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Where to Drink Rum After Hogo's No Longer an Option

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Washington will lose one of its best rum bars this weekend when Hogo closes for good Saturday night. But for those mourning the impending loss of retro tiki drinks, all hope is not lost.

As cocktail bars and speakeasies continue to crop up around town, bartenders have rediscovered the versatility and complexity that rum can bring to a drink. That has given way to a number of new locations enjoy the spirit, whether a drinker wants to sip on rare, aged rum or enjoy a strong tropical punch.

Still not convinced? Try a serious cocktail bar like PX or the Columbia Room. Rum may not be their emphasis, but they'll definitely be able to craft something to satisfy any rum-lover's palate.
—Travis Mitchell

Have another favorite source for rum drinks? Share it in the comments.


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Note: Restaurants on this map are listed geographically.

1. Bar Charley

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1825 18th St NW
Washington DC, D.C. 20009
(202) 627-2183
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Stop in to Bar Charley and enjoy a Mai Thai on draft, or have a freshly made, not frozen, pina colada.

2. Bar Pilar

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1833 14th St NW
Washington DC, D.C. 20009
(202) 265-1751
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Named in honor of Ernest Hemingway’s fishing boat, the frequently-changing cocktail menu here often includes dark and stormys and other rum-based recipes.

3. Cuba Libre Restaurant & Rum Bar

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801-A 9th St. NW
Washington DC, D.C. 20001
(202) 408-1600
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August is rum month at the Penn Quarter location of this Cuban-inspired chain. Special events include a mojito and ceviche tasting class as well as happy hours and discounts on rum drinks.

4. Jack Rose Dining Saloon

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2007 18th St NW
Washington DC, D.C. 20009
(202) 588-7388
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Whiskey is the main attraction at this Adams Morgan bar, but don’t overlook the small tiki bar at the rear of the roofdeck. Stop by Thursday through Saturday during the warmer months to enjoy a classic like a zombie or a hurricane.

5. Paladar Latin Kitchen & Rum Bar

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1927 Old Gallows Rd
Tysons Corner, VA 22182
(703) 854-1728
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The rum list at this restaurant varies by location and includes dark, white, spiced and aged selections. There are also house speciality cocktails. Area locations in Tysons Corner and Rockville (as well as further-flung Annapolis).

6. Patty Boom Boom

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1359 U St NW
Washington DC, D.C. 20009
(202) 629-1712
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Rum punch is among the standard options at this reggae-themed dance bar. Choose from one of three varieties - silver, gold or dark. Each drink runs about $8, and they are both refreshing and deceivingly strong

7. Rumba Café

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2443 18th St NW
Washington DC, D.C. 20009
(202) 588-5501
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Live Latin music and a signature mojito bar come together at this lively Adams Morgan destination.

8. Southern Efficiency

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1841 7th St NW
Washington DC, D.C. 20004
(202) 316-9396
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This neighborhood Shaw bar offers a list of cocktails premixed and served in mason jars as well as on draft. Despite specializing in American whiskey, this is a non-intuitive place to find rum drinks like one made with Black Strap rum and a shrub-like switchel.

9. Jackie's Sidebar

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8081 Georgia Ave
Silver Spring, MD 20910
(301) 565-9700
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This bar is located within Jackie’s Restaurant in Silver Spring. Anyone looking for an off-beat rum cocktail can try the 12-Mile Limit, made with silver rum and rye whiskey.

10. Whitlow's Rooftop Tiki Bar

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2854 Wilson Blvd
Arlington, VA 22201
(703) 276-9693
The rooftop tiki bar at this Clarendon spot might feel tacky, but it’s open seven days a week and is a great place to grab a tropical drink on a warm summer evening.

11. Civil Cigar Lounge

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5335 Wisconsin Ave NW
Washington DC, D.C. 20015
(202) 364-0800
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Whiskey may be the most popular beverage choice at this cigar lounge, but they also stock the rare Black Tot rum, which goes for $75 an ounce.

