The 50 Funniest Drinking Cartoons from The New Yorker

Because booze and laughter are the best medicine.

  • Ward Sutton (July, 2008). Buy it here.
  • Donald Reilly (September, 1997). Buy it here.
  • Jack Ziegler. Buy it here.
  • Henry Martin (January, 1999). Buy it here.
  • Mick Stevens. Buy it here.
  • Danny Shanahan (May, 2012). Buy it here.
  • Christopher Weyant (June, 2003). But it here.
  • Barbara Smaller (November, 2010). Buy it here.
  • Frank Cotham (October, 2009). Buy it here.
  • Robert Weber (February, 1988). Buy it here.
  • Leo Collum (January, 1990). Buy it here.
  • Emily Flake (October, 2010). Buy it here.
  • Michael Shaw (June, 2012). Buy it here.
  • Barbara Smaller (January, 2007). Buy it here.
  • Drew Dernavich (April, 2005). Buy it here.
  • Al Ross (April, 1992). Buy it here.
  • Liza Donnelly. Buy it here.
  • James Thurber (February, 1933). Buy it here.
  • Charles Saxon (June, 1987). Buy it here.
  • Bernard Schoenbaum. Buy it here.
  • Leo Collum (October, 2002). Buy it here.
  • Mick Stevens. Buy it here.
  • J.B. Handelsman (September, 1993). Buy it here.
  • Jack Ziegler. Buy it here.
  • Jack Ziegler. But it here.
  • William Hamilton (September, 2012). Buy it here.
  • Peter Mueller. Buy it here.
  • Jack Ziegler. Buy it here.
  • James Stevenson (January, 1965). Buy it here.
  • Arnie Levin (July, 1978). Buy it here.
  • Jack Ziegler. Buy it here.
  • Jack Ziegler. Buy it here.
  • Jack Ziegler. Buy it here.
  • Jack Ziegler. Buy it here.
  • Jack Ziegler. Buy it here.
  • Jack Ziegler. But it here.
  • Bob Zahn. Buy it here.
  • Jack Ziegler. Buy it here.
  • Leo Cullum. Buy it here.
  • J.P. Rini. Buy it here.
  • James Stevenson (October, 1981). Buy it here.
  • Bernard Schoenbaum. Buy it here.
  • Charles Barsotti. Buy it here.
  • Robert Mankoff (November, 1989). Buy it here.
  • J.C. Duffy (March, 2000). Buy it here.
  • Mike Twohy (December, 1991). Buy it here.
  • Jack Ziegler. Buy it here.
  • J.C. Duffy (November, 2001). Buy it here.
  • Jack Ziegler (March, 2009). Buy it here.
  • Charles Barsotti (January, 1977). Buy it here.

A couple weeks ago, we spent a few days sifting through the the Condé Nast archives to find the 50 funniest food cartoons from The New Yorker. At first we figured we’d throw all of the food and drink gags together into one category, but as we dug deeper, it became clear that boozing has developed its own unique legacy in the magazine’s history, as well as a distinct stable of skilled practitioners like Bernard Schoenbaum and Jack Ziegler. So we decided another collection was in order, just in time for the weekend and all the wine-soaked tomfoolery it promises to bring.

Readers will be able to relate to many of the topics covered. From J.B. Handelsman’s 1993 portrayal of a bar scene in which a man offers to buy everyone a drink in exchange for them listening to his opinions, to a character asking his waiter for a wine recommendation “for a guy who’s trying like hell to impress his date” (in an unpublished panel by Mick Stevens), the scenes depicted in these cartoons are all too familiar.

Click through the gallery above to see our 50 favorite booze cartoons from The New Yorker.

Note: They’re also all available for purchase in the Condé Nast store—just click the “Buy it here” link below each cartoon.

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