June 9th, 2010
…when people think you’re the owner of the bar? This seems to happen at least once a month. I’d like to think it means I take my job seriously and invest myself in what I do for people. Mostly I think it’s because I’m bossy.
I love customers. Sounds trite and disingenuous, doesn’t it? I really mean it, though. I love customers. I love that I can interact with someone for a brief time, and when they leave they can consider their evening a success. Perhaps it’s a power thing, but bartenders and servers really can make or break an evening (of course, being in the SERVICE industry means there’s no reason why any server would want to do anything but make your evening a success). Also, it’s a nice feeling for someone to come in to see you, or be pleased that you’re working.
Though I love the attention I get from customers and truly enjoy helping them have a good time, I’m secretly grateful our interaction is relatively brief, as anyone who gets to know me for an extended period of time eventually realizes I’m an insufferable dork.
May 19th, 2010
I have a great crowd of regulars when martinis are half-off on Tuesdays. People sit at the bar and order different specialty cocktails like the Dirty Burn, Kings and Littles, or great classics like the Original Manhattan. They talk about their drinks–which is their favorite, which ones they want to try next. Others come in every night and order the same thing, knowing they can count on it. Unbeknownst to the happy hour crowd, they leave at 8pm without realizing they can still get the same great deal on martinis and Manhattans all night long.
I’m making the official announcement: The deals don’t stop with happy hour. You can stick around for that extra Mango Martini or John Wayne every Tuesday! The siren song of half-off martinis calls you. It caaaaaalls yooouuu…
May 12th, 2010
I was a little apprehensive about Tuesday Half-Off Martini/Manhattan night– what with all the rain forecast. Since a large portion of our clientele is pedestrian traffic, I wondered if I’d be sitting alone staring at the rain while experimenting with new cocktails (trying them all, naturally. I wouldn’t want to give customers anything of which I didn’t approve. Of course, I’d experiment with a few shots of Buffalo Trace neat to make sure they meet my exacting standards). Fortunately my fears were unfounded, as group after group piled in shaking off the rain elbowing up to the bar. I saw a few new faces as well as many comfortable regular ones, and the night sailed by.
For some reason however, everyone seemed to say, “Hey Dave, wanna shot?” Do I really look like I need a drink all the time? Whatever look it is I’m giving people that inspires them to want to provide me with booze, I need to isolate and practice it for when I go out on my nights off…
March 27th, 2010
Barrel 44 Whiskey Bar, located at 1120 N. High Street, across from the
corner of Fourth Street in the Short North Arts District, just minutes
north of downtown.
Barrel 44 Whiskey Bar offers over 80 different whiskies. Come in for the
whiskey, but stay for the fine cuisine crafted by our classically
In business since 2008, Barrel 44 Whiskey Bar is one of the best bars
in Columbus Ohio for daily happy hour and weekly specials. Happy Hour
runs from 4:30 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. Monday-Friday with half-price small
plates and cocktail specials. Known locally for its Manhattans,
Old-Fashioneds, and Boilermakers, it’ll quickly become one of
your favorite haunts. Stop by on Tuesdays for half-price martinis.