Nothing says summer like a perfectly crafted rum cocktail made with the right concoction of rum, mixes and delicious additives like fresh fruit or espresso. Whether you appreciate a simple daiquiri, love a tropical-inspired mai tai or prefer a minty mojito, Pittsburgh’s bars are sure to have it on their drink menus. There is no shortage of cool lounges and bars to quench your thirst for a classic cocktail or whet your palate with an ever-changing menu of the trendiest twists on rum drinks. If you’re craving some of the best rum cocktails in Pittsburgh, add these five bars to your weekend watering holes.
1323 E. Carson St.
Pittsburgh, PA 15203
Its log cabin, pre-prohibition atmosphere alone is worth a stop by Rowdy Buck, but it’s the bar’s craft beer, whiskeys and superb rum cocktails that will keep you coming back for more. A vast selection of classic and specialty cocktails are among the bar’s more popular drinks, including its white rum classic daiquiri, Old-Fashion Way and The Ozzie. Happy hour specials are available every night of the week along with a college night and weekend entertainment with DJs spinning the latest top 40 hits.
Maggie’s Farm Rum
3212A Smallman St.
Pittsburgh, PA 15201
Maggie’s Farm Rum knows all about what makes a great rum cocktail. After all, this is one of Pittsburgh’s few distilleries that specializes in rum. Its Painkiller, Fizz and Hawaiian are among patrons’ preferred cocktails, all of which contain house-made syrups and the freshest ingredients, and new rum-based cocktails are being added to the menu every day. Among the more recent additions are its Bee’s Tease made from Maggie’s Farm Rum, honey and lemon juice as well as its White Haitian that combines cream and house-made coffee liqueur. Maggie’s Farm Rum is situated in the city’s Strip District.
930 Penn Ave.
Pittsburgh, PA 15222
Shake up your usual bar hop rounds with a stop at Seviche, Pittsburgh’s hippest Latin-inspired bistro and bar. Here you’ll find some of the city’s most awesome mojitos, many with a kick of fruity flavor from rums like Cruzan banana and raspberry rums, Bacardi apple rum and Myers Platinum White Rum. Grab your friends and stop by after work for happy hour specials on Monday through Friday, from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. featuring $5 mojitos and cocktails. Seviche is located in the city’s Cultural District.
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Tender Bar and Kitchen
4300 Butler St.
Pittsburgh, PA 15201
More than 30 varieties of rum await you at Lawenceville’s Tender Bar and Kitchen. As the city’s premier cocktail bar, you can sip your favorite rum cocktails with the assurance that your drinks are always handcrafted by the bar’s professionally trained team of bartenders, including Dr. Bamboo, the bar’s authority on tiki cocktails. Let Dr. Bamboo create the trendiest cocktails, such as his Nilsson cocktail of coconut, rum and lime, or a spot-on classic like his Painkiller made with Smith & Cross Jamaica rum. Tender Bar and Kitchen is a recipient of Pittsburgh Magazine Readers’ Poll Best Cocktails award.
Drum Bar at Rivers Casino
777 Casino Drive
Pittsburgh, PA 15212
If you’ve only ever gambled at Pittsburgh’s Rivers Casino, you’re missing out on some of the city’s best rum cocktails at the casino’s cylindrical Drum Bar. The bartenders are well-versed in mixing up the casino’s best drinks, including favorites like its classic Rivers Mojito with Bacardi rum, Sailors Delight featuring Sailor Jerry’s spiced rum and the Bacardi Dragon Berry-based Dragon Berry Tini. Swing by for happy hour on Monday through Thursday from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. for $2 rum cocktails and $2 draft specials. If you can’t make it during the week, Friday and Saturday nights are the most fun times to loosen up with a rum cocktail and dance the night away to live entertainment and gorgeous views of the nearby rivers.
Jessica Wasik lives in Pittsburgh where works as a full-time figure skating coach sharing her passion with todays generation of young skaters. A graduate of Robert Morris University with a degree in English Studies, Jessica is also a contributing writer for Allegheny West Magazine. Her work can be found at Examiner.com.