The Last Bar In NYC

The Last Bar In NYC Thank heaven for New York City bartenders They satisfy your boozy thirst in a strife filled life and a good one will listen to anything on your mind when no one else will Our barman narrator is one of

  • Title: The Last Bar In NYC
  • Author: Brian Michels
  • ISBN: null
  • Page: 322
  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • Thank heaven for New York City bartenders They satisfy your boozy thirst in a strife filled life and a good one will listen to anything on your mind when no one else will Our barman narrator is one of the good ones He s been disposed under chins and elbows and cocktail napkins and ashtrays and spilled drinks for decades in New York City for countless drinkers willing toThank heaven for New York City bartenders They satisfy your boozy thirst in a strife filled life and a good one will listen to anything on your mind when no one else will Our barman narrator is one of the good ones He s been disposed under chins and elbows and cocktail napkins and ashtrays and spilled drinks for decades in New York City for countless drinkers willing to confess anything to a bar top From one bar stool to another our barman s raw and soulful voice delivers a metropolitan story of good times, struggle, regret and salvation a story put together with well known real life places, countless celebrity faces and amazing characters only found in New York City Maybe you live in New York or simply wondered about living there Maybe you ve dreamed of tending a bar or owning a bar or sitting in a bar in New York City Maybe you ve always wanted to meet a bartender from the prohibition era who pissed into Al Capone s beer or a horse betting Rabbi that can explain the world order or see Mickey Mantle fall down drunk with his face buried in a filthy barroom toilet Maybe you re interested in a wine and beer stained, cigarette burned oak top metamorphism that will add some hardened experience to your teetotaler life Or maybe you just have a tiny sadistic stripe and you d like to witness what a big city, countless smokes and lots of drugs, liquor, sex, and bearing witness to the eternal under the neon glare of Times Square can do to somebody, to anybody From 1966 and his first job in a South Bronx bar at 4 years old opening cans of beer to shining shoes in bars across the Bronx to serving booze in iconic bars and restaurants all over Manhattan our Barman spars with the life force of New York City for fifty years until last call when he s faced with an unforeseen betrayal and is left almost broke, without a plan and nearly a hollow man That is until he learns to forgive and luckily realize that life without warning has just begun.

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    1. To see this review and others, please visit readrantrockandrollThe Last Bar in NYCby Brian Michels is a novel memoir that reads like a wild and exciting adventure and takes the reader on an exploration of electrifying New York City nightlife. The writing style makes it a great read. The characters are so well described and the people and places are definitely intriguing.I was really happy with the book. Even in the end, the drama, especially in closing with how everything evolved, remained inter [...]

    2. ”Who isn’t fascinated with dreams? They’re outrageous events in our lives, bewildering, terrifying, inspiring, and most often downright unbelievable. Try to get your head around the reality of a die-hard Yankee fan from the South Bronx with barely a High School diploma and a longtime ambition of being a bartender getting thrust into the limelight of the greatest wonderland sports bar in New York City. It was rocket fuel for delusions.”I think the first thing I need to clear up about this [...]

    3. New York City is a great town and everybody knows it. It’s a place of unparalleled opportunity and a proving ground, so much so it’s a cliché. As the old song goes, “If I can make it there, I’ll make it anywhere.” The thing no one likes to sing about is that New York is a town filled with thieves, pimps, cutthroats and cheats; guys and dolls dressed up in all sorts of threads with dark skills perpetually on the hunt for easy marks that are found on practically every corner.I hold my l [...]

    4. I love to know how people grew up - learn about their families their relationships with their parents. I love when people are being 'real' -sharing about their passions, hardships that they over came. I'm inspired by authors who shared about their parents who encouraged curiosity. ( thinking of Atul Gawande, Helen MacDonald, Hope Jahren, and Malala Yousafzai).I'm also inspired by those authors for whom life was much harder a child, yet they transformed their situations( thinking Jeannette Walls, [...]

    5. Growing up in a dysfunctional family where his father needed more than one job to support a drinking and gambling habit, it did not come as a surprise that the narrator, Brian Michels learned to open cans of beer for customers in a bar after receiving a present, his very own can opener. From a young age, Brian followed his Pop's (Grandpa's) code of responsibility . no matter what type of job you have, do it well. A job as a shoeshine boy ensued until the kit was accidently left behind in a pizze [...]

    6. The only autobiographies or biographies that I routinely read pertain to the movies or music industries. So this "fictional autobiography" of a bartender living in New York is a bit out of my experience. Having said that, I enjoyed this book. The writing was captivating and some of the anecdotes that Mr. Michels related were funny, poignant, and rang quite true. The book begins with a young boy, of modest circumstance, who decides early in life to become a bartender. We follow his life as he wo [...]

