If you’re in the Florida Keys looking for a full service bar & restaurant with giant rum selection, 20 TVs and lively tourist crowd, check out the Rum Barrel.
With over 130 rums to choose from, Rum Barrel is almost like a theme park for the cane spirits enthusiast. The decor exudes cool with a laid back, but not over done, pirate vibe. The walls are of weathered stucco with exposed wooden rafters and low lighting. The giant central bar is made of dark wood and must be able to seat 100 people.
Rum Barrel has assembled a 30 page book called the Rum Bible to help you find your way through their wide selection of cane spirits. The first few pages of the “Bible” are filled with all the basics about rum followed by a menu categorized by country. Following each rum on the list is a brief run-down of the distillery and individual tasting notes. Prices seem to range from $5-$20 for simple heavy-pour rocks drinks. Not bad! I didn’t spot anything too obscure on the list, but the tasty premium brands that we all know and love were well represented.
The food at Rum Barrel is a nice mix of typical American pub food and higher end dinner options which include local seafood. During sporting events the bbq wings and conch fritters seemed to be the snack of choice for game-watching, team jersey-wearing, expletive shouting fans. Did I mention that this is party central for NBA and NFL games?
Happy hour at the Rum Barrel is very popular with locals and tourists. They have a menu full of $5 snacks and half price beers and cocktails.
All told, the Rum Barrel is a nicely done spot with great rum selection, cool atmosphere and attentive staff. It may not be as quaint as some of the other watering holes in town, but it makes for a super place to mingle with locals and tourists and taste a premium rum or two. Cheers!