah, calorie-wise it's only 115 or something, and it's not carbonated so it doesn't fill you up. I think people should give it a better chance.
What Irish drinks should people know more about?
The Magners is relatively new, and Kilkenny is phenomenal beer. It's a nitrogen ale, like Guinness. It's another good summer drink.
Last year, Fado started carrying Paddy whiskey. Back home, everyone has a bottle of Paddy in the house. It's a really nice whiskey and the same price as Jameson.
What do you like about Fado?
When I moved over here, I basically went to every bar within a 15-mile radius of my house. When I came across Fado, I decided this was going to be my regular haunt.
I come here to watch the Celtic games and supporters come here. It turned out to be my getaway when I felt homesick, and most of the Irish people in town drink here. My best friends in town I met here.
Grab a beer:
Fado Irish Pub
4022 Townsfair Way
Ian "Monty" Montgomery
Hometown: Dublin, Ireland
Years bartending: 5