National Rum Day is fast approaching on August 16th. There’s something innately symbiotic about a summer day in Miami and a rum cocktail in hand. Luckily for us, National Rum Day is on Tuesday, August 16th and these Miami hot spots are celebrating with fun cocktails because after all, time flies when you’re having rum in the Florida sun!
If you are either a fan of the brown spirit or a novice sipper wanted to learn more, here are some of our favorite locations in Miami to grab a rum cocktail that pair perfectly with an al fresco dining experience.
With a foundation built on art in its many incarnations – pop, live entertainment, fine food, and fabulous drinks – Crudos ArtHouse, located in the heart of bustling Coral Gables, offers guests a lively, delicious and immersive experience unlike anything in the area. Guests can enjoy the perfect fusion of Asian-Latin cuisine at Crudos ArtHouse and Aka Room – a special space upstairs dedicated to Japanese whiskey and highball cocktails as well as a menu focusing on temaki handrolls and omakase. On National Rum Day, imbibers should try the Kind of Tropical Rum Fashion. Made with dark rum, banana extract and cocoa bitters; this sweet and fruity cocktail is the perfect beverage to commemorate the boozy holiday. Crudos ArtHouse is located at 2415 Ponce De Leon in Coral Gables. For more information visit www.crudosarthouse.com. Telephone: (305) 392-0054.
Sexy Fish Miami
Toast to National Rum Day at Sexy Fish Miami with their innovative Peanut Butter & Banana cocktail that is not only delicious but equally as beautiful. This is a drink with a tropical twist! Halfway between a Mai Tai and a Chartreuse Swizzle, this tiki style drink hits the spot with a Peanut washed rum, along with a homemade Peanut Butter Orgeat; these are married with Banana Liqueur, Yellow Chartreuse and Yuzu Juice, and lengthened with crushed ice. Fun, fun, fun! Adding to the experience, it is served in our signature and exclusive Mermaid tiki mug, and garnished with all things banana, both the leaf, and a dried banana chip dusted with gold. Peanut Butter & Banana – $19 Peanut Infused Brugal 1888 Rum l Banana l Peanut Orgeat l Yellow Chartreuse l Yuzu. Sexy Fish is located at 1001 South Miami Avenue. Miami, FL 33130
La Cocina Coctelería
Launched in 2019 and connected to Kush Hialeah (formerly Stephen’s Deli), La Cocina Cocteleria is the cocktail bar in Hialeah and like all things by Kush Hospitality Group, pays homage to its host city with a dazzling decor equal parts tribute and 305 fever dream. On National Rum Day, guests should try the Nooo Que Bueno; inspired by Valsan — a well-known, oh-so-Miami department store selling a mix of products including jewelry, cosmetics, clothing and fragrances — the drink is as one-of-kind as its influence, prepared with a heady mix of Brugal 1888, sweet vermouth, cold brew coffee, and tobacco bitters. La Cocina Cocteleria is located at 1000 East 16th Street in Hialeah, Florida. It is open Fridays and Saturdays from 7PM to last call. Telephone: (305) 887-8863; kushhospitality.com/la-cocina.
R House, located in the heart of Wynwoods’ Art and Entertainment District, is a South Florida culinary staple known for offering its guests Latin American cuisine, quality service, a lively and inclusive atmosphere, and most famous for their drag performances. Recently awarded “Best Mojito in Miami” by Miami New Times, guests should try the El Miquimben ($16), prepared with Bacardi, Rum Haven, watermelon Red Bull, lime, mint, and sugar. Another must-try is the La Pina Loca ($100), served in a whole pineapple, this frozen delight is delivered on a bamboo tray, and dressed with flaming sparklers, flamingo straws and tiki-style umbrellas; a drink as lively and colorful as R House itself. This cocktail – which serves up to five people – comes with five additional shots of the customer’s choice; and is now available upon request as it is a secret menu item or available by pre-order via R Houses website. R House is located at 2727 NW 2nd Avenue in Wynwood. For more information visit www.rhousewynwood.com. Telephone: (305) 576-0201.
