There’s a cocktail bar in Islington where they have a poster of the film Death in Venice behind the bar. Every time I go there I have a Death in Venice cocktail, and each time I tell myself that I will re-read the book by Thomas Mann, because the last time I read it I was still in secondary school.
I went there last night as part of our belated wedding anniversary dinner (only about four months late on account of the coronavirus lockdown) and I asked the bar tender if she minded me taking a picture of the part of the bar with the film poster. I know it was silly but it is a good poster, a good bar and a good cocktail, and I wanted to take a picture for years:
Most unexpectedly, the bar tender then gave me a present – a book about the history of the bar, complete with the recipes of some of their signature cocktails. I really like the book actually, it’s got some great photos. And I don’t think anybody ever gave me a present for no reason before, so I felt really touched. Obviously, I had to have a second Death in Venice!
So now I’m reading Thomas Mann.
Have you ever been inspired by a cocktail to read a book?