What is your favorite shot to make? To drink?
Favorite to make: Vegas Bombs
Favorite to drink: Smirnoff Spicy Tamarind shots
Where is your favorite place to drink when not on duty?
Honestly, I still come to Papi’s to watch the drag shows on my nights off.
What are you best known for?
My customer service. I have been bartending for 10 years, and a lot of my Viviana’s customers are coming to Papi’s as well.
What are the best and worst holidays to work? Why?
Best holiday: Fourth of July, when people come out and really enjoy themselves.
Worst holiday: Christmas, when most people are with their families.
Biggest tip from one customer?
Who are the hardest customers to please?
I don’t have any problem with customers—I can figure out how to keep them happy!
If you weren’t a bartender, what career would you choose?
Definitely real estate.
Favorite travel spot?
Best advice to a wannabe bartender in an LGBTQ bar?
Be friendly. Be patient. Have fun.
To be able to eat anything and not gain weight!
Maria José’s “Prefiero Ser Tu Amante!” (I’d Rather Be Your Lover)
570 Waugh Dr, Houston
This article appears in the October 2021 edition of OutSmart magazine.