Cocktails & Conversations: Legacies (Aug 30)

Join us for an evening of food, drinks, and discussions at Irish Rogue. The evening's theme is "Legacies": what we should live for, what we should strive for, what we should leave behind.

Note: due to scheduling, Aug 30 is the new date.



Did I or did I not say that bedtime is to be strictly observed in this household? 

Yes, well the children were scared of the thunderstorm and... You did, sir.

And do you or do you not have trouble following these simple instructions? 

Only during thunderstorms, sir. 



I would let the whole tribe **** you, all forty thousand men, and their horses too, if that's what it took.



When you wake up, you'll have a Mum and Dad. And you won't remember me. Well, you'll remember me a little. I'll be a story in your head. That's okay; we're all stories in the end. Just make it a good one. 'Cos it was, you know. It was the best... And the times we had. Woulda had. Never had. In your dreams they'll still be there.



In the early 1950s, Sinatra's career crashed. He was no longer a kid. His records stopped selling. His romance with Ava Gardner was on the rocks. His record company dropped him. The winner suddenly was being widely seen as a loser, washed up.

People who follow the Sinatra story know about the eventual comeback: how he landed a role in the movie "From Here to Eternity" and won an Academy Award, how his career zoomed again, how he became the living symbol of success and swagger.

Yet in those down years, no one could have anticipated the rebirth. Sinatra was a has-been, yesterday's news.

"He would come in to the restaurant alone for lunch," Sal Scognamillo said to me. I could tell that this was a thrice-told family tale -- or a thrice-times-thrice-told tale. That didn't make it any less compelling.

"My grandfather would sit with him," Sal said. "There would be people eating lunch who would avoid making eye contact with Sinatra -- people who used to know him when he was on top. Sinatra would nod toward them and say to my grandfather: 'My fair-weather friends.'"

One November, on the day before Thanksgiving, Sinatra asked Patsy if he would make him a solo reservation for the next day. "He said he would be coming in for Thanksgiving dinner by himself," Sal said. "He said, 'Give me anything but turkey.' He didn't want to think about the holiday, but he didn't want to be alone."

The restaurant was scheduled to be closed on Thanksgiving. But Patsy didn't tell Sinatra that; he told him that he'd make the reservation for 3 p.m. He didn't want Sinatra to know that he was opening especially for him, so he invited the families of the restaurant's staff to come in for dinner, too. He cooked for Sinatra, on that solitary holiday, and it wasn't until years later that Sinatra found out. - Bob Greene


A Cocktails & Conversations event combines food and drink, a casual Manhattan intellectual environment, and a social atmosphere for New Yorkers to get together, mingle, and discuss interesting topics around a common theme.

Over the course of the evening, attendees will gather in small groups to discuss topics related to the evening's theme. With a chance to join several groups throughout the event, attendees have a chance to meet many others while engaging in spirited debates in a highly social atmosphere.

Drink Specials 6 - 8 PM

$3 Select Domestic Bottles

$4 Select Domestic Drafts

$5 Margaritas & Cosmos

$10 Select Pitchers

Full Dinner Menu All Evening

Hope You Can Join Us!

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  • A former member
    A former member

    What a great group. 5 stars.

    August 31, 2011

  • William C.

    I had a nice time at this Meetup as usual. It is one of my favorite Meetups.

    August 31, 2011

  • John

    yes, the first hour is pretty much for socializing - each event goes til 10...

    July 24, 2011

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