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Beachbum Berry's
Tiki Tuesday!
Photo by Olivier Konig
Don The Beachcomber's wasn't just the first Tiki bar in America. Seventy years ago, it was also the most glamorous watering hole in Hollywood. On any given night, provided you survived the 90-minute wait, you might be drinking with Charlie Chaplin, Orson Welles, Joan Crawford or Buster Keaton. If Buster ordered a Martini, it would be made in plain sight at the front bar. But if he fancied a Zombie, Cobra ' s Fang, or any of the Beachcomber's other talk-of-the-town tropicals, the concoction would mysteriously appear from behind the back bar. Customers never saw these " Rum Rhapsodies " being made, or the men who made them: Don's legendary Four Boys, the Filipino mixologists who toiled behind the scenes in the kitchen. Ray Buhen was one of these "Boys."
Like factory workers on an assembly line, they cored pineapples with piano wire, juiced limes until the citric acid ate into their fingernails and shaved ten-pound blocks of ice until their arms ached. Even so, according to Ray's son Mike, "All the Filipino guys making drinks in the back bar didn't want to come out. They were too shy. My dad said, 'That's stupid. How you gonna get tips if nobody knows who you are? You don't meet anybody in the back room.'"
Ray didn't just want to mix drinks, he wanted to mix with customers. This ambition launched him on a 60-year journey from the first great Hollywood Tiki bar to the last great Hollywood Tiki bar - his own, built with his own hands, the Tiki-Ti...
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