You don’t have to book a trip to the Caribbean to find a selection of high quality rums. Several Atlanta establishments have a broad selection of rums that will have you feeling the sun and breeze without having to leave your seat.
Hours: Mon-Thurs: 5:30 p.m. – 10 p.m.; Fri-Sat: 5:30 p.m. – 11:30 p.m.
Pura Vida is a Latin American tapas bar. Enjoy the romantic atmosphere while tasting the rum selection, which includes more than a dozen labels including Cruzan, Gosling, Matusalem, and La Favorite. The rum-based cocktails include Rum Gimlet, El Presidente, and Some Far Away Beach. With advanced reservations, guests can even partake in cooking classes to learn more about Latin American cooking techniques.
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Hours: Mon, Sun: 5 p.m.-12 a.m.; Tue-Sat: 5 p.m.-2 a.m.
Don’t be confused by the pub moniker. The Book House Pub contains a tiki bar which houses a fair selection of rum. Guests who order a rum-based cocktail receive a kitschy glass to take home. Enjoy some comfort food staples with your cocktails like meatloaf, cherry pie or grilled cheese made with havarti, gouda and tomato sauce for dipping.
Hours: Mon-Sat 5 p.m. – 12 a.m.
Trader Vics keeps its bar stocked with a wide selection of liquors in order to make its notoriously strong cocktails, which includes a decent selection of rums. Fortunately, it is located in the Hilton Hotel so guests will be able to sleep off their good times. The cuisine is Polynesian, and the appetizers are made to be enjoyed with your hands; no utensils necessary. Enjoy some butterfly jumbo prawns, crab rangoon or Indonesian chicken satay with friends over a rum cocktail (try the Hot Buttered Rum) for the perfect night out.
Hours: Mon-Sat: 5:30 p.m. – 11 p.m.; Sun 11 a.m. – 2:30 p.m.; 5:30 p.m. – 9 p.m.
4th and Swift is known for its extensive liquor menu. The rum selections include familiar brands like Flor de Cana and older, lesser known brands such as Santa Teresa 1796 Solera and Scarlet Ibis. The bar also infuses some rums with ginger for use in The Other Shore, one of the many creative cocktails guests will find here.
Hours: Wed-Thu, Sat-Sun: 11 a.m. – 3 p.m.; Wed-Sat: 5 p.m. – 12 a.m.; Sun: 5 p.m. – 10 p.m.
H. Harper Station is another bar which has an extensive selection of liquors, including Rye and Absinthe. Its rum selection includes Smith & Cross, Wray & Nephew, and Plantaion 5 year. A group of four can partake in the AWP 290 Punch Bowl, which contains bourbon, rum, peach, mint, sugar, lemon and house-made ginger beer.
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