Tales Of A Barman: 40 Years Behind The Stick 'Tales Of A Barman' is a little book, full of great stories from the service side of the bar. Stories... from the time spent working for '40 Years Behind The Stick'. From clubs to pubs, restaurants and saloons the drinks flowed. From New England to Manhattan, the Hamptons, Long Island and all the way south to Sanibel & Captiva Islands in Southwest Florida the stories flow. Norman B. Coffey, the bartender and author of these stories still enjoys his memorable career, his tending bar continues, and he is always collecting, entertaining stories like the ones included in his book.