    7. "When did you know you were born to be a bartender?"OMGOSH! This was so interesting! Talk about starting work at a young age.quite the little entrepreneur we have here.but he really had no choice.Our narrator's journey in his.l memoirpicting the NYC nightlife of numerous bars begins in the early 1960's where at age 4 he made use of his newly acquired skill of opening, of course.ns of beer. Can you believe it?The story continues by age and year throughout the tellingd oh some of the stories you w [...]

    8. I truly enjoyed Last bar in NYC. This book is very well written and having been a bartender myself (at one point in my life), it was easy to identify with many of the tales and descriptions provided by this narrator in telling his story, almost as if the reader became a part of his world, as he lived it. My story, by no means, compares to the NYC night life however, I found this book very interesting, exciting, different, enlightening, and amazing at times. Looking forward to more good reads fro [...]

    9. Visit our blog twogalsandabook/ to read our reviews, the interview with author Brian Michels, and enter to win a copy of The Last Bar In NYC. This novel encompassed a range of emotions throughout the book. At times gritty, heartbreaking, happy, exuberant the reader is taken on a roller-coaster ride through a man's life, from youth to mid-aged engaged in the profession of bartending in some of the trendiest places in NYC, all the while in search of meaning in his life. a vision, a purpose, and he [...]

    10. Well that was one heck of a pub crawl!! "The Last Bar in NYC" by Brian Michels is dubbed a novel memoir but reads perfectly like a fantastical adventure of the author's lives and loves surrounding bars, bartending and the many intriguing customers. This made for a really exciting, entertaining and interesting read that always has something happening for you to continue reading on.I particularly enjoyed reading about the younger years, so many little stories and anecdotes throughout the whole boo [...]

    11. FURTHER UPDATEOk, I've completed my cogitation. It's interesting what a change of perspective can do. As a piece of fiction I believed this 'story' lacked a central driving narrative - a purpose. But looked at as an account of a large slice of somebody's life I can see this this criticism isn't relevant. The life lived is the life lived. I still have some reservations regarding some elements, as I've called out below, but I do appreciate the honesty displayed here: at least the drug fuelled deli [...]

    12. One man’s odyssey growing up in bars, working in bars and finally owning his own bar. And that’s not just in any city but New York City. Read all about it in Brian Michels novel memoir where a large bulk of the action in this novel in all likelihood, believe it or not, actually happened. And happened to Brian. To provide not a taste but a string of drinks to whet your thirst, below are a number of novel New York Cocktail or is that Nutty Irishman or Naked Margarita quotes along with my brief [...]

    13. It’s with some trepidation but excitement that I write this review. What’s that about?! I love NYC, even if from afar. This misplaced (I say this as I feel like I will never get there) love of New York sprung from my love of the Baby-Sitters Club. I first read of Central Park et al in 1986. What was Brian Michel doing then, I wonder?I stumbled across this title from a couple of GR reviews, that’s the nature of GR; I love the nature of finding books I would otherwise know nothing about. Ely [...]

    14. ”Being the resourceful man my father was and having as many kids as he did he saw to it that a capable son could earn a couple of bucks to put toward household costs. He got me a job at the bar two afternoons a week, Mondays and Fridays. Kindergarten let out by noon so I was free to start work by 1:00 PM.”From the beginning I knew that Brian Michels childhood and mine were very different, although before the age of five I was responsible for cleaning the house and cooking dinner at least a f [...]

    15. This is an amazing novelized memoir – of New York City, of a community within the city, of a family within the community, and a boy on his journey to manhood within all of them. I don’t want to give it away by supplying too many details, but some are necessary to explain what makes this story remarkable.First, the family is sadly not the healthiest. There is a lot of pain and, I suspect, guilt in it and the adults, though they ought to know better, have fallen into other habits – like hars [...]

    16. "To the things we find by chance in life, may they all be at least half as good as beer." By chance, Brian Michels offered me an autographed copy of his 'novel memoir' to read in the hope of an honest review and it was as good as a cold beer on a hot summer day in the company of friends. Thank you, Brian.What does 'a novel memoir' mean? Don't you love the play on words that that label conjures up? OkayA novel: a fictitious prose narrative of book length, typically representing character and acti [...]

    17. First, I have always been fascinated by NYC. I have only been a handful of times but growing up I was dead set on moving to NYC after graduating high school (I am writing this review from my PC in VA way after high school graduation so that did not happen lol). Second, growing up my best friend’s mom was a bartender in our small town but boy her stories do not compare to these! This was a very fascinating depiction of the different drama each person is experiencing in their lives. So many time [...]

