The Road to McCarthy (2004) After trekking across the Celtic countryside in the playful pub crawl "McCarthy's Bar," Anglo-Irishman Pete McCarthy takes his acerbic wit on a world tour with… 2004-02-03 Nonfiction Fourth Estate
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The Road to McCarthy (2004)

Details Release Date: Feb 03, 2004; Writer: Pete McCarthy; Genre: Nonfiction; Publisher: Fourth Estate

After trekking across the Celtic countryside in the playful pub crawl ''McCarthy's Bar,'' Anglo-Irishman Pete McCarthy takes his acerbic wit on a world tour with The Road to McCarthy. He sets out to visit similarly surnamed ''kin'' in far-flung locales like Morocco, Tasmania, and New York.

Upon arriving in remote McCarthy, Alaska, his foremost concern, inevitably, is booze. ''First impressions of a bar are crucial. It's like buying a house, only more important,'' he writes. ''And if you're going to spend a week in a place...you've got high hopes riding on the only bar in town.'' With such discriminating criteria propelling our pint-guzzling guide, the result is a travelogue that's as hilariously gratifying as it is entertaining.

Originally posted Feb 18, 2004 Published in issue #752 Feb 20, 2004 Order article reprints