Whether he’s serving you beats or refills, Metro’s Erwin aka DJ Manila Ice has Got This!
Bar that I work at: Metropolitan Bar
How long I’ve worked there: 8 years in August, holy shit! Started as floor, to barback, to BARTENDER EXTRAORDINAIRE, got bored and wanted to DJ and do visuals.
What are my shifts: Tuesday nights for Queeraoke with Garry. Saturday for Happy Hour and Metrosensual. Every other Sunday with Katie. I also DJ once a month for Hella–and on second Thursdays, or a one off like The Bronze (Buffy night). And the HELLA anniversary is on June 22nd with Miz Jade and Kandy
What makes this bar great: cheap ass drinks, are you kidding me. The bartenders are like my fam, we’re weird cuz we actually LIKE each other.
Best drink I make: Dirrty Martini
I love it when customers: tell me I’m pretty
I hate it when customers: order dirrty martinis
Craziest thing I’ve seen here: tons every week, is like an episode of Vanderpump Rules, lol.
Other places I’ve worked: I’ve been working at bars since I was 20s (which is pretty recent btw), at a bar called Club Dragon in SF (RIP). I also DJ at gay friendly spots like Exley and LUA Bar in Bushwick.
My hometown: Grew up in a small town called Mayantoc in the Philippines. Moved to NYC to pursue fashion photography and live like Carrie Bradshaw, LOL.
Stuff I do when I’m not bartending: I went back to school for Art Direction. That takes a lot of my time, but I’m having a blast making new contacts and learning how to sell an idea.
Single or Taken: Taken, sup pogi.
Who/what turns me on: confidence, kind, sense of humor for sure, and creativity.
Favorite music: XTINA, please buy/stream LIBERATION when it comes out on JUNE 15.
Favorite movie or TV show: The Americans, I love watching Felicity portray a cold ass Russian killing machine. I usually pass out to Forensic Files.
Favorite drag queen: I love me some Miz Jade also Epiphany Get Paid and Glace Chase’s sharp ass tongue/wit. We need more of that these days.
My drag name would be: Ertina Gaguilera ….
Favorite gogo boy: Henry, give that gaysian some $
Other stuff you need to know about me: Capricorn/Leo rising…lol.. I love collaborating with performers and musicians/ hit a bitch up if u need a photo/life advice.