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Whisky & Poetry Salon Proves You Can Drink In Culture

on 22/01/14 at 12:58 pm

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woman-barfinal2I love whisky. Poetry, however, doesn’t move me the way, say, Marvin Gaye does but, put them together, and you’ve got a delicious evening of booze and culture. Big huzzahs to Kim Ohanneson and Karolyn Kiisel, of Literary Libations, who came up with this idea of “A candlelit evening of decadent debauchery, Scotland’s finest whiskies, and the communal love of all things poetic…” over whisky at Seven Grand a couple of years ago. Not sure what whisky they were drinking but it proves that whisky inspires.


Full moon cityscape from the penthouse loft window

Here’s the salon in their own words: “Bring a poem (your own or someone else’s) and read it in a candlelit circle of of fellow aficionados in a 1920’s penthouse loft with a dramatic view of the downtown L.A. cityscape. In return, you’ll get a flight of fine, single malt scotches and — just in time for Robbie Burns Night the following week — a wee bit of whisky education from our cheeky and erudite Whisky Ambassador Johnnie “the Scot” Mundell.”

Transported to the top floor in, shall we say, a vintage elevator, get off the elevator and you’re greeted by the flattering light of a zillion candles and the warm welcome of our hosts, Kim and Karolyn. Food is set out prettily on a large table and people mingle and schmooze til it’s time for the reason we’re here: whisky and poetry.

People read their poems to the appreciative audience, Johnnie “the Scot’ Mundell entertainingly hosts the whisky tasting and educates us as to the various whiskies, and we even get an unexpected, extraordinary a cappella rendition of a Nina Simone song sung by Claude (sorry didn’t get her last name), a first time guest. You never know how the evening will unfold.

Oh, and then the  pièce de résistance, the poetry of Brendan Constantine dramatized by the man himself. Poetry comes alive! Oh, what a wonderful time.

Kim and Karolyn definitely created a band of whisky and poetry enthusiasts and we relished the communal spirit of the evening. Can’t wait for the next one. LIKE their Facebook page Whisky and Poetry Salon and you should be able to find info from there.






Brendan emoting his poetry

Brendan emoting his poetry


Empty glasses. A full evening.

Empty glasses. A full evening.