Bar Babe of the Week: John from Easternbloc

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[photo credit: Lucas Blair]

A drag queen who was There and done That, John has hung up his wig and brought his biz to the other side of the bar. Come down to the EV and give him a Scooby Snack.


Bar that I work at: Easternbloc

How long I’ve worked there: Two months

What are my shifts: Saturday night, Sunday/Monday/Tuesday 7:00-close

What makes this bar great: Easternbloc has a really irreverent energy that I love. The bar stools say “Liza,” “Total Wreck,” “Tan Mom.” The walls say “Let them eat cock” and “No Trump/No KKK/No Fascist USA.” There’s taxidermy all over. I feel like I fit in as part of the campy and irreverent decor.

Best drink I make: I’ve been making cosmopolitans since I was nine, but you should see me open a PBR.

I love it when customers: Get chatty. One of the best things about tending bar is being able to learn about others’ lives. I’ve met guys who’ve hung out with Divine. I’ve met a guy who used to dance with Marilyn Monroe. I’ve met somebody from the first Riot at Stonewall. Everybody has something really fascinating about them, and I want to hear all about it.

I hate it when customers: Complain that the bar is empty. Spaces become full when the first people who arrive sit and have a drink. Others follow suit. Then the bar is full. Not when people come in and say “nobody’s here” and then try to find somewhere the party’s already gone through that process. ALSO, when the bar’s empty you never have to wait for a drink. This complaint says two things to me: 1. “I am not confident that I’m cool enough to start and make this environment fun, so I must go.” 2. “I have never once tried to find a silver lining (what does that mean, even?).”

Craziest thing I’ve seen here: One time, a man got into an argument with a shopping cart. I think he thought he and the cart were lovers. But he asked me while I was smoking if he could take his woman to Easternbloc for a nice dinner.

Other places I’ve worked: This N That (RIP), Metropolitan and Julius’.

My hometown: Fredonia, NY (one hour southwest of Buffalo).

Stuff I do when I’m not bartending: I watch a lot of Scooby-Doo, horror movies, and Reality TV programming. I also like to frequent bars and drink a bunch.

Single or Taken: Yes.

Who/what turns me on: I’m Scooby-Doo looking for his Shaggy: goofy sense of humor, nice smile, kind, preferably always wears the same outfit. It’s so weird that my relationship goal is a stoner and a talking dog. Actually no, this makes perfect sense for me.

Favorite music: Female Rappers. I love Trina, Khia, Kash Doll, Rye-Rye, and Kim… just to name a few.

Favorite movie or TV show: Clue. I’m working on getting a pinup tattoo of Yvette (then eventually White/Peacock/Scarlet).

Favorite drag queen: My mother, Jill Lowther. Also my favorite queen.

My own drag alter ego: I’ve since retired, but I won Our Lady of Saliva, Dragnet Cycle 2, and advanced to the semifinal round of Mr(s) Williamsburg as Minerva “Minnie” Cupcakes.

Favorite gogo boy: Him

Favorite DJ: Uncle Larry Sparkman. I love her.

Other stuff you need to know about me: I don’t like mushrooms, I really want to go to Six Flags all the time, and I’m obsessed with my family.

Follow me on: AT YER OWN RISK! I have a Facebook?

 

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