Being a lone drinker in a place as socially teeming as your local watering hole is a tough business. The trick is to treat the activity as a sacred art form, not as the last refuge of the social pariah, says Esquire. Its rules:
- Start early.
- No small talk.
- Drink whiskey.
- No mixing.
- If you must mix, only a beer back is acceptable--no bright colors allowed.
- No TV.
- Read: Books and papers are both within the guidelines.
- No eating.
- If you must use the jukebox, nothing maudlin, please.
- If a buddy joins you, ditch him. Then he, too, can learn the zen of drinking alone.