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Bars, Taverns, and Dives New Yorkers Love: Where to Go, What to Drink

Written by John Tebeau

  • April 10, 2018
  • Hardcover
  • Travel - United States - Northeast - Middle Atlantic (NJ, NY, PA)
  • Rizzoli
  • 6-1/2 x 8-1/4
  • $29.95
  • $40.00
  • 978-0-8478-6150-7

About This Book

With charming original illustrations, this book celebrates fifty of the Big Apple’s storied taverns, legendary dives, and bars and the drink recipes that will inspire you to become a regular.

For cocktail enthusiasts and those seeking the most real New York watering holes, this is a comprehensive guide to the city’s legendary bars, taverns, and dives across all five boroughs, featuring stories, insider tips, and delicious cocktail recipes.

From McSorley’s in the East Village and the West Village’s Ear Inn, to Bohemian Hall and Beer Garden in Astoria, Queens, and Fort Defiance in Red Hook, Brooklyn, this book spans New York’s five boroughs, each entry combining an intoxicating mix of history, local color, and city lore. It includes tips like the best times of day to visit, or whether to choose bar or table, along with signature cocktail recipes, and witty sidebars on topics such as day drinking versus night drinking. Painting an intimate picture of each featured place accompanied by charming illustrations, this book stands out from typical New York City guidebooks on the market and will interest New York City tourists and natives alike, as well as cocktail enthusiasts and general bons vivants.

About the Author

John Tebeau is a Brooklyn-based artist and writer. His drawings, paintings, and prints have been shown in New York, San Francisco, and New Orleans. He began a series of bar illustrations in 2013 out of an appreciation of architecture and community gathering places, later reporting on and writing about what made those bars special. Tebeau also works as a bartender at one of New York’s great neighborhood bars, Fort Defiance in Red Hook, Brooklyn.


  • "To say this book by artist/writer/bartender/pro-level bon vivant John Tebeau was a labor of love is the understatement of the year. This work is a pure passion project, born from a few of Tebeau’s impressively detailed illustrations of bars he has true affection for. It became a mission to illustrate favorite neighborhood haunts spanning all five boroughs and discuss what makes them so unique and beloved, why some regulars aren’t even local to those locals." ~ The Alcohol Professor 

    "Within the pages of John Tebeau’s guide, Bars, Taverns and Dives New Yorkers a map to the five boroughs’ harder-to-find places—those known to locals and a few others. They are each accompanied by history and lore, plus firsthand accounts from longtime regulars and a valuable breakdown of when to go, where to sit and what to drink. The result is a charming portrait of the special places that make such a big city feel small" ~ Punch (blog)

    “The drinks world enjoys the attentions of a handful of artists who have made it their business to chronicle the bar scene in images. John Tebeau is one of the best of these. His illustrations simultaneously capture the soul of a saloon and make you want to go there—tonight, if possible. Moreover, his taste in taverns is sound. Many of the bars profiled here, drawn from all five boroughs, are not just New York treasures, but national ones. This book will remind you why you live, and drink, in Gotham.”—Robert Simonson, New York Times drinks writer and author of A Proper Drink
    “I’m glad to see that many of my favorite bars are included in this book (though I’m a little sorry to see it speaks of the majestic urinals at the Old Town). But I’m gladder to see that my very favorite one isn’t. Because although this book would be a great guidebook for tourists or newcomers, its real purpose isn’t just to direct you to the famous institutions or hidden gems that drinking pioneers have discovered for you; it’s to help you figure out how to find a bar of your own.”—Tim Kreider, essayist for The New York Times, and author of We Learn Nothing and I Wrote This Book Because I Love You
    “I could not stop grinning as I pored through John Tebeau’s delightful book. His beautiful bar illustrations jump off the page, pulse to the music, and spill joy all over the street. Outrageously fun bars and great music with vivid descriptions and fabulous cocktails. A field guide for sinners—I plan to visit every single one of them.”—Jill DeGroff, artist and author of Lush Life
    “I've never been able to look at one of John Tebeau’s fine, jaunty bar drawings without wanting to walk right in and order a drink. But it turns out he writes about bars just as lovingly, and amusingly, as he draws them.”—David Wondrich, author of Imbibe
     “John Tebeau is a professional barfly in the best possible sense—a man who understands the rhythms and nuances of these ‘great, good places’ as surely as a veteran baseball announcer calling his game. This is a fine guide to where to drink in New York and what to order there, but really it’s a spiritual guide to the things we truly go to bars for: succor, community and love.”—Brett Martin, chief food critic for GQ, two-time James Beard Award winner, and author of Difficult Men
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