A well-connected crowd turned out Tuesday night at the Chateau Marmont to celebrate the launch for “Of All the Gin Joints,” a lively compendium of Hollywood history, cocktail recipes and tales of famous drinkers.
The book’s author, screenwriter Mark Bailey, is married to documentarian Rory Kennedy, while illustrator Edward Hemingway is Ernest’s grandson. Family including Mariel Hemingway, Dree Hemingway and new family member Cheryl Hines were there to fete the book, though Hines’ husband Robert F. Kennedy Jr. couldn’t make it back from New York.
Other Malibu friends included Jakob and Paige Dylan, while Sony’s Michael Lynton said that although he sticks to straightforward drinks like scotch on the rocks, he came as a fan of Bailey.
Bailey and Hemingway teamed on an earlier book, “Hemingway & Bailey’s Bartending Guide to Great American Writers,” so when Bailey moved to L.A., he said publisher Algonquin Books of Chapel Hill encouraged the pair to do a more Hollywood-focused volume with a similar theme. “Of All the Gin Joints” features historic watering holes from to Polo Lounge to the Rainbow along with portraits of actors and filmmakers who enjoyed a tipple like Robert Mitchum and Sam Peckinpah.
Fellow documentarians Kirby Dick and Amy Ziering, producer Stephen Nemeth and writer Francesca Lia Block were also among those congratulating the authors.
Park City, Utah’s High West, the state’s first legal distillery to open since Prohibition, offered cocktails from the book and tastings of American craft spirits including a heady bourbon-rye blend.
(Pictured: Edward Hemingway, Cheryl Hines, Mark Bailey, Michael Lynton, Rory Kennedy and Mariel Hemingway at the book party for “Of All the Gin Joints”)