Every major American city's social life was once defined by its grand hotel bars. Meet Me in the Bar
captures and celebrates the romance, excitement, and grace of these American temples of good living. These landmark watering holes are toasted with foolproof recipes for their signature drinksincluding the Boston Ritz Fizz and the Carlyle's Old Cuban�as well as classics such as the Manhattan and the Bloody Mary.One part travel guide, one part drink recipe book, Thomas Connors's handbook brings to life the greatest hotel bars, from New York's Bemelmanswith its whimsical mural by its namesake, the author of Madelineto the gently rotating Carousel Bar at New Orleans' Monteleone Hotel. He relates the history of these venerable haunts, peppered with observations and stories told by the men and women who tend their bars. Meet Me in the Bar
is full of historic images of hotel bars during their Golden Age, views as they appear today, as well as stylish color photographs of their appealing drinks. Elegant, sophisticated, and sometimes decadent, these retro drinks will charm lovers of vintage Americana. What bygone skill is more important than mixing the perfect drink?
Author Bio: Thomas Connors is a frequent contributor to the Chicago Tribune's �Good Eating� pages. His articleson food and drink, architecture, art, and designhave appeared in a number of national magazines, including Bon Appétit, House Beautiful, and Town & Country.