Ashley Cannistraci's infectious, bubbly personality makes being at the bar that much more fun.

Name: Ashley Cannistraci

Age: 23

Neighborhood: Polaris

Hometown: Marion

Years behind the bar: 2

Ashley Cannistraci's infectious, bubbly personality makes being at the bar that much more fun. As a Kickstand Pub regular before she started slinging drinks at the Westerville spot, she developed quite a rapport with customers she calls "one big family." In her spare time, Cannistraci goes to concerts and hangs out with her pooch Polar, an all-white lab-shepherd mix.

What do you like about Kickstand Pub?

I worked at a couple of other places, but this is the only place that I've actually enjoyed coming to work. You can always come in and find a friend and feel comfortable here.

What should people know about Kickstand?

We have live music Wednesday through Saturday, and there's never a dull moment. We get everything, from local bands the Floorwalkers and Conspiracy to hard rock, hip-hop and bluegrass bands. It's a bit of everything.

What music do you listen to?

I really enjoy the Black Keys, Smashing Pumpkins and MGMT.

What's the best music for having a drink ?

I've been listening to Edward Sharpe and the Magnetic Zeros a lot this summer and having a drink to them. They played on my birthday - it was an awesome show.

They were having just as much fun as everybody else in the crowd. [laughs]

What are your drink specialties?

I like to make vodka drinks. It's what I drink - Three Olives berry, Stoli strawberry, a little cranberry, Sprite and Red Bull. Have a couple of those and you'll be feeling good.

I make a good margarita, too, but my vodka drink is the best.

Where do you go to get a drink?

I come here a lot even on my days off, just to hang out. I'll also go Downtown and meet up with my friends, get some sushi and some drinks.

What's you favorite sushi place?

Haiku or Lemongrass. I like Haiku's atmosphere and sitting outside.