The Heel, a new bar and grill on Rosemary Street, employs student bartenders in Chapel Hill, including senior exercise and sport science major Giuli Lurito.
Lurito said she loves bartending and plans to continue doing so after graduation.
“It’s just so much fun,” she said. “The environment is great — I love the people I work with, and you get paid for having fun. I love everything about it. By far one of my favorite jobs that I’ve ever had.”
For Michael Meadows, general manager at Linda’s Bar and Grill on East Franklin Street, having students behind the bar allows him to create a direct relationship with the University.
“Being right across from campus and being such a huge part of UNC, we really like to be a part of the community in as many ways as possible,” Meadows said.
“Having students here allows us to have more insight to events that are coming up, preparing us for things like senior week events and things like that — any changes in the normal academic schedule that would affect us.”
Many student bartenders work behind the bar to get themselves through school, but for some, bartending is more than just a job.
Jackie Lawrence, a PhD student in psychology, works as a bartender at Four Corners Grille. She said being a bartender is satisfying because she has the power to create a positive experience for customers.