25 things you never knew about Mikey Mazzotta, bartender at the Squire Lounge

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Mikey Mazzotta, bartender at the Squire Lounge, is the guy you'll have to screw if you want a drink.

As Westword's Ask the Bartender columnist, I've talked with many bartenders for Cafe Society's "Behind the Bar" series, posing numerous questions to Denver's top bartenders...and often receiving the same answers: "I love chartreuse," or "I'm really into smoked cocktails/barrel aging/bottled cocktails."

See also: A bartender by any other name...is still a bartender.

Some time ago, a Facebook friend posted 25 things about himself that most people weren't aware of -- and then he tagged me in the post, at which point I was supposed to do the same: rattle off 25 little-known facts about myself and ask someone else to follow suit. Instead, I'm asking Denver's bartenders to get up and close with Westword readers and share 25 lesser known tidbits about themselves -- and then name the next bartender that I should interview.

I've been going to the Squire Lounge, an East Colfax staple, for about thirteen years, the same number of years I've lived in Denver. Here, you can always count on a stiff drink, friendly bartenders and, in years past, an eclectic, unusual crowd. It reminds me of the dives that I haunted in Jersey City, so it definitely feels like home to me. But earlier this year, the Squire got a facelift, and the crowd has changed a bit (for the better). The old girl is a lot prettier, too, and bartender Mikey Mazzotta takes care of his guests with effortless ease. In fact, his personality is perfectly suited to this quintessential East Colfax hangout. In the entertaining interview that follows, Mazzotta admits to an unhealthy obsession with Miley Cyrus, claims he's been partying hard since he was an infant and warns that you'd better stay away from his Percocet.

1. I've always partied this fucking hard...ever since I was a baby.

2. I grew up skateboarding in Southern California, but moved to Denver eight years ago to live with my brother and be a part of Satellite Boardshop.

3. NS Krüe forever.

4. My buddy and I own a motorcycle shop called "Shit Bird." I only show up when I feel like it, and it pisses him off.

5. I play in a group called Cobraconda with some of my best friends. Those dudes know how to party better then anyone I know.

6. My first band was called Molotov Rocktail. We sucked, but it's still one of my favorite band names of all time.

7. I once survived a whole week drinking nothing but tequila and Tecate. T.F.F.T.

8. I am no longer associated with the Shag Lounge. End of story. But bartender Charley Cox is still one of the coolest dudes out there.

9. I tried to fight one of the cast members of Pawn Stars on the Las Vegas Strip. Reed Wolf had to pull me away.

10. I once got a tattoo while I was backstage at a Naughty By Nature concert. It says "What Ever You Want Babes." Yes, I knew it's spelled wrong. Yes, I thought it was funnier that way.


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1800 E. Colfax Ave., Denver, CO

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James Speiser
James Speiser

Westword why don't you post about some of the great blues and jazz happening in this town. Denver's great but I'm not hearing about it from you.

Nick Browning
Nick Browning

wow, that's so fucking cool, now i must do the same.

Chris Swain
Chris Swain

The crowd has "improved" at the squire but this dirtbag is a bartender there?!? #wtfiswrongwithppl

Karye Ann
Karye Ann

Does anyone know the history of the architecture and the horrid lamps at the squire? It's so ugly, I'm fascinated.

Stan Salazar
Stan Salazar

Love his "wetcocks" write up where they blame espn & YMCA and others for the commercialism of skateboarding. All that shit happened before they even set foot on a skateboard which is probably why they got in to it in the first place. As for this interview, I'm glad he's only here for a good time, not a long time. Oh you tried to fight a pawn stars cast member... Who, Old man? Lol I'm certain any of the cast would pound you & why did you want to fight? Wouldn't give you any attention, a picture or autograph? I want my 15 minutes reading this shitbags interview back.

Jaime Herrell
Jaime Herrell

Why's everyone so agitated? The 25 things series is an entertaining read... What would strangers say about our own "25 things"? Or our bar o' choice? We don't care, but it's human nature to talk often about what we're fond of...

Mark J. Pastika
Mark J. Pastika

Alcoholic idiot. WHO really cares? Except alcoholic morons. The tattoo should read " I don't know, so, I don't care....(^^^).........

LivCupcake Elgethun
LivCupcake Elgethun

And the once great Squire is now ruined!!! I'll miss the smell of stale beer & piss. Alas, throwing a hipster behind the bar is a sure way to posh up a joint.

Lyn Wheaton
Lyn Wheaton

Molotov rocktail should have become famous just because of the name.

meanstreetsofsouthdenver
meanstreetsofsouthdenver

Isn't this the first bartender on here that WASN'T a hipster douchenozzle? (I ask that as more or less a proto-hipster douchenozzle so, you know, no value judgments intended)

Morgan Bethany
Morgan Bethany

Exactly the kind of comments I expected to see. Haters gon' hate lol.

