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You know what is hot these days, but also icy cold? Tiki. Since the country's first Tiki bar—Don the Beachcomber, opened in the 1930s, which served up rum-based drinks with fruits and syrups—Tiki has come a long way, especially the last couple of years in New York. Bartenders are no longer concocting drinks that remind you of Tiki in the 90s, i.e., too sweet, cheap, and not that delicious. Instead, an increasing number of bars in Brooklyn...
Yesterday evening, a friend and I stood inside Dromedary, a new tiki bar near the Myrtle-Wyckoff L in Bushwick. In front of us a large drink was filled with crushed ice and topped with a purple and orange flower. It was called the Mt. Kilauea Colada, a “tribute to the still-erupting volcano of the Big Island,” and it looked like an icy whirlpool of melted crayons. My friend took a sip. Her headed jolted back,...
People of Brooklyn, we have many talents. But a couple of them stand out more than others; one of them is drinking. We have more bars than any bar-addicted fool could ever hope for. And now that it is nice and steamy outside, one kind of bar we all love is the variety that serves frozen drinks. We don't care if you're someone who "doesn't like sweet drinks." Do you like alcohol? Do you like to...
Few genres spark the kind of divisive, derisive, and demanding conversations the way country music does. If you were raised with an affinity for working class values and a pastoral landscape, then succumbing to the genre's charms probably came naturally. However, plenty of people describe themselves as country converts, or initial haters who saw the error of their ways, recanted, and now preach the gospel of the banjo with sheepish aplomb. Whatever the case may...

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