Those who stop by Waxy’s on the River and order up a cocktail might be met by firecracker Emily Sixx. The tiny, fast-paced, friendly and locally born Miami gal says it’s behind the bar where she feels most at home after going through a series of jobs that just didn’t fit her bubbly personality.
“My resume is that of champions; I’ve worked in numerous industries. From the pharmaceutical industry, to post production, to homeland security, to bartending,” Sixx said. “I’m leaving out a lot more, but I can safely say that bartending is what I love the most. I’ve finally found something I love to do and can be myself at 100% of the time, so it does not feel like a job.”
Sixx has lived in a variety of places but considers Miami her home.
“I was born and raised here in Miami, but did live in Germany for three years and Colorado for one while my father served in the Army. So yes, I’m an army brat,” she said. “Since then I’ve always lived in the same house, and have had a lot of the same friends for most of my life. I feel fortunate to be where I am right now, because Miami has the greatest nightlife. There is so much energy and people from so many different walks of life. It’s a melting pot and it’s got spice.”
We caught up with Sixx who told us about the most unusual thing that has happened to her while bartending and why you should try her secretly signature “Brickell Iced Tea”.
Has anything unusual happened to you while bartending?
You deal with a lot of unusual characters while bartending, but the most interesting one I had was a man who thought it would be cool to “make it rain”. Needless to say, he was escorted out and his money was all over the floor.
Do you have a signature drink?
The Brickell Iced Tea. And don’t ask me to tell you my secret, it’s best to come try it out! It’s delicious.
Tell me something people don't know about you.
I was in choir most of my life, so I’m a pretty good singer.
What do you love about the Miami nightlife?
There is such a vast selection. No matter what your mood or style is there is always somewhere new to go. I also love the live music scene in Miami, and the fact that the parties can go on 'til the break of dawn.
Favorite thing about bartending?
I love how every customer is a little surprise. You never know what’s going to come out of them, be it good or bad. I also love the bond I’ve created with my fellow bartenders, and that’s something you just can’t understand unless you’re one of us.
From the book of Barguments: Which are more fun: Friday nights or Saturday nights? Why?
For me, it's Friday Nights. That's when people are at their wildest because they're fresh out of work and ready to let it all out.