Top Five Drinking Establishments by Elizabeth Coldwell – Guest Blog

Long and Short Reviews welcomes Elizabeth Coldwell, just in time for St. Patrick’s Day to talk about her newest book The Leprechaun Next Door.

Top Five Drinking Establishments

Since Johnny the leprechaun in The Leprechaun Next Door works as a bartender, I thought I’d bring you my top five most memorable places to drink, past and present:

1) De Zotte, Amsterdam

An Amsterdam institution for drinkers who enjoy Belgian beer. I adored this place because it’s the home of the Trappist Cheese Tart, a combination of cheese, onions, tomatoes and pastry which has gone through more reinventions than Madonna in the years I’ve been eating it, but which is always delicious however it’s served.

2) Chumleys, New York

Chumleys was a classic New York speakeasy during Prohibition, famous for having a secret entrance that was almost impossible to find. Because of its location at 86 Barrow Street, it was claimed this was where the phrase ‘to be 86ed’ – thrown out or refused service – originated. The bar closed down after a fire and due to resident objections only reopened a couple of years ago in a much more upscale form. The several times I visited, I loved its cozy atmosphere, excellent jukebox and the owner’s Labradors, who were so fat and sleek they looked more like a pair of seals.

3) Le Petite Taverne, Paris

Another establishment which was also apparently destroyed by fire (I swear, I may have researched arson for a book I wrote, but none of this is anything to do with me…). There was something deliciously seedy about the place, they played classic rock music, which is always a plus for me, but I remember it most because it’s where I was chatted up by a little person. Unfortunately for him, I was with someone at the time (and I’m still with that person, thirty years later).

4) The Anchor, Digbeth, Birmingham
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Another place that just has a vibe, this is one of any number of good pubs in and around Birmingham. However, it stands out for me because whenever my fellow London Millers and I visit before or after a Rotherham United game, we always seem to get talking with people. I remember once having a discussion in the ladies’ room with a woman who’d managed to turn her daughter’s white beautician coat pink in the wash – it’s not the kind of conversation you usually have with a random stranger, but in the Anchor, it happens.

5) The Wanstead Tap, London

Kind of my local, though by no means the pub closest to my house, the Wanstead Tap is a bar cum beer shop cum events space built into a railway arch. It stages a lot of book readings in conjunction with the much-loved Newham Bookshop, as well as music performances and film screenings. More importantly, you can get a good pint of locally brewed craft beer – and if you prefer wine, there’s the excellent Burgess and Hall wine bar next door. Happy days all round!

Happiness might be waiting at the end of the rainbow, but will it come with a price?

Devon’s down on his luck—he’s lost his job and discovered his boyfriend is cheating on him. His neighbor, Johnny, is not only cute, he also has a big secret: he’s a leprechaun with a pot of gold… and the ability to grant wishes.
Can Devon wish his way out of the hole he’s found himself in? He’d like a new job, some revenge on his lying ex, and maybe even love. Johnny can give him what he wants, but it won’t come for free… or in the ways Devon expects. Can he trust a sexy leprechaun to help him make a new start and wish himself into the arms of the man of his dreams?

About the Author: I am Rotherham’s foremost (okay, only) writer of quality erotica and erotic romance. Though I’m now based in London, family and football take me back North on a regular basis. Indeed, if you’re ever at a Rotherham United match (I know, what are the chances?) and you spot a small blonde with a large ‘London Millers’ flag, that’ll be me. Originally from South Yorkshire, Elizabeth Coldwell has been making up stories for as long as she can remember, only now she gets to people them with hot men. When she’s not got her nose in a book, she’s reviewing or trying to stop one or both of her cats from walking over her keyboard. She spends her time following her home town football team and baking the best brownies in East London.

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