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New York City's Best Rum Cocktails

Enjoy a tropical cocktail at these great NYC bars.

Many drinkers are confused by rum. What is it? Where is it made? Why are there so many different kinds? The knowledgeable bar staff will unravel the mysteries of rum for you at these tropical and rum-centric bars and make you the very best tropical cocktails in the city.

Tiki Chick

A tropical newcomer is making quite the splash in Harlem. Tiki Chick has taken Manhattan by storm, serving up refreshing (and dangerously easy-drinking) rum libations. It's the latest venture from the team that brought you Jacob's Pickles and Maison Pickle (and they brought the pickle to the frozen "Pickle Painkiller"). There's a wide selection of rums from around the Caribbean and a healthy list of classic rum cocktails such as the "Jungle Bird" or a "Saturn." 

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Tiki Glasses at Tiki Chick (©Emilia Aghamirzai)

The Rum House

Understandably, many people avoid Times Square at all costs. But, for a great rum cocktail, brave the tourist masses and head to The Rum House. The dark wood and copper give the space an old-world elegance, and nightly piano or jazz adds to the classy ambiance. The cocktails are world-class, and the staff knowns their rums from around the world. There are approximately 100 rums on the back bar to sample! Try rum classics like mojitos, Hemingway daiquiris or the gently fruity "Hotel Nacional."

Otto's Shrunken Head

Enjoy chill island vibes in a rock and roll atmosphere. Otto's Shrunken Head has been at the tiki game since 2002. Every potent rum cocktail transports guests straight to the Polynesian islands. The vintage tiki decor and the weekly live DJs make this a truly unique spot to celebrate National Rum Day. The drinks come in a wild array of tiki mugs shaped like fish, skulls, parrots and kittens. Jumpstart your night with "Otto's Octane," a dizzying concoction of pineapple rum, coffee and banana. 

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Tropical Cocktails (Courtesy Otto's Shrunken Head)

Dromedary Bar

Dromedary Bar is an urban tiki bar and dive that's a great hang any night of the week. There are board games, crowd-pleasing snacks, great music and rum cocktails galore. There are also lots of vegan options for food and drink too. The cocktail menu changes frequently, but guests can usually find the "Rum Etc #5" on the menu. It's a stiff blend of eight different rums, cinnamon syrup, tiki bitters and an Islay scotch rinse. 

The Highwater

Head to Astoria and cozy up to the breezy bar at The Highwater. The tropical menu and cocktails have a host of vegan-friendly options. The house mai tai is made with a blend of rums and is a refreshing sipper for summer. The "Coconuts for You" is everything you could want in a frozen cocktail. It has rum, coconut and it's blue! Pair that with Hawaiian-inspired spam, egg and cheese sandwich at brunch! 

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Frozen Cocktail (©Kim Van Vuuren)

Super Power

Relax and unwind in Brooklyn at Super Power. It's a neighborhood spot on Nostrand Avenue, and the menu features a handful of rum cocktails, beer and a few tropical bar snacks. There are two frozen drinks to help you beat the summer heat. Conversely, try a traditional whiskey cocktail with rum like the "Super Fashioned" with 10-year Spanish rum. Happy hour is from 4 p.m.-6 p.m. on weekdays.