"When people sit down at the bar after having a rough day and want to vent, you have to listen. I try to give them some kind words and advice, but sometimes all it takes is a shot. "
Neighborhood: Victorian Village
Years behind the bar: 7
What's the crowd like at Hampton's?
It's a neighborhood bar - lots of locals, lots of regulars. It's good people; a lot of young professionals. We don't get a lot of the young Campus crowd here - thank God. It's nice because I don't have to worry about fighting ... or puke. [laughs]
I live right down the street so even on my days off I'll come in to hang out. It's very chill, you can come here dressed up or in sweatpants if you want.
What are people drinking here?
We have a great assortment of beers. We have an entire cooler that's specialty beers from local brewers throughout the state and imports. Our draft assortment is pretty good; Bud Light is the only basic beer on there. Everything else is a little different and we switch up the seasonal beers. People that come in here who like to drink beer are amazed by our selection.
How did you start bartending?
I bartended through college when I went to University of Toledo.
What did you study?
I have my bachelor's in criminal justice. I just resigned from juvenile court as a pre-sentence investigator last October. I like to say that I'm on sabbatical from the big-girl world right now. I loved my job, but I didn't like the stress. I'm literally on a break from the real world and it feels great.
What would you be doing if you weren't bartending?
I still trying to decide. I'd like to get my master's, but I'm not set on one particular thing I want. I'm not even entertaining the idea until I'm for sure - that's a lot of money to throw out there if you're not positive what you want to do.
What does it take to be a good bartender?
You have to be able to hold a conversation, still make drinks and watch up and down the bar. Sometimes I feel like I'm being rude because as I'm talking to somebody, I'm still looking around the bar every couple seconds to see if anybody needs anything. But you have to be aware.
When people sit down at the bar after having a rough day and want to vent, you have to listen. I try to give them some kind words and advice, but sometimes all it takes is a shot. [laughs]