It’s cold outside, and nothing warms the belly quite like a specially-crafted cocktail. Don’t wait another day to stop in one of Detroit’s many bars to enjoy one (or three) of the best rum drinks the city has to offer. These local haunts provide the perfect backdrop to warm up, socialize and unwind after a long workday or to enjoy a late-night weekend drink after a date.
Hours: Sun: 5 p.m. – Midnight; Mon: 5pm – Midnight; Tues — Thursday: 5 p.m. – 10 p.m.; Fri— Sat: 5p.m. – 2 a.m.
PV Lounge is located next door to the Detroit Seafood Market, a popular bar in Detroit that provides a cozy atmosphere. This is an especially great place for young professionals, so ditch the office and try to get in on time for happy hour. The bar offers rum drinks, beer, martinis and great wines. Rum drinks to try here: The mojito or the hummer.
Hours: Sun-Wed: 8 p.m. – 2 a.m.; Thurs-Fri: 6 p.m. – 2 a.m.;
Niki’s Lounge is located in Greektown and is very close to the casino. It continues to be named one of the best bars in Detroit. Many people celebrate theirs birthday at Niki’s Lounge, and visitors can’t come to Detroit without attending one of the lounge’s renowned parties. Come for dancing and live entertainment, but stay for these rum drinks: Paradise punch with Malibu rum and Hypnotic with pineapple and a splash of cranberry.
Tommy’s Bar and Grill
Hours: 11 a.m. – Midnight daily
There is nothing better than a small, intimate bar where the bartender knows exactly what you like to drink. A tiny bar located behind an ancient church, Tommy’s Bar and Grill is the perfect place to make your home away from home. Enjoy made-to-order sandwiches and burgers, or stop by and enjoy a rum and Coke or rum and pineapple.
O’Mara’s Irish Restaurant
Hours: Mon-Thurs: 8 a.m. – 11 p.m.; Fri-Sat: 8 a.m. – Midnight; Sun: 8 a.m. – 10 p.m.
O’Mara’s Irish Restaurant is located in Berkley. The bartenders are friendly and the rum drinks are even better. Visitors are hooked the minute they enter O’Mara’s, which provides live entertainment and great food, so upon your first visit, expect to return soon. Stop by and enjoy a mai tai, pina colada or banana foster for breakfast.
7 Bar and Grill
Happy Hours: Tues. – Fri. 4pm – 7pm
7 Bar and Grill is located in Southfield at the corner of 12 Mile and Telegraph. It is fairly new to the area, but already gaining in popularity. This is the place to kick back and enjoy the game with a few friends. 7 Bar and Grill offers great food and rum drinks, and happy hour includes $5 calls, so stop by an enjoy one of its famous mojitos or mix your favorite rum with one of the many mixers offered.
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Remember to drink responsibly and arrange for a designated drive if you’ve consumed too many drinks.
Yvette Collins is a freelancer in the Detroit area, writing about sports, food, health and traveling. You can read her work on Examiner.com.