Bar Babe of the Week: Michael at The Ritz

Veteran pourmaster at the Ritz Michael has Legacy Bar Babe Status!

Bar that I work at: The Ritz Bar & Lounge in Hell’s Kitchen

How long I’ve worked there: 12 years, since we opened

What are my shifts: Wednesday happy hour; Thursday, Friday, and Saturday evenings.

What makes this bar great: Its inclusion of our diversity, and our focus on its fun atmosphere. It’s great to have a place that welcomes and embraces everyone from our community.

Best drink I make: I really enjoy a Ruby Red Cosmo with a dash of grapefruit, or spicy margs!!!

I love it when customers: Are kind and considerate. And I love when they are there to have fun.

I hate it when customers: are rude / inconsiderate to other patrons, which I quickly correct. I have no patience for shady folks.

Craziest thing I’ve seen here: Oh God… when Madonna came that was cool, but also the time we helped Gaga out… too many Mezcals.

Other places I’ve worked: The old Crobar. Nightlife history.

My hometown: Little Rock, Arkansas

Stuff I do when I’m not bartending: Read, gaming, hanging with friends. Cooking is fun too.

Single or Taken: Single, after a 10 year run I’m back in the market lol

Who/what turns me on: people who are compassionate and humble. The gay nerd is a fave, lol.

Favorite music: Old New wave / industrial / punk music

Favorite movie or TV show: Star wars anything, scary anything!

Favorite drag queen:so many. Maddelynn Hatter, Tina BurnerJada Valenciaga

My drag name would be: Lol. Lemme think…. Morticia St. Michaels

Favorite gogo boy: Vlad… he’s a fun one

Favorite DJ: DJ Xavier, DJ Vito Fun, DJ Dawson

Other stuff you need to know about me: I enjoy people and love helping them have a fun time. That’s what our job as bartenders is. We aren’t there to give you drama or attitude. We should be seen as an extension of your party.

Follow me on: InstagramFacebook & Twitter


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