Ball point pen on the morning newsprint

For the past fifty one years Tommy Rowles has been behind the same bar. He left school in Dublin at 14, left home at 18, arrived in New York with $80 in 1958. He wandered into Bemelman's Bar looking for a bathroom, ended up behind the bar and has been ministering to thirsty patrons at the upscale Carlyle ever since. He's served drinks to Harry Truman, Jack Lemmon, Paul McCartney and you, If you walk in between 11:00 am and 6:00 pm.


  1. December 8, 2009 -

    Nice profiles of him--written and drawn, that is.

  2. December 8, 2009 -

    I never heard of him but he has an intriguing story and cool portrait.

  3. Pat D
    December 8, 2009 -

    Hi Larry, I guess none of us are ordinary...I like this story. Pat

  4. December 9, 2009 -

    You know I love this story Larry. I'm going to have to pay a visit.

  5. December 9, 2009 -

    Thanks all. @ Stephen, I knew you'd like it.