Matty Espichan, 25
Head Bartender, D.C.'s "Hottest Female Bartender," and official "Fever mixologist"
The Park at Fourteenth
It's "hottest." It's really embarrassing, but yes, it's hottest. I have been put in context where I've been best, but I think the majority of the people always relate me to that embarrassing On Tap cover.
That was in 2009. People still come up to me, and they're like, "I saw you — you're that girl from that magazine." And I'm like, Yeah. It's flattering. I'm flattered. I'll take any positive recognition. I'd rather be the hottest bartender than the worst bartender.
It's always been Matty. People nickname me all the time: Matilda, or Matts, Matt. They always want to give me any other name than Matty, but it is just Matty. I was born that way. Who sings that song? Is it Lady Gaga or something?
I'm pretty convinced that my dad wanted another son.
I wake up to ESPN. I'd rather go to a basketball game than go to the mall, or something like that. I mean, I love shopping — don't get me wrong — but I'll jump at any opportunity to watch any sporting activity.
Let's be real. I think a lot of guys come to a bar, and initially, when they see an attractive bartender, they want a shot. They want to hit on her. They want to get in her pants, whatever the case may be. But once they realize, she's a cool chick, she can hang with the guys, she can actually talk to you about stuff — she's not stupid — that's what keep men, in particular, coming back. But not even just men. Women, too.
I think everyone has a bad day. And everyone's entitled to a bad day.
I don't take it personally. I just do my job. Here's your drink, I'll take the money, make the transaction. If they want to talk, cool. If they don't want to talk, I'll give them respect.
A large part of it is the liquid courage. After a few drinks, everybody wants to talk. You always hear that story about an introvert coming to the club, and they're the life of the party. Alcohol enables people to open up about things that they normally wouldn't open up about in their everyday lives. It's an escape. A sanctuary.
What's the phrase? I wear my emotions on my sleeve. People always laugh — I have the craziest facial expressions. If something's weird to me, you're going to know it's weird from my face. But in the business I'm in, if a guest is telling you something, they don't want you to think they're weird. You just have to sit there and be like, "Oh yeah." And agree with them. I just nod my head and smile.
I think my smile saves me a lot of the time.
If you ask for my opinion, I'm going to give it to you. I'm a very straightforward person. If you come to me with a problem, and you ask what you should do, I'm going to tell you what I think you should do.
Any worst twenty-first birthday is when someone throws up on your bar. That's the worst.
On Saturday nights at my bar, people always chant my name. My bar has so many regulars that consistently come in — it's a very fun night at the bar. And people can tell when I'm busy, so the busier I get, people start chanting my name. The fact that you're 21, and you just had three shots, and you still remember my name — I'm impressed.
The cornier the name, the worse the drink.
People automatically assume that men tip the best. I think, to a certain extent, they absolutely do. For a female bartender. But I have women regulars that tip me fifty, sixty, seventy percent tips consistently. They'll come to me, and they will only come to me.
Do men tip a hot girl? Yes, they do. Do a lot of men not tip a hot girl? Yes, it happens. A lot. And those are the worst men ever. I'd just like to say that to everybody.
Don't hit on a girl and not tip her, P.S. I think that needs to be a public service announcement. You do not hit on a bartender and then not give her 20 percent. You're not going to get her number.
The guy that won On Tap's hottest male bartender works on my floor. We're best friends.
I'm so lame outside of work. People think I'm so cool in the club. No, I'm lame as shit outside of work. I work at a club, so I try to stay out of the club. I'm very family-oriented. I'm actually kind of low-key. Don't get me wrong, I will go out, and I will go out hard. But that happens, like, once a month.
I'm not being biased. We are the best.
MAY 6, 2011
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