Bar Babe of the Week: Ben at Macri Park

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You haven’t done Brooklyn proper until you’ve gotten SERVED by the darling of Macri, Ben!


Bar that I work at: Macri Park

How long I’ve worked there: I’ve worked for the company for a few years now, but specifically at Macri, since summer ‘16.

What are my shifts: I switch off every other Sunday night with my manager, Maty. I work Monday nights for Ruby Roo and Ragamuffin’s show, “Mondays on Mondays,” and we recently started a Tuesday night drag show called “I’m Sorry, I’ve Been Drinking” with Misty Meaner and Mocha Lite.

What makes this bar great: Macri is a lot of fun because there’s not just one vibe all the time. Happy hour is usually pretty chill, and people love to come and just hang around with a friend and chat. And people sometimes will do an early evening birthday get together pre-gaming before going to the city for a dance club moment. There are drag shows some nights, regular benefits for good causes such as Black Lives Matter, other nights we offer cheap drinks and dance beats. Or come on a Wednesday night to sing karaoke. Our music video system can be a lot of fun, and customers can put in requests for videos through an app service.

Best drink I make: The Monday night drink special is really yummy, it’s called the MoM (Mondays on Mondays), and you can order it as a shot or on the rocks. It’s basically a cinnamon Washington apple.

I love it when customers: Have their money out when they’re ready to order a drink, and don’t start fishing for their wallet after I’ve already made their order.

I hate it when customers: Close their credit card after every round of drinks they order. Seriously, just leave the tab open.

Craziest thing I’ve seen here: When Lady Havokk pulled the rafters off the ceiling during a performance and fell on a table.

Other places I’ve worked: Metropolitan Bar and This n That.

My hometown: Virginia Beach, VA

Stuff I do when I’m not bartending: I love spending quality time with friends, exploring the city, taking day trips to little towns off Metro North, going to parties, long walks on beaches, walks in parks, walking to walkways…

Single or Taken: I’m currently single.

Who/what turns me on: People who do cool shit and are ambitious and passionate about what they love.

Favorite music: I love a variety of music, basically anything that makes me feel something, whether that be emotional or a beat that makes me wanna dance.

Favorite movie or TV show: Lately I’ve been watching a lot of Schitt’s Creek and How to Get Away with Murder.

Favorite drag queen: Miz Jade

My drag name would be: Jean Benet Glamsey

Favorite gogo boy: Tim Young

Favorite DJ: Jonathan Love

Other stuff you need to know about me: I have a kitty named Simon and two goldfish named Salty and Veronica, and I love myself, A LOT.

Follow me on: Instagram


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