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!
My drag name would be: Lol. Lemme think…. Morticia St. Michaels
Favorite gogo boy: Vlad… he’s a fun one
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.