Best Bars For Rum Selections In DC

April 18, 2012 6:00 AM

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Didn’t think the District was well-known for its rum? Think again. Called “ron” in Spanish, rum is derived from distilled sugar cane juice and is a Latin American classic for both straight-up drinks and cocktails. Think daiquiris, mojitos and Cuba Libres. Now we’ve got your attention? Good. Whether you’re a rum aficionado, or just prefer the occasional sweet sip, consider any of the following locales.
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Cuba Libre
801 9th St. NW
Washington, DC 20001
(202) 408-1600

Hours: Mon to Sat – 11:30 a.m. to 11 p.m., Sun – 11:30 a.m. to 9 p.m.

For real rum lovers, Cuba Libre is the place. Featuring more 100 rums, Cuba Libre’s selection ranges from the familiar rums to the hard-to-find-varieties that aren’t even imported into the U.S., like Appleton Estate. Cuba Libre features its own collection of 5, 15 and 21-year aged rums made by El Dorado in Guyana, available in a tasting flight. The mojitos here are as close to authentic as you’ll find, with freshly pressed cane and lime juice and a special Israeli mint.

Related: Best Margaritas in D.C.

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Piratz Tavern
8402 Georgia Ave.
Silver Spring, MD 20910
(301) 588-9001

Hours: Tues to Wed – 11:30 a.m. to 9 p.m., Thurs – 11:30 a.m. to 10 p.m., Fri – 11:30 a.m. to 11 p.m., Sat to Sun – 12:30 p.m. to 11 p.m., Closed Mondays

With kitschy, pirate-themed décor and singing pirates and belly dancers on Fridays and Saturdays, Piratz Tavern offers an equally themed signature rum drink known as “grog.” Grog consists of four types of rum infused with clover and ginger. Available in a glass, mug or pitcher, this wicked mix packs a punch for even the most seasoned drinkers. For only a few bucks more, consider buying top-shelf grog for an especially savory treat.

Related: Best Bloody Marys in D.C.

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8081 Georgia Ave.
Silver Spring, MD 20910
(301) 565-9700

Hours: Mon to Thurs – 5 p.m. to 9:30 p.m., Fri and Sat – 5 p.m. to 10:30 p.m.

Known for its modern craft cocktails and comfortable neighborhood bar vibe, Sidebar is a destination for locals. This bar takes great care to source from smaller distilleries and makes its mixes in-house. The rum drinks on the menu include Eric Likes to Watch (variation on a Corpse Reviver with rum and Aperol), Strawberry Cloud (frothy drink with housemade strawberry basil syrup and champagne), Banana Tears (creamy drink with house infused banana rum and Averna), Mr. Yuck (bitter grapefruit drink made with Campari), Express Mail (variation on an Air Mail made with house made vanilla brown simple syrup and champagne) and Change for a Penny (a refreshing orange and ginger cocktail with a hint of all spice). For a real treat, and to get the attention of everyone else at the bar, order the off-the-menu Brunswick Sour, a traditional rum daiquiri with red wine floated on top.

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Café Citron
1343 Connecticut Ave. NW
Washington, DC 20036
(202) 530-8844

Hours: Tues to Thurs – 4 p.m. to 2 a.m., Fri to Sat – 4 p.m. to 3 a.m.

This Latin café in the heart of Dupont Circle offers seven different types of mojitos that are discounted during happy hour (Mon. to Fri. 4 p.m.-7:30 p.m.). Try the Coco Leaf Mojito made with Bolivian Agwa de Coca (the website says it’s “great for energy and stamina” and “only for those who dare.”) This spot is a popular destination for 20-somethings and is a great place to take (or find) a date. If you feel like getting your groove on with a mojito, stop by on Wednesdays at 7:30 p.m. for free salsa lessons or 8 p.m. on Saturdays for fee merengue lessons.

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Tabard Inn
1739 N St. NW
Washington, DC 20036
(202) 331-8528

Hours: Mon to Fri – 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 a.m., Sat – 11 a.m. to 12:30 a.m., Sun – 10:30 a.m. to 11 p.m.

The Tabard Inn is a great destination for cocktails with class. The atmosphere of this converted Dupont rowhouse lends itself to a classic feel and it’s an ideal locale to wine down in comfort without any air of pretentiousness. The Tabard Inn features seasonal rum cocktails and selected Caribbean rums in addition to the Neisson Rhum from France.

Jamie Hardin is the counter-culture Washingtonian in the know. Inspired by food, sustainability issues, and public health, she prides herself on finding DCs off-the-beaten path treasures. When she isn’t enjoying organic food or reducing her carbon footprint, Jamie is traveling on her scooter or walking her two pit
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