Key Words: Politics among the potent potables in New Yorker magazine’s weekly bar review

Given that it’s Inauguration Week, and the issue is dated Jan. 23, it doesn’t register as surprising that politics should infuse the current New Yorker. And infuse they do. But does that theme extend even to the weekly Bar Tab column on the Food & Drink page?

You bet.

‘[T]he drinks are simple and generous—a beer-and-shot special is five dollars—and a good deal for anyone who’s not a lurid teetotaler with billions of dollars of shady debt.’

Bar Tab column of the New Yorker magazine

The now freshly inaugurated president is not mentioned—by name, that is—yet the prevailing political allegiances of the establishment being reviewed, the Tip Top Bar & Grill in the Bedford-Stuyvesant section of Brooklyn, are telegraphed by a description of walls as “lovingly covered with images of the outgoing President” and amplified by a patron’s being quoted as forecasting tears would abound on Inauguration Day as the Obamas vacated the White House.

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