Cherry’s maître d, bingo hostess, and Mrs. DJ Stacy, Valerie Perez, prepares for another amazing season on Fire Island.
Bar that I work at: Cherry’s on the Bay, Cherry Grove, Fire Island.
How long I’ve worked there: 3 years
What are my shifts: All summer long every day! [Valerie also hosts Wednesday Bingo at Cherry’s this summer]
What makes this bar great: Located on the water, knowing you are surrounded by people wanting to just have a good time.
Best drink I make: I am the hostess and maître d, I don’t make the drinks… but the best drink there is the Rocket Fuel!
I love it when customers: Come in with a great fun attitude, ready for anything!
I hate it when customers: Feel they’re entitled and aren’t patient, especially during this past year.
Craziest thing I’ve seen here: A boat of Trump supporters pulled up to the bar last summer, and the entire bar booed them out until they took down their Trump flags and left.
My hometown: Manhattan
Stuff I do when I’m not bartending: Walks to Sunken Forest and all over Fire Island
Single or Taken: Married
Who/what turns me on: Confidence , strength and determination
Favorite music: Disco
Favorite movie or TV show: The Twilight series, definitely!
Favorite drag queen: Davida Jones
My drag name would be: Yonata On The List
Favorite DJ: DJ Stacy
Other stuff you need to know about me: I have a lot of amazing friends and family, and of course my amazing wife …we come in HOT and we ride or die for each other. Our family is tight! Being in the nightlife business has brought me more joy than I could have every expected. EVERY NIGHT IS A PARTY!
Follow me on: Facebook
Tip me at: Venmo @ValP50