Know Your Bartender: Stone Balloon

Aaron Smith
Aaron Smith.


Aaron Smith’s middle name is Quinn. He was named after a Bob Dylan song—“Quinn the Eskimo (Mighty Quinn).” He thinks that’s pretty cool.

When not sharing fun facts about himself, Smith is bartending at the Stone Balloon, where he has worked for a year and a half. He first entered the service industry as a barback and fell in love with the unique energy behind the bar.

Though college kids are notoriously bad tippers, Smith still enjoys serving them. He says it’s all about how you treat them. (But the bigger the crowd, the rowdier they get, he says).

“I like college kids,” Smith says. “They’re just a lot of fun, they like to joke around, they’re here to have a good time and enjoy themselves. That’s what everyone wants to do anyway. It’s just fun to be a part of that atmosphere.”

Apart from drunk kids, the Stone Balloon’s clientele is pretty low-key. Not too many crazies pop up, though Smith recalls one memorable customer:

“There was this one guy just listening to music by himself, just getting really drunk and banging on the bar. It’s not that type of place, ya know?”

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