Bar Babe of the Week: Samuel at Club Cumming

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Daniel Nardicio’s Right Hand Judy is also Club Cumming’s resident ginger Bar Babe!


Bar that I work at: Club Cumming

How long I’ve worked there: Since we opened in mid-September, but I came on when the space was still Eastern Bloc about 6 months before the change-over.

What are my shifts: Generally behind the bar Wednesday – Friday, but I feel like I find myself there every day of the week for one reason or another.

What makes this bar great?: The TALENT! We have as many as three and no less than one live show every single day of the week. Our shows are without a doubt the heartbeat of the club.

Best drink I make: Creating our signature cocktail list has probably been my favorite project with the bar to date. I wanted to put in something for every kind of spirit, and am very pleased with what ended up making the final cut. The Up and Cumming (a pineapple twist on a margarita, served up in a martini glass) is definitely our best seller, but the Boozehound (a gin based drink) is our most sophisticated cocktail that I get a kick out of making just right.

I love it when customers: Have a good time. It totally makes my day when people come in for the first time not knowing what to expect, and find themselves sticking around for hours on end lapping up the shows with the same veracity as they do their cocktails.

I hate it when customers: I really try to avoid sweating the small stuff. I think settling in on a pet peeve is setting yourself up for inevitable disappointment. I see it as my job to start the party with people, not to project my hangups at guests who mean well way more often than not (even if they do get a little extra). That being said, ya’ll better tip a bitch.

Craziest thing I’ve seen here: One of my favorite experiences so far was when the cast of Cats took over on a Monday and gave us a Jelicle fantasy, sprawling out all over the bar and serving full on choreo from the show. Perhaps the gayest most fabulous thing I’ve ever seen anywhere. Oh, and I got a black eye after getting punched on Halloween trying to break up a fight.

Other places I’ve worked: As for other bars, I’ve worked at Flaming Saddles in HK, Barracuda in Chelsea and the Ice Palace in Cherry Grove. And as always, you can catch me at the door for the Underwear Party on Fire Island every Friday night during the summer.

My hometown: I’m from Portland, Oregon but have called NYC home for just over 5 years now.

Stuff I do when I’m not bartending: I’ve been working with Daniel Nardicio for over 3 years now so we stay very busy putting on shows and parties here in the city, Fire Island, New Orleans and beyond. We are literally 24 hour party people.

Single or taken: #toosoon

Who/ what turns me on: A gust of wind.

Favorite Music: I really do like all kinds of music for different reasons.
That being said, I’ve never had much use for death metal. We had a DJ try it once during their set and I watched the place clear out so quick I was sure someone had taken a shit on the dance floor. Not cute.

Favorite Movie or T.V. show: Favorite movie is a tie between Dazed and Confused and To Wong Foo, and my favorite TV show is this Canadian series called Slings and Arrows from back when I was an actor, and anything involving Shakespeare was an instant boner for me.

Favorite Drag Queen: Alyssa Edwards; always and forever. I had the absolute pleasure of co-producing a show this last year starring Alyssa, Shangela, Monet X Change and  Pixie Aventura, and it was the highlight of my summer.

My drag name would be: I’ve actually dabbled in drag a good amount over the years, and am known to my sisters as Grace-Ann Cumpassion. But in my next life in which I’m smarter and funnier. I hope to come back as Polly Tickle and host a weekly political commentary show.

Favorite GoGo boy: Mariano who dances a lot for us at the Club is not only the sexiest little Tarzan of a man, but he’s also the sweetest heart you will ever meet. And can we talk about that ASS?!!!

Other stuff you need to know about me: I’m domestic AF. In the summer it’s taking care of Big Dick’s Halfway Inn but during the cold months it’s giving my Harlem apartment the TLC she needs and deserves. #canhost

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