Hot Plates: Alena Astreika at Segafredo Brickell
Alena Astreika is a voluptuous blonde from Eastern Europe. She flips bottles at Segafredo and makes Brickell's ballers cough up their hard-earned dollars. Maybe it's her jewel-toned eyes that keep her customers coming back. Or perhaps it's her strong, intriguing accent. Short Order is also pretty sure her barely there outfits and the red bottle opener she keeps near her cleavage have something to do with it. But hold on to your whiskeys, everyone -- the bartender says she does not date bar-hoppers.
New Times: What brought you all the way from Belarus nine months ago?
Alena Astreika: Adventure.
What is your favorite cocktail?
Segafredo's surfer on acid cocktial. It's made with Jägermeister, Malibu rum, and pineapple juice. I'm cool with tequila too, though.
What is your favorite item on the Segafredo menu?
The salmon carpaccio. It's served with salmon, capers, red onions, and watercress.
Do you get hit on while at work?
Ninety-eight percent of the time. It's my least favorite part of this job.
What do you tell your suitors?
I just tell them the truth: "I will never go out with you." I would never go out with a guy I met at the bar. I am just not that type of girl.
Has any guy ever crossed the line?
This is Brickell, not South Beach, so people aren't getting too wild here.
What do you think makes Segafredo a sexy locale?
Us. We are here trying to make this place as attractive as possible. And whatever it is that we do works. The people come back.
What is the best night at Segafredo Brickell?
Fridays are always packed. It's vibing.
How would you describe your patrons?
It's a local crowd. They like to party, but everyone is staying in line.
Do they tip well?
Yes. It depends on the person. But yes.
Do you think being attractive helps?
Yes! That's why it's only us girls working at the bars.
Where do you like to party?
1421 S. Miami Ave., Miami
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