Aaron Robertson
Aaron Robertson

Everyone on this thread go fuck yourselves. What a joke.

WillieStortz
WillieStortz topcommenter

This whole series of "25 things you never knew about XXXX" has done for bartenders what Silence of the Lambs did for serial killers. 


Maybe it's better to remain the nameless, creepy, guy serving drinks behind the bar than to let people know the true psychopath you are?


I'm just saying.

Mike Duran
Mike Duran

This'll show Westword there are reprocussions to celebrating hipster douchebaggery...lol

Nick Crawford
Nick Crawford

This comment thread is the internet's true intention.

joshua.m.terry
joshua.m.terry

FUCK bartenders! And fuck you Gianni. If I ever see a bartender, or a mikey, or anybody named Gianni. I'll shit right on them. PS come and find me Denver hipster assholes. I live in Georgia. For a job.

Sterling Meeks
Sterling Meeks

Well, they say ignorance is bliss, so I suppose you can carry on enjoying being a bunch of ignorant hipster-douche hybrid DWEEBS. Meanwhile, the rest of us NON-DWEEBs are too busy leading REAL lives that involve REAL work and that don't involve siphoning off mommy and daddy's trust fund or sponging off more responsible roomies with no intention of ever paying them back in order to live out their pseudo-urbanite fantasies.

Sterling Meeks
Sterling Meeks

and you are simply fat pile of petrified dung, Benny

Mike Duran
Mike Duran

I dont need to fight Gianni, but nice of you to bring that up. Is that how you solve things? And you proved you have a vocabulary, or at least good access to a thesaurus and dictionary. And I do have to hand it to you for having knowledge of what your little aggro self considers to be stereotypical native hangouts. But, no, no fights. If you take serious some insults via the internet, from some person you never knew existed before 2 hours ago, enough to want to box it out like a couple 12 year olds, you're just proving the very douchiness I called out in the first place. I stopped drinking at dives like yours because of assholes like you. Drinking in general just makes people shitty people shittier. Go fuck yourself Gianni, lord knows you have the forearms for it.

Gianni Archangelo Tanza
Gianni Archangelo Tanza

You're tough on the Internet, pussy. Come back to Denv and let's set up some shit at Red and Jerry's or Grizzly Rose and we can fight in front of a bunch of your "native" friends for money, if you still have any friends. Since you seem to be lacking in the world of personality and linguistic variation, maybe your fat ass can give me a microcosm of a challenge of physical inertia and martial prowess in the realm of violence and pugilism. Or stay in Alabamer and act like a fuckin bitch made sister. I understand if your adult job keeps you from attaining physical greatness and you don't want to, it's okay girl. Otherwise you're perpetuating your silliness. Have fun tonight sipping bud light lime and watching kiddy porn you small tiny fragment of a clitoris.

Mike Duran
Mike Duran

Nah...even if they werent there I wouldn't go there. Too many assholes there without those stooges...

Mike Duran
Mike Duran

By the way, I wouldn't shit in the front door of the Squire. Not so long as a douche like "Mikey" is behind the bar, Ben is sitting in the corner with his cute hat or Gianni is flexing his big scary muscles...assholes...

Mike Duran
Mike Duran

Ben. Go. Fuck. Yourself. And. Your. Cute. Hat.

Ben Rodriguez
Ben Rodriguez

Ill be at the squire Mike enjoy Alabama. I live where I want.

LivCupcake Elgethun
LivCupcake Elgethun

The bartenders you have chosen to talk about are the douchiest douches that ever douched in doucheville!!! You have now 'hipstered' the Squire. Used to be a great place. Besides, bartenders??? They aren't fucking rock stars.

Mike Duran
Mike Duran

And you Ben Rodriguez can fuck yourself right back to Texas with your cute little hat...

Mike Duran
Mike Duran

You can go back to California too dickwad...I've been reading Westword since before your first ball dropped. "You don't pack the gear to live in Denver", what the fuck is that supposed to mean you fucking twat, I'm a native.

Gianni Archangelo Tanza
Gianni Archangelo Tanza

@asshat-duran, you're stupid little bitch. I don't give a fuck about your fat person adult life you shit bag. You don't pack the gear to live in Denver so quit bitchin about the "2-bit" publication you follow from Alabama, imbecile.

Bitchin_Wizard
Bitchin_Wizard

ITT: I guy who hates his life berating people who don't over the internet. 

Mike Duran
Mike Duran

Probably many who are more deserving of a profile than this clown...

Mike Duran
Mike Duran

@amy...I'm not talking about the bar tending profession as a whole. Plenty of good bartenders who aren't douchebags like "Mikey"...

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