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THE BUM GETS SOME INK

While the Beachbum is not above shameless self-promotion, he’s generally too lazy to indulge in it. But now Tiki mugmaker and mixologist extraordinaire Cass Junkhauler McClure has given the Bum a shot in the arm, in the form of a tattoo on Cass’s arm (pictured above). Energized by this homage, we’ve managed to work up […]

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HOW TO GLAM YOUR GROG

Just after Prohibition, Don The Beachcomber single-handedly invented the Tiki bar and the Tiki Drink. During WWII he came up with the Navy Grog, one of his most popular — and most copied — faux-Polynesian punches. A large part of the Grog’s appeal was its signature garnish: a cone of ice packed around the straw, […]

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ON THE ROAD

The arrival of spring signals the departure of the Beachbum, as cocktail festivals bloom and he alights to smell the flowers garnishing his drinks.  Here’s his itinerary, should you be in the neighborhood (especially the neighborhood bars): On April 20, the Bum will take on Ian “Rum Ambassador” Burrell in a debate at the Miami […]

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A LAYABOUT’S LONDON LAYOVER

Zigzagging their way home from the Athens Bar Show last November, Mr. and Mrs. Bum found themselves with some time to kill in London. With only a few hours to spare, where do Tikiphiles go in a city that is arguably the cocktail capitol of the world? Talk about an embarrassment of riches from which […]

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GREECE IS THE WORD

The last time the Beachbum hit Athens was so long ago that … well, let’s just say he panhandled not for euros but drachmas. Recently he returned to the city to find it in financial straits even worse than his own, but you wouldn’t know Athens was depressed if all you did was go to […]

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