NYC native Mel is a West Village institution all her own!
Bar that I work at: The Stonewall Inn
How long I’ve worked there: 9 Years… damn!
What are my shifts:Thursday 5- close, Friday 5-close & Sat 2-9
What makes this bar great: Everyday I meet new people from all over the world. I have made amazing friends from all walks of life.
Best drink I make: Classic Negroni
I love it when customers: tell me about their life journeys.
I hate it when customers: try to kiss me over the bar… wait, it depends on the girl 🤔😉
Craziest thing I’ve seen here: I work the weekends… no comment!
Other places I’ve worked: RF Lounge
My hometown: QUEENS!!!!
Stuff I do when I’m not bartending: I love to explore new restaurants/bars, art, and bike ride.
Single or Taken: SINGLE
Who/what turns me on: Someone who knows what they want, a confident women
Favorite music: Depending on the day/mood… 90’s hip hop/R&B (2Pac, Ice Cube, Notorious B.I.G, Foxy Brown, SWV…), Punk/Rock (The MISFITS, Sex Pistols, Joan Jett, Depeche Mode, Red Hot Chili Peppers) Indie, Pop and a little house here and there. Some days … I can listen to Frank Sinatra, Nina Simone, Stevie Wonder on repeat. I just love music.
Favorite movie or TV show: Movies: Everything John Waters & Alford Hitchcock, Goodfellas, Carlito‘s Way, Scarface, Trainspotting, Edward Scissorhands, Rocky HorrorPicture Show… and Cherry Pop. 😘Assaad😘
TV: Scandal, Jessica Jones, It’s Always Sunny In Philadelphia, Billions, Ray Donovan, Shameless, Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt, Sneaky Pete
My drag name would be: Ilana Hightops
Favorite gogo boy: Can’t say I have a favorite gogo boy. But, when we are talking about the ladies… Tasha Hunter & Khadija Griffith!!!!
Other stuff you need to know about me: I have a crazy sneaker obsession… I may have over 100 pairs of sneakers 😖😆 #problems #sneakerrehab #sneakerhead. For 5 years I’ve done The Northeast AIDS Ride, Cycle for the Cause in honor of Kyle Spidle, who was an inspiration in our Community.
Cycle for the Cause is an epic three day, 275 mile bike ride from Boston to New York that raises millions to fund the fight to end AIDS.