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CHUBBY CHASING

It’s a good thing same-sex marriage is legal in Massachusetts.  Because if Mrs. Bum ever leaves us for greener pastures (and let’s face it, just about any pasture is greener than ours), we want to marry Old Mr. Boston. We’ve had a man-crush on the pleasingly plump, suavely smiling, top-hatted toff since the late 1980s, […]

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TROPICALS GET THE ROYAL TREATMENT

The dean of American bartenders — who have nicknamed their mentor “King Cocktail” — Dale DeGroff is widely credited with bringing mixed drinks out of the dark ages of the 1980s (when wine spritzers and chemical Margarita mix ruled the day) with new twists on classic recipes, made with fresh ingredients. The King is also […]

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THE HESSENTIALS

A pioneer of the cocktail renaissance currently sweeping the country, Robert Hess was an early advocate of vintage cocktails done right.   He did most of this advocating on DrinkBoy.com, one of the first cocktail websites and still a popular discussion forum.  Fans of the site have been bugging him to write a book for years, […]

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OUR MAN IN HAVANA

We’ve known Pete Moruzzi for many years now, but we’re beginning to wonder … did we ever really know him? For instance, we didn’t know that he’d been secretly amassing one of the biggest collections in the U.S. of vintage Cuban nightclub ads, bar coasters, hotel brochures, casino flyers, and other paper ephemera. And little […]

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A WILD WITCO WORKOUT

The Bum is generally more interested in bars than barbells, but he will concede that there are times when weightlifting has merit. One of those times is when you pick up Tiki Modern And The Wild World Of Witco. We recommend donning a back brace first, as this coffee table book weighs more than some […]

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