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The 5 Best Places to Drink Rum in Miami

The 5 Best Places to Drink Rum in Miami

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From its bright, colorful Art Deco architecture to its enclaves of multicultural heritage, Miami is known for its vibrancy and beauty. The Magic City has deep Caribbean roots which makes rum an important part of its culture and makes it a perfect place to enjoy this spirit. Here are five of the best places to drink rum in Miami, Florida.

Esotico Miami

(Photo: Esotico Miami)

Esotico is a tropical bar and restaurant that should be at the top of any rum lover’s list of places to visit in Miami. Not only do they have an extensive collection of highly regarded rums, but they also offer rum flights for guests to experience rums from different parts of the world. The bar also has a rum club for those who want to experience unique rums on a regular basis. Perks of the rum club include tastings and 50% off every Tiki Tuesday, an Esotico pin, 15% off all merchandise and priority access to special events.

Try some top-rated rums like Holmes Cay, KōHana and Hampden Estate. For those who prefer their rum in the form of a cocktail, Esotico has an enormous selection of specially crafted tropical and classic concoctions. 

Swizzle Rum Bar and Drinkery

(Photo: Swizzle Rum Bar & Drinkery)

Located in the heart of the Art Deco Historic District of South Beach, Swizzle Rum Bar and Drinkery is a must-visit for anyone interested in Florida rum. This speakeasy-style bar is inspired by the Colonist Era in the United States when rum was at its height of popularity. It boasts a selection of more than 150 rums including a Florida Rum Experience to try rum brands from across the sunshine state. Named one of the best speakeasies in the US by TimeOut in 2022, it’s a great place to sip on a well-crafted cocktail or peruse the bar’s curated rum selection. 

Cafe La Trova

(Photo: Cafe La Trova)

Two legends in the industry teamed up to create a retro Cuban bar and restaurant. Located in East Little Havana, near Brickell, James Beard Award Winning Chef Michelle Bernstein and 2019’s American Bartender of the Year, Maestro Cantinero Julio Cabrera created a place to be immersed in Miami Cuban culture. This of course means rum has to be involved. Cafe La Trova made the list of the “World’s 50 Best Bars” and “North America’s 50 Best Bars,” and it is known for its rum-forward, Cuban classic cocktails. The happy hour is a great deal, so grab yourself a finely crafted daiquiri and empanada, and enjoy all that Little Havana has to offer. 

Sugarcane Raw Bar and Grill

(Photo: Sugarcane Raw Bar and Grill)

Sugarcane is located between the colorful murals of Miami’s Wynwood district to the south and the Design District to the north. Established in 2010, it was a James Beard semi-finalist for “Best New Restaurant.” With a name like that one would have rum is also a part of the concept and this place delivers. The bar offers its very own house-infused rums as well as a long list of artisanal rums from around the world that are organized by country. After gazing at some local art, take a trip through the world of rum with an artfully crafted cocktail. 

Sweet Liberty

(Photo: Sweet Liberty Drinks & Supply Co.)

A few blocks away from the beach next to Collins Park is a bar created by award-winning bartender John Lermayer and a master of Miami nightlife Dan Binkiewicz, not to mention the legendary Michelle Bernstein. Sweet Liberty has also made the “World’s 50 Best Bars” list two years in a row. In addition to great cocktails, the bar has an impressive rum list and if Bernstein is involved the food is sure not to disappoint either.  Sweet Liberty is known for its amazing deals during its happy hour which includes signature rum cocktails and tasty treats. 

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Jessica Gleman is the managing editor of Rum Raiders. She received her Ph.D. at the University College of Dublin in Ireland, where she studied the archaeology of ancient alcohol. Jessica has a passion for the alcohol industry, including agriculture, distillation and mixology. When Jessica is not writing about rum, she is also a travel and food enthusiast who loves going around the world and experiencing various cuisines and cultures. She is enthusiastic about sharing her knowledge and expertise and learning even more about this amazing spirit.