Well, many other local bartenders have attracted their own, albeit smaller, fan base. Indeed, while lots of factors go into creating a bar’s atmosphere— lighting, decor, and menu choices, among them— in many cases, the single most significant element of a bar’s appeal— and what keeps the regulars coming back— is the man or woman doing the pouring. A good bartender deftly negotiates multiple roles ranging from confidante to law enforcer. Their stories, bright smiles, and expert suggestions just might drive you to drink. But only in the best possible way The tall blond looks like the kind of bartender you’d see at a fancy place on the California coast, and, in fact, that’s where the Long Beach native got her start, tending bar while she went to the Art Institute of California to study advertising. All told, Clepper says, she’s been bartending off and on for at least 10 years, and even graduated from a bartending school in California, where she says the competition for gigs is fierce.