I began bartending at a high volume at O’Charley’s in Akron, OH when I was 21 and have been bartending on and off ever since. From Easton Mall to the Short North, I’ve also worked with the CGS Group for a couple years. I’m now at Arch City Tavern, and have worked here for a month or so, and absolutely love the job.
The best part of the job would have to be the atmosphere of the Short North area and the variety of people I get to see on a day-to-day basis. I love the diversity: Seeing regulars from the neighborhood, meeting out-of-towners, and fellow co-workers from around the area.
My approach is very laid back, but with a great work ethic. I love to make people laugh! I love to work as hard as possible to make sure people are happy and having a good time. I love Arch City because the atmosphere is very chill and relaxed, and the food is amazing. I don’t mind being here two hours at a time or fifteen hours at a time, because I’m happy and enjoying myself, along with everyone around me.
We have Happy Hour Monday through Friday from 3-6, half off draft beers, wines by the glass and pizzas (my personal favorite is the fig and arugula pizza). We definitely have the best cocktails in the area; our Old Fashioned is amazing! I’m a whiskey drinker, so you can’t go wrong with the Kentucky Mule either.
The owners Koli and Xhevair are great guys! I’ve known them for a few years before I started working here. They help out so much taking care of everyone that comes in, and they do a great job of showing their appreciation for the employees, which in turn keeps us happy. I love working for them.
A good friend of mine, Autumn Odierna, is Chair of the Five for Pride team and recruited me 3 years ago to volunteer for the festival. Pride week is my favorite week of the year, and being able to participate and give back to the community is a great feeling. I’ve been a captain now the past two years, and highly recommend volunteering to everyone. We all have such a good time coming together and celebrating our progress as individuals, as a community, and as a country.
862 OLD-FASHIONED NO. 2 - Bulleit Bourbon, Roake Cherry Tonic, Black Walnut Bitters
Ashley is learning to DJ. Keep your eyes peeled for a chance to get to know her on the other side of the bar.