Black is the new black!

Behold: five bold, dark rums.

Blackheart Spiced Rum
Named for a supposed (or entirely fictional?) swashbuckling, hard-partying femme fatale of the high seas, Blackheart by Heaven Hill Distilleries celebrates her wanton ways with a 93-proof spiced rum perfect for blending into tropical-inspired libations.
Try: Tommy Bahama Restaurant & Bar in Town Square.
Buy: Total Wine & More, $15.

The Kraken Black Spiced Rum
At 94-proof, the Kraken is a beast! Imported black Caribbean rums from Trinidad and Tobago are blended with spices for a rich, highly flavorful rum well suited to sipping on the rocks or incorporating into cocktails.
Try: Chandelier Bar in the Cosmopolitan.
Buy: Lee’s Discount Liquor, $18.

Mount Gay Eclipse Black Rum
Mount Gay’s newest issue is an intense 100-proof blend of Barbados rums aged 2-7 years in lightly charred Kentucky oak. You could try it neat, but this rum likes to mix it up.
Try: Hussong’s Cantina in the Shops at Mandalay Place.
Buy: Total Wine & More, $18.

Bacardi Oakheart Spiced Rum
Oakheart incorporates autumn prescribed spices and flavorings, including cinnamon, nutmeg, vanilla and caramel. Remember that when you’re spiking something warm this season.
Try: Frankie’s Tiki Room at 1712 W. Charleston Blvd.
Buy: Khoury’s Fine Wine & Spirits, $14.

Malibu Black Rum
With a higher proof and lower sweetness, this amber rum still offers that hint of coconut that has made Malibu Original a poolside staple, but Malibu Black wants to party at night.
Try: First Food & Bar in the Shoppes at the Palazzo.
Buy: Lee’s Discount Liquors, $15.

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The Restaurant Awards

The Restaurant Awards

By Max Jacobson, Xania Woodman and Grace Bascos

After four years of hard times, everyone is ready to sound the death knell for fine dining in Las Vegas. But rumors of its demise have been greatly exaggerated. In fact, we had so many excellent dining experiences to consider this year that it was quite a challenge to decide which ones to single out. After more than a few passionate discussions among Vegas Seven’s food-and-beverage team, we’ve come up with a “best” list that shows that our restaurant scene is not only very much alive, but still evolving. True, losing Alex, a two-Michelin-star restaurant at the Wynn, was a blow. But that is more emblematic of a shifting management philosophy at Wynn than reflective of overall trends around here. Look at Caesars Palace. It has overhauled its restaurant options impressively. Washington, D.C., star chef Michel Richard’s 24/7 bistro, Central, is already turning heads with its multimillion-dollar build-out, a menu of French and American classics, and spectacular desserts. The resort plans to replace Bradley Ogden in the first quarter next year with a gastropub concept from England’s Gordon Ramsay. The 180-room Centurion Tower will be totally redone as Nobu’s own hotel, complete with a 9,500-square-foot Japanese restaurant. And although we’ve lost many neighborhood favorites, we continue to improve as an ethnic dining destination. Two amazing fusion concepts, Forte and DW Bistro, are solidly entrenched in the local scene. The Chinatown scene keeps improving, too, thanks to newcomers such as Big Wong, our first Brooklyn Chinese restaurant, and Café de Japon, a Japanese-style restaurant/coffee shop. Will we ever get tired of burgers? It seems not, since I Love Burgers at the Palazzo is already planning a second location at Town Square, Smashburger continues to expand, and Five Guys, yet another national chain, has debuted successfully on South Eastern Avenue. And the aforementioned gastropub concept is also adding new wrinkles to the local scene. English’s is already open in the Town Square location that once was home to Louis’, and plans are afoot to open Public House, another gastropub, in the Venetian. We are already salivating just thinking about what 2012 will bring.