Mariano Licudine – “The Houdini of the Liquids”

Mariano Licudine didn’t get the coverage I wanted in the book. I just was too pressed for time. I hope the full story gets written. The Thorntons did something rare and amazing with Mariano, they put a spotlight on him. He wasn’t an anonymous staff member hidden in the kitchen as were most bartenders at Read more about Mariano Licudine – “The Houdini of the Liquids”[…]

Presentation and Signing at Cane Rhum Bar, Charleston, SC Nov 19

We have been eagerly awaiting the opening of Cane Rhum Bar & Caribbean Kitchen in our second home of Charleston, SC. Barbados born author and chef, Paul Yellin, has been wanting to fully bring his roots to his food and this is it. Barbados is also where rum was born, and Paul blends rum and food Read more about Presentation and Signing at Cane Rhum Bar, Charleston, SC Nov 19[…]

The History, Mystery and Community of Tiki Bar Loyalty Clubs

A nice article on Tales of the Cocktail about drinking clubs at Tiki establishments. There is a chapter in my book on the Mai-Kai’s Okole Maluna Society, the originator of the idea. Best quote in the book about the Society by Bob van Dorpe: “I think we killed a few people.” Order the book here. Read more about The History, Mystery and Community of Tiki Bar Loyalty Clubs[…]

Swanky’s Headshrinker Recipe

For those who attended my presentation on the Mai-Kai and Don the Beachcomber at Tiki Oasis 2016, here is the cocktail recipe for the drink you were served. I did not oversee the mixing of that drink, so I have no idea how faithful it was to the original recipe. I was a bit stressed Read more about Swanky’s Headshrinker Recipe[…]

Tiki Oasis Presentation and Book Signing

Join me at the oldest, biggest, and grandest Tiki event in the world, Tiki Oasis, for a special Mai-Kai history presentation, and the West Coast premier of the book! Don the Beachcomber: The Mai-Kai’s Father, will explore how Donn Beach took South Pacific and Caribbean inspiration and created the Tiki era, and how he inspired Read more about Tiki Oasis Presentation and Book Signing[…]

Book Release Party at the Mai-Kai – Sept 17th

The only place to officially celebrate the release of my book is the Mai-Kai. Join me in Fort Lauderdale September 17th for a special event. On Saturday the 17th we will welcome everyone to a history presentation in the Mai-Kai and a book signing in the Molokai Bar afterwards. Reservations should be made through the Mai-Kai. You Read more about Book Release Party at the Mai-Kai – Sept 17th[…]

Two New Postcards in the Collection

They may not be the most exciting pieces in the collection, but when you have been searching for years for something and finally get it, it is very satisfying. The above card shows the Mai-Kai in 1972. At left you see the 22 foot Barney West Moai that is still there today. Near the center Read more about Two New Postcards in the Collection[…]

Woody Woodbury – BITOA

Woody Woodbury was a comedian who was a regular at the Mai-Kai. In fact, I think he still lives strolling distance from the place today. He was most famous for his adult comedy records. He formed a club back in the good-old-days centered around the motto BITOA, Booze Is The Only Answer. There was a Read more about Woody Woodbury – BITOA[…]

Mai-Kai Kona Coffee Grog Mug

It can be odd being a collector. You have this rare mug you are after and you go to the place it originated, the Mai-Kai, and ask them when they used it. “Huh?” You’ve been scouring eBay for years and walking the aisles at junk shops and looking through old calendars and photos, trying to figure Read more about Mai-Kai Kona Coffee Grog Mug[…]