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Saturday, February 15, 2014

Shift Drink: Mai Tais and Frito Pie with Bartender Jim Romdall

Posted by on Sat, Feb 15, 2014 at 4:30 PM

A rum drink sounds good right about now, doesnt it?
  • Kelly O
  • A rum drink sounds good right about now, doesn't it?

Specializing in sugarcane-distilled delights, the cozy Havana-inspired lounge of Capitol Hill's Rumba (1112 Pike St, 583-7177) is a soothing place to pass a rainy winter evening. (The first syllable is pronounced like the liquor, not like the robot vacuum cleaner.) Better still, Rumba now offers inebriation at the hand of new bar manager Jim Romdall, formerly of downtown's now-closed Vessel. After a busy night of shaking multiple varieties of daiquiris and maybe a mai tai or two, Romdall reports that when he's not savoring a quiet drink at home—he boasts a private collection of 100 kinds of Scotch, making it pretty much "the perfect bar for him"—he prefers to patronize dive bars with specific perks...

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[Eds. note: Rumba opens for happy hour in half an hour; also, tomorrow night you'll find the probably extremely fun Speed Rack after-party on the premises around 7 p.m.]

 

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