On the House
A new memoir from NYC’s favorite drinker
When we’re looking to wet our whistles, we’ve long turned to Rosie Schaap, beloved author of The New York Times Magazine’s “Drink” column, which is written with a warmth and depth not often found in typical nightlife commentary.
Now, in her new memoir, Drinking with Men, she gets personal--telling the stories of bars she loves and the rotating cast of characters she’s met along the way.
Starting with the MetroNorth bar car, which she visited weekly as a teenager (an anecdote you may have heard if you’re a This American Life listener), she winds her way through college, an enlightening stint abroad, graduate school and finally adulthood in Manhattan and Brooklyn--all told from the barstools where she became a regular.
For Schaap, bars have always been more about the camaraderie than the cocktails (though she does love a good Irish whiskey), and her story is, above all else, a profound and touching search for community, both here in New York and across the globe.
It’s a fantastic read for the long winter nights ahead, especially with a glass of clinking ice cubes in hand.