The Tradition Of The Great Saloon-Keepers

by Gaz Regan · Thursday, December 19th, 2013 · Quotes

The Tradition Of The Great Saloon-Keepers

“Jim Brincker, as a tolerant paternalist, was in the tradition of the great saloon-keepers of pre-prohibition America . . . The general esteem in which Mr. Bricker was held during the prohibition era was shared by his own employees:  the great Harry, who quit as bartender when the business slump became serious; Fred, the Alaskan veteran who succeeded Harry; Gus, the blonde German bus boy who worked up until he became chief assistant to Fred; Adolph, the bald-headed waiter who used to be a wrestler , but who turned square because he got tired of having bigger men bang his head on the floor . . .

nightclub era

[During prohibition] Jim gave a big dinner in his place for a visiting member of the Department of Justice staff from Washington.  He served Dubonnet cocktails . . . and, much later, Scotch highballs.  The guests included three prohibition agents, two wholesale bootleggers, two proprietors of other speakeasies, and two unidentified men of importance.  They agreed that Jim was ‘the greatest guy in the world,’ and who, in the circumstances, wouldn’t?”  The Night Club Era by Stanley Walker, New York:  Frederick A. Stokes Company, 1933.

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