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Drinking with the Factotum

December 12, 2013 | by


This morning, we mentioned a new bar opening tomorrow in Los Angeles: Barkowski. Writing at LAist, Matthew Bramlett opines,

There are so many things wrong with this place that can be seen almost immediately. Barkowski looks like a bar for bougie people who claim to have read “Ham on Rye” once and go out of their way to tell everyone that it “changed their life.” It’s the bar equivalent of buying a Misfits shirt at Urban Outfitters. Also, doesn’t King Eddy already exist, and didn’t Mr. Bukowski actually patronize that place?

We can’t speak to the lameness of the new watering hole, but it did remind us that Bukowski-themed bars are (appropriately, or worryingly) hardly a new phenomenon, and our readers have informed us of still more.

  • Post Office, a whiskey bar in Williamsburg, Brooklyn, is named after Bukowski’s semi-autobiographical 1971 novel “dedicated to nobody.”
  • Cambridge, Massachusetts, boasts the fittingly divey Bukowski Tavern of Inman Square (there is also a location in Back Bay), where service is appropriately surly.
  • Neither of which is to be confused with Bukowski’s, in Prague, where one can smoke, probably rendering it most Bukowski-esque of all.
  • Chinaski’s of Glasgow seems kind of gastropub for the actual gent’s tastes, but can’t fault naming it after his longtime alter ego.
  • That’s five right there. Got any more?




    1. E N | December 12, 2013 at 5:18 pm

      Bukowski’s on Commercial Drive in East Vancouver. But there are better dives down on East Hastings.

    2. Stephanie | December 12, 2013 at 6:49 pm

      There’s a divey bar in Baltimore called “Barfly” and there’s a Barfly movie poster hanging by the ladies’ bathroom.

    3. Lisandro Gaertner | December 12, 2013 at 8:16 pm

      There is a Bukowski bar in Brazil. It is soooo lame. Bukowski would never even passed by the door of this preppy place.

    4. Daniel Cecil | December 13, 2013 at 3:27 am

      There’s a Bar Bukowski now in Amsterdam as well. At least they serve some American beers.

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