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Sara, 30

Job: Bartender, Leon's Full Service

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Soft-spoken Sara spent her teen years as a star student in Marietta before heading off to Manhattan to study fashion design. Along the way, she developed an interest in classic cocktails, which gives Atlantans a double bonus: tasty beverages and a cutie-pie behind the bar. When she's not mixing - or sipping - drinks, Sara enjoys knitting, reading, riding her bike, going to shows and practicing her sick Hula-Hoop skills. She doesn't watch TV, eat meat or smoke, and she seems to enjoy maintaining an air of mystery. Just ask her about her ice pick collection - if you dare

Relationship status: Has a boyfriend

What's your standard drink?

I like Negronis.

What band were you obsessed with when you were 14?

Probably the Velvet Underground. Nick Cave — I was obsessed with Nick Cave when I was 14.

What's your guiltiest pleasure?

Sleeping in.

What's your least favorite household chore?

Kind of all of them. I guess cleaning the cat box or doing the dishes.

On which reality TV show should you be cast?

My family is always like, "We should nominate you for 'Project Runway,'" but I don't think I'd be into it.

What's the last thing that made you cry?

This is embarrassing, but I recently quit smoking and on the second day I was like, "Why am I doing this? It's so hard," and I had a little tear because I wanted a cigarette. That's so pathetic and so lame, but that's the last time I can remember crying. That was like two weeks ago. I'm doing much better now.

What's the last good book you read?

One Hundred Years of Solitude by Gabriel Garcia Marquez.

What's the lamest pick-up line anyone's used on you?

I worked at Drink Shop before this and this guy was like, "You have really sexy hips," and I was like, "How can you tell? I'm wearing a sack dress," and it was really creepy. I think that's the most creeped out I've been by somebody. I think it was his delivery.

Where do you take out-of-town visitors?

I think most of my out-of-town visitors are in bands usually, so, we'll go to 529. Leon's sometimes for dinner.

What's the first album you bought with your own money?

Nick Cave's Let Love In from Wax n' Facts. That's the first record I ever bought new.

What's the best way for a customer to hit on you?

Like, successfully? I don't really like it when customers hit on me. I guess I like it when people want weird old cocktails or they want to talk about design stuff. I don't know.

Who would play you in the movie of your life?

Almost every day at work, people are like, "You know you look like Zooey Deschanel," and I'm like, "It's probably the bangs." I don't think she's the best actress, but I guess for looks that would be it.

If you were a groupie, who would be the object of your obsession?

Roxy Music in the '70s.

What's the one thing you most hope to accomplish in 2011?

I guess the quitting smoking thing was a big accomplishment. I don't know — to continue quitting.

What's your least favorite thing about Atlanta?

Traffic — I hate it. And crime. My scooter was stolen off my porch where it was locked up and that made me want to leave. I definitely cried all day.

Is there a drawback to being attractive?

I look at myself everyday, so I don't see myself as particularly attractive, but I guess ... hmm, I don't know.

What's the weirdest thing in your house?

I have an ice pick collection, like 18 or 19. I bought one, and then I guess my boyfriend was trying to find a cool present for me for my birthday last year and found like a lot of vintage ice picks on eBay. When people come over, they're like, "Why do you have all these random ice picks?" But they all look really cool. They're pretty useful.

Name one thing you've stolen.

I steal shirts from my boyfriend all the time. I don't know if that counts.

Who's the most important person in your life?

Definitely my brother and sister.

What's your sexy-time soundtrack?

I think Serge Gainsbourg is really sexy. That's kind of cheesy to say because he's trying to be sexy, but if you put on that song he did with Jane Birkin, "Je t'aime moi non plus" — like, it's so cheesy, but you can't help getting close to someone if you're listening to that song.

Have you ever been dumped? If so, what was the reason?

I've never been dumped because I always dump other people. I should have been dumped, but I guess I always get to it first.

What's your pettiest relationship deal-breaker?

I don't like dramatic guys. I don't like hearing about an ex-girlfriend. I don't like it if someone wants to cry on my shoulder. I don't like it when guys think they need to be right all the time. Messiness — I don't really like that, even though I'm messy.

What would you order for your last meal?

Probably a bunch of Thai food would be good. I've been a vegetarian for most of my life, but for a while I ate fish and I discovered I really liked eel. Vegetarians are sexy.

Name a well-regarded band you don't like.

Joanna Newsom. I want to like her, but her voice drives me up the wall.

What did your parents want you to do with your life?

They're pretty cool with whatever I do, but I think they thought I'd be doing something more artistic or academic because I made straight A's. They probably just want me to do something so I can take care of them when they get older.

What's your life's ambition/grandest dream?

When I get older I'd like to be a curator for museums and galleries and then, when I get really old, I'd like to probably move to Puerto Rico and live by the beach.

What celebrity would you like to be stuck in an elevator with?

Jude Law. He's pretty hot. I don't know if he would be a good conversationalist, though. That sounds awful. It's making my hands sweat.

What's your preferred footwear?

I have Capezio tap shoes that I got normal soles put on; those are probably my favorite shoes. My dad's a cobbler, so I think he'd be stoked if I designed shoes. When I was little, he used to make me sandals all the time, so I wore Sears clothes and weird Jesus sandals.

What's the most romantic place in Atlanta?

The bocce court at Leon's is pretty romantic.

What's your wackiest piece of personal trivia?

I have a secret talent and it is Hula Hooping. I can Hula Hoop from my neck down to my waist down to my knees.

At what bar/restaurant would you like to have an open tab?

Holeman & Finch would be cool.

What personal attribute are you a sucker for?

I always seem to fall for guys with bad teeth. I like bad teeth — and moles.

Where would you go on your sweepstakes vacation?

Probably Hawaii, because I think all of the delicious drinks and the surfing. I've been watching a lot of surfing movies this winter so I don't get bummed out by the weather.

Describe your relationship to exercise?

I ride my bike a lot and I Hula Hoop and I like swimming. I can't stand gyms. I actually took a Hula Hoop class at Kashi recently and it was super fun and good exercise. I like Hula Hooping, but I don't really like working out.

Where does most of your disposable income go?

Restaurant food and I cook a lot at home. I have to eat all the time, like every three hours. I have a really fast metabolism. It's kind of annoying.

If you had to spend $1 million in one afternoon, what would you do?

I'd probably go to Kudzu and go record shopping and then buy a bunch of weird bar tools and vintage clothes.

Have you ever stolen a friend's girlfriend/boyfriend?

No. That's bad form.

What's your character flaw you'd most like to fix?

I need to stop looking out in outer space when I'm talking to people. I think I have a tendency to be shy or standoffish and I'm trying not to. Even though I'm a bartender, when I'm not at work I'm sort of in my own little world, I guess.

What silly thing are you most vain about?

It's stupid, but probably my eyebrows. I mean, you can't even see them because I have long bangs. I think I don't have big eyebrows and I wish they were bigger.

Why do you think someone nominated you for the Lust List?

I serve high-gravity beer and cocktails all night, it's dim and they're a little tipsy. Maybe they thought it was a good idea after a few drinks.

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