Rum, made from sugar cane, was initially introduced in ancient India or China, with it evolving into a distilled form in the Caribbean sometime during the 1600s. From there, the elixir became popular in the North American colonies. Rum is currently enjoying a resurgence of popularity due in part to the many drinks that can quench the the thirst of Americans from coast to coast. Detroit has numerous places around town that serve up a mean rum cocktail- check them out for yourself.
Sugar House 
2130 Michigan Ave.
Detroit, MI 48026
(313) 962-0123

Although the offerings at Sugar House change as often as you change your unmentionables, there are usually a few rum drinks floating around the menu. Depending upon the season, try a Rum Punch. Whatever variety is in the mix, it will be enough to keep the entire table feeling good. The Zombie is a fruity blend of sweet flavors, while the Rhubarb Rum Punch will knock your socks off with its refreshing kick. This next selection will have your mouth singing the praises of the bartender – a sublime mojito. There are a multitude of other drinks infused with delicious ingredients using rum as the main event. Simply peruse the menu and find your way down the rum-soaked road to happiness – or ask the bartender, they will not steer you down the wrong path.

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1128 Washington Blvd.
Detroit, MI 48226
(313) 961-2500

Roast is a chill spot that manages to maintain a sophisticated, yet casual vibe. Step inside to experience one of the many creations from the culinary expert behind the menu, Michael Symon. Even the drink menu is fantastic – subtle in flavor and incomparable in taste. Rum lovers, try a Corn N Oil to satisfy the cravings, or ask one of the bartenders to whip you up a special concoction called the Angostura Fizz.  Either way, you will tantalize your tastebuds.

The Oakland: Art Novelty Company
201 W. 9 Mile Road
Ferndale, MI 48220
(248) 291-5295

The Oakland offers a swank, refined atmosphere to sip a favorite rum cocktail. Enjoy a leisurely time with close friends or the one you love while toasting to the future with a drink, all expertly crafted to perfection. If rum is at the top of your list, you came to the right place, The Oakland features an outstanding array of delectable rum cocktails. Check out the Strychnine if you are feeling adventurous. If in the mood for a refreshing citrus-tinged drink with a twist, try a drink called ‘Thirty Notes.’

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Aqua Rum & Tequila Bar 
MGM Grand Detroit
1777 3rd St.
Detroit, MI 48226
(313) 465-1650

Aqua Rum & Tequila Bar is a cool, upscale lounge located within MGM Grand Detroit. Have a seat at the bar and watch as the bartender works their magic in the form of a drink. Settle in for the long haul, this bar serves 14 different varieties of rum so you will never be out of options. An added bonus is the cigar bar in an adjacent area, and there’s always gambling just steps away if you are so inclined to test your luck.

Cafe D’Mongo’s Speakeasy
1439 Griswold St.
Detroit, MI 48226

If an ultra laid-back spot oozing with history and memorabilia is more your speed, slip into Cafe D’Mongo’s Speakeasy. Settle into one of the deep, comfortable chairs and relax with one of the specialties of the house – a 1439. This adult beverage contains a delightful mix of Faygo’s Rock ‘n Rye, served up with some Captain Morgans. Don’t be surprised if you end up tickling the ‘ole ivories on the piano tucked into the front of this well-loved spot. Please note that this elusive nightspot is only open on Fridays.

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