|"History by the Glass"
Enters Second Round
By Fred Delkin
The first edition (photo) was a regional best seller, now "History by the Glass" returns with an updated rendition wherein Portland author Paul Pintarich resumes his guide to the city's legendary saloons that maintain a link to the past to entertain today's clientele. No less than 39 gathering places are profiled in pages that bring the past into a convivial present.
The author is a colorful chronicler, honed by years as the literary editor of the Oregonian, and also the source for "The Boys Up North" which portrays the pioneers of Oregon's premium wine industry.
Pintarich goes well beyond current saloons to trace, in this guide's
The reader can also visit the Portland of the '50's and '60's, when
a wealth of club bars attracted nationally-known jazz musicians.
Yours truly remembers when as an undergraduate at the University of Washington,
Author's memories sparkle
Pintarich recalls his personal past as a frequent patron in neighborhood
He provides a thorough catalog of refreshment hangouts, many now only history. The reader receives an interview with the McMenamin brothers, who have created a far flung empire of pubs and associated food and hotel facilities, with some locations reviving pages from the past.
The profiles include such "only in Portland" institutions as Huber's, Jakes, Stanich's, Kay's, The Sandy Hut, Nob Hill Bar & Grill, Dad's, Pal's Shanty, Cheerful Tortoise, Helvetia and many more. This reviewer recommends this volume as a holiday gift for fellow imbibers. It is a 2007 publication of Bianco Publishing (email@example.com). Telephone: 503/223-6737
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