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The Suffering Bastard: Joe Scialom, International Barman of Mystery

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Editorial Review

The career of Joe "Joe the Bartender" Scialom sounds like rich material for a 1960s novel: A man who speaks eight languages fluently and works in famed hotels around the world, including Paris's Ritz, New York's Four Seasons and Cairo's Shepheard's Hotel, invents that tiki-bar staple the Suffering Bastard and numerous other cocktails, and is frequently suspected of espionage because his regular customers include diplomats and journalists. Learn more about this continental man of mystery at a special seminar at the Occidental organized by the Museum of the American Cocktail. Tiki guru Jeff "Beachbum" Berry, who wrote a book about Scialom, will talk about Joe the Bartender's life and offer samples of some of his most famous concoctions, paired with food from the Occidental. The event starts at 7. Tickets are $45 in advance or $50 at the door.