Sunday, January 31, 2010

Why people in L.A. might be talking about McSorley's today


The Los Angeles Times published a feature today about Geoffrey Bartholomew, the poet bartender who has worked behind the bar at McSorley's since 1967. Bartholomew is the author of the 2001 release "The McSorley Poems." (He has an MA in from City College, where in the '70s "he tutored under literary heavyweights Kurt Vonnegut and Anthony Burgess.") The piece talks about some of the bar's history and current group of regulars... nothing all that interesting for us hereabouts, but far more fascinating for L.A. bargoers, who think Backstage Bar & Grill in Culver City is the best dive bar.

3 comments:

Goggla said...

Stopped in a Phebe's over the weekend and overheard a tourist asking the bartender where to find this famous "oldest bar in the city." She had no idea. I couldn't believe it.

EV Grieve said...

I do hope that you stepped in and gave the tourist directions to ESPNzone on Times Square.

Goggla said...

I gave the bartender the latest Zagat Guide and recommended they both try the brews at Dave & Buster's.