The Gayborhood’s Best Bartenders
Shift: Monday to Friday 4 to 9 p.m.
Specialty Cocktail: Cucumber Kamikaze with cucumber vodka, triple sec and fresh lime.
Most Recognizable Feature: “My long, luxurious hair and delicate build. Kidding.” Favorite Part of the Job: “Being able to meet so many people from all over the world.”
Most Memorable Experience Behind the Bar: “Watching my customers and co-workers laugh. Working happy hour, you see regulars who all know one another, so you end up with a lot of Cheers types.”
Hobbies Outside of Work: “Aside from exercise and cooking, I’m an amateur photographer.”
Listening to: Adele, Levi Kreis, Glee, and Florence and the Machine.
Best Advice to Customers: “Water during and Pedialyte after!”
Shift: Tuesday and Saturday 4 to 9 p.m., Thursday 9 p.m. to closing.
Specialty Cocktail: Pussy Cat Martini—vanilla vodka, pineapple and a drizzle of Chambord.
Most Recognizable Feature: “My tattoos. The butterflies symbolize coming out. And I also have the phrase ‘To thine own self be true,’ by Shakespeare.”
Favorite Part of the Job: “The money.”
Most Memorable Experience Behind the Bar: “Sometimes it’s what you find outside the bar door.”
Hobby Outside of Work: Gardening.
Listening to: “Old-school ‘lesbo’ music, mostly: the Indigo Girls, Melissa Etheridge, Tracy Chapman.”
Best Advice to Customers: “Tip your bartender well.”
Shift: Monday to Friday 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Specialty Cocktail: The perfect cosmo.
Most Recognizable Feature: “A keen fashion sense. Someone recently told me that I’m one of the only bartenders who dress up anymore.”
Favorite Part of the Job: “My customers. They’re like family.”
Most Memorable Experience Behind the Bar: “The day Knock caught on fire. It was the day before Thanksgiving. I finished my shift and then worked with everyone to get the kitchen back together so we could serve dinner the next day.”
Hobbies Outside of Work: “The beach, going to movies, and having a cocktail with friends.”
Listening to: Ke$ha and Britney Spears.
Best Advice to Customers: “Drink up!”
THOMAS MIGUEL MARTINEZ (a.k.a. Tommy)
Shift: Sunday to Thursday 4 to 9 p.m.
Specialty Cocktail: Sex With an Alligator—Midori and pineapple juice with Chambord on the bottom and Jäger floating on top.
Most Recognizable Feature: “That would have to be my outgoing personality.”
Favorite Part of the Job: “The people I meet every day. We get some interesting characters in here.”
Most Memorable Experience Behind the Bar: “My first time behind the bar, all thanks to Danny.”
Hobbies Outside of Work: “Playing my drums and riding my bike.”
Listening to: Foo Fighters, Marvin Gaye, Rick James, Queen, Mika, Them Crooked Vultures and Led Zeppelin.
Best Advice to Customers: “Keep your money where you can see it. And please don’t leave your wallet on the bar.”