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The best bars in Hong Kong to drink rum

Taking rum cocktails beyond the mai tai and mojito

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Time Out Hong Kong
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Arguably the best use of sugarcane, rum is still somewhat underappreciated in the world of spirits. But with a new rum bar in town and exotic rum-drinking establishments going strong, it seems this golden nectar with the spirit of the tropics is finally having its day in the sun. No longer just a spirit made for pirates or with Caribbean origins, rum is so much more varied now and comes in from all over the world, allowing cocktails with deeper flavours and complexity to shine.

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The best bars in Hong Kong to drink rum

  • Bars and pubs
  • Soho

A Caribbean-inspired bar named after the centuries-old ritual of handing out a daily ration of rum to royal navy sailors, The Daily Tot focuses on, you guessed it, rum! They hold a range of niche rum bottles from Barbados and Trinidad and showcase the true flavours of this versatile spirit through 12 signature cocktails that vary from the classic to creative.

  • Bars and pubs
  • Cocktail bars
  • Soho

A bar with a multisensory focus, Quinary appreciates a good rum, and it's one of the few places in Hong Kong that treat the spirit with such reverence. We love their intense and warm version of dark 'n stormy or the more smoky and spicy Blackbeard cocktail made with Diplomático rum, vintage port, stout, and cardamom treacle. If you're looking for quality rum-cocktails, Quinary is on our list and should be on yours. 

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  • Bars and pubs
  • Wan Chai

Serving colourful rum cocktails in a tiki-inspired lounge, Ohana is a little ray of sunshine on the 29th floor of QRE Plaza in Wan Chai. Try the classic Ohana Colada, made with dark rum, pineapple, banana, coconut and lime, or opt for something more punchy with the Pirate's Rage cocktail, made with butter fat-washed Appleton Signature Blend rum, spice chocolate bitter, Angostura bitter, and maple syrup. Their semi-open terrace area makes catching the sunset all the more tropical in these balmy environs.

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