Pub Letters: The Best Way To Spend A Tuesday We’ve Heard Of All Summer

PUBLETTERI love this idea.

Doobies, in conjunction with Trophy Bikes and Casa Papel, is holding an event on Tuesdays in July called Pub Letters, and it is the simplest thing you can imagine. You sit at the bar. You drink a fine craft beer. And you write a letter–an actual letter, with a pen, on paper. The kind meant for going in the mailbox.

I love it because organizer Michael McGettigan (of Trophy) believes that “A decent letter should take about as long [to write] as two good drinks.” I believe that, too. I love it because he’s sick of seeing people sitting at the bar with their faces down over their cell phones. I am, too. I love it because writing letters is one of those things that has fallen out of style of late and writing in bars in general is one of those things that people (who aren’t me) just don’t do anymore.

So if you show up at Doobies on any Tuesday in July, between 7pm and 8:30, there’ll be free stationery and envelopes from Casa Papel, free stamps courtesy of Trophy, and drink specials at the bar. You can sit there, have a frosty adult beverage, and write that letter you’ve been meaning to write. Because yeah, everyone has a letter they’ve been meaning to write.

Whether they know it or not.

Pub Letters [Official]

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  • Mike McGettigan

    Greetings: through a mental/typing error, I referred to the lovely stationers/printers in Northern Liberties as Casa DE Papel– their correct name is Casa Papel! — mcget

  • Mike McGettigan

    PUBLETTERS’s debut was a smash–full house, posh stationery at every table, and letter-writing powered by everything from a Negroni to a Voodoo Cowbell to good old PBR. We wrote to Mom, Uncle Frank, Pope Francis, Sonny Rollins and “The Girl with the Octopus Tattoo that works at Dive Bar”; scratched out more than 40 handwritten letters and clunked ’em into the mail box down the street before last call. Thank you for the big mention, Foobooz–Publetters continues every Tuesday in July, starting around 7:01 pm…. With Kind Regards, mcget • publetters dot com.

  • Guest

    Hello! PUBLETTERS will be back at Doobies Bar 22&Lombard TONITE (15 July)

  • Guest

    “Neither snow nor rain nor heat nor gloom of night stays these couriers from the swift completion of their appointed rounds…” goes the motto of the United States Postal Service. The least we can do is write them some letters to deliver.

  • Mike McGettigan

    OKAY– 150 Letters and counting… to moms and dads, sisters and brothers, Popes and Presidents and prisoners, letters to Ryuichi Sakamoto and Dick Yuengling, and so many more, all went out at the 3rd and next-to-last PUBLETTERS of the Summer.

  • Mike McGettigan

    OK, the summer debut of PUBLETTERS has ended–with more than 195 hand-written letters and cards mailed to people all over the globe. NOTE: PUBLETTERS WILL RESUME IN SEPTEMBER at a new Northern Liberties location TBA shortly. Watch http://www.publetters for details.