With its close proximity and cultural ties to Cuba, Miami is no stranger to top-notch rum. Add to that a world-renowned party scene, and it’s no surprise that many of the best bars and rum selections abound throughout the city. Celebrated in Latin America, rum makes for a delicious drink served straight up. It can also be mixed with other ingredients to create refreshing cocktails like mojitos, Cuba Libres and piña coladas. Don’t miss out on the following Miami destinations to savor what’s come to be known as one of Florida’s signature spirits.
Mango’s Tropical Cafe
900 Ocean Drive
Miami Beach, FL 33139
Hours: Mon to Sun 11 a.m. – 5 a.m.
Mojito lovers rejoice: Mango’s Tropical Cafe offers eight flavors of classic mojitos and 10 specialty lemonade mojitos, with flavor choices including key lime, coconut and cherry lemonade. Don’t forget to try Hemingway’s favorite, the Cuban mojito – a concoction of Bacardi Superior Rum, fresh lime juice, mint leaves, sugar and a splash of soda. All mojitos are priced at $11.50. For an extra $3.50, receive a 15-ounce Mango’s Souvenir Hurricane glass.
Miami Beach Marina
300 Alton Road
Miami Beach, FL 33139
Hours: Sun to Thur 11:30 a.m. – 10 p.m., Fri to Sat 11:30 a.m. – 12 a.m.
If you’re dealing with a broken heart, job termination or just a bad day, drown your sorrows with one of Monty’s famous Pain Removers. These bad boys are made with cream of coconut, pineapple and orange juices, served on the rocks with, of course, rum. This 16-ounce drink is available in three different rum levels, so you can control just how much pain remover you need. Be careful, though – Monty’s warns that this is a drink that has a tendency to sneak up on customers.
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Area 31 Restaurant & Bar
270 Biscayne Blvd. Way
Miami, FL 33131
Hours: Mon to Sun 11 a.m. – dusk
Area 31 in Miami is more than just a restaurant; it also has a pool bar that serves up a mouth-watering assortment of specialty rum cocktails, with choices such as the Dark and Stormy and the traditional mojito. Rum lovers looking to cool off from the Florida heat can choose between frozen mojitos, piña coladas and daiquiris with shaved ice. All drinks are priced at $12, and pitchers of frozen piña coladas and daiquiris are available for $48.
Sugarcane Raw Bar Grill
3252 N.E. 1st Ave.
Miami, FL 33137
Sugarcane Raw Bar Grill is a trendy place featuring an international influence with a strong focus on South American cuisine and cocktails. The restaurant is from the same firm as the popular Sushi Samba which also features a wonderful merging of international influences for top food and beverage. The fresh ingredients the dishes are known for extend to the extensive specialty cocktail list and full bar. Rum cocktails at Sugarcane include the standard drinks as well as inventive recipes such as beer cocktails (a must-try) and even beer mojitos.
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The Pirate Republic Bar
400 SW 3rd Ave.
Fort Lauderdale, FL 33315
Hours: Sun to Thu 11 a.m. – 12 a.m., Fri to Sat 11 a.m. – 2 a.m.
Fifteen men on the dead man’s chest… yo-ho-ho and a bottle of rum! Channel your inner buccaneer at The Pirate Republic Bar in Fort Lauderdale. Try out the delicious bartender specialty, the Caipirinha, with cachaça (sugarcane rum) from Brazil. Swashbucklers can also choose from seven other cocktails made with various types of rum, including The Jack Sparrow, One Eye Mojito and Shiver Me Timbers.
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