An eloquent bartender named Elliott explains that the building currently occupied by the Hotel Biba was built in 1939, in the Bermuda vernacular architectural style, which reminds this writer of a manor house on an especially verdant tropical slave plantation. It probably never occurred to the architect who designed it, the 36-year-old Belford Shoumate, that at the age of 73 his building would be a sanctuary for drunken Palm Beach sodomites. But it is. From now until the Bibans have a better idea, Tuesday evenings will be given over to the electro-clashtastic DJ Zero-z (check out his MySpace page for a wicked rewiring of Robert Plants wailing intro to Immigrant Song), for his new gay and lesbian evening, Secrets. Stop in, listen to some tunes, and grab a drink from bartenders such as Elliot, who will serve up $4 martinis and $3 well drinks and Coronas. Biba, by the way, is a green hotel, which means the bar is full of weirdly healthy-sounding liquors that youve never heard of before: organic Gaya Rum, sake-infused Wasabi Vodka, Juniper Green Gin, etc. Whats so damned gay about Robert Plant and juniper? It's a secret to everyone.
Secrets runs on Tuesdays from 8 p.m. to midnight at the Hotel Biba, found at 320 Belvedere Rd. in West Palm Beach. There's no cover, and valet is free courtesy of Expose Entertainment. Call Biba at 561-832-0094, or visit DJ Zero-z at myspace.com/zerozbeats.
Tue., March 3, 8 p.m., 2009