Looking for an all-out good time? Club One is your spot. The drag and burlesque shows are can’t-miss events. When there’s not a show, there’s great music to dance to.
Dawn Dupree’s been bartending for over twenty years, but she says she was still stunned by her win.
“I’m like the Betty White of this category!” she laughs. “I’m almost sixty years old!”
Dawn started out bartending at Faces and at Blaine’s before settling at Club One seven years ago.
So, what makes her the best bartender?
“My reasoning behind everything I do is that we are the backbone of the city,” Dawn says. “We’re the people who make the tourists feel better about themselves.”
Bartending goes way beyond making the drinks and paying attention to the guests, as Dawn knows.
“I’ve always tried to treat people like I want to be treated,” she says. “I try to be funny, which makes them laugh and have a good time. It makes our city look stronger and it better goes to show what a great diversity and making people feel welcome.”
You can catch Dawn every Monday night when she hosts bingo, Tuesday through Thursday for happy hour, and Friday night during the rush. — Rachael Flora
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