Bartender Ty Bucci on brushes with fame: "I was in the elevator with David Beckham. I served Bobby Brown. Taylor Hicks was just in the bar last week."

Ty Bucci

Home neighborhood: Northwest side

Hometown: Youngstown

Years behind the bar: three

What do you think is the biggest perk of being a bartender?

Honestly, bar talk. Just talking to people. There's nothing like good conversation.

Who do you get to talk to at Darby's?

We get a lot of people from the Statehouse in here, so we get to talk to politicians all the time. Everybody, really. A couple of the regulars make it worthwhile - that's where the good conversations come from. We have this lady, Carol, who's been coming here for probably 20 years. She's like our mom.

Darby's is in the Hyatt on Capitol Square. What do you tell visitors looking for things to do in Columbus?

I usually send them to the Arena District, just because of how close it is. If there's a hockey game going, if it's Gallery Hop, I steer them in that direction. I try to send them to places like Press Grill or Short North Tavern, Hampton's on King - places with a little bit of character.

Have you ever met someone famous staying at the hotel?

I was in the elevator with David Beckham. I served Bobby Brown. Taylor Hicks was just in the bar last week. There's been a lot.

Where do you like to get drinks?

I like to go to Hampton's on King, the Grumpy Troll, Gallo's Tap Room, Club 185.

What do you drink?

Pretty much Crown Royal, Ciroc and soda, and draft beer.