Experience laidback luxury at Soff’s, the elevated lobby bar and lounge at JW Marriott Miami Turnberry Resort & Spa, where guests can enjoy meticulously crafted cocktails reflective of Turnberry’s storied history. To celebrate National Rum Day, Soffs will be offering its signature cocktails. Highlights include its Cacao Old Fashioned featuring a large ice cube, Brugal 1888 Rum, orange bitters, Angostura bitters, Godiva chocolate, simple syrup and topped with an orange peel garnish, and Hamilton’s Last Resort with Brugal 1888 Rum, Pineapple, Lime, Orgeat and Angostura. SOFF’s is located at 19999 West Country Club Drive in Aventura. For more information, please visit marriott.com/en-us/hotels/
Time Out Market Miami
There’s no better place to celebrate National Rum Day than at Time Out Market, Miami’s ultimate dining and drinking destination. Time Out Market will be offering the Isla Blanca cocktail, made with Charred Pineapple Infused Bacardi Anejo Rum, Amaretto, Lime, and Crème de Coconut. Priced at $13, this refreshing cocktail is the perfect addition to any meal at the Market. Time Out Market Miami is located at 1601 Drexel Avenue on Miami Beach, and Hours will be Sunday 11AM* to 10PM. For more information, visit www.timeout.com/miami/time-
*All Market concessions open at Noon, except for Necessary Purveyor, LUR, Plants & Bowls, and Baklava Bakery which open at 11 AM.
Sip and celebrate National Rum Day at Richard Sandoval’s Pan-Latin steakhouse Toro Toro with its new Summer Latin Lite Cocktail. Enjoy the meticulously crafted cocktail Sol de Verano with white rum, lime juice, honey syrup and topped with fresh mint leaves and raspberries. Toro Toro is located at 100 Chopin Plaza inside the InterContinental in Downtown Miami. Telephone (305) 372-4710; www.torotoromiami.com.
On National Rum Day, sip and explore Phuc Yea’s staggering Rum cocktail line-up. Relax with a nice Old Cuban Named Gio $15 cocktail made with Cuba libre, cola redux, salted coffee, Fernet Branca, CO2, side of peanuts; or savor the 90 miles priced at $16. Guests can choose to imbibe indoors or unwind in the garden. Phuc Yea is located at 7100 Biscayne Boulevard in Miami. Abundant street parking is available. Telephone: (305) 602-3710; For more information, visit www.phucyea.com.
Dine and Dance at Villa Azur
Villa Azur, a hidden gem on Miami Beach, makes any experience unforgettable with its artistically chic atmosphere, live entertainment, and innovative Mediterranean menu that combines the freshest ingredients and flavor characteristics from the South of France. The restaurant’s lively music won’t be the only thing that has guests dancing the night away! Shake things up on National Rum Day with Villa Azur’s Piña Mojito ($27), a refreshing mix of Brugal 1888 Rum, fresh mint, pineapple, pineapple purée, simple syrup, lime and sparkling water. Address: 309 23rd St, Miami Beach, FL 33139.
Grab a Birdcage at EST.33 Thai Craft Brewery & Kitchen
Head over to Brickell City Centre’s EST.33 Thai Craft Brewery & Kitchen where you’ll not only find signature Thai-inspired BBQ dishes and crafted brews but their popular Birdcage ($15) cocktail, perfect to celebrate the boozy holiday. Made with Cruzan white & dark rum, orange curaçqo, campari, orgeat, lime, pineapple shrub and grapefruit soda – this tangy cocktail is a can’t miss. Address: 701 S Miami Ave, Unit 412A Brickell City Centre, Miami, FL 33131.
