Winter Meetings Drink Log: The Gold Rush

When I was a younger person than I am right now — like by 10 or so years, actually — I emailed David Berman (author of Actual Air, frontman of the Silver Jews, and graduate of UMass-Amherst’s MFA program that’s way better than Iowa’s dumb MFA program that’s dumb) and asked him where, if I were in Nashville ever, I should make a priority of going. The Gold Rush, is what he responded — if for no other reason than the members of 1980′s hair-band Cinderella were regulars there.

Today, ahead of baseball’s winter meetings (which start Monday at the city’s giant Opryland Resort), I arrived in Nashville and made a priority of slaking my thirst — via a Maker’s Mark and then, alongside a pulled-pork sandwich, a Guinness — at the aforementioned drinking establishment. Because I’m more similar to a real-live adult now — and, as a consequence, less capable of being smitten with bands and writers and everything else in the whole world — the experience didn’t carry quite the gravitas it would have had I made the trip 10 years ago.

Still, I’d suggest that there’s something natural and pleasant to the act of making a pilgrimage. The author’s trip to the Gold Rush isn’t, maybe, on par with setting out and completing El Camino de Santiago. But it appeals to the same instinct, at least. And also is way less sweaty.




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Carson Cistulli occasionally publishes spirited ejaculations at The New Enthusiast.


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  1. John says:

    I feel as though there is some NotGraphs compatriot of the author’s who might enjoy Maker’s Mark, Guinness, and anything associated with Cinderella.

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    • Mr. Observant says:

      You know, I too was think David Appelman would enjoy this sort of hooch hole – guzzling Patriotic brewed drinks while shirtless in his most American denim Wranglers…

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  2. Chad says:

    I live in Nashville and have been to GR many times. Good bar.

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  3. Veteran Coward says:

    In my youth, I sent a similar email to Steve Malkmus. I did not get a response, but I decided to make a pilgrimage to Stockton anyway in search of Pavement homages and statues of non-sequiturs in the town square. However, all I discovered was the worst place I had ever been either while awake or asleep. At least the prostitutes asked politely to drop them off at the Rite-Aid.

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    • Danny Knobgobbler says:

      And to think that was the pre-dystopian version of the Stockton that drove out even its most staunch supporter, the arch-aristocrat himself, Dallas Braden.

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  4. dudley says:

    David Berman is your doppleganger, Carson.

    Also, I’m not above admitting I usually search for ‘dive bars’ on Yelp whenever I visit a new city, and have located such gems as Ray’s Happy Birthday Bar (Philadelphia), Richard’s Bar (Chicago), and, most recently, the Northside Tavern in Atlanta.

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    • Well-Beered Englishman says:

      I would very happily frequent a bar called Ray’s Happy Birthday. The dive bar you seek in Dallas (I’m assuming you someday will visit) is the Loon, an Uptown strip-mall establishment widely known as home of the city’s strongest drinks (e.g. Jack Daniels with a slight spritz of Coke).

      Carson: I have walked ~80 miles of the Camino de Santiago. Not enough, surely, but a joyous experience.

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    • Steve 1 says:

      Northside Tavern is pretty great.

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  5. Hugh Briss says:

    While you’re in Nashville get David Berman to guest on the New Enthusiast.

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  6. Grammar Police says:

    It’s “real-life,” not “real-live.” You’ve been cited.

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