Before that, he wrote about the old Talisman Hotel on Carling Avenue.
This latest episode takes us back into the Talisman, on a visit to the Beachcomber Room, where “Swingers, sophisticates, chicks and cats make the liveliest scene in town…” This post originally appeared on Andrew’s blog, Ottawa Rewind.
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Every city has its favourite night clubs, most of them enjoying the spotlight for a few years before something trendier comes along.
Every decade has its hot spots, and in the 1960s, one of the hottest, or should I say coolest night clubs was Ottawa’s “Beachcomber Room”.
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Enjoying almost three decades of popularity as Ottawa’s hottest drinking and entertainment establishment, the Beachcomber Room was THE place to dance, listen to live music and enjoy the quintessential Tiki Mai Tai cocktail.
The Beachcomber Room was “flamboyantly decorated in a Tahitian motif” and also featured a 90-foot mural painted by Count Alex Van Svodoba, who also completed a mural at Carleton University.
The Polynesian theme of the Beachcomber Room was in tune with the popularity of the Tiki culture during the mid-century era, which was based primarily on “Don the Beachcomber’s” in Hollywood, California.
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