Cosmopolitan: A Bartender's Life

Abridged Audiobook

Written By: Toby Cecchini

Narrated By: Toby Cecchini

Publisher: Random House (Audio)

Date: October 2003

Duration: 2 hours 29 minutes


Cosmopolitan is a memoir of the bartending life structured as a day in the life of Passerby, the bar owned and run by Toby Cecchini. It is, as well, a rich study of human nature—of the outlandish behavior of the human animal under the influence of alcohol, of lust, and of the sheer desire to bust loose and party. As the typical day progresses, Cecchini muses over a life spent in the service industry and the fascinating particulars of his chosen profession. He is by turns witty, acute, mordant, and lyrical in dealing with the realities of his profession, shedding plenty of light on the hidden corners of what people do when they go out at night.


  • Sean

    I enjoyed listening to the world of New York City excess in Cosmopolitan: A Bartender's Life. From why some bars don't serve Long Island Iced teas to the story of the lesbian invasion at a bar one night, this book has a multitude of little stories from the trenches of the bar. At only a handful of CDs, this was a great book to listen to when wedged between a couple long unabridged listens. Lots of fun...recommend.

  • Anonymous

    Nothing earth shattering here but a good insider's view of the bar, some nice light history on various liqours, and a bartender's review of his customers.

  • nb

    Overview of running a bar from this bartender's view; interesting discussion of the food/drink industry; reader is good but very little change in inflection...makes one wonder why someone would choose to bartend if life is that drab. I would have enjoyed more of a review of the customers' personalities to give the book a little more life.

  • Sanjay Singhal

    I didn't realize this was going to be so much of a 'novel'. I expected more of a raucus account of the life of a bartender, meaning day to day. So while the novel was interesting, I much prefer non-fiction, so it gets an average rating from me. For what it is, it's quite good.

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