Bar / Rum Bar
Party Earth Review Yo-ho-ho and holy crap, there’s a lot of bottles of rum at Smuggler’s Cove! More than two hundred rums and seventy-plus rum-infused cocktails to be exact, from slow-sipping varieties to flower-laden frou-frou drinks strong enough to take down a thoroughbred. Dubbed one of the world’s best bars by Drinks International in 2011, this über popular drinking den could easily pass for a Pirates of the Caribbean set, with heavy wooden beams wrapped in thick ropes, scattered oak barrels and treasure chests, and a general excess of buccaneer’s booty strewn about. Patrons – limited to just forty-nine at any given time – are a far cry from gritty swashbucklers ... more
650 Gough Street
San Francisco, California 94102
There's nothing wrong with a little wishful thinking. With San Francisco's rum bars you can banish the city's gray cement and head to a tropical seaside.
Smuggler's Cove in the Western Addition is a walk-the-plank wonderland, boasting two hundred rums and more than seventy rum cocktails sure to please the sweet and sassy as well as those seeking a tongue-singe. Besides the nautical ropes, oak barrels, and wooden beams, party goers divide their time between the mezzanine and the bamboo-laden bar downstairs.
In the heart of the Haight, Hobson's Choice Bar is another rum-soaked option with more than 120 varieties to steep in. Dark N' Stormy's abound alongside glinting gold-leaf mirrors, stained-glass lamps, and a slew of flat-screens in front of which the sugar-fueled fans get rowdy and make merry.
Residing out in Richmond, Trad'r Sam is a tiki-themed dive that's been a rum-fueled staple for more than 80 years. Blue collar folk channel a little Beach Blanket Bingo beneath a slew of kitschy parrots, surfboards, and palm fronds that sway to the breeze of whirring blenders.
The rum bars of San Francisco may induce salutations to strangers, impromptu dance moves, and one hell of a hangover.