12. Doi Moi

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1800 14th St NW
Washington DC, D.C. 20009
(202) 733-5131
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Doi Moi is the place to go for Tiki this summer, where Adam Bernbach is whipping up Scorpion bowls, pina coladas and more.

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1. Bar Charley

1825 18th St NW, Washington DC, D.C. 20009
Stop in to Bar Charley and enjoy a Mai Thai on draft, or have a freshly made, not frozen, pina colada.
1825 18th St NW
Washington DC, D.C. 20009

2. Bar Pilar

1833 14th St NW, Washington DC, D.C. 20009
Named in honor of Ernest Hemingway’s fishing boat, the frequently-changing cocktail menu here often includes dark and stormys and other rum-based recipes.
1833 14th St NW
Washington DC, D.C. 20009

3. Cuba Libre Restaurant & Rum Bar

801-A 9th St. NW, Washington DC, D.C. 20001
August is rum month at the Penn Quarter location of this Cuban-inspired chain. Special events include a mojito and ceviche tasting class as well as happy hours and discounts on rum drinks.
801-A 9th St. NW
Washington DC, D.C. 20001

4. Jack Rose Dining Saloon

2007 18th St NW, Washington DC, D.C. 20009
Whiskey is the main attraction at this Adams Morgan bar, but don’t overlook the small tiki bar at the rear of the roofdeck. Stop by Thursday through Saturday during the warmer months to enjoy a classic like a zombie or a hurricane.
2007 18th St NW
Washington DC, D.C. 20009

5. Paladar Latin Kitchen & Rum Bar

1927 Old Gallows Rd, Tysons Corner, VA 22182
The rum list at this restaurant varies by location and includes dark, white, spiced and aged selections. There are also house speciality cocktails. Area locations in Tysons Corner and Rockville (as well as further-flung Annapolis).
1927 Old Gallows Rd
Tysons Corner, VA 22182

6. Patty Boom Boom

1359 U St NW, Washington DC, D.C. 20009
Rum punch is among the standard options at this reggae-themed dance bar. Choose from one of three varieties - silver, gold or dark. Each drink runs about $8, and they are both refreshing and deceivingly strong
1359 U St NW
Washington DC, D.C. 20009

7. Rumba Café

2443 18th St NW, Washington DC, D.C. 20009
Live Latin music and a signature mojito bar come together at this lively Adams Morgan destination.
2443 18th St NW
Washington DC, D.C. 20009

8. Southern Efficiency

1841 7th St NW, Washington DC, D.C. 20004
This neighborhood Shaw bar offers a list of cocktails premixed and served in mason jars as well as on draft. Despite specializing in American whiskey, this is a non-intuitive place to find rum drinks like one made with Black Strap rum and a shrub-like switchel.
1841 7th St NW
Washington DC, D.C. 20004

9. Jackie's Sidebar

8081 Georgia Ave, Silver Spring, MD 20910
This bar is located within Jackie’s Restaurant in Silver Spring. Anyone looking for an off-beat rum cocktail can try the 12-Mile Limit, made with silver rum and rye whiskey.
8081 Georgia Ave
Silver Spring, MD 20910

10. Whitlow's Rooftop Tiki Bar

2854 Wilson Blvd, Arlington, VA 22201
The rooftop tiki bar at this Clarendon spot might feel tacky, but it’s open seven days a week and is a great place to grab a tropical drink on a warm summer evening.
2854 Wilson Blvd
Arlington, VA 22201

11. Civil Cigar Lounge

5335 Wisconsin Ave NW, Washington DC, D.C. 20015
Whiskey may be the most popular beverage choice at this cigar lounge, but they also stock the rare Black Tot rum, which goes for $75 an ounce.
5335 Wisconsin Ave NW
Washington DC, D.C. 20015

12. Doi Moi

1800 14th St NW, Washington DC, D.C. 20009
Doi Moi is the place to go for Tiki this summer, where Adam Bernbach is whipping up Scorpion bowls, pina coladas and more.
1800 14th St NW
Washington DC, D.C. 20009

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