Best Sydney Rum Bars

August 16 is National Rum Day and what better opportunity than to celebrate with your favourite ron, rum, rhum, or Cachaça at any of Sydney’s best rum bars.

The Lobo Plantation

A cool Caribbean vibe with old-world glamour and over 150 select varieties of rum from around the world make The Lobo Plantation as close as being in Cuba. Check it out for yourself.

Basement, 209 Clarence Street, Sydney


A kitsch 1970s South American décor puts you right at home to sip on rum-based cocktails or choose from the 100+ rum list at Chimmi’s rum cantina.

Level 2, 500 Oxford Street, Bondi Junction

Chimmi's, Bondi
Banana Colada at Chimmi’s

The Cuban Place

Regarded as the original home of the Mojito, The Cuban Place (previously known as La Bodeguita del Medio) recreates the buzz of the heydays of 1950s Havana.

125 York Street, Sydney


Don’t be fooled by size, rum is Grandma’s tipple and she makes a mean cold-buttered rum old fashioned.

275 Clarence St, Sydney

The Rum Diaries

Leaf through The Cocktail Diaries for a chronological list of rum-based cocktails dating back to the 1500s with each cocktail bearing a historical reference. The Rum Diaries has an extensive range of rum from the classic to the contemporary.

288 Bondi Rd, Bondi, NSW


Cafe by day, bar by night, Rumfire in Entertainment Quarter Moore Park lives up to its name with a good list of various type of rum, rum-based cocktails and the occasional flare bartending.

Shop 2151, 122 Lang Rd, Moore Park

Sugar Lounge

Get your tiki on at Sugar Lounge in Manly, located opposite the beach. They make a mean Zombie cocktail and carry some rare and difficult to find rum.

42 North Steyne, Manly

Sugar Lounge, Manly
The Zombie Cocktail at Sugar Lounge

Moonshine Cider & Rum Bar

Upstairs at the Hotel Steyne in Manly, you’ll find the Moonshine Cider & Rum Bar with With over 100 rums to choose from. Take your drink out on the terrace for waterfront views over the promenade and dream of tropical island holidays.

75 The Corso, Manly

Bondi Rumba

South America comes to Bondi Beach at Bondi Rumba, with Latin tapas, a solid rum and cachaça based cocktail list

139 Glenayr Ave, Bondi Beach

The Corner House

While not technically a rum bar, The Corner House in Bondi carries an impressive range of rum with cocktails made using in house infusions and creations such as the Braaains… (the corner house zombie) and a duck washed pyrat xo rum cocktail.

281 Bondi Rd, Bondi

The Cliff Dive

Set to open in October 2013, The Cliff Dive will be the latest venture from the team behind Tio’s and is to be a regional Tiki bar with a focus on Papua New Guinea. Check out the new Tiki cocktails launched in July 2014.

Oxford Square, Darlinghurst

Mojito Joe’s

A mere hour and a half drive from Sydney takes you to Mojito Joe’s at Avoca Beach where you can sip on rum cocktails and feast on food with a Pacific rim flavour. Cocktails at sunset overlooking the beach. Need we say more?

Upstairs, 85 Avoca Drive, Avoca Beach, NSW

The Angry Pirate

There’s nothing to stir your anger here. The Angry Pirate is a fun and welcoming small bar in Redfern with a maritime theme serving rum-based cocktails, craft beers and tasty Italian style pizzas.

125 Redfern St, Sydney

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And if you’re a rum enthusiast, check out our reviews of Beenleigh Rum, Cubaney Rum, Flor de Caña, Ron de Jeremy, Sailor Jerry, Gosling’s Rum & Pusser’s Rum and Appleton Estate Rum.

Other Guides in this series: Sydney’s Best Romantic Restaurants, Sydney’s Best Brunch Spots, Sydney’s Best Bloody MarysSydney’s Best Whisky Bars, Sydney’s Best Wine Bars, Top Ten Sydney Small Bars, Another Top Ten Sydney Bars (2013), Sydney’s Best Tequila Bars


About the author

Corinne Mossati

Corinne Mossati is a drinks writer, author of GROW YOUR OWN COCKTAIL GARDEN, SHRUBS & BOTANICAL SODAS and founder/editor of Gourmantic, Cocktails & Bars and The Gourmantic Garden. She has been writing extensively about spirits, cocktails, bars and cocktail gardening in more recent years. She is a spirits and cocktail competition judge, Icons of Whisky Australia nominee, contributor to Diageo Bar Academy, cocktail developer and is named in Australian Bartender Magazine's Top 100 Most Influential List. Her cocktail garden was featured on ABC TV’s Gardening Australia and has won several awards. She is a contributor to Real World Gardener radio program and is featured in several publications including Pip Magazine, Organic Gardener, Australian Bartender and Breathe (UK). Read the full bio here.