Category Archives: Places

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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BACK IN THE NEW YORK GROOVE

Since Ace Frehley sang those immortal words in 1978, Exotica has has been in and out of the New York groove. The lowest blow, of course, was the closing of the storied Trader Vic’s in the Plaza Hotel. Both Stanley Kubrick and Bob Fosse were fans (Fosse took his mistresses there; Kubrick took Arthur C. […]

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MISSION TO MOSCOW

Recently the Beachbum was invited to the Moscow Bar Show (pictured above) to help spread Tiki in Russia. On arrival, he discovered that he was a day late and a rouble short: Tiki has already taken root in Russia. At the show we made the acquaintance of Ignat Samsona, who’s introduced Mai Tais to his […]

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TIKITALIA

Shortly after the Beachbum’s arrival in Italy, he knew he was in the right country. “Work is a sacrifice for the Romans,” said his tour guide Leo Leuci. “In Naples they don’t say ‘We’re going to work,’ they say ‘Andiamo a fatiguare’ — ‘we’re going to be tired.’” Leo is “Il Commodoro” of Rome’s Jerry […]

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A NIGHT AT THE MUSEUM

With what’s left of his hair turning whiter than Coco Lopez cream of coconut, it’s hard to believe there was ever a time when the Beachbum was below drinking age. But in 1974, the 16-year-old aspiring vagrant was legally barred from Tiki bars. To get his Tiki fix, he had to go to a museum. […]

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