"From bullets whizzing through the front windows of an Italian restaurant to a tall, mysterious blonde who wants to be tied up and spanked — it's life behind the bar, a carnival recorded on cocktail napkins . . . ".
The Four Horsemen … the best bartenders I’ve ever worked with. Left to right: John Bonaccorso, Eric Pierce, Aaron (Baird) Bardolino, Mike Q.
ABOUT THIS BLOG
Everyone has done it – you’re in a bar, looking for something to write a woman's name and phone number on, or just want to make a note to yourself so you don’t forget something important. You grab a cocktail napkin.
(In the TV series The West Wing, a political consultant decides that Jed Bartlet – played by Martin Sheen – should run for President. He takes a cocktail napkin and writes down the slogan, “Bartlet for America.”)
I work in bars. Over the years, I’ve accumulated enough of my own cocktail-napkin notes to fill six liquor bottle boxes.
Here are the people and stories that wound up in those notes -- real-life characters like Jackie Rabbit and Maude the Broad, the narcotics cops Paul and Sonny, mafia guys, some shameless tramps and one suicidal young man. You'll meet an old-time boxer who wants to take me into the gym to teach me his trade, and a woman who thinks God is on the stool next to her, urging her to have one more whiskey and ginger. It's life behind the taps.