New Year’s Eve is a time of renewal, hope, and… booze. It’s a time to wash away the sins of the past year (most likely with a bottle of something) and vow to be better in the days ahead. Before you start the countdown to January 1, we’d like to offer you some boozy inspiration in the form of your favorite writers getting their drink on. These authors, so very fond of their libations, knew how to knock one back. Put your party hat and drinking pants on and join literature’s booziest, below.
Poet John Berryman over a pint.
Kingsley Amis would rather be drinking this wine.
Charles Bukowski will BRB, he needs to finish this bottle.
People are still talking about Ernest Hemingway’s last visit to Pamplona, Spain in 1959.
Dorothy Parker’s bottle for two.
Play “Spot Anne Sexton’s Bottle of Beer.”
Samuel Beckett would like to be alone with his glass.
Ian Fleming is counting his bottle of booze on the wall.
Hunter S. Thompson promises that drink isn’t his worst vice.
Truman Capote could never keep a straight face around a screwdriver.
Tennessee Williams wants you to know that’s not water in his glass.
Alice Munro and Margaret Atwood celebrate Munro’s Nobel Prize in Literature victory.
Carson McCullers has a handle on things.
Marguerite Duras would invite you to join her, but she was thirsty.
Jean Rhys thinks this drink complements the wallpaper.
Gertrude Stein and Alice B. Toklas having a very serious sip of something.
Jane Bowles is drinking with Leonore Gershwin and doesn’t really care what you have to say.
Dylan Thomas has some drinking to do.
The spirits are talking to Jack Kerouac.