Nobody knows the bar scene like Sara Havens. In fact, sheâ€™s built a solid reputation and written a book about her nightlife know-how.
By day, Havens is the managing editor of LEO Weekly, but once the clock strikes happy hour, the Ohio native turns into The Bar Belle, a moniker she adopted in 2006 when she began writing about her evening adventures for the Louisville publication.
Havensâ€™ humorous, candid columns were so popular she decided to publish a book featuring her top 100 pieces from 2006 to 2010 (along with a foreword by Congressman John Yarmuth). Thus far, the reception has been overwhelmingly positive.
The Voice-Tribune sat down with the author, who allowed us to fire away with questions â€“ and even offered to buy us a drink.
â€œThe Bar Belleâ€ book is available at Carmichaelâ€™s Bookstores, Regalo Gifts and Amazon.com. Connect with Sara online at www.facebook.com/barbellebook.
Whatâ€™s your preferred cocktail?
Bourbon on the rocks. A good bourbon. Woodford (Reserve) and Makerâ€™s Mark.
Where is your favorite watering hole?Â
I see all the bars as members of my family. I donâ€™t like to pick any over the other, but I do have a long-standing Thursday happy hour at the Back Door.
How long is long-standing?
How do people react when they meet you?
Most say, â€œWe thought you were going to be some crazy drunk girl,â€ but Iâ€™m actually pretty shy. Iâ€™ve got people who want to hang out with me, but Iâ€™m like, Iâ€™m going to let them down.
Whatâ€™s the best way to get service at a busy bar?Â
Donâ€™t snap or hit the bar. I like to at least have my money out. Donâ€™t wave it around. Just kind of make eye contact.
Where did you have your first drink â€“ legally?Â
It was in college. â€¦ Iâ€™d seen a commercial for Bud Ice, so I ordered a Bud Ice. It was gross. Then went through a Zima phase. And then I ran out of money, so I turned to crap beers.
Any advice for those of us who like to imbibe on occasion?
Turn your phone off after a certain point. Itâ€™s gotten me in trouble so many times. If I put you in my phone you should have to sign a waiver that anything that comes out after midnight you have to ignore.
Whatâ€™s the worst drunk text youâ€™ve ever sent?Â
I think I booty-called someone.
If you werenâ€™t a writeR-editor, what would you be doing?
I think I might like doing PR (public relations). I wanted to be a marine biologist until I figured out lots of science was involved. Or maybe a bartender.
Any last words?
Know your limit. If you donâ€™t, then have friends that do. Be responsible. Take a taxi or CityScoot. â€¦ At CityScoot, they know me by first name. (Contact CityScoot, a service that gets you and your car home safely, at 502.566.6384.)