Jess Norton, a native Lexingtonian, has tended bar for three years. She makes a mean dirty martini and plans on going back to school in the spring to finish her degree.
Favorite drink? "It depends on the season. In the summer, I like vodka and sodas; in the winter, a hot toddy."
And if you had to drink only one drink for the rest of your life? (Laughs.) "I can't answer that. That's the same reason I don't want to get married."
Do you know your regulars by name? "Of course. That's really important, especially in an old bar like Charlie Brown's."
Most important skill a bartender can possess? "The ability to multi-task."
Biggest mistake a bartender can make? "Not carding and over-serving."
Red or white wine? "I'm a white wine girl."
Ideal night out? "Loud music surrounded by good friends, with low cover charge and stiff drinks."
Favorite bar of all time? "Sancho's Broken Arrow in Denver. It's a hippie bar with a really cool atmosphere. They had jam bands all the time and some crazy decorations — the bathroom looked like an Alice in Wonderland acid trip."