Welcome to LAST CALL

Brad Thomas Parsons
Photo: Ed Anderson

With LAST CALL, my aim is to deliver weekly spirited dispatches on bars and bar culture, including essays and articles along with cocktail recipes, interviews and profiles, behind-the-scenes looks at my new book and projects I’m working on, and yes, all things bitter. I’ll also offer entertaining and informative insights on restaurants and regional foodways, books, and popular culture.

I hail from Central New York (I lived in Canastota and Oneida, located between Utica and Syracuse) and have lived in Brooklyn, New York, since 2010. I went to college at SUNY-Oswego on the banks of Lake Ontario and received an MFA in writing from Columbia University. My dreams of becoming a young novelist were met with the reality of working in a bookstore before moving to Seattle where I became a senior editor on the books team at Amazon for over a decade, where I ran point on the cooking, food, and wine category. I moved back to New York in 2010 and worked as an executive marketing director for two different publishers (with a focus on cooking and lifestyle) before going freelance full-time in 2017.

I’ve been writing about drinks, spirits, and bar culture since 2008 and my work has appeared in publications including Bon Appétit, Food & Wine, Travel + Leisure, Lucky Peach, Whisky Advocate, Imbibe, PUNCH, TASTE, and VinePair among others. I have been featured in The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, The Washington Post, NPR's All Things Considered, The Splendid Table, The Martha Stewart Show, and more.

I am the author of four books, including Bitters (James Beard and IACP Award Winner), Amaro, Distillery Cats, and Last Call (James Beard Award Finalist, Spirited Award Winner).

In addition, I have conducted in-person and virtual talks, tastings, seminars, and master classes on bitters, amaro, and cocktails at bars, restaurants, and venues across the United States and in Italy.

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Thank you in advance for your support of my writing and work. I appreciate you.


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Spirited dispatches from James Beard Award-winning author Brad Thomas Parsons on bars and bar culture, drinks and spirits, restaurants and regional foodways, and popular culture.


Award-winning writer and author of BITTERS, AMARO, DISTILLERY CATS, and LAST CALL.