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Rum Head

Tomorrow (8.16) is National Rum Day! Last month, we rounded up the best spots for rum-focused frozen brews for National Daiquiri Day, honoring one of the signature rum-focused drinks of New Orleans. Want some more boozy options to break up the hump day blues? Whether a mojito, a rum punch, a piña colada, or a simple rum & coke, celebrate this most hallowed of days with NoDef's round-up of the best spots in the Big Easy for this spirit. 


The Rum House (3128 Magazine St.) 

This Magazine St. watering hole boasts one of the most expansive rum lists in the city, with selections from Antigua, St. Croix, Martinique, the U.S., and Colombia. Raise a glass and snack on some of their international offerings, like Jamaican jerk chicken, Cuban sandwiches, or tacos. 


Green Goddess (307 Exchange Pl.)

For a healthier vibe to indulge in this rum spirit, drop by this Quarter vegetarian establishment. Each cocktail is a house-made blend, but the Rum Sazarac — Green Goddess’s unique take on the Big Easy’s cocktail of choice — is NoDef’s number one choice on the menu. 


Felipe's Taqueria (301 N. Peters St.) 

Felipe's is celebrating Rum Day all day with 2-for-1 specials on the Cuban classic cocktail, Mojito. 


Bar Tonique (820 N. Rampart St.) 

Want to celebrate on a budget? Swing by Bar Tonique for their $5 happy hour from noon to 5PM. The team behind the horseshoe bar knows their way around just about any classic or experimental cocktail in the mixology game. 


Cane & Table (1113 Decatur St.)

This neo-Tiki watering hole adds a dash of kitsch elegance to the lower Decatur drag. C&T's former cocktail guru Nick Detrich once meditated on the power of the spirit for NoDef, so it's safe to say the team knows their way around a rum drink or two. Try the Pimm’s No. 4 or the Ode to Jerry Thomas. 


Old New Orleans Rum (2815 Frenchmen St.) 

The team behind this local rum distillery offers daily tours, picking up from Organic Banana in the French Market. So, pick up a daiquiri and walk through where the magic happens. Old New Orleans Rum has been doing their thing since 1995, so trust their knowledge when it comes to using local Louisiana sugar cane to create their spirits. After the tour, sample their award-winning Old New Orleans Crystal Rum or the spicy cult fave Gingeroo



Did we miss one of your favorite rum spots? Share your recommendations in the comments section below. 

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