Relish the Rum at Negroni
Negroni Bistro & Sushi Bar is the first and only Miami location of the renowned brand from Latin America, making it a special SoFlo spot to celebrate National Rum Day. Dine from its diverse Nikkei menu — a fusion of both traditional and contemporary cuisine from Japan to Peru — while delighting in the delicious Italian Mojito ($9), made with Havana Club blanco, fresh mint, Aperol, lime juice, simple syrup and ginger syrup or opt for the Love Punch ($8 during happy hour), made with Santa Teresa 1796 Solera rum, pineapple juice, orange juice, cinnamon stick, orange chips, and simple syrup with almond perfume. For guests wanting to refresh outdoors, Negroni’s al fresco patio is dog-friendly. Happy hour is offered everyday from 4-7 p.m. Address: 3201 Buena Vista Blvd, Miami, FL 33127.
Rum Runnin’ Cocktails at Mamey at THesis Hotel
Transporting guests to a tropical landscape and taste of homegrown Miami, James Beard nominee, Chef Niven Patel’s tropical oasis, Mamey provides specially crafted and curated cocktails and island wines. Featuring Redland guavas grown locally in Homestead, Bacardi white rum and splashed with lime, the Guava Mojito ($15) at Mamey showcases the exotic flavors upon which Miami was built. Guests can also celebrate with the Pineapple Express ($16), a revitalizing combination of Santa Teresa Rum, Montenegro Amaro, juicy pineapple, lime, and tiki bitters; or the Polynesian Old Fashioned ($16), made with Brugal 1888, coconut, pineapple, Angostura and tiki bitters. These cocktails are the epitome of refreshing for guests to sip on as they enjoy the scenic views during Happy Hour from Mamey’s rooftop extension, Mamey on 3rd. Address: 1350 S. Dixie Highway, Coral Gables, FL 33146.
Literary Rum Classics at Orno at THesis Hotel
Recently named as the Miami New Times Best New Restaurant, Orno at THesis Hotel Miami in Coral Gables is a modern restaurant with an open-kitchen concept, helmed by Chef Niven Patel. The restaurant’s wood-fired culinary creations are complimented by specialty cocktails inspired by literary classics like the Milly ($17), inspired by Graham Green’s 1958 novel, Our Man in Havana, a sweet mixture of Banks 5 Island Rum, grapefruit, lime and crème de cacao; or the Love… Pedro ($18), influenced by Laura Esquivel’s 1989 novel, Like Water for Chocolate, this cocktail is an invigorating blend of Brugal 1888, mole bitters and orange. Address: 1350 S. Dixie Highway, Coral Gables, FL 33146.
Verde at Pérez Art Museum Miami
At Verde, PAMM’s waterfront eatery, guests can enjoy everyone’s favorite summer cocktail with a twist. The Piña Mojito ($16) is just as delicious as it is Instagram-worthy, made with Bacardi Superior Rum, fermented pineapple, mint, and thai basil. Address: 1103 Biscayne Blvd, Miami, FL 33132.
Imbibe oceanside this National Rum Day at Fort Lauderdale’s rustic seafood eatery Burlock Coast Seafare & Spirits. While enjoying the captivating ocean views on Tuesday, August 16 from 11:30AM to 4PM, enjoy perfectly handcrafted Rum Room cocktails including the Coastal Colada – Myers Dark Rum, coconut rum, coconut milk, pineapple, simple syrup and lime ($21); Master Mai-Tai – Don Q Cristal, Grand Marnier, lime, Orgeat, pineapple and Koloa Kaua’i ($19); Zacapa Rum-Fashioned – Ron Zacapa Gran Reserva 23, Luxardo cherry syrup, orange bitters and chocolate bitters ($19); and the iconic Burlock Punch, featuring an exotic blend of rums, fresh local fruit juices and secret family ingredients ($17). Burlock Coast is located at The Ritz-Carlton, Fort Lauderdale at 1 North Fort Lauderdale Beach Boulevard. For reservations, please call: (954) 302-6430 or email burlockcoastrsvp@ritzcarlton.
