Inspired by '50s-era Cuban drinking rooms, Rumba's
decadence flies in the face of the revolution, and it must be destroyed the second spot named for a dance opened by the dude behind nearby Tango. He's decked the former Goods space with nautical touches like vintage sea-charts and a giant swordfish John Travolta will likely procure using topless Halle Berry as his proxy, and given it a recessed bar with sea-green leather stools that face dark-wood shelves stocked with over 100 rums they're using in a massive list of classic and custom cocktails.
The collection of said imbibables is broken into categories like Punch (including a Pisco version w/ pineapple syrup & lemon), Cocktail Revival (the rye/ Punt e Mes/ apricot liqueur Slope), or Tiki Explosion, which either refers to the rum/ passionfruit Hurricane, or a good rushing day during a 2006 Giants loss, or what happened to his television career, or his marriage, or all four. Rumba's also paying homage to "old Havana" with two different mojitos, and four shaved-ice daiquiris that're simply called Daiquiris No. 1 through 4, or as Kathie Lee Gifford would call them, "what I drink before I start drinking".
Because man can't survive on drink alone, unless that drink is Sunny D, they're also doing Caribbean food (Cuban braised beef Ropa Vieja w/ pimento, bacon & annatto rice), and cold snacks like the tilapia Ceviche de la Costa, or rum-glazed nuts, also likely how owners of Cuba's finer drinking establishments saw the Guerrillas in 1958.
Published: September 18, 2012 at 4:00am EDT
1112 Pike St
Seattle, WA 98101
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