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Come Here Often?

53 Writers Raise a Glass to Their Favorite Bar

Sean Manning (Editor), Malachy McCourt (Foreword by)


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Fifty–three of today's most esteemed writers answer the question, "What makes this bar better than all other bars?"

"A reminder that no matter where you are in the world there is always a place nearby that feels like home."" —The Paris Review

A neighborhood bar can become as comfortable as a second home or a memory best avoided—a wild evening half remembered and better forgotten. But what makes a particular bar special, better than the one just down the street? The answers vary considerably as writers share personal stories of drinking establishments both local and exotic. Come Here Often is an intoxicating world tour from Antarctica to New York City, Kiribati to Minnesota, to the places that have inspired—and distracted— some of our favorite contemporary writers over many years and many more drinks.

Funny, smart, and poignant, this anthology is a rare opportunity to do some serious armchair drinking with Andrew W.K., Rosie Schaap, Jack Hitt, Jim Shepard, Alissa Nutting, Duff McKagan, Laura Lippman, Craig Finn, Elissa Schappell, and many more.

Praise For Come Here Often?: 53 Writers Raise a Glass to Their Favorite Bar

"A fascinating look into drinking culture around the world" —Condé Nast Traveler

"An intoxicating tour" —Time Out New York

"Between the bars, locales, themes and the writers themselves, there is something here for pretty much everyone." —

"This delightful collection of stories takes readers on a journey to cherished watering holes across North America, Europe, the Middle East, and Asia."—Fodor's Travel 2014 Holiday Gift Guide

"Well–curated collection of anecdotes, stories and sorrowful remembrances ...A delightful collection that will surely inspire many bar–hopping tours."—Kirkus Reviews

"Like a good bar, the book's clientele of writers and the bars, dives, lounges, and hooch parlors they write about are a diverse, talkative, friendly, serious and funny bunch."—Seattle Magazine

"A reminder that no matter where you are in the world there is always a place nearby that feels like home." —The Paris Review

"Emotionally resonant, diving well beyond simple stories about watering holes"—Bustle

"The handsomely designed, 352–page book covers everything from dives to 'upscale joints,' from Antarctica to Paris. It's often funny, occasionally touching and definitely succeeds in making you thirsty"—The Missoula Independent

"A magnificent celebration of local bars"—Largehearted Boy

"In this collection of essays, writers including Joe Meno, Rosie Schaap, and Craig Finn pay tribute to the bars that have shaped them. It's an outstanding and talented group, and a subject that's close to the hearts of many literary types."—Vol. 1 Brooklyn

Catapult, 9781936787227, 352pp.

Publication Date: October 14, 2014

About the Author

Sean Manning is the author of The Things That Need Doing: A Memoir (Broadway, 2010) and editor of four critically–acclaimed anthologies: The Show I'll Never Forget: 50 Writers Relive Their Most Memorable Concertgoing Experience; Rock and Roll Cage Match: Music's Greatest Rivalries, Decided; Top of the Order: 25 Writers Pick Their Favorite Baseball Player of All–Time; and Bound to Last: 30 Writers on Their Most Cherished Book. He has contributed to The Village Voice, The Daily Beast, Deadspin, New York Press, BlackBook, The Awl, The Millions and The Brooklyn Rail and is a frequent guest commentator on WNYC's "Soundcheck." He lives in Brooklyn, New York. His favorite bar is Akron, Ohio's now–closed Shots.