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Odds are that Tiki restaurateur Stephen Crane — professional gambler, serial husband, and owner of The Luau, a raucous midcentury movie-star hangout — didn’t own a library card.  But that doesn’t faze Emily Griffin of the Crawfordsville, Indiana, District Public Library. Since September, the reference librarian has been researching Crane’s life for a library exhibit […]

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The Bum has one thing in common with the U.S. Congress:  neither of us can get anything done.  But the denizens of the Washington, D.C., cocktail circuit appear to have the opposite problem.  They’re addicted not to alcohol, but to accomplishment. Exhibit A:  Eric Felten, author of the book How’s Your Drink?  Cocktails, Culture, and […]

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“There is nothing which has yet been contrived by man by which so much happiness is produced as by a good tavern,” wrote Samuel Johnson over two centuries ago.  A recent trip to Dr. Johnson’s home port suggests that if he were alive today, he’d be wearing an aloha shirt:  London now has more good […]

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Recently the Beachbum was invited to co-judge the first annual “Battle For The World’s Best Mai Tai,” held at the Royal Kona Resort on Hawaii’s big island.  As a rule, the Bum is not into competition.  That’s for Type A personalities, and we are Type Zzzz.  Nevertheless, we deliberated for a whole tenth of a […]

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Last week the Beachbum found himself in Nashville, where he also found himself a couple of drinking buddies to mooch off of.  Brad Harrell and Kevin Church, both execs at the venerable Horizon Wine & Spirits, suggested starting things off at Patterson House.  No Music City honky tonk, this:  Nashville’s first craft cocktail bar is […]

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