Bar Babe of the Week: Justin at Julius’ Bar

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As we approach the 52nd anniversary of the historical Sip-In at NYC’s longest-running gay bar (and national landmark) Juius’, let’s get into it with resident pourmaster Justin!


Bar that I work at:  Julius’ in the West Village.

How long I’ve worked there: Been there 2.5 years and love it!

What are my shifts: Tuesdays till 8ish pm, and sometimes I cover Wednesdays.

What makes this bar great: its history and clientele. I’ve never been to a bar where every one engages in conversation with each other regardless of age/sex/race. It really is like a gay Cheers. (Also, the famous burgers of course!)

Best drink I make: Tequila cosmos or negronis. Delicious.

I love it when customers: say please and thank you. Seriously, manners go a long way.

I hate it when customers: act entitled or demand their drinks strong. It’s tacky.

Craziest thing I’ve seen here: I haven’t seen really crazy stuff at my bar mostly because i do Tuesday days but crazies do wonder in from time to time. I don’t mind it for the most part because it makes my shift colorful (to say the least.)

Other places I’ve worked: I use to work at the 9th Ave Saloon in HK and the Crown & Anchor in Provincetown on Cape Cod,

My hometown: Yarmouth (which is forty minutes from Provincetown)

Stuff I do when I’m not bartending: flying the friendly skies with JetBlue. One hobby of mine is definitely photography, and I’m a big walker. I walk everywhere.

Single or Taken: I am single and love it.

Who/what turns me on: Straight blue collar guys that drink Budweiser.

Favorite music: Britney Spears and 90’s alternative rock. When you come in to my bar, that’s what you will hear on the radio.

Favorite movie or TV show: Buffy the Vampire Slayer, 24, Broad City, Law & Order SVU, Schitts Creek, Gossip Girl, and Golden Girls.

Favorite drag queen: Miss Richfield 1981

My drag name would be: the few times I’ve done drag–and i use that term loosely–my name was Tuna Portion

Favorite gogo boy: I don’t go to places with gogo boys

Favorite DJ: I also don’t go places with DJs. I like my bars divey.

Other stuff you need to know about me: When you come and see me on Tuesdays, just keep in mind that I am incredibly inappropriate but in a fun way, and extremely friendly. I love meeting new people and making new friends.

Follow me on: Instagram; my Facebook I keep for people I know.


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