The story of Madi.
Holy huge tits! You want to hear about little ol’ me?
I’ve been slinging shots and shaking my ass at Hogs & Heifers for three years now! I’m originally from the Bay Area, but moved to Vegas when I was 9, and have been going deep in the local haunts of Vegas since I was 16. That’s when I first heard about Hogs. Never did I imagine I would work for biker bar, where I could shout profanities and make obscene gestures to my little black hearts content.
The first time I ever stepped foot in Hogs was the night I auditioned. I was told by a friend that if I was looking for a job, Hogs was perfect for a sassy and short smart ass like me. I sat in front of a bartender named Heather, had three drinks of liquid courage, and then watched the girls clog for the first time. I had never seen anything that, it looked so fun!
Growing up as a dancer and cheerleader (not the rah-rah pompom crap), I knew I could pick up clogging quick, and Tiffany DID tell me I was going to have to dance… So what does this overly confident little shit do? Not knowing the Hogs house rules yet, I tried to get up and clog with them. BIG MISTAKE! Tiffany shot me down so fast I thought I had lost my chance. Next thing I know she is telling me to get my ass on top of the bar and dance like my life depended on it. (Spoiler alert, I did!) Once I got my little 4″9′ self up there, I let go and knew I was home. I think she knew that too. It was short jokes, middle fingers, tie stealing, and a shark tank swim from then on!
Fun fact, I was clogging on the bar my second training shift. THAT NEVER HAPPENS. Ask the girls, that shit isn’t easy for most bartenders to pick up. Working at Hogs, and being a part of the Hogs family has taught me so much about myself. It’s helped me grow into a person I didn’t know was locked away inside. I never imagined I could find a home where I could perform and entertain in a way that we do at Hogs. It’s hard to be a back up dancer when you’re short and throw off a kick line!
Hogs & Heifers has given a family and customers that I look forward to being around every day, and I’ve been given a chance to share my personal gifts with all walks off life. I could never be more grateful! If you ever catch me outside of Hogs, don’t be surprised if I’m head to toe in costume. I love cosplay and comics, and let me tell you, that shit isn’t cheap! Disneyland and Comic Con don’t pay for themselves! So next time you’re in the bar, put in your costume, song, and drink requests. I can handle all three at once… These tiny hands are good for more than just grabbing large beer cans!
P.S. If you’re ever in the bar around Christmas, ask for Mr. Grinch on the jukebox if I’m there. I promise not to disappoint!
The History of Hogs & Heifers Saloon
The idea for opening a bar and calling it Hogs & Heifers was conceived in, of all places, a bar. Allan Dell was a self-proclaimed functioning alcoholic and figured he spent enough time sitting at a bar and that he might as well make some money while he sat there. Allan’s two friends and drinking buddies were a Master Carpenter and a Graphic Design Artist and he talked them into helping him build a bar. They would all drink for free and get laid regularly and for three broke guys in their early to mid twenties, who could ask for anything more. Allan’s father agreed to finance his project if he could find an experienced bar owner to “father” him in the business. Enter Tom McNeil, legend in the Dive Bar business. McNeil owned the Village Idiot in Manhattan’s East Side, which was the Boys’ favorite watering hole, where they could sit for hours drinking ice cold Pabst Blue Ribbon for a $1.75 a can. Allan knew that he wanted to open a bar that had to do with motorcycles and women and the original logo did, in fact, include an illustration of a chopper. The Boys were trying to come up with a name, while sitting in the Village Idiot one afternoon…”Hogs & something”. On the wall above the bar was a sign for a Heifer Auction, and a heifer being a cow that has not yet been bred, is essentially a virgin cow. The name Hogs & Heifers was born. The fact that the bar ended up being in a real meat market was simply due to the affordable rent at the time, but it was a perfect match and had a great deal to do with the success of the business.
Hogs & Heifers Saloon was to be an all American classic country and southern rock-n-roll dive bar. Allan knew he wanted it to have the look and feel of a gin mill and that he wanted to hang “stuff” all over the walls. Other than that, there was little else that he had thought about. He had a lot of friends who liked to drink and planned on throwing a party for them every night. Allan may never have imagined that it would turn into the famous bar it is today, but it was absolutely his pride and joy and he considered it his greatest achievement and reveled in its quick success.
Having entered the picture prior to its opening, Michelle Dell was the first bartender to be hired. The routine performed and style of dress worn by the bartenders behind the bar, which has made Hogs & Heifers famous, was born from Michelle’s heart. Hogs & Heifers opened in November of 1992 during an unseasonably cold winter. There was literally no heat source of any kind in the bar and it was so cold you could often see your own breath. Both Allan and Michelle believed in the notion of less is more when it came to dressing behind the bar and it was always freezing; did we mention the bar had no heat? Finally, Allan bought these little space heaters that did next to nothing to provide heat and with Necessity being the Mother of all Invention, Michelle began dancing on the bar–in the empty bar–as a means to keep warm. She would throw a few dollars in the jukebox and just get up on the bar and dance. Little did she know it would become the trademark theme of Hogs & Heifers and lead to countless celebrities dancing on the bar and donating their bras. The Julia Roberts photo was seen around the world and her bra still hangs there today, albeit hidden beneath some 18,000 bras! Michelle’s famous routine has inspired a Major Motion Picture and a league of copy cat Bars.
Essentially, Allan and Michelle, and their friends, were just a bunch of kids with nothing to lose and they threw a party that they enjoyed. They were fortunate and blessed that so many others would love to come to their party and would do so repeatedly. The two were married in Reno, Nevada, on November 16th, 1993. Allan Dell passed away on June 7, 1997. Hogs & Heifers continues to be run by Michelle Dell who was the sole proprietor of the New York City location. She now lives in Las Vegas, close to her favorite saloon!