He’s got the makeup skills to be the hideous monster from your nightmares, but most of the time Joe is the Bar Babe if your dreams!
Bar(s) that I work at: Atlas Social Club
How long I’ve worked there: I started in March
What are my shifts: Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday
What makes this bar great: It’s easy, quaint, drinks are strong and cheap, and it’s a really tight group of regulars; it’s basically the show Cheers, but queer. Plus everyone has access to the jukebox, so music is always great and different: sometimes it’s 80s new wave, sometimes it’s modern pop–depends on who’s hanging out.
Best drink I make: I like to get creative… so different martinis, french kiss, flavored cosmos… I’ll literally run next door and grab coffee if a customer wants an espresso martini.
I love it when customers: Buy shots for everyone at the bar. It brings everyone together, and also doesn’t hurt the check average.
I hate it when customers: argue with me when they’re drunk and I’m dead sober. “Yes I’m 100 percent sure I gave you your card back, check your pockets, babe.”
Craziest thing I’ve seen here: I can’t say anything out of the ordinary at Atlas. But my family owned a bar growing up, and we found a headless body in the horseshoe pit after a Saturday night. After that, loud and drunk seems pretty tame.
Other places I’ve worked: I was at Therapy for seven years; sadly, it shuttered down during the pandemic.
My hometown: Miller Place, Long Island
Stuff I do when I’m not bartending: if I’m not at the gym or dance class, I’m home either drawing, or painting my face into something hideous. I’m sort of a homebody
Single or Taken: Taken
Who/what turns me on: I’m an old school romantic; I like a sweet heart and a diamond in the rough. I like someone who knows how to be humble. Physically? I’m a butt guy, and a sucker for an accent.
Favorite music: alt rock–I never left the 90s
Favorite movie or TV show: Beetlejuice and The Adventures of Pete and Pete.
Favorite drag queen: Pixie Aventura was the first queen I ever saw perform, and my jaw dropped–she’s so talented. Plus, I got to be a creepy old man in her music video. I also love Holly Box-Springs because she’s so genuine, sweet and supportive… which the world needs more of.
My drag name would be: Gina Buttafucco–tap into my Italian Long Island roots.
Favorite gogo boy: Richard JMV
Favorite DJ: Eugene Edo
Other stuff you need to know about me: I’m a dancer, makeup artist, illustrator and horror movie junkie, and I have a really twisted, dark sense of humor.
Follow me on: Instagram
Tip me at: Venmo Joseph-oster-1