Best Rum Cocktails in Washington, D.C.

May 29, 2014 8:00 AM

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There’s nothing quite like a delicious rum cocktail. Just one sip and it’s like you’re floating away in paradise. There are plenty of places to get a good stiff rum drink in D.C. Check out this list of the best rum cocktails and sail away into the sunset without having to deal with National Airport.

1017 7th St. N.W.
Washington, DC 20001
(202) 393-1313

With over 80 selections of rum to choose from, Hogo is a rum lover’s dream come true. Short for haut gout, French for “high taste,” Hogo offers its guests flights of rums to help introduce the vibrant tastes and flavors of rum from all over the world. Try the Blackheart’s Punch, which features Cruzan blackstrap rum, lime, cinnamon syrup and fever tree tonic water. Or go with the Queen’s Royale, which features El Dorado eight-year-old rum, Domaine De Canton, honey syrup, lime and sparkling wine. Hogo also offers a variety of other spirits, like tequila, mezcals and cachaca, in a laid-back, tiki-like environment. Nosh on tasty menu items like the Loco Moco burger.

Cuba Libre
801 9th St. N.W., Suite A
Washington, DC 20001
(202) 408-1600

Dedicated to the heritage, art and culture of Cuba, a night out at Cuba Libre is like a tropical vacation without being frisked by a TSA agent. Enjoy delicious rum-inspired cocktails like a watermelon mojito or a grapefruit caipirinha. Cuba Libra also offers a variety of tropical cocktails including the Sunburn, which features Brinley’s Gold Shipwreck spiced rum, coconut rum, creme de banana, pineapple juice and grenadine. Or try the Caribbean Cream Soda, which features vanilla rum, ginger beer and a lime wedge. Cuba Libre brings Cuba to the DC area with its vibrant decor, sassy Latin music and Cuban-inspired meals like tapas, arroz con pollo and seafood paella.

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Ted’s Bulletin
505 8th St. S.E.
Washington, DC 20003
(202) 544-8337

For a rum cocktail that tastes more like a guilty pleasure, check out Ted’s Bulletin where you’ll find adult milkshakes. Order the Twisted Coconut milkshake and see what coconut rum, key lime pie and Banana Foster banana rum taste like in a creamy milkshake. The full-service restaurant and bar also offers other adult milkshakes, including the Bailey’s Caramel Macchiato, as well as a variety of non-alcoholic shakes. Enjoy tasty breakfast menu items, like the Walk of Shame Breakfast Burrito. Or swing by for lunch and enjoy the Sloppiest Joe, a BLT burger or Ted’s famous grilled cheese and tomato soup. Ted’s Bulletin is also open for dinner.

Del Campo
777 I St. N.W.
Washington, DC 20001
(202) 289-7377

Known for its extensive selection of steaks and various slow-roasted meats, Del Campo is also the perfect place to enjoy the perfect rum cocktail. Try the Papa Porteno, which features rum, Maraschino liquor, grilled grapefruit juice, lemon juice and grapefruit syrup. Or try the mojito, which comes with Bacardi Superior Rum, lime juice, simple syrup, mint and carbonated water. Del Campo’s menu features Latin American cuisines from Argentina, Chile, Peru and Uruguay. Try a bacon-wrapped filet mignon medallion or the slow-roasted Wagyu brisket. Del Campo also offers appetizers, salads, ceviches, sandwiches and dessert.

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Busboys and Poets
2021 14th St. N.W.
Washington, DC 20009
(202) 387-7638
If you prefer a bit of sprightly conversation with your rum cocktail, then head over to Busboys and Poets where you will find interactive and engaging events, delicious foods and tasty rum drinks. Try the Langston Cooler, which features spiced rum, Myers rum, orange juice, lime, Sprite, peach schnapps and a splash of cranberry juice. Or try the Zinn Paradise, which comes with gold rum, bourbon, passion fruit rum, lychee liquor, mango nectar and pomegranate juice. Busboys and Poets also offers a variety of other specialty cocktails as well as breakfast, lunch and dinner menu items. The popular downtown destination also offers vegetarian, vegan and gluten-free meals.

Susan Diranian is a freelance writer living in Ashburn, VA. She is covering Travel & Outdoors. Her work can be found at

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