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MAI TAI ROA EUROPA

After tasting Trader Vic’s latest concoction at his Oakland bar in 1944, a visitor from Tahiti proclaimed the drink “mai tai roa áe.” In the parlance of our times, this roughly translates to “awesome.”  Vic named his drink the Mai Tai, which went on to enjoy fame less as a cocktail than as a symbol […]

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A RUMMY’S GUIDE TO EUROPE

Berlin … Amsterdam … London … this may look like the opening credit sequence of the old I Spy TV show, but it’s also the Beachbum’s October itinerary. First stop:  The Berlin Bar Convent, to talk Tiki history in an October 4 seminar at Europe’s most chic and discriminating cocktail convention (why they’re letting the […]

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PARTY MONSTERS

We saw a werewolf drinking a Pina Colada at Trader Vic’s.  And some zombies drinking Zombies, and a goblin nursing a Mai Tai (pictured above).  They were with a large party of pirates, steampunks, Jedis, Highlanders, Orcs, Sleestaks, and various anime characters whose costumes we couldn’t make head or tail of, except for their tails. […]

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KONA COASTING

“Do you want to see Skipper Kent’s grave?” asked Doug Miller, Kailua-Kona’s resident urban archeologist.  It was a rhetorical question.  The Beachbum tore himself away from Doug’s Tiki collection, which includes Brobdingnagian rarities scavenged from the Big Island’s shuttered postwar hotels, and jumped in Doug’s jeep.  Five minutes later we pulled into a garden estate […]

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THOMAS WOLFE WAS WRONG

Sorry Tom.  Apparently you can go home again.  The Beachbum left Los Angeles in 2006, after a lifetime of inebriated indolence there.  Indolence came easy in L.A., but it was often difficult to achieve inebriation — especially if your preferred alcohol delivery system was the cocktail. Four years ago, no bar in town seemed aware […]

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