The first person many LGBT+people meet when they arrive in the city is the bar person at their local LGBT+ venue. These gatekeepers to the community provide an important role both befriending and signposting new arrivals. Gscene finds out a bit more about them and what makes them special.
Prudence Snellgrove works at Revenge nightclub, and was the winner of Favourite Bar Girl at this year’s Golden Handbag Awards.
Where do you come from? Mainly Essex but I’ve been around.
What brought you to Brighton? I moved here to go to BIMM in 2011 and never returned to my home planet.
Oddest thing you’ve been asked for? “Do you have any pickled eggs?”
What’s the worst kind of punter? One that doesn’t say “please” and “thank you”. I literally cannot express enough how irritating it is when people don’t know how to talk to other humans politely. Okay maybe that’s not the worst. The worst is one who gets mouthy or violent, of course. Or does a poo on the floor or something…
What do you do when it’s quiet in the bar? Oh goodness, um, clean, collect glasses, rinse the jukebox for all it’s worth, organise stock, chat to customers, possibly sneak in a ciggy, or check my (likely smudged) lipstick.
Do you know the difference between Ale and Beer? I mean, my genre is spirits, but my understanding is that it’s something to do with the type of yeast. “Bottom or top floater”? Sounds hot.
Can you pull a pint? No, but I can pull your girlfriend. “wahey”. Just kidding, of course I can. Do you prefer to be shaken or stirred? Well it entirely depends on what you are referring to. I am always shaken, but I like Martinis to be stirred.
Whats your favourite tipple? I have many. I love gin, whiskey, tequila… My favourite drink is probably an Espresso Martini because coffee + alcohol = more hilarious me.
What makes you roll your eyes? People treating LGBTQ+ bars like zoos.
Are those really your photos on Grindr? The answer is yes!
What makes a perfect barman/girl? Passion, personality, and fabulousness.
Where do you like to go out when you’re not working? I like to venture out into the world of cabaret clubs on occasion, but to be honest I’m mainly in Revenge.
Tell us a secret about yourself? I’m not wearing any knickers.
What’s your nickname behind the bar? I’ve been given many names over the years: “Pru Pru”, “Prudy”and “Oi love”