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Extolling the virtues of the basement tiki bar
Ragbag Comics
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From: Chicago
Posted: 2011-01-02 2:34 pm   Permalink

Stayin' cool here in Chicago...at least today. Most other days have circled cool straight into COLD this winter.

Alas, the condo association won't let us build a bar in the basement (and... you wouldn't want to even if they'd let you) so we'll have make a couple Suffering Bastards and belly up to the ol' Llama to get through the winter...



--Pete


 
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uncle trav
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Posted: 2011-02-12 10:37 am   Permalink

It's Saturday and it's cold. I just turned a Christmas gift certificate for the liquor store into a bottle of Appleton Estate Extra and I am good to go. The space heaters are roaring as I write this and I will soon be juicing lemons and limes. I have some guests coming over this evening and the exotica is ready to chase the chill from the air. Nothing will raise your spirits like good company with good cocktails. We may not have palm trees swaying outside here but I couldn't see them from my basement lounge anyway. To all of the other TC members stuck in the snow, this evening I will be raising a Mai Tai to you. Tonight is cocktail night in the exotic underground of Kalamazoo.
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Big Kahuna
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Posted: 2011-02-12 1:40 pm   Permalink

Hey, Trav!
I'm holding a car club meeting in my basement lounge this evening. There'll be Exotica, Rum & PuPu. I've got 2 1/2'-3' of snow outside & it's about 27 degrees. We'll be warm & toasty in the Mauna Kai Lounge tonight. I'll post some pics, later. The name of my car club is the Idol Mixtures.




 
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uncle trav
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Posted: 2011-02-12 1:55 pm   Permalink

Well That's two of us. Looks like a multi-state event!!!!!

 
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ErkNoLikeFire
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Posted: 2011-02-12 3:52 pm   Permalink

I say thee nay to snow and cold weather. Especially since I had a pipe burst in the basement and it filled up with a few inches of water forever dashing my hopes of turning it int o a small lounge. Basement tiki love will have to wait a while longer in Lansing.
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TikiTomD
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Posted: 2011-02-12 5:22 pm   Permalink

Having experienced ErkNoLikeFire’s part of Michigan in January about a decade ago, I’d advise that any freezable commodity in that basement bar contain at least 25% ethanol, in case the heat fails. Trav’s choice of Appleton Estate Extra, at 43% ethanol by volume, should be good to pour at temperatures below minus 10 degrees F. Depending on the mixers and the ambient temperature, one might need to float some 151 proof to maintain the resulting cocktail in a liquid state.

 
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ErkNoLikeFire
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Posted: 2011-02-12 8:29 pm   Permalink

Luckily I have 2 5ths of Lemon Hart 151 to alleviate any frozen drink issues. Unfortunately for some reason that mystifies me, 2 bottles of Orgeat that I haven't a clue how they got down there were frozen solid. I now have two 5ths of syrup cicles.
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uncle trav
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Posted: 2011-02-13 05:17 am   Permalink

Hang in there Erk. I know all about the water in the basement issue. If it gets deep enough you can have a real dive bar. Tom, I had plenty of antifreeze for the guests last night so no problems with the cold at all just a very pleasant evening.
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Haole Jim
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Posted: 2011-02-13 08:05 am   Permalink

After last daughter moved out mid '09, her upstairs room became her father's Tiki-theme music room. Couple big windows for light, no basement "vibe" wanted, thank you. "Quest for loght and ventilation"

It's been a delightful daily-use place and sanctuary-micro asylum. No formal bar, plenty of ambiance, tho.

You folks taking advantage of e-piping in some Exotica-Lounge-Surf-Crime Jazz music from Cudra Clover's Exotica Hour podcasts from Maui? Free and excellent!


 
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Big Kahuna
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Posted: 2011-02-13 09:33 am   Permalink

Thanks for the music tip, Jim. I'll have to check it out.

 
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Thunderlips
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Posted: 2011-02-13 12:09 pm   Permalink

Quote:

On 2011-02-12 13:40, Big Kahuna wrote:
I'm holding a car club meeting in my basement lounge this evening. There'll be Exotica, Rum & PuPu. I've got 2 1/2'-3' of snow outside & it's about 27 degrees. We'll be warm & toasty in the Mauna Kai Lounge tonight. I'll post some pics, later. The name of my car club is the Idol Mixtures.



Hey Big Kahuna,

I know next to nothin' about cars but I know plenty about booze! Would love to see the Mauna Kai sometime and in return you & yours are invited to Chongo's Lounge in Brimfield (not too far from Grafton).

'Course, my bar's only open in the warmer months on account of no insulation. All I can do is press my nose up against the cold patio doors and dream of Summer...
(Almost defeats the purpose of the damn place!)
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uncle trav
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Posted: 2012-11-24 06:16 am   Permalink

Time to fire up the space heaters kids. The first snow of the season is falling in my part of Northern Polynesia and it has been waaaaay to long since my last cocktail night in the home lounge. Need a new sound system and have to rearrange the bar a bit to fit in some new items. A perfect time of year for a bit of faux Polynesia to take the chill off.
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TikiTomD
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Posted: 2012-11-24 06:29 am   Permalink

Trav, though it's a beautiful sunny morning in Florida, the flames are dancing in the faux fireplace next to the Blowfish Bar, as temperatures are in the bone-chilling 50s.

-Tom


 
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