The most glamorous rum bar in London, and not a grass skirt or drunken sailor in sight. The David Collins-designed interior is spectacular, and the dedication to rum is apparent through the 50-strong list. The cocktails are superb too.
A visit to this polished Farringdon restaurant-bar offers a taste of Caribbean history and the tradition of rum. The drinks list reaches far afield and is arguably London’s longest. The food is worth stopping by for too.
This perpetually dusky, discreet Soho speakeasy is not specifically a rum bar, but treats the spirit with as great a respect as it does all the others that line its well-stocked back-bar. Non-members can drink here with a reservation before 11pm at the beginning of the week – it’s well worth it to work your way through the range of expertly crafted classic cocktails.
Before rum became cool, this is what it was all about. Paper umbrellas, Polynesian carvings, lei garlands and palm trees set the scene; classic rum cocktails such as zombies, hurricanes and mai tais are served in novelty glassware to share. It’s brash, tacky and unashamedly great fun.
This Notting Hill bar was one of the first in the capital to kickstart the
tiki revival – and it’s still knowingly kitsch, thoroughly tongue-in-cheek and ironically retro. Cocktails are rigorously faithful to the original
rum creations of legendary Californian bartenders.