    18. It is rare to find a book that takes you so completely to a time and place that you feel as if you have been there. Brian Michels does just that - by putting you in a 'Platonic Form bar' which serves you the distilled experiences of his life - allowing you to relate to his experience through your own memories. The most interesting aspect of the book (for me) was that the bartender is 'forced' to be a kind of mediator of life; yet that very mediation must be done in a very ritualized way. If you [...]

    19. The Last Bar in NYC is a "novel memoir" about the life of a bartender. The writing style has the perfect flow, almost stream-of-consciousness, and I was interested in every twist and turn in the main character's life. It all felt real, exciting, and gritty at times, just like a 'true' memoir. Thanks to Mischenko and Stacy for hosting the book giveaway on their book blog, and to Brian Michels for sending me the prize. I'm looking forward to Brian's next release. I've heard it's a love story!

    20. So, kid, you want to be a bartender? The Last Bar In NYC by Brian Michels takes you on a wild roller coaster ride through the NYC bar scene. Each chapter is so well-written and full of detail that I felt like I really knew each and every person that was in this book. I think it's safe to say that Brian Michels had a very interesting life, and I am so glad he wanted to share a part of it with us!I received this book from the author in exchange for an honest review.

    21. Visit our blog for interview with the author and giveaway of the book! Visit our blog for interview with author Brian Michels and a giveaway of his book! twogalsandabook/

    22. I thoroughly enjoyed this roller-coaster of a read. What I found remarkable was how Brian Michels maintained a clear and consistent voice, whether narrating funny, insightful or tragic scenes—I felt as though I knew him, or at least those parts he let me see, by the end. Like many good memoirs, it also surfaced memories, particularly of my own time working in a bar. I was seventeen, trying to save money for college, and even though this was in the UK I was too young to serve drinks; instead, I [...]

    23. New York City, big, bold and alive with people on the move. People who use bars and restaurants to conduct business, meet to unwind, meet to hook up or just prefer the connection with the magical maestro of inebriating libations, the bartender. Part buddy, enabler, matchmaker and an ear to hear your deepest thoughts who never judges, but somehow arrives at sage advice with something as slight as a nod.Follow our narrator as he details his own love affair with bars and bartending that began as a [...]

    24. The Last Bar in NYC by Brian MichelsWas interested in reading this book because of the main location and the secrets it holds.From the very beginning we also learn of his relatives history coming from Ireland and how that shapes his younger years and working.Travel to places and the people he meets, things he hears, places he worked were so real as things are described in detail-author makes you feel like you were there seeing it for yourself.Loved he was able to watch the World Trade Center bei [...]

    25. I enjoyed Brian's book, his younger years brought visions of a little kid with the temperament of "Chris" (Stand by Me) or the young "Calogero" (A Bronx Tale who grew into a smart-mouthed, sarcastic mind, reminding me of, "Holden Caulfield" (Catcher in the Rye) with some bad boy in him, "Henry" (Goodfella's) , he's like every New York character you can think of in your mind, a little Ferris Bueller, funny-guy, to Tony Manero, good looking enough to get the ladies but still find's himself in trou [...]

    26. What a delightfully engrossing read this was. You get a real feel for the city that never sleeps. Cudos to author Brian Michaels for providing a deeply sensitive yet earthy ride.

    27. Brian Michels memoir is as gripping as a good novel. It is about his growing up in NYC, primarily in the Bronx, although there are also events in the neighborhood in which I grew up-Inwood (on the northernmost tip of Manhattan). The hero of this story (which I assume is greatly based on the novelist's own life; I was a little confused about this and I wish the book made the relationship more clear) grows up in an alcoholic household where he is treated as one would expect in such a home. He begi [...]

    28. I usually just click a star rating if I like a book so let me state that I am not a book reviewer so forgive me if I am not doing this the right way. The reason I am breaking norm is because this is the first book hubby and I both read and loved. He read it last week, which was surprising considering I haven't seen a book in his hands since the last time we were in the Bahammas. That was 4 years ago. Hubby used to be a bartender here in our little town New York City so he was drawn to it. He fou [...]

    29. This book was so much more than i expected.I was initially interested because of the title as i would love to visit New York and what Irishman doesn't like a bar or pub.The book really gave a great feel for the energy of New York and some ofthe great characters that the author met while working in so many differenttypes of bars were so interesting.I would love to have a chat and a pint with a few of them myself.But it was the authors honesty and openess that i found fascinating and howhe could m [...]

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