Drinking Destinations In Barbados, Curaçao, Puerto Rico, St. Kitts & Virgin Islands
Here’s some places to enjoy drinking various types, styles of rum and creative cocktails while cruising through the Caribbean.
Ròm Bèrdè ‘Green Rum’
Located in the Otrobanda vicinity of Willemstad, Curaçao, Netto Bar is the home of Ròm Bèrdè (meaning “green rum” in the local Papiamento language). This tiny hole-in-the-wall bar was established by Curaçao native Ernesto (Netto) Koster and has been a local fave since it opened its doors 63 years ago. This colorful Ròm Bèrdè, matching the island’s Handelskade backdrop, is served with fresh coconut water, on the rocks, or straight up like in the old days. Netto Bar has done a great job at keeping the ingredients of their green rum a secret, making it oine of the area’s top destinations for travelers.
Known as “Rum Capital of the World,” Puerto Rico is the proud home of Bacardi Rum. Something fun to do while in San Juan is to visit the Bacardi Distillery, the end of which serves you a couple of drinks (after, of course, you go through its gift shop). While San Juan has many fun bars to explore – read PubClub’s guide to Old Town nightlife here – you can start your rum drinking with the Dragonberry Mojito at the San Juan Marriott Resort & Stellaris Casino bar. It’s a blend of Bacardi Dragon Berry, sweet strawberries and dragonfruit. It also has the Red Coral Lounge with salsa dancing, and there’s a swim-up bar in the duel-level pool.
The island of Barbados is known as the birthplace of rum. The Mount Gay Rum Factory has distillery tours and tastings, including with a few sips of the limited edition 1703 Master Select blend. For rum lovers looking to imbibe on the beach (because when in Barbados, right?), head to The House, the chic, adults-only boutique hotel on the island’s platinum west coast. Party at the 1703 Mount Gay Rum Bar, which serves a signature Bajan Rum punch.
This is a PubClub.com favorite rum – even enjoyed while we’re not in the Caribbean. It is distilled and bottled in St. Croix, the largest of the U.S. Virgin Islands and is the prime rum available and poured in drinks in St. Thomas, St. John and throughout the bars of the BVIs. There are more than 20 varieties, ranging from a classic aged rum to a passionfruit rum, Cruzan and one place on St. Thomas to have it is the Frenchman’s Reef & Morning Star Marriott Beach Resort. “The Reef” features the open-air Rum Bar, which is popular place for rum drinks and also for sunsets. The resort’s on-property Adventure Center can arrange an island-hopping excursion to St. Croix via ferry or seaplane to tour the Cruzan distillery.
Brinley Gold Shipwreck
The family-owned Brinley Gold Shipwreck Rum is a four-year aged hand-crafted rum crafted on St. Kitts and blended with natural island flavors including vanilla, mango, coffee and coconut creme. You can have it in a drink called the Ting with a Sting at St. Kitts Marriott Resort, which has a Friday night fish fry.