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Toby Cecchini is part owner of the bar Passerby, located in New York’s far west Chelsea neighbourhood. He is credited with reinventing the Cosmopolitan cocktail (of Sex in the City fame). Cosmopolitan began as a series of acclaimed diaries on Slate. Cecchini has written for the New York Times Magazine and is a columnist for GQ. He lives in New York City.


A Bartender's Life

Toby Cecchini

You’ll come away from a night on these pages with more than a sore head if you underestimate the punch of this writing. As they say, it’s all in the mixi-D

Anthony Bourdain’s Kitchen Confidential lifted the lid on the chef’s life, and now Toby Cecchini does the same for the barkeep. Actually, his Cosmopolitanis better’ Giles Foden Condé Nast Traveller

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Cosmopolitan is a memoir that takes the form of a day and a night at Passerby, the New York bar owned and run by Toby Cecchini. It is also a study of human behaviour under the influence of alcohol. Cecchini muses on how to deal with regulars – both welcome and not; sex and the bartender; cocktail connoisseurs (and drinks he refuses to make); learning the ropes at the legendry Odeon bar in New York; the sheer man-killing pace of keeping those drinks coming at rush hour; and the manifold varieties of weirdness and bad behaviour that every bartender has to learn how to manage.

Cosmopolitan is the hip, behind-the-scenes look at the frenzied and undeniably fun establishment – the bar. Toby Cecchini is, by turns, witty, acute, mordant and lyrical in dealing with the realities of his job, shedding plenty of light on the hidden corners of what people do when they go out at night.