Ashlee Zepeda

Ashlee Zepeda

Venue of Employment: Liquid Pool Lounge

Job Title: Bartender

Instagram Handle: @ashleezeee


If not originally from Las Vegas, where did you move here from?

I moved to Las Vegas from Clovis, California once I was finished college at Fresno State.


How did you start working in the nightlife or hospitality industry? Give a brief work history / background.

Funny story. My dads bestfriend owned a restaurant right across the street from my high school. During my senior year, I would leave after 3rd period, walk to the restaurant and work the lunch rush. I was 17 and this dude would give me the keys to lock up the joint sometimes! It was insane. (and fun!) I’ve delivered pizzas, made boba, sold bomb steaks and bartended at an Italian restaurant. Anything I could to make money in college. When I learned about the money potential in the hospitality industry here in Vegas, I knew I had to check it out.


Now that you are working in the industry, what is different about your lifestyle?

I am actually on the best schedule right now. I’m home by 7:30pm and make time to do yoga and relax.


What does a typical day at work look like for you and what is your “normal” schedule?

I clock in at Liquid Pool Lounge at 10:00 am Wednesday’s – Saturday’s. I pick up my money bag from the bank room and start the day with setting up the bar with my coworkers. If I’m working with GA, it’s normal for me to interact with many different people in one shift. You can imagine it’s a lot of energy being exchanged! I try my best to keep my cool and give every costumer the same service. If I’m working the service bar, I’m sending out bottles and making pitchers for the cocktails. I get to hear about all the crazy people while I chill in the AC


How long does it take you to get ready for work?

To be honest, I’ve got my morning routine down to a science. A solid 45 minutes and I’m out of the door. As long as I have my eyelash extensions filled, I look and feel confident.

How many nights a week do you go out (to a club)? 

I hit the club probably once or twice a week. Special occasions. I need my sleep!


Who is your favorite DJ/performer in the Las Vegas market right now?

Borgore is pretty tight! I also like Nghtmare, The Chainsmokers and Big Sean. I’d really like to see more female headliners. (Cough, cough.. Allison Wonderland)


What is your drink (alcoholic) of choice?

Lately I’ve been drinking Casamigos Reposado chilled (shots). I also enjoy a crown and coke


What is your secret cure to a hangover? 

Pho pho pho!! Add sriracha! Get a real coconut and drink the juice!


What was the longest timeframe you have stayed awake? When and why?

Honestly, I am a sleepy ass chick! I don’t mess with my sleep and neither should you.


What do you enjoy most about working in the nightlife or hospitality industry in Las Vegas?

THE MONEY!! Where else can I make this money and party for a living!! Most people come to Vegas and spend, I live in Vegas and save! It’s awesome.


What is your least favorite part about working in the nightlife or hospitality industry in Las Vegas?

The men… (lol jk)


If you were not working in nightlife or hospitality, what would you be doing?

I would definitely be performing my own music in small venues here in Vegas. That’s the ultimate goal for me.


Do you have a mentor in the industry? If so, who? If not, who would you like to be mentored by?

I do have a mentor. His name is Thomas Anderson and he worked  in the finance department with Light group and then Hakkasan for a while. He also works with Chef Akira Back. He is a total genius.


Craziest or most memorable experience working in the nightlife or hospitality industry in Las Vegas?

The most memorable moment is actually a funny story. I was pouring a drink and in the corner of my eye I caught my manger running to the pool with his phone to his ear. He looked distressed. A pool man appeared out of nowhere with a medium sized net in his hand. People were scattering out of the pool too! Apparently, someone thought the pool was a toilet and took a big poop in the pool.