Big Buns Damn Good Burgers
Big Buns Damn Good Burgers, a fast-casual restaurant located right on the gorgeous Las Olas riverfront, is commonly known for their over-the-top burgers. However, it is crucial for all customers to know that over-the-top shakes are available as well! On Tuesday, August 16, Big Buns will be celebrating National Rum Day with the launch of its ($9.99) “Not Into Yoga Lada” shake; made as a classic piña colada with spiced rum – a delicious and spicy way to celebrate the holiday! Big Buns Damn Good Burgers is located at 221 SW 1st Avenue in Fort Lauderdale. Telephone;(954) 686-8181. www.eatbigbuns.com/las-olas. Follow Big Buns on Instagram: @DamnGoodBurgers
Rum lovers will be thrilled to know exactly where to celebrate National Rum Day – right along the Las Olas Riverfront at Matchbox! On Tuesday, August 16, Matchbox will be offering the ($14) Pineapple Rum Tai; prepared with light & dark rums mixed with pineapple, lime and orange juice with a dash of bitters on top. What is a better way to celebrate than with a gorgeous view and delicious cocktail? Matchbox is located at 221 SW 1st Avenue, CU-1, in Fort Lauderdale. For more information, visit and https://www.
Tacocraft Taqueria & Tequila Bar
With locations in downtown Fort Lauderdale, Lauderdale-by-the-Sea, Plantation and South Miami, Tacocraft Taqueria & Tequila Bar is an imbibers paradise, perfectly suited as a go-to destination for celebrating National Rum Day on Tuesday, August 16. Although known for its impressive tequila collection and top-notch margaritas, Tacocraft also features a stellar lineup of unique, handcrafted cocktails. While basking in the restaurant’s energetic atmosphere, savor indulgent Mexican plates and creative rum libations for $14 including the Guava Mamma – Bacardi Rum, St. Germain, fresh lime juice and guava puree; and Grilled Pineapple Old Fashioned – Papa’s Pilar Rum, Filthy Cherry syrup, muddled grilled pineapple, bitters and a filthy cherry. For more information on Tacocraft’s locations, hours and contact details, please visit www.tacocraft.com/tacocraft-
Embrace the Elegance at Casa Sensei
East meets South at Casa Sensei, a culturally immersive restaurant that combines Pan-Asian flavors with the dynamic culinary traditions of Latin America, in the heart of downtown Las Olas. Celebrate National Rum Day with the Diplomat cocktail, a flavorful combination of Spiced Rum, Mango Purée, Tamarind Pulp, Grapefruit Bitters and Yuzu Sake ($14). Address: 1200 E Las Olas Blvd, Fort Lauderdale, FL 33301.
Quench that Thirst at Quarterdeck
Kick back and relax on National Rum Day and celebrate at Quarterdeck. Toast to the boozy holiday over comforting American fare with a variety of high quality seafood. This fun neighborhood hotspot serves up a refreshing and bubbly take on the classic mojito with Bacardi Billfish ($12), made with Bacardi Superior Rum, mint, orange slices, fresh lime juice and Grand Marnier, perfect for beating the summer heat. The dog-friendly outdoor patio at Quaterdeck’s flagship location in Fort Lauderdale, offers a sweet escape for guests to enjoy their cocktails. Address: Fort Lauderdale, FL | Fort Lauderdale Beach, FL | Davie, FL | Dania Beach, FL | Sawgrass, FL.
Island Indulgence at Starboard at The Marker Key West
The Key West bar and restaurant Starboard at The Marker offers a curated selection of signature cocktails, beers and wines, with a wide selection of rum creations for the rum lovers. Guests can drink and dine alongside the sea breeze and indulge their senses in the handcrafted Mai Tai, a blend of Captain Morgan Spiced Rum with coconut, orgeat, and pineapple; or the Key Lime Colada, synonymous with the island’s favorite dessert, this cocktail is a mixture of Captain Morgan Pineapple and Keke Key Lime Colada. As an ode to the former Key West local and famed author, Ernest Hemingway, the Papa’s Rumrunner, is a mix of Papa Pilar’s Dark & Light with banana, blackberry and tropical juices to set the vibes. Address: 200 William Street, Key West, FL 33040