A plaque remaining from the Big Apple Night Club at West 135th Street and Seventh Avenue in Harlem.

Above, a 1934 plaque from the Big Apple Night Club at West 135th Street and Seventh Avenue in Harlem. Discarded as trash in 2006.

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Entry from December 27, 2012
“You can’t drink all day if you don’t start in the morning”

"You can’t drink all day if you don’t start in the morning” is a jocular saying that has been printed on many gift items, such as poster, T-shirts and mugs. The saying has been cited in print since at least 2001 and is of unknown authorship, although a few websites credit Tex Gellette.


3 March 2001, Orlando (FL) Sentinel, “The Bike Week Club Crawl” by Tyler Gray, pg. E9:
“You can’t drink all day if you don’t start in the morning,” it states.

2 September 2001, The Spokesman-Review, “True Cougs hit the bars before hitting books”:
You wake up to find the phrase “You can’t drink all day if you don’t start in the morning” tattooed on your rump.

IowaWhitetail Forums
buckinrut
06-06-2004, 03:31 PM
A couple of quotes from a wise old man I know
“You can’t drink all day if you don’t start in the morning.”

New York (NY) Times
In Oregon, It’s a Brew Pub World
By JESSICA MERRILL
Published: January 13, 2006
THERE’S a saying here that you can’t drink all day - unless you start drinking in the early morning,” said Jim Parker, a bartender at a venerable neighborhood pub in Portland, Ore., as he served up two beers. It was actually early afternoon, though well ahead of a respectable happy hour.

OCLC WorldCat record
You can’t drink all day if you don’t start in the morning
Author: Celia Rivenbark
Publisher: New York : St. Martin’s Press, 2009.
Edition/Format: Book : English : 1st ed
Summary:
A collection of humorous essays in which Celia Rivenbark shares her views on various aspects of life in the South, discussing perfect school attendance, Clay Aiken, Jesus action figures, Gwyneth Paltrow, and other topics. Includes recipes.

Columbus (OH) Dispatch
Ready for an early round
Beer-toting spectators a tournament fixture, even at 7:15 a.m.

By Tom Reed, The Plain Dealer
Friday May 30, 2008 11:15 AM
You can’t drink all day unless you start in the morning.

Such is the wisdom dispensed with the first beers of the day at Muirfield Village Golf Club during the Memorial Tournament.

Theo Spark
WEDNESDAY, 13 JULY 2011
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COMMENTS
orbitup said…
You can’t drink all day if you don’t start in the morning.
--Tex Gellette

Posted by Barry Popik
New York CityFood/Drink • Thursday, December 27, 2012 • Permalink