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Old 11-03-2008, 12:52 AM   #1
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Default Rum Jungle, Las Vegas

This weekend, we visited the Rum Jungle at Mandalay Bay hotel and casino. It certainly is an upscale restaurant and bar; I hardly felt welcome with shorts and my "ministry of rum" t-shirt, but we entered anyway. The joint was barren, with only another couple from California and us at the bar, and we entered into a great conversation of politics, locale, and drinking. The bartender (having nothing else to do) hung out and answered a couple questions from me as well.

He tells me 75% of customers come in and drink Bud Light or Tecate with a lime. 24% of customers drink Bacardi rum and cokes, or one of their cocktails (a la hurricane) they recommend. Its extremely rare to have someone like me come in and ask for their rum menu, and pick Botran Solera or Whalers Reserve straight up. *sigh*

Anyway, it was pleasant, especially of the company and conversation we had. The bar had an amazing collection of rums --- 200+ --- sold by the shot ($11 a shot) and the wait staff weren't as clueless as posters have said here in the past. They didn't know a ton about rums, but they could get you what you asked for without mistake and answer intelligently about what the demand for that rum was locally.

And the portions were wonderful. 2 oz or more for each "sample". But bring your reading glasses, you have 200+ rums on one sheet and the font is smaller than the fine print of buying an automobile.


I wouldn't recommend Rum Jungle as a mecca, but certainly if you're in Las Vegas, its worth a stop to check out 2-3 rums you've never tried.

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Old 11-04-2008, 12:27 PM   #2
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Anyway, it was pleasant, especially of the company and conversation we had. The bar had an amazing collection of rums --- 200+ --- sold by the shot ($11 a shot) and the wait staff weren't as clueless as posters have said here in the past. They didn't know a ton about rums, but they could get you what you asked for without mistake and answer intelligently about what the demand for that rum was locally.
Well i will agree and disagree with you... i have been to the Rum Jungle on 6 or 7 occasions and have found it wanting.
It is fun to see all those rums in one spot, but a pain trying to help the server find which one you are talking about (4th row up 6 from the left.... next to Bacardi... no not that Bacardi, the 8, no not the Aсejo the 8...).
If you are as smart as Stockdoct, and you go there when it isn't busy (when it is busy it is to be avoided at all cost!) you will have a decent time trying random rums and conversing in a spacious space with tacky lighting and 'adequately' informed wait staff. Of the 8 or 10 different servers that i encountered on my many visits (the last of which was several years ago-- things may have improved) only 2 were capable of even the slightest discussion regarding rum (strangely they both were from somewhere else-- Guatemala, and Panama if i remember correctly.) the rest of the wait staff was exactly what you would expect at any club where the scantily clad, in shiny outfits pay $15 to shake there respective thangs (which ironically is what Rum Jungle actually is. . . a club).

Wayne Curtis said it better here. . . .

That being said, i am glad Stockdoct had a good time there ( i actually had a couple good times there, which i am sure is hard to tell from my post--but i think that was situational and definitely not institutional <fun could be had in a parking lot also, given the correct conditions>.)
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Old 11-05-2008, 11:31 AM   #3
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Rum jungle is best enjoyed with a hoochie mamma on your arm dressed to the nines (or hardly at all) - grab your simple Bacardi and Coke at this place, look up and shake to the beat and watch the girls dancing in the cages.

As far as a real "rum bar" - leave that one to our fine friend in Philadelphia- I hear he has a "real" rum bar!!!
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My experiences have been much more in-line with Forrest's. Granted I haven't been there at a slow time. Maybe I'll make it over there in December.

I'm still recovering from sitting in Trader Vic's and having the bartender ask if there are any good dark rums cause all she's had was the TV dark. I just sort of cocked my head to the side and pointed out that she had a bar FULL of rum.

"Oh, I'm a vodka drinker mostly."

I spent much of my time there doing exactly what Forrest describes at Rum Jungle..."No, next shelf up...no 2 more to your right...your other right...no...no...THAT ONE."
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