2013 is the year that rum is coming back in fashion as a range of rum bars pop-up around the city.
Creating traditional drinks – mojitos, daiquiris and El Presidentes – in the classic Cuban style and boasting an impressive rum collection behind the bar with over 90 bottles, some that will not be seen outside of Cuba, the bar manages to maintain the relaxed Havana vibe on one of the cities busiest streets.
Enjoy the relaxing luau tunes as you sip on Mai Tais and Pina Colada’s under the straw huts in the Island Village front bar or head out back to the Forbidden Templer where reggae music plays and GoGo Goddesses shake and shimmy the night away.
If you're hungry be sure to taste the Jamaican Jerk Chicken. The spiced meat is an authentic taste straight from the Caribbean.
The Rum Diary
The small intimate bar on Fitzroy Street oozes a relaxed, sophisticated vibe.
There is a focus on fresh ingredients being blended with the rum - Dark and Stormys are mixed with a rich syrup made from fresh ginger, coriander and chilli or the Hemingway Daiquiri concocted with Havana Blanco, Maraschino, Lime & Grapefruit.
The Golden Monkey
Walk down the stairs from Hardware Lane and enter a 1920’s style Opium Den. The well awarded bar stays in theme through their Chinese flavour inspired cocktails list and Asian tapas restaurant; but you’re here for the rum.