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Top National Rum Day tips with Ian Burrell

It is entirely typical of the UK to be raining on the one day of the year when it is compulsory to wear a Tiki shirt and get (sensibly) sipping rum. So, please see below a few recommendations for this most auspicious of drinking days from Ian Burrell, Global Rum Ambassador and curator of the glorious RumFest, which will take place in October…

Trailer Happiness
177 Portobello Road
W11 2DY
www.trailerhappiness.com
Internationally acclaimed, this Tiki bar is also London’s most famous. Set in the heart of Portobello Rd, this basement bar stocks over 200 rums and has some of the best rum cocktails in the UK. They also serve a mean Zombie cocktail that is too big, and strong for one person alone.

Mahiki
1 Dover Street
W1S 4LD
www.mahiki.com
If you’re clubbing on National Rum Day then all roads should end up at Mahiki. This world famous club stocks over 200 rums and has an amazing tiki menu with modern classics such as the Honolulu Honey and the Tonga Twist served in a seashell.

The Merchant House
13 Well Court
EC4M 9DN
www.merchanthouselondon.com
Although this bar is also known for it’s gin collection, it’s the large rum offering that makes it special. Hidden in the heart of the city of London, this rum bar offers rummasterclasses as well as an amazing cocktail menu. Ask for the Tea time in Boston an amazing rum experience.

Rum & Sugar
1 Warehouse
West India Quay
Canary Wharf
E14 4AL
www.rumandsugar.co.uk
This Canary wharf bar is set in probably the most historical rum site in London. As part of the museum of London, the building was home to old rum blending companies in the 1900’s. Try one of the various rum flights that they offer, which is a selection of rums to sip & savour. 1, Warehouse, West India Quay, Canary Wharf, E14 4AL; rumandsugar.co.uk

Laki Kane
144-145 Upper Street
N1 1QY
www.lakikane.com
London newest Rum bar in the heart of Islington’s Upper street. Although only a few weeks old, it’s advisable to book a table before arriving due to fact that the cocktails are “amazing”. Not only do they have over 200 rums, they are the first bar to host 19 little pot stills in their 1st floor bar so guests can learn how to make their own spiced rum.

Rum Kitchen
www.therumkitchen.com
There are 3 Rum Kitchens in Soho, Notting Hill & Brixton. All have an amazing Rum and cocktail selection. And to help you with that “Rum Experience”, the kitchen also serves a range tasty of Caribbean food.

London Cocktail Club Shaftesbury
239 Shaftesbury Avenue
WC2H 8ER
www.londoncocktailclub.co.uk
The London Cocktail Club franchise is one of the best nights out in London. All of their bars are “lively” with great cocktails and playlist in the mix. The Rum themed Bar on Shaftesbury Avenue doesn’t let the side down. Ask for their painkiller or Pina Colada while you’re there.

Burlock London
31 Duke Street
Marylebone
W1U 1LG
www.burlocklondon.co.uk
Home to over 150 rums this basement club is one of London’s best kept rum secrets. With a great happy hour, DJ’s and loud music if that’s your thing, it’s the perfect night if there are a group of you and want to “Rum Party”.

Puttshack
Ariel Way
White City
W12 7HB
www.puttshack.com
Another new rum focused bar in the west of London. If indoor golf, arcades, fun food and amazing rum cocktails are your idea of a fun night, then head to Puttshack, the world’s first super hi-tech indoor mini golf experience. Their rum menu boasts over 100 rums too. Ariel Way, White City, London W12 7HB

The American Bar
Savoy Hotel
100 Strand
WC2R 0EZ
www.fairmont.com/savoy-london
If you want to treat that special someone then there is no place in London, more glamourous to sip a rum than the American Bar at the Savoy Hotel. Although not a rum bar it has been Voted the World’s Best Bar; and they specialise in all good spirits, so a rum or rum cocktail here will be quality. I recommend the Rum Manhattan; sweet, dry or perfect. It’s your choice.

Thank you, Ian.

www.rumfest.co.uk