This quaint little bar sits in a tiny space on the ground floor of the Speakeasy Inn on the quiet end of Duval Street, Key West’s main party artery. The vibe here is laid back with dim lighting, dark wood panelling and good music on the stereo system. Hemingway would feel at home at this little place sipping a powerful drink at the end of the bar.
The rum selection is impressive and has been developed by head-bartender, Bahama Bob Leonard. They have more than 230 bottles on the shelf, most of which are of premium quality and Bob can give you details about each and every one.
I’m happy to report that the drink quality at The Rum Bar also stacks up quite nicely. Bahama Bob can make just about anything, but specializes in traditional tropical rum drinks. The Daiquiris, Mojitos and Painkillers have become legendary on the island, so make sure you have one of each. If you want something a little different, try Bark Juice, a high octane rum infused with jungle roots and botanicals. They pour gallons of the stuff and it has become a Key West rite of passage. Don’t miss out.
To top off the excellence of this little bar, the building in which it sits comes complete with a bit of rum lore. Apparently it has a very unusual feature for an old building constructed on an island – a basement. The rumor is that it once was a favorite hiding spot to stash smuggled rum during the days of prohibition.
Next time you’re in the Florida Keys, make sure you drop by The Rum Bar at 1117 Duval Street. Have a couple of killer drinks and tell them Rum Connection sent you. Cheers.
….and if you’re in Key West on September 22nd, be sure to join us for the Conched in Key West Charity Bar Crawl. We will be stopping in at The Rum Bar for one of Bob’s famous daiquiris.