Lonely Planet Writer

9 of the best places in the world to celebrate National Rum Day

Whether you like your rum light, dark, spiced or on fire, get planning your next alcoholic adventure around these wonderful watering holes to celebrate the day that is in it.

1. Wigwam, Dublin

This refurbished space on Middle Abbey Street boasts a whopping 100 rums – so many they need their own page on the menu. You can be sure to try a unique cocktail here as the team behind the bar are always thinking up new exciting concoctions.

2. Trailer Happiness, London

This popular Portobello Road basement bar prides itself on being ironically retro and tiki – coconuts and paper umbrellas anyone? But it’s tasteful, not trashy and at less than a tenner a cocktail, is very reasonable for the area.

3. Floyd’s Pelican Bar, Jamaica

It might look like a rickety shack stuck out in the middle of the Caribbean sea – because that’s exactly what it is. Off the coast of Negril and only accessible by boat, this tiny venue serves up speciality cocktails and plenty of good vibes for a drinking experience you’ll never forget.

4. Bacardi Distillery, Puerto Rico

Home to the world’s largest premium rum distillery, Casa Bacardi is the place to hot up on your rum knowledge. It offers three types of tours, starting at just $15 (£11.60), all of which involve some tasting.

5. Hiding in Plain Sight, Amsterdam

This place serves up a rum cocktail so strong – the aptly named Walking Dead served in a flaming skull with three types of rum – that the bar have allegedly imposed their own limit on revellers of one per night. If you fancy your drink with an unconventional twist, HPS infuse some of their rums with the likes of strawberry and popcorn.

6. Rum Trader, Berlin

This tiny bar in the heart of West Berlin is perfect if you want service with a side of style. Owner and sole bartender Mr Scholl will serve you a lovingly crafted rum cocktail, based on you telling him your preference of sweet or sour, in a beautiful vintage glass without spilling a drop on his waistcoat or bow tie. He’s apparently imposed a smartphone ban too, so save your Instagram moments for outside.

7. Cienfuegos, New York

Sharing its name with a Cuban city well known for its sugar cane production, this East Village spot tries to live up to that reputation with a variety of sweet rum punch bowls. It also has a selection of small Latin-inspired plates to go with the drinks – and that ratio of booze to food is something we can definitely get on board with.

8. Scarlet, Barbados

This red-painted wooden house with vibrant pop art interior wins on the cute kitsch factor front. It’s located along the main west coast road and offers some dreamy-sounding long and short cocktails, including an all-rum version of the classic Long Island Iced Tea.

9. Floridita, Cuba

This bar is world famous for being the home of the crushed ice Daiquiri as well as one of Ernest Hemingway’s favourite drinking spots (there’s even a signed plaque of a quote by him proclaiming his love for the drink). Pull up a seat at the bar, light up a Cuban cigar and listen to some live music for a true Cuban experience to write home about/share on Facebook.