Spend happy hour drinking like Ernest Hemingway

February 11
(Courtesy of Bar Pilar)
(Courtesy of Bar Pilar)

Few authors are as closely tied to cocktails as Ernest Hemingway. It's not just about what Papa drank while cafe hopping in Paris or fishing in the Florida Keys, but the way he used drinks in his prose, deftly providing glimpses into his characters by what, where or when they chose to imbibe.

Local author Philip Greene is the authority on Hemingway and alcohol: His book "To Have and Have Another" is an annotated appendix to Hemingway's work, with every drink consumed in a novel or short story cited chapter and verse.

For Greene, this isn't just an academic exercise: As co-founder of the Museum of the American Cocktail, he likes to make and sample classic drinks, too. Today from 5 to 7 p.m., Greene will be making cocktails from his book -- and signing copies of it -- upstairs at Bar Pilar. Grab a $5 Hemingway cocktail, sample Pilar rum  and try a few appetizers.

There's no more appropriate place in Washington for such an event. After all, Bar Pilar was named for Hemingway's fishing boat.

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Bar Pilar, 1833 14th St. NW. 202-265-1751.

Fritz Hahn has written about bars, drinks and nightlife for the Washington Post Weekend Section since 2003, but he also writes about everything from Civil War battlefields to sailing classes. A product of Prince George's County public schools, Fritz majored in journalism at the University of Maryland and lives in the District.
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