Guidelines for Solo Boozing

Start early, go with whiskey—and jukebox is OK as long as it's not Cat Stevens
By Lev Weinstein,  Newser Staff
Posted May 30, 2008 7:05 PM CDT
Guidelines for Solo Boozing
Whiskey is an acceptable tipple.   (KRT Photos)

(Newser) – Being a lone drinker in a place as socially teeming as your local watering hole is a tough business. The trick is to treat the activity as a sacred art form, not as the last refuge of the social pariah, says Esquire. Its rules:

  • Start early.
  • No small talk.
  • People-watch.
  • Drink whiskey.
  • No mixing.

  • If you must mix, only a beer back is acceptable--no bright colors allowed.
  • No TV.
  • Read: Books and papers are both within the guidelines.
  • No eating.
  • If you must use the jukebox, nothing maudlin, please.
  • If a buddy joins you, ditch him. Then he, too, can learn the zen of drinking alone.
(Read more beer stories.)

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