It’s likely that any mixed cocktail that lets your mind wander to the scent of coconut and Caribbean beaches is made with good old-fashioned rum. Whether your taste buds fancy Puerto Rican, Jamaican or Brazilian rum, Los Angeles has hidden treasures where all you have to do is sit back, relax and order a drink. Whether it’s National Rum Day or not, celebrate with these great bars with rum selections.
4427 Sunset Blvd
Los Angeles, CA 90027
In the mood for some delicious and tasty rum cocktails? Tiki Ti is a family owned and operated tropical bar serving some of the most unique drinks in L.A. for over 50 years. Located in Hollywood, you’ll feel as if you’ve stepped back in time upon entering this small watering hole. What it lacks in size, it more than makes up for in drinks. Offering over 94 tropical drinks, rum is certainly on the menu here. Their rum drink menu is almost overwhelming, too. Drinks include names like their Navy Grog, Cobra’s Fang, Tuba-Co-Ola, Pearl Diver and Tiki Tahitian, as well as their Blue Wave, Puka Puka, Caribbean Limbo, and Uga Booga. But, if you think that’s all that’s offered, think again. There are so many others you’ll need to make frequent visits just to get through just the rum cocktail list.
12808 Victory Blvd
North Hollywood, CA 91606
Looking to get the feel of the islands and drink up some rum cocktails? Stop by Tonga Hut, the laid-back tiki bar offering fruity drinks, great music from a jukebox and good fun. As LA’s oldest tiki bar, there’s a lot of history behind this bar. Since 1958, North Hollywood’s Tonga Hut helped the growing tiki movement and throughout the years became a gathering spot for G.I.’s and their wives looking for an escape. And, although the tiki-bar craze fell on hard times and other tiki bars closed throughout the 80’s, The Tonga Hut survived and has thrived, making it the oldest tiki bar in L.A. A delicious cocktail menu full of rum-infused drinks awaits guests, including classics like their mai tai, with a clasdic trader vic’s recipe, and rum, as well as their ‘Zombie-1934 Recipe,’ which is a Don The Beachcomber original with 3 rums, lime, and spices. Other favorites include the Nui Nui with gold rum, and a taste of the holidays, a Bermuda Dunes cocktail with a blend of gold and silver rums, and their Mojave Punch with passion fruit home-made hibiscus syrup, juices and light & dark rums.
Caña Rum Bar
714 W Olympic Blvd.
Los Angeles, CA 90015
Downtown L.A.’s Caña Rum Bar is an exclusive membership bar that offers more than 140 small-batch rums, unique and interesting cocktail combos and the bar’s famous rum punch. Bringing back the allure of the 1930’s Caribbean Islands, while keeping a modern vision and elegance, Cana Rum Bar opened in 2010 as a special rum bar and has kept up its popularity ever since. By focusing on the west’s favorite spirit, the bar features over 250 rums to taste. The bar also is home to the Cana Rum Society, which offers tastings, and education on rums every Wednesday by top experts. For delicious drinks, make sure not to miss any drink off their Cocktail Menu.
822 Washington Blvd
Venice, CA 90292
There’s nothing like a good rum drink when you’re at the beach. And, at Venice’s Sunny Spot restaurant, it’ll help you feel like you’re back on the islands as you drink cocktails like their frozen pina colada with Antigua Rum, Kalani Coconut, pineapples, coconut milk and ango, as well as their Star Search drink, with Panama rum, ginger, lemon, honey, and grapefruit bitters. But, the fun doesn’t stop there. An Aged Wrap and ‘Ting’ drink with barrel aged overproof rum, lime, and mojave grapefruit soda is a favorite too, and is very tasty. Other rum drinks include their Death In The D.R., with Dominican rum, lime, honey, absinthe and champagne for a light and truly refreshing drink, as well as a Sunny Old Fashioned with bourbon, rum, allspice, and bitters.
1159 N Western Ave
Hollywood, CA 90029
With a chic dark interior, burlesque performances and live music, guests of this establishment certainly have plenty of reasons to want to come and enjoy a night out. But, one of the biggest draws here are the cocktails, including a massive list of rum cocktails. From rum flights to drinks like the Bendiciones and the ability to buy cigars to go along with the cocktails, a visit to La Descarga is a must.