Savor the Culture of Vintage Cuba at Rumbar with Vizcaya VXOP

If you’re looking for a sophisticated, refined yet inviting space in which to enjoy Vizcaya VXOP Cask 21 rum, look no further than Rumbar, located inside Key Biscayne’s Ritz-Carlton. The name of this storied hospitality company is synonymous with luxury and exemplary service, and Rumbar puts a decidedly Latin spin on the Ritz-Carlton’s elegance.

With deep, inviting leather couches and armchairs, crimson walls and rich mahogany woodwork, Rumbar looks every bit the gentleman’s club. The atmosphere is genteel and relaxed—perfect for kicking back to savor the spice and complexity of Vizcaya. Rumbar also has a humidor that boasts an extensive collection of cigars for your smoking pleasure.

Despite its decidedly vintage feel—Rumbar reminds patrons not just of Hemingway, as so many Cuban-inspired rum-friendly establishments do, but also, with its slowly turning wooden ceiling fans, of Bogey and Bacall—the small plates offered by Rumbar’s kitchen have a decidedly modern feel. Choose from short-rib sliders topped with goat cheese mousse and arugula, yuca fries with a creamy chimichurri dipping sauce, or a Caribbean pineapple pizza with cilantro. The classic Cuban sandwich composed of ham, pork, pickles and cheese, the Media Noche, is reworked as a panini. Key lime pie is topped with mango coulis in a delicious marriage of two tropical flavors.

As you would expect at a such a delightfully old-school bar, there is a comprehensive list of cocktails, ranging from time-honored standards like daiquiris, mojitos and caipirinhas, to innovative specialty martinis. The true rum lover, however, will probably bypass these in favor of a vertical rum flight—or possibly a tasting of his own devising. It’s also possible to rent one of Rumbar’s VIP rum lockers, in order to store your own personal bottle of Vizcaya VXOP.

Make sure to check out Rumbar on Saturday nights, when Grupo Nostalgia, a four-piece Latin music group, will truly transport you and your date to Old Havana. Any night of the week, however, is a perfect night to sit back and enjoy a cigar as the friendly bartender pours you a neat Vizcaya, at Key Biscayne’s upscale destination for the enjoyment of rum and Cuban culture.

Photograph courtesy of K. Hurley

Published in: on August 12, 2010 at 8:00 AM  Leave a Comment  
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Vizcaya VXOP and Dominos At Philly’s Rum Bar

Let’s face it: when you think of rum, Philadelphia is not the first location to come to mind. The owner and mixologist behind Rum Bar, however, wants to change that.

Adam Kanter has painstakingly crafted a rum list and cocktail menu to showcase a variety of rums, including the ultimate sipping rum, Vizcaya VXOP Cask 21. Rum Bar, which is located conveniently just off Philadelphia’s Rittenhouse Square Park, is a cozy yet not overly intimate setting in which to sip a glass of Vizcaya and perhaps indulge in a small plate or two from the restaurant’s island-inspired menu. After all, who could resist an order of jerk chicken wings, Jamaican beef patties, or ahi tuna tacos with pineapple slaw, pico de gallo and sweet avocado sauce?

Don’t let the delectable food offerings fool you, however; this is a serious rum bar, with a collection of over 140 rums and a cocktail menu designed to showcase them. The knowledgeable bartenders at Rum Bar will mix you up something familiar—a mojito or Mai Tai made high-end by the addition of Vizcaya—or something a little more esoteric. How does a creole daiquiri or a cucumber-rum sour sound? And should your companion be less of a rum enthusiast than you, there’s also a unique selection of South American wines.

Rum Bar features live music, ranging from samba to calypso to rock, every Saturday night, as well as rum flights, and drink and food specials that differ each day. Perhaps most notable among their special events, however, are their Save the Daiquiri Wednesdays, in which the bartenders will craft authentic daiquiris for half price, while patrons can enjoy a spirited game of dominos and the laid-back sounds of live reggae music.

The ambiance at Rum Bar is lush, warm and inviting—much like the experience of sipping Vizcaya VXOP. So the next time you’re in Philly and want to talk rum or enjoy some good company while drinking great Cuban-style Vizcaya VXOP rum, stop in to the Rum Bar Lounge and Restaurant.

Published in: on July 15, 2010 at 1:03 PM  Leave a Comment  
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Enjoy Vizcaya VXOP, the Ultimate Sipping Rum, at Caña, L.A.’s Ultimate Rum Bar

One of downtown Los Angeles’s newest hot spots, Caña Rum Bar, is proud to serve Vizcaya VXOP—the ultimate sipping rum.

Caña has been reinvented by nightlife impresario Cedd Moses from the space’s previous incarnation, the exclusive members-only club The Doheny. Although it’s still a private club, the membership has dropped from $2200 to just $20, and the venue still offers a lush, intimate atmosphere and high-quality cocktails. Not only that, but the membership fee is actually donated to a different, worthwhile charity each month. In Caña’s opening month, the proceeds went to Haiti earthquake relief.

Caña serves a variety of small-batch rums and intriguing rum-based drinks, including a line of retro-chic tiki drinks. One of the premium rums served in this inviting lounge is Vizcaya VXOP, the warm, sultry notes of which are a perfect complement to the vibe at Caña—which is at once worldly and cozy, sexy and mellow. With live Latin and Carribean music, as well as special rum tastings and other events, Caña is not just a club, but a destination.

Caña’s nooks and atmospheric lighting make it a perfect place to bring a date, or to catch up with an old friend. Or come with the whole crowd, and sample a variety of drinks you won’t get anywhere else, like a deliciously gingery Dark and Stormy, the best daiquiri of your life, or the two-person Zombie. Any of the specialty cocktails which Caña’s experienced bartenders can concoct for you are a perfect way to showcase Vizcaya VXOP’s sophisticated nuances of clove, brown sugar, nutmeg, caramel and vanilla. Perhaps you might prefer to sip your Vizcaya neat or on the rocks, so you can mull over its delectable subtleties, while enjoying your favorite cigar on Caña’s inviting enclosed patio.

Just like Vizcaya VXOP, Caña Rum Bar takes pleasure to a new level. Both are posh yet accessible, offering something for the rum novice and the knowledgeable connoisseur alike. Where better to savor a glass of the ultimate sipping rum—Vizcaya VXOP—than at Los Angeles’s ultimate destination for the enjoyment of rum, Caña Rum Bar?

To get to Caña, which is located at 714 West Olympic Boulevard, enter the first private driveway south of Olympic on Flower. Call them at 213.745.7090.

Published in: on May 19, 2010 at 7:33 AM  Leave a Comment  
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