The Best Rum Bars in America
First off, know that Rumba boasts a selection of more than 550 rums. Whether that number intimidates or excites you, this Seattle spot—which celebrates five years of serving up craft, rum-based cocktails in 2017—is worth a visit. Sample cocktails that balance freshly squeezed juices and house-syrups with a wide array of rums, and become a regular for the opportunity to join the elite Rum Society.
Los Angeles, California
Housed in a shabby-chic club that echoes a bygone era of glitz and glamour, La Descarga offers a nostalgic (and meticulously designed) atmosphere to match its extensive rum list. A speakeasy-style entry process demands adherence to an elevated dress code, but the additional preparation is a worthy time investment for an evening in this elegant spot.
The Speakeasy Inn and Rum Bar
Key West, Florida
Notorious for its history as a base for smuggling rum into the U.S. during prohibition, Key West is home to many rum bars, but The Speakeasy Inn and Rum Bar may just top them all. The Speakeasy Inn, located on ever-popular Duval Street, is housed in a restored landmark building, and the lobby’s laidback Rum Bar features outdoor seating (perfect for people-watching) and a wide selection of rums, plus bartenders who can help you find your perfect rum or cocktail, like their famous Painkiller.
Caña Rum Bar
Los Angeles, California
Caña Rum Bar’s intimate, wood-paneled space welcomes design fans and drink fans alike: The former will delight in the connection between the décor and the legacy of the more than 250 rums Caña offers, while the latter can indulge in the sheer variety of rums (and the cocktails made with them). The bar also hosts an eponymous Rum Society, which offers weekly expert-led tastings and classes.
A Portland mainstay since 2011, Rum Club pours a wide variety of cocktails, with heavy emphasis on rums and famed Martinique rhums. The short-and-sweet food menu offers delectable snacks like kimchi dumplings and black-eyed pea hummus (plus, of course, a rum cake), so imbibers need not fear going hungry while they indulge in the carefully crafted cocktails.
San Francisco, California
Consider this contemporary spot a veritable mecca for lovers of both fine rum and fine dining. Located in San Francisco’s of-the-moment SOMA district, this upscale tavern celebrates spirits (and cuisines) that embody a tradition of farmhouse distilling and local foodways. As a six-time nominee for the James Beard Award for Outstanding Bar Program, a 2011 semifinalist for Best New Restaurant, and 2011 winner for Outstanding Restaurant Design, Bar Agricole’s legacy is more than storied, but its wide acclaim does nothing to detract from the quality of its bar and food offerings. The food menu changes daily, while the drink menu both emphasizes rum and rhum agricole and features cocktails made with gin, bourbon, Scotch whisky, and more.