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Old 07-03-2007, 06:06 AM   #1
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I'll have a short excursion to Las Vegas for the first time late this summer. Being known as Sin City I'm assuming there will be no shortage of drinking establishments. The only problem may be finding the decent ones.

The only find I have so far is a restaurant in the valley called The Spirit of Cuba. Apparently they have tapas, live music and dancing, as well as an extensive rum list. I'm getting a little curious though about their website saying they have "left the building" and the removal of all their pictures and menus:

http://www.thespiritofcuba.net/

Are there any other recommendations for Vegas?
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Old 07-03-2007, 08:12 PM   #2
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I got some email from someone at Spirit of Cuba in Las Vegas a few months back and as I recall they claimed to be able to ship Cuban rum to anywhere except the US.

As for rum bars, I'm afraid I haven't turned up much other than Rum Jungle where they sell more vodka than rum and the wait staff didn't know a dark aged rum from a clear rum. I was served a white spirit when I asked for Zacapa Centenario, then the waiter told me I was wrong when I told him that the clear spirit he was offering me wasn't what I ordered.

Our party of six left.

Don't expect to find any of the smaller brands of rum in Las Vegas, the cost of distribution is so high that the distributors can't afford to offer the variety or quality of spirits found in many smaller markets. It's a shame but that's the way the dice roll in Sin City.
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Old 07-25-2007, 01:52 PM   #3
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I got some email from someone at Spirit of Cuba in Las Vegas a few months back and as I recall they claimed to be able to ship Cuban rum to anywhere except the US, &%*t happens in Vegas.
My apologies to The Spirit of Cuba Supper Club and Cigar Lounge. Another company called the Spirit of Cuba registered on my website and informed me that they were licensed to sell everything Cuban everywhere except in the US.

I haven't been to The Spirit of Cuba Supper Club but look forward to meeting them on my next trip to Las Vegas.
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I heard Rum Jungle has over 400 rums as well as girls dancing in the air and everywhere. Those two facts made me drool over this place (and its impending opening in A.C.) So they didn't have that selection?
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400 rums is an certainly an exaggeration, I know of several rums they don't have on their rum list. But more importantly, the last menu I saw had more than a few mistakes - white rums listed as dark rums, and the staff wasn't very helpful. Hopefully they will improve their training. It doesn't do anyone any good to have a lot rums that no one knows anything about but as I've been told on more than one occasion, they sell more vodka than rum.
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400 rums is an certainly an exaggeration, I know of several rums they don't have on their rum list. But more importantly, the last menu I saw had more than a few mistakes - white rums listed as dark rums, and the staff wasn't very helpful. Hopefully they will improve their training. It doesn't do anyone any good to have a lot rums that no one knows anything about but as I've been told on more than one occasion, they sell more vodka than rum.
Most of the people going to Rum Jungle aren't going for rum...they're going to a trendy, hip bar that boasts that it has a lot of something. It doesn't really matter to a lot of the party crowd WHAT they have a lot of, just so long as they have a lot of it.

Then they all sit down and order their vodka-red bulls and cosmos and go about their business.
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P.T. Barnum had something to say about the public's desire to believe in anything.
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400 rums is an certainly an exaggeration, I know of several rums they don't have on their rum list. But more importantly, the last menu I saw had more than a few mistakes - white rums listed as dark rums, and the staff wasn't very helpful. Hopefully they will improve their training. It doesn't do anyone any good to have a lot rums that no one knows anything about but as I've been told on more than one occasion, they sell more vodka than rum.
Perhaps they can hire you as a consultant to straighten them out. Although from the sound of it, their clientele doesn't care.
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When I was in Vegas this past summer I got the impression that to most visitors, enjoying quality spirits wasn't as important as drinking massive quantities and taking home shaped plastic cups.

One thing I was looking forward to was Trader Vic's opening on the strip, but it opened a few days after I left. Would have been great to try a Mai Tai as it was originally intended.
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I'm sorry to say that I've been generally disappointed with the drinks at most Trader Vic's due to the corporate profit structure. They try to have a good selection of rums but instead of using really good Jamaican, Martinique and Barbados rum in their cocktails, they tend to use Trader Vic private label rums.
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