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
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Cocktail Diaries for a chronological list of rum-based cocktails dating back to the 1500s with each cocktail bearing a historical reference.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
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
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
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
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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Other Guides in this series: Sydney’s Best Romantic Restaurants, Sydney’s Best Brunch Spots, Sydney’s Best Bloody Marys, Sydney’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