On January 23rd at 6:30 PM, Stephanie Schorow, author of Drinking Boston: A History of the City and Its Spirits, renowned bar owner Jerry Foley, and a panel of South End history buffs will share what they’ve learned about the important function of barrooms in Boston, giving special attention to the South End neighborhood and the iconic J.J. Foley’s Café at an event hosted by the South End Historical Society and sponsored by Mt. Washington Bank. In Drinking Boston (Union Park Press, November 2012), Schorow argues that the Hub’s bars have long been the city’s living room; a place where people seek out more than just a drink. They’re looking for comfort, like-minded friends, and a place to put the day’s trials behind them.
“J.J. Foley’s has been a South End Institution for over 100 years, and its history is both entertaining and emblematic of the greater neighborhood,” said Stacen Goldman, Executive Director of the South End Historical Society.
“We’re thrilled to host this event at J.J. Foley’s Cafe and help keep the amazing history of our beloved South End alive through this wonderful book and the help of the South End Historical Society,” said Jeremiah Foley.
Stephanie Schorow will discuss and sign copies of Drinking Boston, and guests will enjoy a complimentary cocktail and complimentary appetizers. J.J. Foley’s full food and drink menus will be available for purchase. Tickets are $10 for members of the South End Historical Society and $20 for non-members. For an additional $5, a copy of Drinking Boston can be bundled in with the ticket price. Tickets can be purchased at www.southendhistoricalsociety.
Drinking Boston introduces readers to the cast of characters who championed or vilified drinking and the places where they imbibed—legally and otherwise. Bringing us to present day, this literary pub-crawl visits some of Boston’s most beloved and enduring neighborhood barrooms, ending with an examination of Boston’s very own recipe for the current cocktail renaissance sweeping the nation.
The South End Historical Society was founded in 1966 by interested citizens who recognized the significant architectural quality of the South End. Today, the SEHS continues preservation work, collects materials related to South End social history, architecture, and urban renewal, and assists researchers studying South End history. The SEHS also issues newsletters, holds programs and lectures, and leads walking tours.
To learn more about the history of Boston as seen through the lens of the city’s barrooms and cocktail lounges, purchase Drinking Boston through our website; online through Amazon orBarnes & Noble; or pick up a copy at your favorite local bookstore. If your favorite shop doesn’t have it in stock, just ask—they’ll be happy to order it for you!