When the idea to ask this question first came up at the editorial meeting, it was suggested that our city’s barkeeps might not be able to furnish enough variety and/or insight with their answers. From this point on, we shall never, ever doubt them again.
Where she presides: Laila Lounge, Williamsburg
Favorite drink: Jameson’s neat
I would have to say Cubism. I was going to say Art Nouveau, but I realized that that’s not really the one that’s most like me, that’s just the one that I like the most. I could only think of, like, Picasso because he was all over the place, and I’m all over the place. Yeah, I can’t say Art Nouveau because that’s really beautiful and I’m, well... [here our intrepid correspondent leaps in to insist that our subject is selling her charms a bit short. She, on the other hand, insists that our intrepid correspondent is just being nice. He disagrees. She, likewise, disagrees. This goes on for some time.] I’d definitely have to go along the lines of Picasso and misplacement and foreplacement and all that sort of thing.
Where she presides: KGB Bar, East Village
Favorite drink: Ketel One
That’s the wrong question for me since I’m not a visual artist, but I would have to say something Dada or the Salon movement in Paris. Just for the sheer ridiculousness of it — you can’t take yourself too seriously. Dalí didn’t.
Where he presides: Brooklyn Ale House
Favorite drink: Flaming Lamborghini (a shot of some sort... on fire)
I would have to be a surrealist, since I don’t know where I am half the time. And hallucinating in bed while I’m sleeping is something I’ve gotten used to. I couldn’t be Warhol and Pop Art because I don’t do blow.
Where she presides: Blue and Gold, East Village
Favorite drink: Irish whiskey
I would have to say pre-Raphaelite, because that’s what got me through my childhood. I have lots of pleasant memories and associations from looking at those types of paintings. Maybe that doesn’t sound intellectual enough for you, but that’s honestly my favorite art period. I also would have been the perfect model back then — the curves, the blonde hair.
Where she presides: The Thirsty Scholar, East Village
Favorite drink: Beer
Definitely Cubism. It was a rebellious movement. That type of art was about breaking the mold, doing something different, unique. I also love the time period when it was happening. It would have been interesting to live back then.
Where he presides: Zablozki’s, Williamsburg
Favorite drink: Tequila
Can I do a hyphenated one? Surrealist-graffiti... I think... but don’t quote me on that [laughs]. The reason for it — I guess just the rawness and the absurdity.
Where she presides: 68 Jay, DUMBO
Favorite drink: “I’ll take anything... I’m a wino at heart!”
Oh, first I’ll have to think of which art movements I know... give me a second! Makes a few drinks and consults patrons. Ok, luckily I have a couple of art mavens to talk to here... what we’ve come up with is Italian Mannerism stuck in post-Modernism, because I have elegance and gracefulness, but I’m awkward too!