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Are you looking for a bar in Galveston with a great rum cocktail? Here's a list of some of our favorites...
Check out the bottom of this blog for a recipe of one of our favorite rum cocktails (besides a classic daiquiri) from Daiquiri Time Out (DTO): the Queens Park Swizzle.
What would island time be without a piña colada or Cuba libre? The history of rum and islands sail together to the point that without one, the other isn’t the same. The tropical climate of the Caribbean proved to be fruitful for the growth of sugar cane and with islands being important to the trade routes, rum became a currency.
Rum is also associated and was considered a drink of choice for pirates, privateers, and buccaneers — all who pillaged the Caribbean waters. Galveston has its own history of scalawag pirates with the most revered being the notorious Lafitte brothers, Jean and Pierre, who created a colony on Galveston’s east end named Campeche.
Since rum managed to outlast Galveston’s pirate days, our guide will help you locate a hearty selection to plunder for National Rum Day and beyond!
Known as DTO to locals, this low-key cocktail bar gently caresses a tropical vibe without any over-the-top kitsch allowing the menu to stand on its own. And that’s okay. Sprinkled among a selection of classics and house-made creations is a reputable amount of classic tiki drinks where rum is king.
Cocktails like the three dots and a dash, the reputable mai tai, or even the classic daiquiri are a doozy. And don’t forget their take on a piña colada. You’ll be caught in the rain or making love after midnight in no time!
This bar on the second floor at The Spot will fix you with all things rum. Offering a strong selection for the aficionado and tropical cocktails for the Parrothead, The Rum Shack also specializes in those mixes that might give you a brain freeze headache as well as a morning after headache.
They also have a potent list featuring several twists on the mojito and rum-tinis. Keeping in line with Jimmy Buffet, their homage to Key West with the key lime pie flavored Mile Zero will help ya hang on.
Tucked away in downtown Galveston is a bar that when you walk in, you feel as if you’re swimming with the fishes in a tiki bar — without the scuba gear. Divided into two sections (restaurant and live music bar) their cocktail menu leans on the playful side.
The shark bite mixes two rums, a sour, and strawberry purée before being topped off with a gummy shark. A banana hammock strong enough for the ladies and a Bahama mama safe enough for the fellas will have you singing along to the music all night.
Now part of the Gaido’s family, before slinging blue Hawaiian's this joint originally started as a coffee shop over 60 years ago. With an outdoor bar that features a resort pool with waterfall features for those who want to make a splash, this is the perfect setup to get your rum on.
Start by tackling their list of tropical rum drinks such as the infamous hurricane named after Ike, and a traditional but boozy rum punch that’s swell enough for sailors, so it’s swell enough for you.
In a glass, mix together the following:
Recipe courtesy of Daiquiri Time Out (DTO)
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