Bar Manager Stacy Iasimone channels her inner Rebecca Howe every Wednesday through Sunday night at Deville’s, her home away from home. She’s got the gift of gab, so be sure to chat her up and let her decide what you’re drinking.
Where’d you learn your bartending basics?
When I was 19, my friend was bartending at Gerado’s (now Desire). I saw her in action and thought, “I want to do this.” I learned the ropes at Riveria Inn; Deville’s was my first full-time bartending gig when they were located on Point Street.
What is Deville’s?
It’s like Cheers, but for women. It’s very homey. Everyone knows everyone. Predominately women hang out here; it’s their home, but anyone and everyone is welcome. Many relationships were built here. I have more memories from Deville’s than any other place.
When is PrideFest?
This year the LGBT festival is on Saturday, June 21. It’s a huge, packed, out of control, fun block party. We set up outdoor music and a bar serving frozen margaritas and strawberry daiquiris in 16oz. cups. You see all walks of life during the daylong celebration. It’s so much fun.
What do you love most about bartending during Pride?
It’s like Christmas for the gay community. You see a lot of old faces and meet a lot of new faces; it’s the coming together of everyone. Everyone is here to have a good time and celebrate. Be who you are.
What does Deville’s bring to the gay community that it was lacking?
It’s the state’s only bar and club for women. It’s your own environment where no one is judging you. When you come here, you can always feel safe. It’s a safety net. Everyone is here to have a good time. We host fundraisers and events to support the sisterhood. We recently raised $4,500 for Women & Infants.
Is Deville’s named after a person?
Yes, Cruella de Vil in 101 Dalmations. She looks like a drag queen.
What is Deville’s signature cocktail?
Muff diver shot. It’s made with any shot that you want, poured into a martini glass, rimmed with whipped cream and topped with a cherry. The first one to get the cherry out with no hands, wins!
If you’re not busy muff diving a shot, what should you be eating?
Deville’s features a quality, pub-style menu. Order the Arancini (fried risotto ball stuffed with mozzarella cheese in a pink parmesan truffle sauce) or the LGBT (lettuce, guacamole, bacon and tomato on Texas toast with chipotle mayo). LGBT pairs well with an ice cold beer. Try one of the six beers on tap, usually local such as Wachussett or Foolpoof. Our burgers are extremely popular; the fresh cut house fries, chicken satay skewers and pizzas are phenomenal. Enjoy half price appetizers every Friday and Saturday from 5pm to 7pm.
What do you love about bartending?
I like to be creative and I like to talk. I have the gift of gab.
What’s one drink a lesbian should never been seen drinking?
What is your signature concoction?
Angry Sangria made with apricot brandy, Hot Damn! Cinnamon Schnapps, Peachtree Schnapps, Angry Orchard Hard Cider, white wine, OJ and Sprite garnished with fresh apple slices. I also will whip up a drink based on what you like or a key ingredient you mention.
What else are the ladies drinking?
Besides the popular stuff, we try to keep a large variety of different vodkas. If you want something that we don’t carry, we’ll order it. If it’s a hit, we’ll keep ordering it. Deville’s is constantly changing their beer selection to keep it fresh and new.
What’s a tasty cocktail the ladies can make at home this summer?
Berry Sangria: triple sec, Peachtree Schnapps, Captain Morgan, POM Blueberry/POM juice, Sprite Zero. Garnish with strawberries, watermelon and oranges.